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Phil Barnard, technical specification manager for Chandlers Building Supplies.

Phil Barnard, from Chandlers Building Supplies, is to chair a University of Brighton Water Efficiency in Building Network masterclass, which will take place at the BRE Trust in Watford on Wednesday 5 February.

The Geberit concealed cistern opened up a whole new level of creative freedom in the bathroom.

This year will see Geberit celebrate the anniversary of the launch of its concealed cisterns.

(l-r) Plumbwares’ Mike Clarke and Pochin managing director David Pochin.

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has acquired the West Midlands merchant Plumbwares.

Terry Parker is to step down as chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in March, following the completion of his successful five-year term of office.

MKM Building Supplies has been working with ASSA ABLOY and the UNION brand to create an offering inline with customer demand.

MKM Building Supplies and UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, have been working together to strengthen the builders’ merchant’s security offering.

Fluidmaster, the manufacturer of toilet tank components, has acquired Kolektor Liv, based in Postojna, Slovenia.

Selco Builders Warehouse is giving tradespeople, customers and employees the chance to become an instant millionaire in its latest campaign with talkSPORT.

Tradefix Direct has revealed that it has achieved a 56% increase in online sales revenue in 2013.

Carvers is in the final phase of recovery after being devastated by a fire in 2012.

Carvers Building Supplies is another step closer to getting back on track, with the final phase of its £4m ‘Bigger and Better’ rebuild now under way.

The Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to the showroom on Wednesday 22 January for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing.

DRU offers a range of wood-burning products under its new brand.

DRU Verwarming BV’s wood fires and stoves have been rebranded as DG Fires in the UK.

In partnership with CRASH, Knauf Insulation has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by Cardboard Citizens.

Knauf Insulation, in partnership with CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people - has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by performing arts charity, Cardboard Citizens.

Independent builders’ merchant, Distributor, has launched a mobile friendly version of its website in order to ensure that its customers are able to browse and buy with ease from a mobile phone.

Construction work began in May 2013 and is now complete, with the lab fully operational.

Siniat has invested more than £250,000 in the construction of a new laboratory facility at its flagship manufacturing plant in Portbury, Bristol.

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds has called for "an army of small builders" to help deliver the number of new homes needed to address the housing crisis, in a speech to the National House Building Council.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) starts 2014 with membership at a five year high. In January, membership exceeded the 400 mark for the first time since 2009, now standing at 425.

H+H has produced a technical update for the new Approved Document Part L, which comes into effect on 6 April 2014.

The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA) puts private housebuilding, infrastructure work and commercial activity at the centre of the industry's recovery over the next four years, despite Office for National Statistics data which shows output declined in November 2013.

Paul Daynes from Saint-Gobain Building Distribution is pictured centre back.

Employees from Saint-Gobain’s Building Distribution businesses have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma in Multi-Unit Leadership and Strategy at Birmingham City University.

Plumbfix is launching its first four trade counters in Northern Ireland. Situated in Screwfix stores, the Plumbfix counters will open in Ballymena, Belfast and Newtownabbey on 13 January, 2014, and in Bangor on 27 January.

Awareness of heating controls can make a difference to the way people heat their homes for less, says Worcester, Bosch Group.

Worcester, Bosch Group has commissioned a survey to reveal the UK’s heating habits.

Grafton Group’s trading update for the year ending 31 December 2013 confirms that its recovery is continuing to grow.

Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will be speaking at this year's Members Day.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its first keynote speaker for Members Day 2014, Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next plc.

A new trade association representing the interests of manufacturers involved in the pitched roofing industry has been formed.

Photo courtesy of Dave Chapman from Parker Building Supplies.

Parker Building Supplies' Uckfield branch manager, Dave Chapman, has offered support to a local school damaged by the recent storms.

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has continued its recent run of success, with year-end 2013 sales up 17% at £47.4m, up from just over £40m in 2012.

RENOLIT will distribute FLEXSOM exclusively through Minster Roofing and Roofline.

Minster Roofing and Roofline has signed an exclusive contract with RENOLIT for the distribution of FLEXSOM.

Renovating plaster is much more suited to flood risk properties.

Local authorities and landlords have been advised that traditional gypsum plasters offer virtually no protection for properties at risk from flooding.

Merlin Business Software has been accepted by the NMBS board as a member and appointed as an approved supplier.

Julie McLean, head of marketing at Plumb Center.

Plumb Center has welcomed the positive impact that the first phase of the Help To Buy scheme has made to the newbuild housing market.

Joe Inzani, managing director of Lawsons, was involved in a fatal car accident on Christmas Eve and passed away, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Wolseley has closed its online business

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is putting the spotlight on branch performance in 2014 with a brand new two-day event for branch managers on 30 April and 1 May.

CCF Flooring sales director Matthew Farmer.

CCF is now offering support for 11 hours a day, providing greater flexibility for customers who require quotations and orders outside of the traditional ‘nine to five’ trading hours.

BSS Industrial has opened a new branch in Inverness. The trade counter, which is BSS Industrial’s 64th location, sits alongside an existing branch of builders’ merchant Keyline.

Saint-Gobain Isover has opened its annual Multi-Comfort House Student Contest for entry.

Forticrete, part of CRH Group, has won an award at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health & Safety Conference and Awards 2013.

Entrepreneur Amit Bhatia, who is chairman of Hope Construction Materials, has told of his optimism for the future as the firm celebrates its first anniversary.

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has launched a new website - - aimed at enhancing the profile of its growing range of technologies to UK customers.

David Adams, commercial director at Knauf Insulation.

Knauf Insulation has won Supplier of the Year in the roofing and insulation category at the National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

Tradesmen are increasingly using smartphones to communicate with clients and to speed-up the purchasing of products.

Though traditionally a ‘hands on’ sector, Screwfix is predicting a ‘social revolution’ within the trade as almost half (48%) of tradesmen reveal they are winning new business through social media channels.

Anyone within the plumbing, heating or building trade is invited to learn more about installing heat pumps, as Danfoss is running a special ‘introduction to heat pumps’ (HP1) course for those who are new to renewable energy.

Charles Thwaites presents the Outstanding Contribution to FSC Friday award to Camilla Hair.

Each year FSC UK presents prizes for the most innovative celebrations of its annual awareness raising day, FSC Friday.

Rental equipment and integrated services provider Speedy, has launched a new 24/7 ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) number to help the utilities sector avoid costly delays and disruption this winter.

A team from merchant PTS raised over £15,000 for charity by performing their own pantomime version of Scrooge's Christmas Carol.

Premier Forest ROI has purchased the former Brooks Thomas facility in Dublin, in a move to prove its confidence in the long-term industry prospects in the Republic of Ireland.

Saint-Gobain Weber has won an award.

Saint-Gobain Weber’s Loyalty Rewards campaign has won first place in the Best Digital Campaign category at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards. The judges’ feedback acknowledged the success of the loyalty scheme in achieving high levels of customer engagement and product sales.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has increased its property investment portfolio with the acquisition of two commercial office units, which neighbour its HQ at Coventry Business Park.

A Green-i product from CP Electronics.

Newey & Eyre is extending its energy efficiency offer further through a partnership with CP Electronics.

Screwfix has reported sales growth of almost 22% over the last 13 weeks and an uplift of nearly 12% based on like-for-like sales from this time last year*.

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