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Refurbishments worth £7 million have been completed at Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Cwmbran, South Wales.

Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society comprise the Industrial Strategy Council, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced yesterday.

Accommodation that helps homeless people take their first steps towards independence has been refurbished thanks to charitable donations.

A brand new showroom and trade counter have been added to SIG Roofing’s Gloucester branch following a major refurbishment.

Two major organisations are calling on the government to fully adopt the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

A “people focused” approach to sustainability has won Ibstock Brick two nominations in the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Disaster has hit a team of graduates attempting a 8,000 km bike ride to raise money for charity, with two out of the three forced to retire.

British Gypsum’s Supplier Driver of the Year 2018 has been crowned at an annual competition in Burton-upon-Trent.

The quietest products have been recognised in the latest “Noise Oscars”.

Lagan Group's brick, tile and bagged cement products have been rebranded as Breedon following its acquisition by Breedon Group earlier this year.

Customers and staff at a Swansea builder’s merchant have proved ‘great sports’ by raising more than £1,300 for a local hospice.

The future of the builders’ merchant industry came together at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Conference.

The Chancellor announced guarantees of £1 billion to SME house builders, plus funding for more than 650,000 new homes in the 2018 Budget announcement.

The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme.

A nationwide housing boom has doubled the demand for bricks, and so a concrete products manufacturer has invested heavily in its production line to keep up.

Britain’s self-builders and home renovators remain unfazed by Brexit, according to a new survey.

A Chinese Minister recently visited Travis Perkins to see its award-winning apprenticeship model in action.

A campaign to support injured workers who are taking their employer to court has been supported by the British Safety Council and several MPs.

A campaign by the Considerate Constructers Scheme to encourage women into the industry has won a prestigious award.

The Builders Merchants Federation will be addressing the important issue of mental health at next year’s BMF All Industry Conference.

A major review of the Construction Products Regulations is being conducted, and door hardware experts are being called on to participate.

Chandlers Building Supplies is one of the Sussex businesses in the running to scoop the Company of the Year award.

Health-conscious employees at SR Timber attended a Heart Health session run by the British Heart Foundation, which included a demonstration of CPR, as part of its partnership with the charity.

A recent trading report by Travis Perkins shows growth in trade, while the DIY market continues to be challenging.

"Don’t worry, we want to protect and safeguard investment in renewable energy and green infrastructure to help insulate homes and fit solar panels" was the message from John McDonnell MP to the Builders Merchants’ Federation yesterday.

Significant new investments have won Rhino Products the Manufacturer of the Year (turnover under £25 million) award.

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

A member of staff who worked at Russell Roof Tiles for 44 years recently received a warm retirement send-off.

A masonry protection cream from Safeguard Europe has been granted ‘verified’ status by the Energy Saving Trust for its contribution to improving the energy performance of buildings.

Monitoring of the UK’s biggest and riskiest projects has improved, but the Infrastructure and Projects Authority needs to be more transparent, according to a recent report.

A trade body has welcomed a government enquiry into whether the UK has enough gas in supply.

Hundreds of local roofing contractors turned out to celebrate the official re-launch of SIG Roofing’s Bath branch.

TrustMark has expanded its remit to include Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, retrofit and energy efficiency.

Young players at a rugby club in Wales have received a welcome boost from a local business merchant.

Builders’ merchant Ridgons has terminated its membership with the Plumbing and Heating Group as it has now been acquired by Huws Gray.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 21st Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Xtratherm, the first BMF Centre in the Republic of Ireland.

A new initiative is inspiring UK businesses including Ibstock Brick to commit to more sustainable methods of manufacturing.

Merchants can learn all about the benefits of clay for drainage pipes as well as demonstrations at a new Clayware Experience Centre.

Builders of Wokingham will be able to find everyday building products like bricks and timber with a brand new and bigger Jewson branch.

Saint-Gobain joins campaign to end modern slavery

VELUX A/S and Dutch investment firm Egeria have reached an agreement concerning the sale of JET-Group to the VELUX Group.

The Builders Merchants Federation has published its first dedicated Supplier Training Prospectus, detailing the full range of more than 60 training courses available for this member group.

A record number of independent merchants are set to take part in the National Buying Group’s annual conference in Liverpool next month.

Charitable employees at Duftons Plumbing and Heating Supplies held a Charity Trade Week and raised £20,000 for Candlelighters.

“Operational excellence and quality customer service” has won Encon a place in a business league table in the Sunday Times.

Ten new jobs will be created in Whitchurch when Huws Gray opens its new branch.

Stephen (left) and Mark Richardson of James Burrell

James Burrell is expanding its reach within Yorkshire, with the announcement of a new £2 million branch.

Glenn Paddison, Branch Director at MKM Building Supplies is the new Chair of the Builders’ Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Group. He will be supported by Jo Callow, Merchant Sales Support Manager at Knauf Insulation, who was elected to replace Glenn as the Vice Chair.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

More than 40% of middle market firms operating within the construction sector believe that exiting the European Union without a Brexit deal will have an advantageous or favourable effect on their revenues, according to a new survey by RSM.

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