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Keyline has launched a managed services solution to help contractors within the rail sector to reduce operational overheads, have better access to critical resources and materials and react better to customer requirements.

Knauf Insulation has welcomed DECC's proposed changes to the Green Deal, but warns they are not enough.

As the latest statistics show that only 12 homes have had Green Deal measures installed, Knauf Insulation has welcomed moves by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to widen the scope of the Green Deal cashback incentive, but warns that the proposed changes still do not go far enough.

Craig Millar and the MKM team in Glasgow.

MKM Building Supplies is proving life begins at 40 with the opening of its latest branch.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a Vehicle Affinity Scheme with Peugeot Contract Hire (PCH) that will ease fleet costs and help boost the business of BMF members.

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has launched an app to aid builders calculate the correct foundation depths when building near trees.

Tradesmen across the UK can soon take advantage of a new government-backed scheme aimed at securing affordable heating to energy-poor homes.

Builders involved in refurbishment work are being advised to make sure their paperwork is up-to-date or face risking an untimely fine from Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Ridgeons celebrated the talents of its employees with the 2013 Recognition Awards.

Ridgeons celebrated employees’ extraordinary achievements at its 2013 Recognition Awards last week.

The outlook looks good for Ridgeons in 2014 following the success of its new branches.

A year on since Ridgeons opened four new sites in the eastern region, managing director Angela Rushforth has confirmed that trading is on the up and the group is looking forward to a strong 2014.

Ten college leavers are benefiting from apprenticeships offered by Carillion and Knauf.

Ten college leavers from Kent are benefiting from apprenticeships in drylining offered in a collaboration between Carillion, one of the UK's leading support services companies, and its plaster and drylining products supplier Knauf.

In its drive to represent the building materials supply industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is gaining support from manufacturers as well as merchants, with three new supplier members joining already this month.

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board recently announced.

A Kent aggregate company has been ordered to pay more than £180,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed by dangerous lifting equipment on a tipper lorry.

PTS has extended its late-night ordering service until 8pm for next-day delivery during the heating season.

PTS is ready to support heating engineers through the busy heating season by boosting its late-night ordering and next-day delivery for its spares customers.

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) is pledging its support to Gas Safety Week, which will be begin on 16 September, through efforts to raise awareness among staff and customers on how they can eliminate dangers and safeguard their loved ones by taking care of their gas appliances.

Norbord is sponsoring a postgraduate scholarship to support students studying for an MSc degree in timber engineering at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and Sustainability report shows many on-going positive achievements in the company's sustainability performance.

Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and Sustainability report shows many ongoing positive achievements in the company’s sustainability performance against a backdrop of falling production volumes and a tough operating climate.

Astrid Bachmann, Axor press officer and Philippe Grohe, head of the Axor brand.

Bathroom specialist Hansgrohe has cause to celebrate after its Axor Starck Organic collection won a Red Dot Design award.

Paul Joyner is group director of sustainability at Travis Perkins Group.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has chosen NICEIC as its certification body of choice, completing its Green Deal offering which already included product solutions, advisor and installer membership, technical guides and training.

Speedy is due to open a new 26,500 square foot superstore in Liverpool.

Speedy, the provider of equipment rental and support services, has boosted its Liverpool presence to meet the needs of the city’s thriving construction sector.

Bespoke design and build solutions provider, Sylva Group has acquired part of Crocodile Timber Frame’s business operations.

bcg has launched its first standalone Bathroom Book, which offers a comprehensive guide to the company’s entire bathroom product range.

Go Geothermal director Sean Sowden.

Specialist renewable energy merchant Go Geothermal has signed a distribution deal with global building solutions company REHAU.

Less than six months after its launch, the NMBS 'Apprenticeship Youth Enterprise 50' campaign is receiving strong praise from independent builders’ timber, plumbing and heating and hardware merchants.

The increase in demand for bricks and blocks should serve as a trigger for building products organisations to review their customer relationship and sales strategies, Carol Kelly of KSA Sales Solutions has said.

Plumb Center recently held a round table event at the House of Commons.

Plumb Center has brought together policy makers, senior civil servants, think tank representatives, academics and industry experts to discuss how to encourage the UK public to invest in energy efficiency measures.

Many organisations are failing to meet first aid legal requirements, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Twyford Bathrooms has been crowned the winner of Plumb Center’s “2013 L3 Regional* Supplier of the Year” award for its excellence in product quality and services. In addition to this award, Twyford has been accredited the “5 Star Supplier” status for the fifth year running by PTS.

