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The team at Siniat demonstrate their best bull impressions as the ‘Beef Up’ campaign proves a success.

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

Andy Sagar, national sales director for the construction division at Close Brothers Asset Finance.

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

Left to right: Lawrence Young, Suzannah Nichol and Andrew Carpenter.

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is encouraging its members to sign up to the Supply Chain Payment Charter, published by the Construction Leadership Council.

Judith Ozcan, a senior director of the British Business Bank, has been announced as the latest keynote speaker at BMF Members Day in September.

Acheson & Glover has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company, owned by A&G's former chief executive Raymond Acheson.

Poores of Chorleywood has been sold to the Lords Group of Companies.

A&G (Acheson & Glover) has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company owned by their former chief executive, Raymond Acheson.

Gail van Dijk with CO alarms.

Every installer is being urged to back a campaign, which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Steve Peach, electrical craftsman at Hope Construction Materials’ Hope Cement Works (right) working with a group of current apprentices at the site.

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for new talent to join its £300m business in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire area.

Showerlux Linear Touch Single Door Slider and side panel.

As Ideal Bathrooms’ re-launch of Showerlux continues to show successful growth, additional marketing support has been invested in the brand.

Jim Williams, VADO UK's managing director

VADO has joined the Plumbing & Heating sector of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Andrew Weiss has been named the new President of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) at a recent Annual General Meeting.

Ideal Boilers' head office.

Ideal Boilers is transforming its manufacturing site by reusing and revitalising its land and buildings.

Vic Bowen, BM TRADA’s COO (left) presents the certificate to Rodney Scoles, financial director at T Brewer & Co.

Double certification to ISO14001 and ISO9001 was awarded to specialist timber merchant T Brewer & Co at its head office in Clapham on Wednesday 14 May.

Parker Merchanting is helping to speed up specification for busy customers with its new same-day delivery service.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging its members to take advantage of a government-backed Trade Credit Scheme to pump-prime new business.

Wolseley UK has invested in 10 new 'Euro 6' emission standard vehicles to improve the capability and performance of its fleet.

Trina Solar has called on the construction industry to give the development of solar energy more attention as the latest housebuilding figures show a 28% rise in registrations in 2013 compared to 2012.

The chicks that were found among the bricks.

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies received a very special and surprising delivery when a nest of chicks was found in a stack of bricks.

Travis Perkins has launched an exclusive partnership with Hippobag, which it says will offer a convenient waste collection service and better value to its customers.

Bruce Walker (left) with Michael Cochrane, landscaping advisor at the Inverurie GPH branch.

A north-east-based builders’ merchant has unveiled a series of sustainable sculptures.

Lafarge Tarmac has launched a new competition to celebrate the great work of builders' merchants.

Lorely Burt with John Parker, Mike Leonard and John Newcomb.

The government’s newly appointed “Women in Enterprise” champion, Lorely Burt MP, visited EH Smith’s flagship branch in Shirley, Solihull to find out more about the construction supply chain and the issues facing builders’ merchants in a rising market.

Shower manufacturer Roman, and shower tray manufacturer JT, have announced Burge and Gunson as the winner of their exclusive prize draw, which was held at the 'Meet the Merchant' Fortis conference on 29 and 30 April, 2014.

Buck & Hickman, a distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has shown its commitment to helping develop the UK’s skills base and supporting the tradespeople of the future.

The ribbon is cut at BSS Slough.

BSS Industrial has opened a new trade counter in Slough, providing a new customer base with unrivalled access to heating and pipeline supplies.

Blue Rock's board of directors (left to right): Glen Jewell, sales director; George Troullis, managing director; Lance Norton, commercial director.

Blue Rock Systems, a software reseller with hardware and support divisions based in Nottingham and Southampton, has acquired Soltec Computer Systems and RNS Computer Services in Brigg, Lincolnshire.

Belgrade Insulation opened its latest branch in Glasgow at the end of March, adding to its spread of branches in Leeds, Birmingham and Northampton.

There will be lots going on at Ridgeons' Colchester branch next Monday.

To celebrate recent improvements to its Colchester branch, Ridgeons is holding a one-day trade event on Monday 12 May 2014.

BSS Industrial has broken ground at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire, by extending its warehouse space by a further 38,500sq ft.

BSS Industrial has extended the warehouse space at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire by a further 38,500sq ft.

Places are still available for the 2014 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge – but you need to be quick!

In January, Wolseley staff completed 12,000 courses via the company’s Online Training Academy.

A new record has been set for the most online training courses completed in a month by Wolseley UK employees.

Ru Butler, sales and marketing director at Peppard Building Supplies.

Peppard Building Supplies is reporting an upsurge in interest in paving products after expanding its landscaping range.

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group

The government’s new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been guardedly welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group, with a spokesperson questioning whether lessons have been learnt since the original launch of the Green Deal scheme.

Uponor has teamed up with commercial heating and pipeline distributor, BSS Industrial, for its 2014 summer road show.

L-r: Simon Blaxill (managing director), David Jacobs (branch manager), Bill Hensley (Mayor) and Scott Spence (first customer).

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Bill Hensley, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorating materials branch in the town last week (May 1), the company’s ninth store.

For the launch of PHEX+ at the Alexandra Palace in May 2014, the exhibition has teamed up with some of the leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to provide a comprehensive training programme throughout the two days of the exhibition.

Industry has responded to yesterday’s announcement of a Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with cautious optimism.

A new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been launched to provide more money for households carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

After the success of the ‘Accidents – Zero Tolerance (AZT)’ safety campaign at the three UK Norbord plants in 2007, a "rebranding" exercise has been completed so that employees are reminded of the message.

The government’s new £525m Builders Finance Fund will improve access to finance for some small housebuilders, but the minimum threshold of 15 units will exclude many small and micro-housebuilders, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The team at Travis Perkins Harvey Reeves Road branch launch the 7am until 7pm opening times.

Two Northamptonshire branches of Travis Perkins have broken with tradition to open from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

Independent buying group IBC has launched the 2014/15 Supplier of the Year initiative.

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