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Countering the gloom from recent growth figures, Taylor Wimpey has reported a strong start to the year and hailed the Government’s Help to Buy scheme as an interest-booster in the housing market.

Covers Timber & Builders' Merchants intends to find out whether the quintessential builder's brew is still popular.

The traditional 'builder’s brew' is as British as cricket, fish and chips and the Queen, but is it still the British builder’s top choice? Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants is aiming to find out with the launch of its Builders Brew Survey.

Michelle Collins is to swap pints for patios at the launch of TG Builders' Merchants' Dream Patios and Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms.

Michelle Collins is taking time out from pulling pints at the Rovers Return to instead pull in punters at the grand opening of TG Builders' Merchants' Dream Patios and Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms at Maesbury Road, Oswestry on Saturday 4 May.

Following the launch of its Jackson Renewables website, Jackson Building Centres is now providing customers with an Advice, Supply and Install service.

NMBS embraces solar power.

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) now has a trading agreement for LG solar panels with Zenex Solar.

Robert Franklin of Climate Center.

Climate Center is dramatically expanding its product offering to become a one-stop shop for installers.

Speaking to an audience of 500 senior industry leaders and government officials at the Construction Products Association’s Annual Lunch, chairman Geoff Cooper shared his optimism for market growth from 2014. However, he urged policymakers to provide greater confidence and certainty to business by addressing a number of key challenges facing the sector.

Michael Fallon MP attended and praised the Construction Products Association's showcase.

The Construction Products Association welcomed the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business & Energy, to an exhibition showcasing innovative and sustainable construction products manufactured in the UK.

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has opened a Renewable Energy Centre showroom and new training facility at its recently opened Maidenhead branch.

Ridgeons' Sudbury branch is hosting a trade day.

Ridgeons’ Sudbury branch is bringing together a number of leading industry suppliers to host a dedicated trade day tomorrow (24 April) between 8am and 4pm.

Customers were welcomed to a wine-tasting evening as Jewson's Fulham branch unveiled its new showroom.

Last week (16 April), the Jewson branch in Fulham welcomed customers to the unveiling of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Travis Perkins’ Managed Services team has received the Most Innovative Supplier title at the 2013 Housing Innovation Awards.

The Managed Services team of Travis Perkins Group has been appointed by Northampton Borough Council as the sole supplier to its Direct Labour Organisation for repair and maintenance materials.

Communication and publicity of the Green Deal is "inadequate”, according to Travis Perkins' Matthew Wright.

Anglia Tool Centre is to host a power tool demonstration trade event this month at Ridgeons' Greenlight Centre of Excellence & Training Academy.

Anglia Tool Centre will be the host of East Anglia’s biggest power tool demonstration trade event this month, at Ridgeons' Greenlight Centre of Excellence & Training Academy in Pampisford, Cambridge.

Overseas revenues have driven growth at Speedy Hire.

MKM Building Supplies is on target to open new branches this year.

Dougfield Plumbers Supplies, Plumbplus Supplies and J & Bs are all to become members of the Cemco Merchant Network from 1 May.

Wolseley UK and Sustain will be partnering up to launch a new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) service, bringing energy efficiency to homes across the country.

Graduates of the Accelerated Development Programme.

A new Accelerated Development Programme launched by Wolseley UK has seen 17 of its participants graduate.

Leeds city region is to go out to tender next month for a Green Deal retrofit programme worth £80m over the first three years.

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with Southall Associates to offer members a radically different health and safety business support service, which has been developed specifically for builders’ merchants.

The future of the construction industry in the UK is dependent on an image overhaul, increasing innovation and more confidence, according to a group of industry experts who gathered for the recent Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) chairman’s debate in Central London.

Plumb Center's head of sustainability Tim Pollard is encouraged by DECC's latest Green Deal figures.

The Green Deal is gathering momentum, according to figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Plumb Center’s head of sustainability Tim Pollard has found this update “really encouraging”.

Breedon Aggregrates recently acquired Scottish assets from Aggregate Industries for £34m, and has also reached agreement to purchase assets from Marshalls for an initial consideration of £17.5m.

The Government has put £50m towards financing its flagship Green Deal scheme as part of its £244m initial funding package announced last month.

Total Plumbing's first branch has been opened in Port Talbot.

LBS Builders' Merchants has opened its first dedicated plumbers’ merchant branch in Port Talbot, Wales.

Jewson has expanded the number of its specialist roofing branches.

Trade professionals can now take advantage of the latest specialist roofing branches from Jewson in Bristol, Carmarthen, Hertford, Watford and Wheatley.

Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock is flanked by Selco managing director Chris Cunliffe and Old Kent road branch manager Darrell Carter.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in Marlborough Grove, London, just off Old Kent Road.

Ian Berry, Biffa contract manager and Rod Leigh, Jewson sustainability director.

Jewson has committed to diverting all its residual waste from landfill by the end of 2014. Currently, over 40 percent of Jewson’s waste is diverted from landfill.

EH Smith Builders Merchants has won its sixth successive Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013.

Voters in England must accept the building of homes on undeveloped land for the sake of younger generations, Planning Minister Nick Boles MP has told the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF).

Shutl yesterday (9 April) announced that Jewson has launched the world’s “fastest, most convenient delivery service”, from six of its London branches.

Black Country-based Darlaston Builders Merchants plans to expand following a property restructuring package.

Customer research undertaken by Travis Perkins Hire shows that extending the range of new equipment boosts tool hire business.

The Government’s proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in England have been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF).

Increased consumer awareness for sustainable solutions and their benefits, better regulation and financial incentives are likely to have the most impact on the UK’s ability to meet its carbon reduction targets, according to a recent survey conducted by Saint-Gobain.

A new training centre for Northern Ireland heating installers that focuses on renewable technologies is set to open in Portadown in County Armagh.

Graham's new Always Available service means plumbers can access products at any time.

Plumbers’ merchant Graham has launched a new Always Available service to ensure that professional plumbers and installers can gain immediate access to products they need.

Jewson is owed £197,000 by contractor Hewlett Group, which collapsed owing £11.6m to trade creditors and around £4.4m to its bank.

Kingfisher is developing online sales with an omni-channel approach while also reducing shop floor space.

A Bradford Building Supplies lorry recently rolled out of the merchant’s yard and crashed through a fence, before stopping at a garage.

Jackson Building Centres has now launched its renewable technologies site, Jackson Renewables.

Screwfix is going European.

Screwfix is continuing its ongoing expansion, having recently launched a European shipping service.

To coincide with its move to Coventry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) website has had a complete makeover.

H+H managing director Mark Oliver with the Partnership and Innovation award.

H+H has received a 2012 Barratt Supplier Excellence Award, as part of Barratt Developments’ Supplier Conference in February 2013.

B&Q Ireland’s Athlone store will remain open after the company gained improved lease terms on the unit.

Brassware specialist VADO has been acquired by Norcros.

Nick Clegg talking to Simon Blaxill (centre) and Colchester MP Bob Russell.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently made a surprise visit to Kent Blaxill’s 175th anniversary celebration.

SAM Mouldings has won a four-year £10m contract to provide Wickes with primed MDF mouldings, wood veneer mouldings, skirting boards and architraves. SCA will distribute the products.

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