Nick Jones, managing director of S&D Sealants.

S&D Sealants has agreed a new partnership with national construction company Wates.

BSW Timber has bolstered its customer service offering with the opening of a new sales centre based at the Carlisle sawmill.

It is just over five years since Plumbfix was launched to offer Screwfix customers from the plumbing trade an exclusive trade offering.

Dan Goddard with Ridgeons managing director Angela Rushforth.

Ridgeons has sponsored Cambridge Regional College’s (CRC) Construction Awards for the fifth year running.

Pipe Center is investing in its specialist pipe work Fabrication facility in order to extend its capabilities and offer customers an even better service.

Chris Hayward (left) with Barry Smart.

NMBS managing director, Chris Hayward, was pleased to take the first delivery of the new Makita 4 Amp Battery from Barry Smart, national sales manager of Makita UK.

(Left to right): John Newcomb, MD at BMF, Simon Fleet, sales and marketing director and Mike Mohr, plastics production director at Thomas Dudley.

Thomas Dudley recently welcomed Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director, John Newcomb, to its foundry and plastics plant in the West Midlands.

Mark Williams, branch manager of Jewson Hall Green (left) with one of the winning students of the year.

Recognising the importance of working with colleges and their students, Jewson has donated a bucket of tools and a Makita site radio to each winning student of the year receiving their National Diploma at the South & City College award ceremony in Birmingham.

Since appointing Jewson as its supply chain partner in 2012, Welsh registered social landlord Cartrefi Conwy has made significant improvements to its day-to-day processes. The merchant's involvement has helped to ensure that ongoing maintenance and improvements are carried out as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

MKM Building Supplies is to provide building materials to maintain Hull’s entire social housing stock after landing a three year, multi-million pound contract. The company has been appointed as sole supplier to Kingstown Works (KWL), which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Hull City Council’s housing stock and other private sites.

The surge in new members continues at the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), with the announcement that SIG, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of specialist building products, is to join the BMF from September 1.

Jewson has been awarded a Novus Property Solutions Supply Chain Pledge Accreditation.

Jewson has become the first supplier to be awarded a Novus Property Solutions Supply Chain Pledge Accreditation, after the company was able to demonstrate its beneficial work in four key areas; environment, workplace, marketplace and community.

Häfele UK’s new website provides visitors with a one-stop-inspiration-shop.

Häfele UK has launched a new website providing homeowners and trade professionals with a one-stop-inspiration-shop offering ideas for living, and creating an intelligent home.

Window Ware, a distributor of hardware components and ancillary items to the window, door and conservatory industry has relaunched its trade counter, with products by Kestrel proving a popular choice.

Commenting on the government’s plan to remove the Code for Sustainable Homes, Paul Hicks, sustainability and design manager at VELUX, said: “It is very interesting to see that the government is planning to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes as part of its shake up to slash red tape for housing developers.

Bill Freemantle, national sales manager at Pipe Center and Climate Center with Ross Maynard, framework director at Lorne Stewart.

Pipe Center is delivering a major supply contract for Lorne Stewart as part of the final phase of a project to modernise accommodation for service personnel across the UK.

(L-R) John Rees, managing director of Plumbase Industrial and Mark Kelly, CEO Grafton GB with Plumbase Industrial team at the inaugural branch in Hayes, West London.

Mechanical and industrial contractors can now benefit from Plumbase Industrial’s new value engineering solutions to fulfill the needs of the commercial heating market.

Moves to cut red tape by streamlining housing standards would be a major boost to Britain’s small- and medium-sized housebuilders, and will help to increase the supply and choice of new homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Salamander has introduced a series of icons to help customers identify what its products can do.

Salamander has introduced a series of icons to help customers identify, ‘at a glance’, exactly what its products can do.

The PHG bathrooms committee (l to r): Joe Tipper, Stuart Elliott, John Dicken and Matthew Harrison.

David Pochin, chairman of the Plumbing Heating Group (PHG), has expressed his delight at the buying group’s progression, having passed the halfway point of its first year in business.

The Saint-Gobain Ensign range is being stocked at BSS Industrial’s branches in Bristol, Bellshill, Birmingham and Manchester.

BSS Industrial has introduced an extensive range of Saint-Gobain’s Ensign cast-iron drainage solutions, including its EEZI-FIT push-fit range, to a further four BSS Drainage trade counters, extending availability to customers outside of London for the first time.

Barbour ABI, provider of construction intelligence services, has recently published details of government construction contracts worth £109bn on behalf of the government.

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