The EU Referendum result has caused uncertainty in the construction industry, with many associations and industry bodies calling on the government to react quickly in order to reassure the financial markets.
The keynote speaker at this year’s NMBS Conference was Verne Harnish, founder of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, as well as founder and chief executive officer of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with hundreds of partners across six continents.
Calders and Grandidge have added a new Ford Transit to their delivery fleet, the vehicle is an increase on their existing delivery fleet enabling them to carry out local deliveries more efficiently.
Blue Rock Systems, an ERP software supplier to merchants, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors, has introduced its new company branding and logo.
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Start-ups and new entrepreneurs entering the door hardware industry are being targeted in a future-focused membership drive by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).
PJH appoints new CEO
PJH, a supplier of bathrooms, kitchens and appliances, has announced that Andrew Yates, present chief executive officer (CEO) of PJH has been appointed CEO of parent company Globe Union Industrial Corporation – succeeding Scott Ouyoung, who will take up the role of chairman.
Kenneth is named Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion 2016
Fourteen-year-old multi-skill student Kenneth Sylvester from Doncaster College has been named as the overall winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016.
Install Plus 235: the benefits of hot-finished vs cold-formed tubes
This video from Tata Steel outlines the differences between hot-finished and cold-formed tube products, as although both end products have similar specifications, the manufacturing process means there are several underlying differentiating factors to be aware of.
Grange investment in manufacture and distribution
Grange has announced a significant additional investment from its parent company Stelmet in the form of an expanded supply chain capacity. This will create additional manufacturing capability and provide an additional UK distribution site in the South East of England.
Cyclists aim to raise £6,000 for charity
Cyclists will be heading out of the gates at the Kent Blaxill Colchester branch early on July 1 on a 120-mile charity tour of Essex and Suffolk, aiming to raise £6,000.
Gripsure expands into timber merchants with new recruit
Gripsure has appointed its first national accounts manager. Kevin Moloney, who brings with him 30 years’ experience in the timber industry will focus on growing the firm’s sales to merchants.
René Carayol: “Collaboration is the new leadership”
As the final speaker of the event, leadership expert René Carayol spent the weekend of the NMBS Conference before he spoke talking with delegates and getting their views of the industry.
Jonathan MacDonald: “Digital Matters”
Speaker, author and entrepreneur Jonathan MacDonald gave an insightful presentation to NMBS delegates about the potential of modern technology, the shaping of society, and the realities of business, all of which are constantly influenced by fast-paced, relentless change.
Toolbank hosts regional trade show
The one-day show run by Toolbank Southampton opened its doors to over 200 retailers and builders’ merchants from across the South and West region on 17 March. Held at the prestigious Newbury Racecourse, the show hosted over 100 exhibitors for brands to showcase the latest hardware and tool technologies.
Snows cladding for Glastonbury
It’s festival season with the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival getting underway on 22 June. This year the festival organizers are specifying Larch cladding from Snows Timber.
Robert Price Charity Challenge 2016
On Saturday 2 July, a team of 20 challengers are taking on this year’s Charity Challenge - the 2016 Tour de Robert Price Duathlon.
Champion’s champion set for daring challenges
In celebration of Champion Timber’s 10th store opening in Weybridge on Tuesday 28 June, the yard sales manager of the new branch – Kraig Seymour – will be taking on two daring fundraising challenges over the summer.
Watch out – Champion’s Angels are about
To help celebrate the opening of the new Champion Timber branch in Weybridge, a trio of trikes and riders, known as The Champion’s Angels, will be out and about from 27 to 29 June.
Mark Rhodes: “Why communication matters more than ever”
Author and business mentor Mark Rhodes addressed delegates at the NMBS Conference on the subject of communication, and why having a confident mindset can do wonders in business.
Stewart Pierce and Charlotte Graham-Cumming: "Why merchants can't ignore online sales"
Stewart Pierce, financial and commercial director of Parker Building Supplies, and Charlotte Graham-Cumming of marketing business Ice Blue Sky, advocated online sales as a vital new channel for builders' merchants at the NMBS Conference.
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