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Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders.

A VAT reduction on housing renovation and repair could boost the UK economy by more than £15bn from 2015 to 2020 according to a new independent research report by Experian.

Industry figures gathered at the first BMF plumbing and heating meeting.

There was a full house at the first BMF plumbing and heating meeting, with over 30 people present representing a cross section of the plumbing and heating supply industry.

Landlords and tenants are now able to access a new lending fund to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and properties.

Two lucky customers have driven away from their local Jewson branches in brand new cars.

Global construction solutions provider Terex has announced the creation of 50 new jobs at its manufacturing site in Coventry.

Breedon Aggregates, the independent aggregates business, has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2013.

Keyline’s National Rail Division has announced the launch of a new out-of-hours emergency service at 35 of its depots, which have been strategically placed across the UK to maximise accessibility.

Ibstock Brick has played an instrumental role in brick becoming the first construction industry product to gain verification under BRE Global’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme - a standardised way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system.

British Gypsum’s new training initiative is designed to support the next generation of plasterers.

British Gypsum has unveiled a new training initiative designed to support the country’s next generation of plasterers.

Julia Bradbury officially opened Practical Installer with Plumb Center’s renewables director Simon Allan.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at Ecobuild by saying that, despite the slow uptake, the Green Deal “shouldn’t be a hard sell”.

The PTS management apprentices.

PTS has re-affirmed its commitment to developing home-grown talent and supporting those making their first move into the plumbing and heating industry with the introduction of its Management Apprenticeship Scheme.

The UK cement industry is building on its long established sustainability credentials having published its first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

Work has been completed at the new Luton branch.

BSS Industrial is celebrating the significant success of its Trade Counter Owner scheme.

IronmongeryDirect has launched a new graduate scheme designed to recruit and fast track the brightest management graduates across the company.

Stairparts and moulding specialist Richard Burbidge has signed a contract with Fortis, the timber, building and lightside merchant purchasing group.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed terms for a group membership scheme with Fortis, which will see all Fortis members joining the BMF from 1 April 2014.

Katie Millward wanted higher fencing to create a safer garden for her son Robbie.

Jewson’s Nuneaton branch has donated fence panels and fixtures for a garden fence in need of improvement.

Peter Craven (right) receives the Chief Constable’s Commendation.

Peter Craven, team supervisor at Burdens Colchester, has been hailed a hero by Essex Police after he helped save the lives of a mother and baby in a house fire.

Travis Perkins has launched its new website, created by Amaze, to support the presentation of the Group’s 2013 full-year results by new chief executive officer John Carter.

Research from Travis Perkins has revealed the importance of apprenticeships to homeowners.

Seventy percent of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of more than £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year, according to recent research conducted by the Travis Perkins Group.

h&b's 'speed dating' sessions allowed merchants and suppliers to engage in several productive meetings.

Martin Mansfield, commercial manager of independent merchants’ group h&b, and Michelle Cronje and Bernie Bates from the NMBS, recently arranged nearly 1,800 ‘dates’ between h&b members and suppliers at three special ‘Supplier Business Development’ days.

Huws Gray's Warrington brick centre.

The recent housing revival has faced brick producers with the challenge of meeting the surge in demand, confronting builders’ merchants and developers with potential lead times of up to six months.

Government must urgently push ahead with plans to ensure all new non-domestic buildings are built to zero-carbon standards from 2019, a report from a UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) industry task group has warned today (27 February).

A combination of key retail visitors, a bigger show with plenty of fresh content and positive messages from industry commentators about the future, combined to give this year’s Totally Shows a real lift.

A new buying group has been born. The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) was launched on 2 January with just a few members and suppliers, but is already building fast.

Plumb and Parts Center is calling on the government to extend tough laws on audible carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to the whole of the UK, ahead of its annual Wise up to CO campaign.

Jewson has officially been awarded Business Superbrand status for 2014.

Concrete and paving manufacturer Kilsaran International has set up a brand new division to specialise in the external wall insulation market.

Deepings hosted 20 trade customers and 16 staff in a series of Grand Prix-style heats.

Lincolnshire-based builders' merchant Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies has held a successful teambuilding event for staff and key customers at Teamworks Karting in Peterborough.

Wolseley UK’s 2014 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

The RNLI has been assisting those affected by the floods.

Toolstation has held a major fundraising day to assist the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Flood Rescue Team – a highly trained unit which specialises in search and rescue work in fast-moving flood water across the UK.

The hire service of Travis Perkins has launched a range of waste management solutions.

Martin Dickie.

Door manufacturer Masonite International has bought Door-Stop International.

Jewson's donation of sandbags has helped protect Nuneaton Wildlife Sanctuary.

Jewson has donated sandbags to the Nuneaton Wildlife Sanctuary after the recent wet weather resulted in flooding.

A team from Ridgeons has won this year’s Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) Practical Skills Challenge.

Keyline has chosen Marshalls as Supplier of the Year at its annual conference held earlier this month.

Alan Baxter said "the generic brick has demonstrated its continued relevance in this era of sustainable construction".

The Brick Development Association’s (BDA) generic brick has been awarded an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), following a Life Cycle Assessment carried out by the BRE for Sustainable Products.

David Richardson with his new van and (from left) Hanson Cement brand manager Robert Townsend, national account manager Andy Simpson, account manager Clare Dyson, area sales manager Philip Matthew and MKM branch director Ian Kirby.

Builder David Richardson, a regular customer at MKM in North Hykeham, Lincoln, has won a £15,000 Ford Transit 2.2tdci van in a national competition run by building materials company Hanson.

Simon Bicknell, group sales director at Toolbank with John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) demonstrated its intent to make it the “go to” trade body for every sector of the merchanting industry while exhibiting at the Totally Tools show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this month.

Mike Leeming and Nick Lander of Bradstone, and Ben Shephard.

Bradstone announced significant 2014 investment plans at its first national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent this month.

Darren Newbury collecting his award from Kieran Griffin and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

Keyline has named its Milton Keynes site as Branch of the Year, after it recorded a huge year-on-year growth in sales for 2013.

Selco's Deepesh Makwana is planning a holiday after winning vouchers in the Selco Predictor competition.

A trade counter sales advisor from Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating after winning £1,000 worth of holiday vouchers.

David Pochin, Lord Newby, John Newcomb and Zaffar Haq at the Pochin showroom.

Lord Newby, the government’s Treasury spokesman, recently visited Pochin’s Leicester showroom.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has called on the government to tackle poor payment practices between businesses by enforcing the Late Payment Code.

NIBE’s full range of heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems will now be available from Travis Perkins.

NIBE Energy Systems has significantly increased its distribution of renewable heating technologies, following a new agreement with the Travis Perkins Group.

The Exeter branch of RGB Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople to its free demonstration morning on Thursday 27 February.

Ru Butler, Peppard's sales and marketing director.

Peppard Building Supplies is strengthening its web presence after reporting a sharp rise in traffic.

Paul Wakefield, Greg Barker and Claire Perry.

Greg Barker, Minister of Energy & Climate Change, recently toured Grant Engineering UK, where he also announced an additional £150,000 of funding for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) voucher training scheme.

Yeovil Buildbase yardman Ryan Stanley fills sandbags with branch manager Kyle Chesterman.

Builders’ merchant Buildbase is working with its network of suppliers and customers to donate urgent flood relief to Somerset residents.

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