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L-r: John Stevenson, George Osborne and Tony Hackney.

BSW Timber is to create up to 60 new operational jobs at its sawmills in Carlisle and Dalbeattie as demand for UK timber rises.

Baxi’s warranty terms and conditions have been given the Crystal Mark seal of approval.

New for 2014, Ridgeons is offering the new bathroom collection from Laura Ashley.

Mike Rigby, managing director of MRA Marketing.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has invited MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a masterclass on marketing and merchandising at its first Branch Managers’ Forum.

Following approval from the Belgium Competition Authority, Grafton Group has acquired Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders’ merchanting business.

Jay Pickup of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing to invest in sustainability, having trained ‘Green Champions’ in each of its 28 branches across England.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to "overhaul" the way the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme is administered.

Knauf Insulation has joined the Sustainable Energy Association to take an active role in developing the policies that matter to the energy-efficiency and low-carbon sectors.

Independent brickmaker Edenhall has stepped up production of its Engineering Quality concrete bricks as clay brick makers struggle to satisfy demand for Class B engineering bricks from merchants, housebuilders and groundworkers in the civils sector.

The Norbord Inverness plant in Scotland.

Norbord has submitted a notice of intent for a planning application to Highland Council for a major investment in its OSB (oriented strand board) manufacturing site at Morayhill, near Inverness, Scotland.

Last month (16 January) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited Triton – The Great British Shower Company in Nuneaton.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has announced the merchant teams that will be taking part in this year’s Practical Skills Challenge Event.

Burge & Gunson has become a member of Fortis Merchants with effect from 1 February 2014.

RGB Building Supplies is inviting those interested in finding out about new ways to cut household energy bills to visit some of its branches for demonstrations of the new iT500 internet enabled thermostat from Salus representatives.

Ted Tugwell, tool sales manager at Elliotts Builders' Merchants in Hampshire, is working to raise awareness of cervical cancer after his wife, Angela, passed away from the disease. 

Michelmersh Brick Holdings is expecting to report a profit from continuing activities for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Peter Buttle, chairman of builders' merchant Buttle's, has spoken of his "shock and sadness" at the death of Kevin Middleton, who died recently following a short illness.

Installers need to get up to speed on the rules of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to ensure new and existing customers aren’t left out of pocket when the scheme is introduced in the spring, says Simon Osborne, head of product and channel management at Baxi.

Wickes is moving its support centre from Harrow to a new state-of the-art facility at Vision House in Watford, bringing its team of 200 employees to the south west Hertfordshire town.

L-R: Housing Minister Kris Hopkins with MP Eric Ollerenshaw, Hanson building products MD Stephen Harrison, Hanson CEO Patrick O’Shea and brick works manager Graham Longhorn.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins recently visited Hanson’s re-opened Claughton Manor brick works, to see bricks being produced there for the first time in four years.

Peter Hindle MBE will take up the position as chairman of the BMF in April.

Peter Hindle MBE will be the next chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), taking up the position on 2 April.

Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the ‘bumper summer’ continuing through the autumn and winter.

Some of the aggregates currently stocked in readiness.

Kelkay has opened up another 10 acres of its land bank.

Leading names from the Travis Perkins Group, including merchants Travis Perkins, CCF, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), backed by the expertise of Sustainable Building Supplies (SBS) and Solfex, have announced they are “RHI ready” thanks to a combination of services which have been developed to support installers and builders.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Scottish region celebrated in style on 24 January, with over 200 members and suppliers attending a Burns supper at Glasgow’s Trades Hall.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has re-launched its basic U-value calculation service to bring it in line with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has rejected claims by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors that a fall in UK construction output is partly due to a brick shortage.

Alex Stephenson has shared why he thinks progress is slow when it comes to SuDs.

Experts have warned that the overly idealistic interpretation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as natural above-ground drainage is holding back progress.

Deco-Pak has confirmed that the company recently acquired the Living Stone national sales team, following the announcement that Living Stone had gone into administration.

Fergus Ewing MSP (centre) opens the event with Plumb Center's head of sustainability Tim Pollard (right), and regional trading director for Scotland Robert Beagley (left).

Fergus Ewing MSP - the Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism – officially opened Scotland’s first HETAS-accredited renewables training academy on 22 January.

The Green Deal has scored just two out of five in a one-year anniversary ‘report card’ from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which says the government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship policy.

Fernox has released its new training dates and venues for 2014.

Grange Fencing is the latest home and garden improvement company to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

Williams & Co., the independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, has been identified in a report by London’s Stock Exchange as making an extraordinary contribution to economic growth and employment.

Following an early review, the government has agreed to extend the Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee pilot scheme, which the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has made available to its members.

Phil Barnard, technical specification manager for Chandlers Building Supplies.

Phil Barnard, from Chandlers Building Supplies, is to chair a University of Brighton Water Efficiency in Building Network masterclass, which will take place at the BRE Trust in Watford on Wednesday 5 February.

The Geberit concealed cistern opened up a whole new level of creative freedom in the bathroom.

This year will see Geberit celebrate the anniversary of the launch of its concealed cisterns.

(l-r) Plumbwares’ Mike Clarke and Pochin managing director David Pochin.

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has acquired the West Midlands merchant Plumbwares.

Terry Parker is to step down as chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in March, following the completion of his successful five-year term of office.

MKM Building Supplies has been working with ASSA ABLOY and the UNION brand to create an offering inline with customer demand.

MKM Building Supplies and UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, have been working together to strengthen the builders’ merchant’s security offering.

Fluidmaster, the manufacturer of toilet tank components, has acquired Kolektor Liv, based in Postojna, Slovenia.

Selco Builders Warehouse is giving tradespeople, customers and employees the chance to become an instant millionaire in its latest campaign with talkSPORT.

Tradefix Direct has revealed that it has achieved a 56% increase in online sales revenue in 2013.

Carvers is in the final phase of recovery after being devastated by a fire in 2012.

Carvers Building Supplies is another step closer to getting back on track, with the final phase of its £4m ‘Bigger and Better’ rebuild now under way.

The Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to the showroom on Wednesday 22 January for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing.

DRU offers a range of wood-burning products under its new brand.

DRU Verwarming BV’s wood fires and stoves have been rebranded as DG Fires in the UK.

In partnership with CRASH, Knauf Insulation has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by Cardboard Citizens.

Knauf Insulation, in partnership with CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people - has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by performing arts charity, Cardboard Citizens.

Independent builders’ merchant, Distributor, has launched a mobile friendly version of its website in order to ensure that its customers are able to browse and buy with ease from a mobile phone.

Construction work began in May 2013 and is now complete, with the lab fully operational.

Siniat has invested more than £250,000 in the construction of a new laboratory facility at its flagship manufacturing plant in Portbury, Bristol.

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds has called for "an army of small builders" to help deliver the number of new homes needed to address the housing crisis, in a speech to the National House Building Council.

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