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Following the four excellent BMF Sector Forums (which you can read all about in the July/August issue of Builders’ Merchants News) all eyes were firmly fixed on NMBS Director, Andy Hextall, who took to the stage to unveil the venue for its 2020 Conference.

The incredibly high standard of expert speakers continued for day two of the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik.

A day that ‘engaged, enlightened and entertained’ – just as the BMF promised .

The first half of day one of the BMF All-Industry Conference was surprisingly emotional, showing delegates the ways in which the building industry changes the lives of those in need, and teaching the importance of mental health awareness at work.

A Kent charity which provides care, support and working opportunities for more than 100 people with learning and other disabilities, has continued the transformation of its site – thanks to Selco.

The Woburn Golf & Country Club provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s NMBS/BMGS Golf Day, as the independent merchant sector came together to network and enjoy a friendly competition in glorious sunshine.

Following a recent serious fire in a block of flats in Barking, timber industry associations say there was a failure to properly fire-proof the timber cladding.

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the launch of its latest special interest Forum, which will focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms bringing together members with responsibility for these important product areas.

VADO said it is “delighted” to have been awarded the Innovation Brand of the Year at the PHG Awards.

Four new suppliers have joined The British Home Enhancement Trade Association.

The Polypipe charity regatta is returning for its 21st year this September.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched a second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group, this time in Birmingham.

Tap and sink manufacturer Abode is throwing its support behind a charity bike challenge taking place this summer in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Chichester has helped Fishbourne Primary School to improve its playground facilities by donating a tonne of play sand.

W.Howard has updated its corporate website to make it more user friendly and easier to navigate.

Intergas has joined Rheem’s Global Water Division, expanding its water heating and boiler portfolio for both residential and commercial applications.

Huws Gray has opened a new 8,700 square foot branch on land in Whitchurch which had lain empty for years.

tesa, which supplies masking and adhesive tape, has sponsored a major competition run by the Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers.

Pertonstore.com, a family-run specialist in ceiling and dry lining supplies, has selected MAM Trader to help meet the needs of its growing business.

Employees from XL Joinery put their best foot forward as they took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, raising a total of £1,025 for Buttercup Children’s Trust.

Team Pavestone threw their hearts and souls into a game-show inspired, 10 kilometre obstacle rough run to raise awareness and charitable donations for the upcoming 2019 Pavestone Rally across Europe.

One of the latest members to join the Builders Merchants Federation is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Talasey Group is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this June and is reflecting on its history and recent boom in business.

Travis Perkins Group was shortlisted in the 2019 HR Distinction Awards, in the Leading Transformational Change category.

Two new merchants from south west England have joined buying group H&B’s Development Group.

A total of 48 community groups around the world benefitted from support by Saint-Gobain in 2018 – on average receiving £34,000 each.

JT Dove has invested in a new ERP system to improve efficiencies and allow for the next phase of growth.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new Service and Maintenance Guide to make the life of heating service and maintenance engineers that bit easier.

The LABC and Actis have a busy June ahead educating construction industry professionals about the latest in the world of building regulations and addressing tricky compliance issues.

Smith Brothers Oldham hosted an open day to celebrate is official relocation, with the help of two professional darts players.

After a successful 2018 Conference which saw over 100 industry professionals attending, The 4th Annual Women in Roofing Conference 2019 is being held in Birmingham on the 24 June.

The Builders Merchants Federation has welcomed its latest Distributor member - cmostores.com.

Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, met with Norbord to hear about the challenges it is facing sourcing its main raw material.

As part of its commitment to help sustain the environment, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants will no longer be providing plastic bags to its customers.

Timber panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY is embarking on a road trip around the UK and Ireland this summer.

Huws Gray Ridgeons has recently implemented a series of improvements at its St. Neots branch.

NYEs Building Supplies has raised £794 for the charity Rainy Day Trust during a family fun day at its depot.

A team from Ridgespear are to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a medical charity following the death of a colleague’s mother.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Bognor Regis will be hosting another free cookery demo day.

Figures just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index show positive sales growth through UK builders merchants during the first quarter of the year. Total Q1 sales were up +5.9% compared with the same period in 2018.

Midlands-based independent merchant Harlow Bros has joined the National Merchant Buying Society.

Polypipe Building Services is introducing a service offering merchants the opportunity to recommend systems that can be designed and delivered ready to install on-site.

Turnbull & Co has announced it will be investing £1 million into a new branch in Lincoln.

Russell Roof Tiles’ top five-a-side squad recently battled it out with local businesses from the Burton area to raise money for charity.

Three charities are hoping to be the recipients of £500 after being shortlisted in the latest round of NYEs Building Supplies campaign ‘Proud to be Local’.

MP for Nottingham South, Lilian Greenwood, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering a low carbon future for the city.

Keyline Civils has embarked on its latest quest to drive home awareness of prostate cancer in the form of newly-branded truck.

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association has released its quarterly GfK POS Index report, which represents more than 1,400 brands.

The Builders Merchants Federation has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

Sheldons Reach in Hampshire has become the latest housing development to benefit from Russell Roof Tiles’ Bute tile.

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