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Pipe Center and Climate Center's new site in Slough.

Pipe Center has won a prestigious and exclusive supply contract with NG Bailey.

James Hargreaves (Plumbers Merchants) is spending £2m adding more branches in Lancashire.

Kingfisher has posted a big fall in profits after what it described as "a tough year".

eBuildingSupplies has recently been acquired by The Lords Group of Companies. As part of the transaction, Unimer will continue to retain its existing minority stake in the business.

George Clarke at Practical Installer.

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke yesterday opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at and called for every home in the land to have an MOT.

Travis Perkins’ Managed Services team has been appointed by Northampton Borough Council as the sole supplier to its Direct Labour Organisation for repair and maintenance materials.

Wolseley UK and Grafton Builders’ Merchants are among construction companies to sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code.

Carvers, whose premises were destroyed by fire a year ago, will be fully rebuilt by the end of the year.

The Westin Excelsior Hotel, Rome.

The Wales v Italy Six Nations rugby match in Rome on 23 February 2013 proved to be a big success, not only for the Welsh team but also for LBS Builders’ Merchants of south west Wales, who took 200 customers and their partners on a customer-targeted Export Opportunities Event to Rome.

JOSB Done campaign spreads the word about OSB.

JOSB Done, the industry campaign promoting the use of OSB, is going on a tour of Britain’s merchants to encourage builders to ‘get on board’ by taking part in a football shoot-out competition.

Chandlers is sponsoring Team Pannell again.

Chandlers Building Supplies is continuing sponsorship for a second season of Northchapel based British Sidecar Motocross pair, Team Pannell.

Peppard Building Supplies has launched a new website. The builders’ merchant says the move will help it compete with industry bigger names.

A “LinkedIn” style network for buildings has been launched in the UK by Honest Buildings.

Rowlinson Timber has announced details of its prize draw for 2013.

Wickes will remove products containing neonicotinoids, chemicals linked to the decline in the bee population. B&Q has also pledges to follow suit.

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