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The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will once again present a Training Company of the Year Award at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. This year there are nominations from each of the five BMF Regional Managers across the UK.

On 4 August the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) presented the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) with a cheque for £27,383.20 at the charity’s head office in London.

In a quarter characterised by political uncertainty, the Construction Products Association's Construction Trade Survey shows that despite a strong Q2, the industry's supply chain is more pessimistic for the year ahead.

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “tank you” to its loyal customers this month with a fuel card reward for those who spend on orders collected from branch in August.

Keyline has been awarded a £15 million contract by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (a joint venture between Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Carillion), as part of the Highways England A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon, creating two new jobs at the company’s branch in Peterborough and one at its Norwich branch.

Ultra Finishing Limited has announced that the corporate group name – Roxor Group Limited – will be used to encompass all of its subsidiary companies including Ultra Finishing Ltd, BC Designs (INT), Niko Ltd, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and, soon to be, Fireclay Factory.

Travis Perkins has been recognised for its work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver award.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has concluded its UK-wide search to find the next big thing in live music, naming Feliicia Eliza as its favourite act.

A Huddersfield builders’ merchant has purchased a larger premises and plans to hire more staff with support of a £765,000 finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

MP Moran's Kevin and Derek Moran, as well as 12 other staff members from across the company’s five London stores including its Kilburn head office took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2017 with thousands of other people from across the country.

RGB Building Supplies marked five years of being part of the Exmouth community on Tuesday 1st August by inviting local residents, and those that work in the trades, to a free celebratory event.

Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during Q2 2017, according to the National Housebuilding Council’s (NHBC’s) latest new home registration statistics.

Sydenhams has announced its acquisition of Keynsham-based Timber and Sheet Materials specialist Avon Plywood.

The world-wide recruitment consultancy, PageGroup, has joined the BMF as a service member.

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Newent, bringing 14 jobs to the market town near Gloucester.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), recently got on his bike and cycled 105km along the Grand Union Canal to raise much-needed funds for a secondary school in Kenya.

This year’s Bob Beaver Memorial Shoot took place at the Royal Berkshire shooting school near Reading, where 90 suppliers and merchants took on the challenge to become the industry’s top gun.

The Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend reached its finale over the weekend when the UK’s Strongest Man 2017 was named during an action-packed three-day contest in Belfast.

HomeServe plumber and international rugby star Marlie Packer has swapped her tools for her boots after she completed her final day on the job ahead of the women’s Rugby World Cup.

A South Wales aggregates and ready mix concrete business has lost its transport licence after the Traffic Commissioner for Wales said innocent people were far more likely to be injured or killed when such little regard was given to safety rules.

The first ever Women Installers Together Conference will be held at London’s Hellenic Centre on 13th September 2017. The free event will celebrate the achievements and skills of the UK’s female plumbing and heating installers.

Three employees at Keyline in Peterborough have celebrated the impressive milestone of a combined 109 years of service at the business.

A golf day at The Bristol Golf Club, organised by Kellaway Building Supplies, has raised £1,500 for a local children's hospice.

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer in hand tools and power tools accessories, is celebrating the UK and Ireland’s trade professionals with the return of its National Trade Appreciation Day.

Growth prospects for the construction industry in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the EU, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Fancy a weekend getaway this autumn? To celebrate the arrival of Covers’ ‘Bread & Butter’ catalogue, which lists over 450 daily essential accessories, the timber and builders merchant is giving one lucky customer the chance to win a B&B getaway of their choice worth £250.

Local builders’ merchant JP Corry continued its local investment programme with a complete refurbishment of its most recent branch; Coleraine-based timber and building supplier, H & T Bellas.

EH Smith Builders Merchants Ltd has been awarded its tenth Gold Medal in a row, at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards, recognising the firm’s commitment to occupational health and safety. In honour of this achievement, EH Smith also received the President’s Award.

Staff from a family-owned Shropshire company are taking its show on the road this summer.

As part of its ongoing growth strategy, National Buying Group (NBG) is welcoming the latest member to its growing community of independent merchants with the addition of Kent-based Trade Distribution Limited (TDL).

New research by Gas Safe Register suggests that homeowners are more concerned about food poisoning than they are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when it comes to barbecuing. Here, Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on the research.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed an independent review of building safety and regulations in high-rise residential buildings by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Travis Perkins has announced its sponsorship of the first Inspire Women in UK Construction, Property and Engineering summit. The summit is taking place on the 6th of September 2017, in Manchester.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant in Gosport will be hosting a free Trade Day on Monday 7th August.

General All-Purpose Plastics (GAP), the Blackburn manufacturer, stockist and distributor of PVC-U roofline, doors and windows, has announced the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows from SIG UK Exteriors.

Midlands construction firm Besblock today unveiled a record turnover, bucking the national trend which reported a 9% drop nationwide.

In 2010 SIG Construction accessories launched the first dedicated Merchant Centre in Maidstone covering London and the south east as a specialist division.

Fire Door Safety Week campaigners have renewed calls for a publicly available register of Responsible Persons to increase accountability in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Wickes has launched a new loyalty programme exclusively for trade customers – called Wickes TradePro – offering 10% off purchases in-store or online throughout the year, with no minimum spend.

Breedon has announced its completed acquisition of Humberside Aggregates Limited for a total consideration of £9 million, subject to completion adjustments.

A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued to expand with opening of a new branch in Poole, Dorset. That takes the number of Selco branch openings in 2017 to eight, with the promise of more to come in the shape of Basildon and Hemel Hempstead.

In September, the BMF and First Event will be taking part in the Pavestone Rally 2017 to help raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Rainy Day Trust.

SAS, the leader in analytics, has helped the UK’s leading chain of builders’ merchants optimise decision-making as to what products to stock in each branch, without cumbersome number-crunching.

Ridgeons has raised over £8,000 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) in support of the charity’s EACHfest fundraising initiative.

IKO has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as a company member.

SIG Distribution has opened a new 144,000sq ft distribution branch, which will ensure quicker deliveries and a wider selection of products available to the construction sector. This will be SIG’s biggest trade branch in the UK.

Glass mineral wool insulation manufacturer, Isover UK, has invested in a new integrated campaign – The Sound Good Factor – to drive demand for its range of acoustic solutions.

The BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20th September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: ACO, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Fakro, JCB, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools.

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