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Pochin managing director David Pochin and Leicester College chair of governors Martin Ward.

Plumbing and heating trade supplier Robert Pochin has been presented with Leicester College’s Outstanding Achievement Award for its support of the college and its learners.

Left to right: Gordon Banks, Allan Durning, Mark Atherton, Iain Wright and Andrew Warren.

Alex McLeod, chief executive of Superglass Insulation, recently welcomed Labour MPs Iain Wright and Gordon Banks to the company's plant in Stirling.

GI Energy, supplier of air and ground source heat pumps, has welcomed the government’s proposal to raise the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for non-domestic ground source heat pump installations.

Major changes in the labelling of bathroom products marketed throughout Europe will take place on 1 July 2013.

Stuart Mason-Elliott will be standing down as the CBA’s chairman.

In response to a government initiative requiring all central government building procurement contracts to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) from 2016, the Construction Products Association (CPA), together with the NBS, has launched a guide for manufacturers entitled: ‘BIM for the Terrified’.

Wolseley UK has purchased its 18,500 square metre distribution warehouse on the Berkeley Business Park in Worcester, from real estate investment manager, Valad Europe, for an undisclosed sum.

Euroheat’s training and exhibition centre in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire.

Euroheat has launched a range of short films designed to make understanding biomass easier for installers and end users.

MKM and Jewson are among the creditors of Wisbech construction business, Bespoke Oak Supplies.

David Seymour, managing director of Everbuild Building Products and Ivo Schaedler, general manager of Sika.

Sika has acquired Everbuild Building Products, manufacturer of sealant, adhesives and construction chemicals.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish government will be providing almost £50m of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.

Sam Kirwan, branch manager at Jewson’s Northampton site, explains on film the importance of learning about ratios when it comes to paint mixing in a builders’ merchant.

Jewson recently took part in a new education initiative that introduces work-related learning into primary schools - the Yes Programme.

TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, is calling on homeowners and tradesmen to have an open conversation at the start of every job to ensure a successful working relationship.

Plumb Center and Parts Center's mobile apps are now available on Android.

Plumb Center and Parts Center have released apps for Android phones, putting a range of features at customers’ fingertips.

Deepings has added an extensive new range of garden and landscaping products. Pictured are Neil Webb (left) and Ian Greenfield.

Following five successful years of supplying trade customers, builders’ merchant Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies has launched a free delivery service for DIY enthusiasts and gardeners in Rutland, South Lincolnshire and Peterborough.

Following yesterday's announcement, Travis Perkins and housebuilder Persimmon have been accepted onto the FTSE 100 index.

National builders’ merchant Travis Perkins and housebuilder Persimmon are both expected to join the FTSE 100 when the index holds its quarterly review tomorrow (12 June), according to financial industry analysts.

Fewer than 200 homes have signed up for the government’s flagship Green Deal scheme, according to the BBC and national newspapers.

Nick Hancock, Richard Birch and Maurice Moran.

F&P Wholesale has been named as the Cemco Merchant Network Lightside Distributor of the Year.

The new-look TradePoint website.

TradePoint’s new transactional website offers over 18,000 products available to buy online.

Wolseley's new training programme gives graduates the opportunity to become part of the next generation of managers.

A new Management Training programme has been launched by Wolseley UK in order to attract the very best graduates to the construction industry.

Following the recent departure of a number of CBA companies to join Cemco, the CBA buying group is set to continue, according to remaining members AW Lumb, Beesley and Fildes, James Burrell, John A Stephens, Robert Price, and Tippers.

Radiators with high output and low water content are the perfect emitters for low-temperature systems, according to Quinn Radiators’ managing director Nick Whitwell, who recently welcomed the defeat of a European proposal to label radiators as unsuitable for use with heat pumps.

PTS' Spares call-centre has seen a 30-percent increase in calls.

PTS’ Spares hotline team has seen an increase in calls of 30 percent during the 2012-2013 heating season.

Leisure Sink's Linear XS.

Leisure Sinks has signed an agreement with specialist plumbing and heating buying group PHG, which will allow the company’s wide range of sinks and taps to be supplied to a growing UK merchant network.

