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It was a balmy summer evening as more than 400 guests arrived at the City Central Marquee at the Honorary Artillery Company in London for the annual Lighthouse Club Charity’s Summer Ball.

Chandlers Building Supplies is helping its Petworth branch manager raise money for the Construction Industry Helpline.

Another successful VADO Rally has raised over £90,000 for charity after 22 teams embarked on an epic adventure through some of Europe’s greatest cities in just four days.

Pictured (L-R) are Colin Clark MP, BMF Regional Manager Graham Bolton, GPH Director John Glover, GPH Director Ken Findlay, GPH Chairman Michael Macauley, and GPH MD Grant Shewan.

Colin Clark, MP for Gordon, visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday.

Grafton Group's Selco store opening programme has helped it make a profit

The Grafton Group has revealed that its UK merchanting business grew its profits by almost 7% during the first half of the year.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

The BrickWorks team

Gorilla Glue has joined forces with The Brick to donate its products and to host community events and training sessions for the charity.

A "transformational" £15 million investment programme has put growth on hold for Naylor Industries.

Dedication to reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency has won Ibstock Brick an accolade at this year’s Business Green Leaders Awards.

A team from Anderton Concrete have raised £14,000 for charity Macmillan Cancer by climbing three mountains in 24 hours.

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the builders’ merchants industry.

A Show Garden which won two awards at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live contained raised pond and edible beds.

A group of budding entrepreneurs have won a national award, with the help of shower manufacturer Roman.

Kit Malthouse is the new Housing Minister, replacing Dominic Raab.

Civils Expo will cover the largest infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad and will feature exhibitors showcasing the very latest products and services for the sector.

A construction activity index report has shown a “disappointing” decline in projects starting in the last three months.

Pictured (L-R) are Brett Amphlett of the Builders Merchants Federation; Hilary Benn MP; Howarth Timber Regional Manager Ian Williams; Howarth Timber MD Nick Howarth.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies recently welcomed Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn to its branch at Prince Edward Works in Leeds, to learn about how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider West Yorkshire economy.

Actis says more off-site construction is key if the plans in a report into how the UK manages its housing market are to be achieved.

Pasquill recently invited customers to an open day at its Redhill branch, offering an exclusive insight into the recent six-figure investments in the site.

The British Coatings Federation celebrated its 25th birthday last week, with a ceremonial plaque and an anniversary cake.

NBG has signed several new buying deals with some of the building industry’s premium brands, including Bond It, Forgefix, Gorilla, Imperial Bricks and Wykamol.

Architect and television presenter George Clarke will be the Keynote Speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants Conference.

Polypipe Terrain is supplying a drainage system for a £150 million development in London.

Philmac has moved its warehouse and its commercial activities to bigger sites as the company continues to grow.

Worcester Bosch has challenged a report which recommended homes use heat pumps instead of mains gas.

A crucial meeting on the future of the Institute of Builders’ Merchants has been suspended because members were not given enough notice.

Mental health charity Mates in Mind is offering support to construction workers in Northern Ireland in a bid to improve mental health in the industry.

The manager of builders’ merchant Kent Blaxhill’s Suffolk branch is running 180km this year to celebrate the company’s 180th year.

Building and Plumbing Supplies opened its revamped Leamington branch with an event attended by a contestant from BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off.

Jewson is assisting an attempt to break the world record for the most people exercising to a fitness video at once.

Builders’ merchants have been assured that a proposed scheme to licence the UK construction industry will not have a negative impact on them.

Knights player Liam Jackson with Steve Mullarkey and Maddy Geeves from Selco

Selco’s York branch has partnered with League 1 rugby club York City Knights.

TV presenter George Clarke with the winners of the Next Generation Design Brum competition at last year's Timber Expo

This year's Timber Expo, the biggest timber event of the year, features new workshops and a role model competition to inspire the next generation.

Pictured (L-R) are Ibstock CEO Joe Hudson, James Brokenshire MP, and Andrew Bridgen MP. Picture by Gareth Walker

Ibstock Brick last week welcomed the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to open its new factory.

Thornbridge Sawmills and Rembrand Timber have merged, with the help of further investment from Cairngorm Capital Partners.

Pictured (L-R) are Paul Allwright (Depot Manager at Covers' Bognor Regis branch), Warren Guildford (Study Programme Leader for Level 2 Carpentry at Chichester College) and Jason Lindsey (Study Programme Leader for Carpentry and Joinery Apprentices at Chichester College).

The Chichester and Bognor Regis branches of Covers have donated materials and kitchen units to help carpentry and joinery students at Chichester College.

Bull Products is helping to protect construction workers at a redevelopment site in London where the 2012 Olympics took place.

Family-run charity Holbrook Animal Rescue in Horsham has been awarded £500 after winning D.W. Nye’s "Proud to be Local" campaign.

More than 50 guests from the coatings and printing inks industries attended the opening event on Wednesday for the British Coatings Federation’s new HQ.

Polypipe has emphasised the importance of green infrastructure and pioneering water management solutions to prevent flooding and cool the environment.

Award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster Joe Lynam will be speaking at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day Annual Conference in September.

Keyline’s Annual Rally fundraiser began today, with 30 cars embarking on a journey to Calais to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Hartland Carnival has been voted as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund and the committee now has £1,000 to spend on building materials at RGB’s Bideford branch.

The British Woodworking Federation has launched a campaign to make wood the construction material of choice.

The boss of a Derbyshire construction company has been banned after failing to pay fines following multiple health and safety breaches.

A Selco Branch Manager jumped 15,000ft from a plane to raise money in memory of his colleague.

Marley Eternit has some advice for tradespeople to keep their skin protected in the sun.

Dickies Workwear has created an online community where users can share their thoughts about upcoming designs for work attire.

Scott Parnell has sponsored a volunteer who delivers urgent blood supplies to hospitals in Essex by motorbike.

Tradespeople are most concerned about the skills shortage and lack of training, according to a survey by Wavin.

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