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L-r: Christine Harding, BMF marketing manager, John Newcomb, BMF managing director and Antony Considine, SCA’s consortia manager, plant trees for European Forests Week at the BMF’s HQ in Coventry.

European Forests Week, which promotes sustainable forestry in Europe, saw the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and SCA Timber Supply come together on 9 December at the BMF’s headquarters to plant trees for the future.

SIG Distribution - the distribution division of FTSE-listed construction supplies firm SIG plc - formally opened its new £2m Tyneside 'supercentre' on 5 December, 2013.

Reaction to the Autumn Statement was mixed, with a positive response for measures to support housebuilding but widespread feeling that the promises must be followed by action.

Industry reaction to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last week was mixed, with a positive response to the increased commitment to infrastructure but widespread feeling that the promises made by government must be followed by action.

Neil Lawrence, managing director of The Local Merchant Group.

The Local Merchant Group, the division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution which includes Gibbs & Dandy, DHS, Normans and Frazer, has successfully held a national conference for a hundred of its leading suppliers.

Ridgeons has secured a place in Cambridge News’ top most 125 influential businesses.

Steven Heath: "We urgently need a sustainable policy framework that drives renovation of all our housing stock."

Following yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne who promised to reduce household energy bills by £50 per year, Knauf Insulation is asking what the true cost of these savings will be for the insulation industry.

Today’s Autumn Statement (5 December) presents “a brighter picture for the UK economy and construction industry”, according to Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan.

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today’s Autumn Statement. 

Tim Pollard, head of sustainability at Plumb and Parts Center

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced plans to make the Green Deal more straightforward.

The refurbished Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has recently completed a major refurbishment enabling the branch to triple its amount of retail space.

The new timber programme reinforces Jewson’s commitment to training and to delivering the best possible service to customers.

To further build on its experience and expertise when it comes to selecting and working with timber products, Jewson has implemented a new timber star performance programme, a timber and sheet material knowledge and sales based training programme.

Baxi recently held an open day at its refurbished training centre in Dartford, Kent.

Baxi’s training centre in Dartford has re-opened following a complete refurbishment.

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings to avoid missing significant economic and environmental opportunities, a new report has warned.

NMBS and Unimer have announced their intention to create a 'supergroup' for independent merchants.

Steven Heath: “The government must look at improving all of our housing stock, not attempting to insulate cavity walls one year and solid walls the next.”

During an interview aired on the BBC’s News at Ten on Friday 29 November, Knauf Insulation has called on the government to introduce long term and viable plans to improve all of the UK’s housing stock as part of its review of green levies.

Colin Richardson, director of manufacturing development at Ibstock, Kris Hopkins MP and John Lambert, regional production director at Ibstock.

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP at its redeveloped Chesterton factory on 28 November.

Premier Forest director Terry Edgell (right)with senior corporate banking manager Mike Kear from HSBC (who led the deal).

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has acquired the entire share capital of Ron Lewis Holdings.

Kelkay has today acquired Borderstone from Aggregate Industries.

The Jewson branch on Rollins Street in Peckham, London has moved, but not too far.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has criticised the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's recent report on the Housing Standards Review.

Britain’s financially squeezed households would benefit if Chancellor George Osborne cut VAT on housing renovation and repair work, according to a letter written to the Chancellor by campaigners.

Natural clay Porotherm blocks in use.

Those interested in sustainable building are invited to visit Chandlers Building Supplies for a breakfast morning where representatives from Porotherm will be on hand to discuss the benefits of using its blocks as opposed to traditional materials.

Jonathan Reynolds MP (left) meets Tim Pollard, head of sustainability at Plumb Center.

The new Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change has praised the work of Wolseley UK’s Sustainable Building Center (SBC) in a visit to Leamington.

Wayne Bridgehouse, head of facilities management at Rexel UK.

As part of an ongoing strategic focus, Rexel UK has announced a dedicated facilities management team with the rationale of ensuring best value and unrivalled support for those working in the sector.

