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Travis Perkins has built two mixed use development sites in London which combines branches with affordable housing.

Those in charge of building affordable homes in London deny claims they have missed their targets.

The Builders Merchants Federation has been shortlisted in no fewer than five categories in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

The BMF surveyed its members and found that they were in favour of merging with the IoBM.

Wolseley UK has introduced new technology at more than 500 branches nationwide, to provide a better branch service and reduce paperwork.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released its figures for building materials and components in 2018, reporting construction industry sales have decreased but prices for materials have increased.

Baxi is sponsoring independent merchants PHS in this year’s VADO Rally.

Pictured (left to right): Raffle prize winners Danielle Norton, Denise Rothwell, Louise Palmer, and Beth Talbot)

Staff at LochAnna Kitchens have raised £600 for the Stroke Association, a charity close to their hearts.

To celebrate World Environment Day, InSinkErator® is encouraging the use of re-fillable drinking bottles instead of plastic ones.

National Buying Group member AWBS has been awarded founder members status of the Earned Recognition Scheme.

Timber manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has been named one of 2018’s most dynamic and fastest growing British companies.

MKM Hartlepool’s Mick Sumpter has collected two prestigious awards on behalf of his charity as well as being bestowed the ‘Teesside Hero Award’ for his lifelong commitments.

Electric heating and hot water products manufacturer Heatrae suggests its water dispenser, SuperChill, can help combat plastic usage.

Footballer Laura Bassett - one of the first female players to be awarded a professional contract - will speak at BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference & Awards.

Monika Slowikowska picked up the Best Woman Contractor award in The European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

A new campaign is underway to challenge merchants to reduce their paper usage, with prizes worth £1000 up for grabs to any merchant participating.

Kitchen and bathroom products supplier GROHE is building brand awareness with a truck travelling all over the country to demonstrate its products to customers.

Builders’ Merchants firm Huws Gray has continued its expansion with the recent acquisition of Armstrongs Builders Merchants based in Lower Bentham, Lancashire.

The latest Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index Figures have been released, showing that housebuilding continues to bounce back from a difficult start to the year, but construction’s new orders and outlook is in decline.

Breedon Northern Limited, a subsidiary of construction materials supplier Breedon Group, has acquired Blinkbonny Quarry in Scotland.

Pictured: Majority shareholder and former CEO of JWO, Michael Ostendorf (left), and CEO of Crown Paints, Joe Devitt.

Hempel Group, parent company of Crown Paints, has signed an agreement to acquire German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf.

Selco built and then donated BMX bikes to children’s charities Once Upon a Smile and Genie Networks.

The Brick Development Association reports increased growth for the industry in 2018, in response to growing demand.

Steel frame systems manufacturer EOS Facades' expansion programme continues with an extension to its offsite manufacturing facility and the development of a new fabrication plant.

The annual National Merchant Buying Society/Building Materials Golf Society Golf Day took place on 30 May at Woburn Golf and Country Club, Buckinghamshire.

A team from TG Enviro, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere, have recycled a skip into a seating area which is now touring the country.

Insulation installer Miller Pattison has teamed up with insulation supplier Jablite, making Jablite the sole supplier of Miller Pattison’s own-brand cavity wall insulation.

Mark Taylor (left), Sports Editor at the Cambridge Independent, and Ben Giddings, Director of Merchant Sales at Ridgeons.

Builders’ merchant Ridgeons helped to fundraise as the main event sponsor at the Cambridge United Community Trust’s Gala Dinner.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced the launch of its first children’s book, which aims to educate children about the house building process.

Sanitary products supplier GROHE is supporting a shared working hub opened by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The BMF has launched its 19th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of pump manufacturer Grundfos.

Pictured: Winning project Westkaai Towers 5 and 6.

Brick manufacturer Wienerberger holds its Brick Awards bi-annually, celebrating modern, innovative architecture with clay materials.

Selco has raised almost £3,000 for charity CRASH, which helps the homeless and hospices through construction related projects.

Builders’ merchants may find that their fire doors make them now eligible to join the BWF’s Certifire Scheme, as it is being extended to include companies that use Q-Mark fire doors.

IKO has played a major part in the £1 million restoration of a castle built by Henry VIII.

Pictured: Winning team Stanton Strikers

Workers at drainage, groundwork and civil engineering material specialist Rudridge swapped high-vis jackets for football kits at its ninth annual seven-a-side event.

Forestry and timber company BSW Timber is building a new sawmill, Combined Heat and Power plant, and band pellet manufacturing facility in Slovenia.

Domestic heating and boiler manufacturer Ideal is partnering with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, with its logo set to appear on the players’ kit and training wear.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is holding its Annual General Meeting where members can have their voices heard on industry matters.

Celotex is challenging claims made in a BBC News story that it knowingly mis-sold the dangerously flammable insulation used on Grenfell Tower.

Civil and drainage solutions supplier Keyline is hosting a charity bike ride from Dumfries to Inverness next month.

Norbord donated 11 packs of SterlingOSB to a project to build temporary accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially cut the ribbon to its second Bristol branch, bringing its total number of branches to 65.

Neil Fuller (L) and Sir Vince Cable during the Liberal Democrat leader's visit to Alsford Timber last week

If the government does not secure mutually beneficial customs arrangements before the UK leaves the EU in ten months’ time, Twickenham firm Alsford Timber will have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood.

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group gave the award to the Kirkcaldy store as part of a Responsible Business Scheme.

The Federation of Master Builders addressed the ‘closed shop’ culture reported by SME workers who say it prevents them from landing bigger projects.

The company, which supplies EPDM materials for flat roofing, has opened a new centre in Huddersfield.

Plumbing and heating merchant Bassetts has opened its sixteenth store in Northern Ireland, following a £2 million investment.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has stated that the government will consult on banning combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings.

The course is held at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, and is aimed at specifiers and housebuilders.

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