Wolseley's new training course for Pipe Center and Climate Center staff covers low-carbon and sustainable technology.

Wolseley UK has set up a national training course on green technology for staff at Pipe Center and Climate Center.

Wolseley UK is now a ‘Standard Bearer’ for the Carbon Trust.

Wolseley UK has achieved Carbon Trust Standard recertification in recognition of its work to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions.

Ceram's video discusses CE-marking of construction products.

International materials technology company Ceram has released a video which discusses how it can test products to the relevant standards and help guide manufacturers through the process of CE-marking their construction products.

Jewson has hosted a series of seminars entitled ‘Closing the Performance Gap’.

Jewson has hosted a series of CPD events with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) at its Newbury, Sunderland, Stockport, Birkenhead, Lincoln and Peterborough branches.

Industry figures have revealed that installations of cavity wall insulation were down by 97 percent in April compared with the same month last year, signalling a blow to the Coalition’s Green Deal scheme.

Tudor Griffiths is further expanding its network to Mid and North Wales.

Tudor Griffiths has acquired four established ready-mix concrete plants in Mid and North Wales from CEMEX UK.

Wayne David and Jeff Cuthbert cut the ribbon.

Plumbers and installers have welcomed the launch of a dedicated resource for expert advice and easy access to renewable energy products.

Green Deal provider Enact Energy Renewables has gone into administration.

Dave Sowden of the Micropower Council has commended the proposed tariff increase.

Office blocks, factories and community centres could be among a number of buildings across Great Britain to benefit from more cash for renewable heat under proposals recently set out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Cementone has launched a new Cortexa online training module for its Plasterer’s Stabilising Primer.

Selco Builders Warehouse is set to continue its growth by opening a new branch in Wimbledon and has secured the ‘signing’ of a local football hero to cut the ribbon.

Merchants with substantial retail sales will not be encouraged by analysts’ prediction of another fall in sales when B&Q owner Kingfisher reports on trading for the past three months this week.

A builders’ merchant in land-locked mid-Devon helped rescue a yachtsman who went overboard off the French coast.

Covers' logo is featured on the back of the Portsmouth FC shirt.

As a proud supporter of all things local, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the new Portsmouth FC shirt.

Mairead Golding accepted the award on behalf of Wolseley UK for Employer of the Year.

Wolseley UK has been presented with the prestigious New Employer of the Year award by the National Mentoring Consortium, following its involvement in the organisation’s Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Scheme (EMUS).

Stricter energy targets are pushing air leakage down to ever-lower levels. Carrying out remediation work and retests when a building fails can be a serious problem, leading to delays to the project. BSRIA’s new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve air-tightness targets.

JOSB Done has finalised the last two dates for its Points on the Board tour.

JOSB Done has announced the dates of the final two stops of its Points on the Board tour, which sees builders from across the country pit their football skills against an 8ft by 4ft oriented strand board (OSB) panel.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently responded to the latest UK economic assessment report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The new website is designed to showcase what IBC is, what it does and where it has come from.

Buying group IBC recently marked its fourth birthday by launching a brand new website.

Householders across the UK will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating products, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) recently announced.

Plumb Center's Tim Pollard has commented on the fuel poverty annual report and statistics for 2011, recently released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

The NMBS team was presented with a birthday cake in the shape of NMBS' Leicester HQ by Eamon Allen of Pavestone.

With 2013 marking its 50th trading anniversary, it is perhaps befitting that this year's NMBS Gala Dinner proved to be one of the most successful yet for the independent merchants' buying society.

This year’s NMBS exhibition had record-breaking attendance figures.

This year’s NMBS exhibition for independent merchants saw members and suppliers come together to make the day a huge success.

Left to right: Mark Riordan, Primera Eco sustainability manager, Martin Horwood, MP and Carlwyn Coombes, George Bence commercial director.

Gloucestershire-based builders' merchant George Bence has opened a new showroom, giving installers and the general public the opportunity to experience some of the latest energy-saving products and technologies.

Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal (GD) market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

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