Adhesive specialist Bostik has unveiled a new visual identity today as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

The Awards bring together some of the most influential merchants and suppliers to make new connections and strengthen existing customer relationships.

Over 470 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry met in London last week to celebrate excellence in the face of economic adversity.

Burdens has won an award for its service to Thames Water.

Burdens has been presented with a supply chain award from Optimise JV for providing exceptional levels of service to Thames Water.

The Travis Perkins Group has welcomed the government’s announcement of changes to Part L 2013 documents.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed its first group membership scheme with a specialist plumbing and heating buying group.

Jewson’s Watford branch suffered damage last week when a lorry crashed into its warehouse.

GM Treble has opened a larger branch in Derby.

Pump specialist GM Treble has moved one of its highest-performing branches into new premises in Derby after it outgrew its former location.

Baxi has issued a Safety Alert (number 013, Potterton Powermax HE - Flue/Condensate Connector Erosion) in conjunction with Gas Safe.

The new training facility features five fully equipped workshops.

Worcester, Bosch Group has opened a brand new training facility in Normanton, near Wakefield, to provide better support and an improved training experience for installer, specifier and merchant customers based in the North of England.

A report published by MPs has urged the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider axing measures that support renewable energy in new homes.

Left to right: Graham Bolton, Margaret Burgess and John Newcomb in Perth.

Merchants have nothing to fear from an independent Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has said.

John Sinfield: “ECO has undeniably suffered through its poor design and implementation.”

As the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that more than 300,000 measures have been completed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Knauf Insulation is calling on the government to resist pressure from the ‘big six’ energy companies and to continue driving the scheme forwards.

This year's National Buying Group (NBG) Conference saw the buying group celebrate its 10th anniversary, bringing independent merchants and suppliers together to make plans for the new year and celebrate a successful 2013. 

Wolseley has won a Talent Management award at the Personnel Today Awards.

Wolseley UK has won an HR award for its work on attracting, developing and retaining employees.

More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost – many as early as Christmas – if the government decides to cut ‘green levies’ on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council has warned.

Knauf Insulation celebrated Britain’s builders’ merchant sector in the Lord Mayor’s Show.

On Saturday 9 November, Knauf Insulation paraded the streets of London in the Lord Mayor’s Show, celebrating ‘merchanting through the ages’ as part of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants float.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings (MBH), the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, had a successful evening at the recent Brick Awards 2013, taking home one third of the awards.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association.

A report published by the National Audit Office has predicted that consumers will face 20 years of price increases in household utility bills to pay for new infrastructure.

The Grant Spira condensing wood pellet boiler, available from Plumb Center.

Condensing biomass boilers are now to be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when it launches in spring 2014, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria of the scheme.

Sektor training is now offered at CCF Heathrow.

Sektor, the own-brand range of interior solutions from CCF, is now offering free product training at its showroom in Heathrow.

Kilsaran International has partnered with Beatsons Building Supplies.

Kilsaran International has signed an agreement with Beatsons Building Supplies as the latest addition to the paving company’s growing distribution network.

Wolseley has launched online training courses for its employees.

Wolseley UK has launched a new suite of IT training courses for its employees as part of an expansion of its Online Training Academy.

Front left to right: Mark Fitzhenry, Ken Miller, Amanda Smith, Kieth Bane, John Young, David Coates. Middle left to right: Danny Timmons, Steve Arnold, Annette Wait, Stephan Wait, Gareth Percival, Johnnie Sam. Rear: Gordon Ridgeon.

Ridgeons recently welcomed 10 employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

A bird's-eye view of Athlete's Village, courtesy of City Legacy.

Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) is celebrating the completion of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow, after successfully supplying a range of essential heating and plumbing products to the City Legacy consortium over a two-year period.

After trading for over 140 years in the town of Wellingborough, Higgins Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Irthlingborough.

A new Lytag lightweight aggregate (LWA) manufacturing facility has been opened in the Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire, significantly increasing access to the material for project teams throughout the UK.

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