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Leeds city region is to go out to tender next month for a Green Deal retrofit programme worth £80m over the first three years.

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with Southall Associates to offer members a radically different health and safety business support service, which has been developed specifically for builders’ merchants.

The future of the construction industry in the UK is dependent on an image overhaul, increasing innovation and more confidence, according to a group of industry experts who gathered for the recent Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) chairman’s debate in Central London.

Plumb Center's head of sustainability Tim Pollard is encouraged by DECC's latest Green Deal figures.

The Green Deal is gathering momentum, according to figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Plumb Center’s head of sustainability Tim Pollard has found this update “really encouraging”.

Breedon Aggregrates recently acquired Scottish assets from Aggregate Industries for £34m, and has also reached agreement to purchase assets from Marshalls for an initial consideration of £17.5m.

The Government has put £50m towards financing its flagship Green Deal scheme as part of its £244m initial funding package announced last month.

Total Plumbing's first branch has been opened in Port Talbot.

LBS Builders' Merchants has opened its first dedicated plumbers’ merchant branch in Port Talbot, Wales.

Jewson has expanded the number of its specialist roofing branches.

Trade professionals can now take advantage of the latest specialist roofing branches from Jewson in Bristol, Carmarthen, Hertford, Watford and Wheatley.

Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock is flanked by Selco managing director Chris Cunliffe and Old Kent road branch manager Darrell Carter.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in Marlborough Grove, London, just off Old Kent Road.

Ian Berry, Biffa contract manager and Rod Leigh, Jewson sustainability director.

Jewson has committed to diverting all its residual waste from landfill by the end of 2014. Currently, over 40 percent of Jewson’s waste is diverted from landfill.

EH Smith Builders Merchants has won its sixth successive Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013.

Voters in England must accept the building of homes on undeveloped land for the sake of younger generations, Planning Minister Nick Boles MP has told the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF).

Shutl yesterday (9 April) announced that Jewson has launched the world’s “fastest, most convenient delivery service”, from six of its London branches.

Black Country-based Darlaston Builders Merchants plans to expand following a property restructuring package.

Customer research undertaken by Travis Perkins Hire shows that extending the range of new equipment boosts tool hire business.

The Government’s proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in England have been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF).

Increased consumer awareness for sustainable solutions and their benefits, better regulation and financial incentives are likely to have the most impact on the UK’s ability to meet its carbon reduction targets, according to a recent survey conducted by Saint-Gobain.

A new training centre for Northern Ireland heating installers that focuses on renewable technologies is set to open in Portadown in County Armagh.

Graham's new Always Available service means plumbers can access products at any time.

Plumbers’ merchant Graham has launched a new Always Available service to ensure that professional plumbers and installers can gain immediate access to products they need.

Jewson is owed £197,000 by contractor Hewlett Group, which collapsed owing £11.6m to trade creditors and around £4.4m to its bank.

Kingfisher is developing online sales with an omni-channel approach while also reducing shop floor space.

A Bradford Building Supplies lorry recently rolled out of the merchant’s yard and crashed through a fence, before stopping at a garage.

Jackson Building Centres has now launched its renewable technologies site, Jackson Renewables.

Screwfix is going European.

Screwfix is continuing its ongoing expansion, having recently launched a European shipping service.

To coincide with its move to Coventry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) website has had a complete makeover.

H+H managing director Mark Oliver with the Partnership and Innovation award.

H+H has received a 2012 Barratt Supplier Excellence Award, as part of Barratt Developments’ Supplier Conference in February 2013.

B&Q Ireland’s Athlone store will remain open after the company gained improved lease terms on the unit.

Brassware specialist VADO has been acquired by Norcros.

Nick Clegg talking to Simon Blaxill (centre) and Colchester MP Bob Russell.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently made a surprise visit to Kent Blaxill’s 175th anniversary celebration.

SAM Mouldings has won a four-year £10m contract to provide Wickes with primed MDF mouldings, wood veneer mouldings, skirting boards and architraves. SCA will distribute the products.

Police are investigating the theft of £10,000 worth of power tools stolen from Travis Perkins in Cheltenham.

Winners of Ridgeons’ Supplier of the Year Awards.

Over 30 of Ridgeons’ key suppliers recently met with the group’s trading managers and sales representatives at a dedicated ‘Meet the Merchant’ event, with the aim of driving business development and improvement opportunities across the group’s 25 branches.

Ian Stares, PTS product director for renewable energy products.

Following last week’s announcement, Plumbing Trade Supplies' (PTS) Ian Stares has commented on the RHI delay.

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Superglass Insulation has received the award for Insulation & Plasterboard Supplier of the Year from the Cemco Merchant Network at its recent heavyside and timber supplier awards dinner.

Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, is discussing with retailers about sub-letting space in branches to cut its rent bill.

Grafton Merchanting has bought the trade and certain assets of Thompson Building Centres and Thompson Associated Plumbing Supplies.

Combilift celebrates 15 years of business.

Combilift is celebrating 15 years of business this year.

The Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) has said that Business Minister Michael Fallon MP’s recent announcement is indeed only the start.

ADEY's new conference centre.

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has opened the doors to its new £1m conference and training centre.

The Government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

Wolseley is planning redundancies at the former Burdens business it bought for £30m last Autumn.

Wolseley’s half-year results show pre-tax profits down 20 percent after one-off charges and sales down by 8 percent to £6.3bn.

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.

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