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The Green Deal is financially “unattractive” and needs simplifying, according to the latest report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Some of the construction industry’s key manufacturing sectors of clay bricks and blocks, precast concrete and ready-mixed concrete, have joined forces to launch several new Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs).

The second phase of the government’s Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

(l-r) Pochin managing director David Pochin with Andy Warren and Dean Oram of Robert J Dutton.

More than 100 heating installers and engineers got the lowdown on new products from key suppliers at a Leicester trade exhibition by Pochin.

CITB has commented on ‘Re-energising the green agenda’, the report published yesterday by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Mark Kelly, Grafton Merchanting GB's chief executive officer.

Builders, electricians, plumbers, other trade professionals and small construction firms are set to benefit, as Grafton Merchanting GB becomes the first national builders’ merchant to give tradesmen direct access to the government’s Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee (TCEFG) scheme.

Huws Gray’s latest acquisition of FJ Williams sees the Anglesey-based company expand right on top of the historic border between England and Wales.

Colchester Tile Supplies has been acquired by Nicholls & Clarke.

Nicholls & Clarke has announced that it has acquired Colchester Tile Supplies.

Construction firms from the London Borough of Southwark are being offered the chance to win work on Lend Lease’s £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, at a Supplier Engagement Day on 17 October 2013.

John Cave (EH Smith) and Scott McDaniel (SolarWorld) outside EH Smith’s solar-powered headquarters in Solihull.

EH Smith has become the first builders’ merchant in the UK to partner with photovoltaic manufacturer SolarWorld.

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

Sektor's new showroom.

Sektor, the own-brand range of professional interior solutions from CCF, has opened a comprehensive product showroom at its existing Heathrow branch.

The number of properties sold in the UK has hit a four-year high.

The number of homes sold in the UK hit an almost four-year high last month as the housing market recovery continues to gather pace, according to the September RICS Residential Market Survey.

Capita Managed IT Solutions has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Wolseley UK.

The sanitaryware division of the Imperial Ware Group – Ours Sanitary Ware, Impulse Bathrooms, Imperial Bathroom Products and Imperial Ware Australia – has been reviewed at a recent meeting in Hong Kong.

A new 2013 Safety Report has been launched by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all of its contracting member companies.

IronmongeryDirect staff have achieved Level One and Level Two accreditations from the prestigious Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, celebrated the official opening of its brand new Safety Centre last month at Westwood Business Park, Coventry.

Border Merchant Systems planned to hold its annual user meeting for its northern customers in November, but due to the company’s recent acquisition by Shuttleworth Business Systems, it has now decided to make the event available to all users.

Wolseley has seen early signs of recovery in the UK but continued weakness elsewhere in Europe.

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has seen its profits more than double, driven by its US division.

Bob Murdoch, manufacturing director at Worcester, accepts the award for Best Engineering Plant from Ashley Maile, managing director at PEME Process Control.

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been recognised for its manufacturing excellence after claiming two coveted crowns at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA).

The BMF’s pilot Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is now ready to go ahead after contract delays by government lawyers have now been cleared.

The introduction of fixed prices at EH Smith has been rewarded with a 30% increase in customer visits across the group’s eight branches.

Terry Egan, managing director of Northern Timber (right).

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to expand and invest in its business by purchasing the assets and trade of Northern Timber.

Aggregate Industries has announced a major re-brand which will consolidate 25 of its businesses under the Aggregate Industries name.

Phill Jackson, Pegler Yorkshire’s marketing and business development director.

Pegler Yorkshire’s 2012 financial results indicate a growth in export sales, while turnover in the UK has decreased.

S&D Sealants has continued a year of growth with the acquisition of one of the West Midlands leading mastic companies.

Travis Perkins is to be Crest Nicholson's sole supplier of building materials.

Travis Perkins has been appointed by British housebuilder Crest Nicholson as the sole supplier of building materials for its southwest region.

New measures announced by the government to help more people build their own home will increase choice and affordability in the housing market, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jack Dromey MP.

Ed Miliband’s pledge to build new homes on “a grand scale” was the focus of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) at this year’s Labour Party Conference, held in Brighton.

The Toolstream event at the RAF Museum, Hendon.

Toolbank is enjoying another successful run of autumn trade shows.

Green Deal assessments are continuing to help people make their homes more energy efficient, according to research published last week by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Fermacell has opened a new factory in Spain.

Fermacell has invested €30m in opening a new factory for gypsum fibreboards that will supply the UK market.

One lucky competition winner got his hands on a brand new Paslode IM360Ci at Robert Price's Building Bonanza exhibition.

Robert Price marked the official opening of its new branch in Barry, South Glamorgan by holding a Building Bonanza exhibition.

Plumbers’ merchant Woodhouse & Sturnham is to join the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) next month, becoming the 21st member of the buying group.

The government must include financial incentives for householders adding energy-efficiency measures to their homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Keyline has launched a managed services solution to help contractors within the rail sector to reduce operational overheads, have better access to critical resources and materials and react better to customer requirements.

Knauf Insulation has welcomed DECC's proposed changes to the Green Deal, but warns they are not enough.

As the latest statistics show that only 12 homes have had Green Deal measures installed, Knauf Insulation has welcomed moves by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to widen the scope of the Green Deal cashback incentive, but warns that the proposed changes still do not go far enough.

Craig Millar and the MKM team in Glasgow.

MKM Building Supplies is proving life begins at 40 with the opening of its latest branch.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a Vehicle Affinity Scheme with Peugeot Contract Hire (PCH) that will ease fleet costs and help boost the business of BMF members.

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has launched an app to aid builders calculate the correct foundation depths when building near trees.

Tradesmen across the UK can soon take advantage of a new government-backed scheme aimed at securing affordable heating to energy-poor homes.

Builders involved in refurbishment work are being advised to make sure their paperwork is up-to-date or face risking an untimely fine from Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Ridgeons celebrated the talents of its employees with the 2013 Recognition Awards.

Ridgeons celebrated employees’ extraordinary achievements at its 2013 Recognition Awards last week.

The outlook looks good for Ridgeons in 2014 following the success of its new branches.

A year on since Ridgeons opened four new sites in the eastern region, managing director Angela Rushforth has confirmed that trading is on the up and the group is looking forward to a strong 2014.

Ten college leavers are benefiting from apprenticeships offered by Carillion and Knauf.

Ten college leavers from Kent are benefiting from apprenticeships in drylining offered in a collaboration between Carillion, one of the UK's leading support services companies, and its plaster and drylining products supplier Knauf.

In its drive to represent the building materials supply industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is gaining support from manufacturers as well as merchants, with three new supplier members joining already this month.

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board recently announced.

A Kent aggregate company has been ordered to pay more than £180,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed by dangerous lifting equipment on a tipper lorry.

PTS has extended its late-night ordering service until 8pm for next-day delivery during the heating season.

PTS is ready to support heating engineers through the busy heating season by boosting its late-night ordering and next-day delivery for its spares customers.

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