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Following the success of SIG Roofing’s national competition to find Britain’s Best Café in 2016, the 2017 campaign is now underway.

Belgrade Insulations is proud that the business has been featured in Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 Awards.

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating 25 years as part of the Bosch Group, with a programme of activities planned throughout 2017.

Sir Keir Starmer (left) with Brett Amphlett.

“We want to negotiate to ensure there are no new customs burdens when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in two years’ time,” was the message from Sir Keir Starmer MP to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) yesterday (25 April).

The Keystone Group has been crowned Materials Supplier of the Year at the Construction News awards.

The Keystone Group has won Materials Supplier of the Year at a recent Construction News event held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Redland is launching a competition to find the 2017 Redland Apprentice of the Year.

The Rainy Day Trust is delighted to announce that one of its industry partners, Reisser, has donated two VIP seats at the Queensbury Boxing League, to include ringside seats, an evening meal and overnight accommodation.

Easy Bathrooms has opened its 12th showroom in Birstall, Leeds.

Trade bathroom supplier, Easy Bathrooms, has expanded by opening its 12th showroom, following £250,000 of investment.

Flame Heating Spares is to support the region’s installers with the launch of a new app.

Friends and families who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities are having to wait an average of three years and four months to secure justice, according to research by Unite.

A modern Industrial Strategy that showcases the construction industry, based on a clearly-defined, well-articulated mission to give it purpose, drive and direction, is the message to Ministers from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Bathroom distributor Q4 Bathrooms has announced its ongoing expansion with the opening of a second distribution centre in Aylesbury.

Paul Woodhead, the first apprentice taken on by specialist supplier of low maintenance building products, GB Plastics, is now a full-time member of the team at the company’s Rugeley branch and head office.

Lily Owsley MBE, part of the Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team from Rio 2016, has officially opened the new £1m EH Smith ‘Local’ branch in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

Dunlop has kicked off its Multi-Skill Champion Competition to find the best multi-skill construction student in the UK with a series of regional college heats.

Redland is investing in the future of the pitched roofing sector with the launch of a programme to support young roofing students.

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

WernerCo, the manufacturer of ladders, has recently donated a range of equipment to several charities across the UK that provide education and employment opportunities in construction to a variety of those in need.

The government has issued positive statements indicating its continued commitment to the existing EU legislation surrounding energy efficient products.

A new radio station dedicated to tradespeople will be giving out 20,000 bacon butties to builders after it launches later this month.

Activity in the construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

MKM Building Supplies has announced strong annual results for the financial year ended 30 September, 2016, with growth in both revenue and profits.

Fernox is lending its support to the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, and has donated 12 TF1 Omega Filters and various chemical water treatment products to the Gas Chat Tour, which is providing free central heating system installations in exchange for charitable donations.

BSW Timber has started a major investment programme in its material handling equipment by commissioning eight new side-loader ‘Bulmor’ vehicles for its sawmill in Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys.

Johnstone’s Trade has announced the four successful finalists in its Community Makeover competition 2017.

Champion Timber’s Edenbridge branch was delighted to donate plywood to support an event that aimed to inspire local youngsters to follow their dreams.

Lewis Benson after the shave.

A group of staff at Covers depots in Chichester, Gosport and Portsmouth have raised a total of £564 for Comic Relief after undertaking a range of activities, including bake sales and a sponsored shave.

Huws Gray Builders Merchants has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire, having recently completed the purchase of James Wilby Builders Merchants.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the North West, at Sentinel Performance Solutions' facility in Warrington.

The London Fire Brigade has tackled a huge fire at a builders' merchants in Brent Cross, London.

To celebrate the £7m refurbishment of its flagship Saffron Walden branch, Ridgeons, has handed lucky winner Darren Petchey, the keys to a brand-new Mercedes-Benz Vito van, worth over £21,000.

Trade association the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new website at www.bmf.org.uk to serve its members across the industry.

NMBS – the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants – has staged another highly successful annual exhibition.

Staff from builders’ merchant Howarth Timber Group have thrown their hats in the ring for not one but two boxing challenges in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for ‘Hartlepool Families First’ charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.

Carl Arntzen is the new chairman of the CPA.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has named Carl Arntzen as its new chairman.

Buttle's has been identified by the Financial Times as one of Europe's fastest-growing companies.

L-r: Peter Collison (Badshot Lea FC), Mark Broad (Badshot Lea FC) and Paul Duke (Rudridge).

Rudridge has helped get renovations underway at the new Badshot Lea FC grounds in Westfield Lane, Farnham with work expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2018/19 football season.

L-r: Danny Byrne with John Savage.

Heating and plumbing merchant, Flame Heating Spares, is targeting further growth and job creation as it looks to expand its operation to serve the Scottish market.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports that UK construction product manufacturers registered an increase in sales and activity in the first quarter of 2017. This extends the industry’s period of growth to four years, despite a backdrop of increasing input cost pressures.

Local dignataries, company directors and employees gathered to mark the official opening of the new Geberit UK head office in Warwick last month.

The SCA Group is to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity.

Sean Neary testing for the new season.

Bradfords Tool Hire has been announced as a sponsorship partner of the Zoek Racing Team competing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship Ducati Cup.

Sarah Sadler, Kohler Mira’s finance director handing a cheque of £92,000 to the CRUK fundraising team.

Staff at Kohler Mira have smashed its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in £92,000 being handed over to the charity this spring.

Mike Pollard of ForgeFix is running the Virgin London Marathon on 23 April, 2017, for Dementia Friends in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Together with Crown Paints, Kent Blaxill is launching its “All hands on Dec” campaign, to renovate a worthy community project in the local area.

1st Chulmleigh Scouts are the latest winners of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Gibbs & Dandy has opened a branch in Stevenage to carry on the legacy of a local builders’ merchant, Chas Lowe & Sons in Knebworth, which is due to close.

L-r: Emily, Claire, David and Mollie Young.

David Young, managing director of Bradfords Building Supplies, has raised over £1,000 for Macmillan by taking part in a ‘Brave the Shave’ headshave on 3 April.

Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi.

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has joined Carbon Connect, an independent, cross-party forum that aims to inform and guide the transition to a low carbon future underpinned by sustainable energy.

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