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Södra Wood, formerly Crown Timber, is relocating its UK and Irish operations to a new flagship HQ in the Office Park in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The move will see more than 40 staff working in an integrated environment.

Keyline, a UK supplier of civils and drainage solutions, has received a gold Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Award for the second year in a row.

At the conclusion of the successful 2017 BMF Conference, the location for next year’s industry Conference was announced.

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant’s ongoing support of Chailey Heritage Foundation.

APP Plumbing and Heating has been named Supplier of the Year by heating and plumbing merchant Plumbase.

General Building Plastics won the Midlands Family Business of the Year Champions 2017.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has completed a series of new point-of-sale literature to help merchants sell the benefits of its ranges of rainwater and drainage solutions.

Aurora Lighting has carried out a complete front and back of house lighting retrofit for Gibbs & Dandy Luton, part of the Saint-Gobain group, resulting in a reduced number of fittings and equipment, and increased annual energy savings of almost £20,000.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has been shortlisted for another award, this time for the 'Best Practice Awards 2017' organised by the Trade Association Forum (TAF).

Hoskins Brick, the wholly owned distributor of Vandersanden bricks in the UK, has announced a full rebrand and unveiled its new corporate identity.

Border Merchant Systems has announced its partnership with Robert Price Builders’ Merchants Borders as the newest CounterAct software user.

MKM Building Supplies has been commemorated with a sand sculpture at the Redcar Sand Sculpture Festival in recognition of its continued support of the event.

In the wake of one of the most unpredictable election results in recent years, the Builders Merchants Federation wants to see the new government focus on two major issues: building more homes and developing proper industrial policy. This will be a way promote economic growth across the UK.

VELUX has won Marketing Team of the Year at the Marketing Society Star Awards for its work on two campaigns that helped grow its share of the roof window market.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is backing Local Music Live, a new initiative aimed at putting new talent on the radio.

Kingsfold-based DW Nye will be hosting a free demo day on 19 June, 2017.

Since the election, there has been a lot of speculation about the short and long term effects the Conervative minority government will have on policy.

Justin Hunter, Managing Director of aluminium systems supplier Reynaers at Home, was the star guest at the launch of a £100,000 showroom this month.

JP Corry’s Springfield Road and Castledawson branches have been awarded the environmental certification, ISO14001. This accreditation demonstrates JP Corry’s pledge to reducing environmental impact and improving environmental management efforts.

James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federations (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Festool, a supplier of power tools and accessories, has launched a new Cycle Challenge to raise money for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

Rudridge swapped hard hats for football boots when it hosted the eighth annual seven-a-side sports event at Southampton FC’s stadium.

For the third year running, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in multiple categories in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards.

Tarmac, a large supplier of heavyside building materials in the UK, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Encon Insulation has relocated its Birmingham branch to larger premises’ doubling the size of its previous site as part of the company’s growth plan.

The recent NMBS Golf Day brought together 120 people from across NMBS' membership and supplier base to network on a superb course.

HiB and Bristan played a charity football match at Tamworth FC raising £1,300 to be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and Team Tilly, a charity for a local Tamworth child, Tilly Sweet, who is fighting childhood cancer. The final score of 2-1 to HiB and the match was close throughout.

NBG partners’ businesses are continuing to show growth with new branches and showrooms opening throughout the UK through.

Huws Gray has recently donated £25,000 to the UK Sepsis Trust.

Bristan’s winner of its recent ‘New and Improved Electrics’ promotion has won an all-expenses paid holiday to the Niagara Falls. 136 independent merchants partnered with Bristan to offer the trip of a lifetime to customers.

Two family-run companies, Build Supplies of St Columb in Cornwall and Buildrite Trade & DIY Supplies of Weymouth, Dorset are the latest members of the h&b buying group to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the south west region.

The director of a Birmingham builders’ merchants, who “took no interest in vehicle and driver safety standards”, has been banned from operating HGVs for three years.

Covers has opened its doors to students to give them an insight into the workings of a modern sawmill.

As a previous winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund, Seaton Martial Arts Centre has been able to replace its damaged and unsafe floor, ensuring it can continue to offer martial arts to the local community for many years to come.

RGB Building Supplies raised over £635 for Children’s Hospice South West during its #UptheVolume event to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week on 26 May.

Merchants are being offered the chance to win a £500 Buyagift voucher as part of a nationwide competition from Ibstock to celebrate the upcoming launch of two new additions to its Tradesman range.

Tarmac has announced the formation of a new division – Topscape – solely aimed at supplying the commercial landscaping market.

Merchants are being offered the chance to win a £500 Buyagift voucher as part of a nationwide competition from Ibstock to celebrate the upcoming launch of two new additions to its Tradesman range.

The 2017 Builders’ Merchants News Awards (BMN Awards) launched recently and paving manufacturer, Bradstone, is for its eighth year sponsoring the Hard Landscaping Display of the Year award.

Baxi Heating has acquired Packaged Plant Solutions to strengthen and grow its existing packaged plant room offer in line with market demands.

“It is essential the next government negotiates a mutually-beneficial new trade deal with the European Union before the United Kingdom leaves,” was the message from Barry Gardiner, MP for the Labour Party, to the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) yesterday.

Following customer demand, the Guildford branch of Champion Timber has launched its new same day delivery service.

Howarth at Home is celebrating success after winning at the new Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection Stockist Awards for its work promoting and selling the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection.

David Jones, Minister for Exiting the European Union.

“Our negotiating aim is a bold and ambitious free trade agreement, greater in scope than any such agreement before.” That was the recent message from David Jones, Minister for Exiting the European Union to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Linda Clarke, marketing and digital director at MKM Building Supplies.

MKM Building Supplies’ Linda Clarke has been shortlisted for a prestigious business award at the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards.

Staff and customers of Sydenhams took part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Baxi has returned home happy after the Gas Industry Awards, having won in categories for both energy efficiency and customer service.

Four construction professionals and 35 regional projects have been named as finalists in the annual Jewson Building Better Communities competition. A prize fund of £250,000 will be shared by the winners to help deserving causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

A further 19 students have qualified for their Level 4 Certificate in Wood Science and Timber Technology with TFT Woodexperts, with three merits and two distinctions among the results.

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