A significant programme of capital investment by the government is now needed to tackle the threat of a construction recession - as revealed by the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Aggregate Industries has become the first construction materials producer and supplier to achieve full national membership status of Constructing Excellence, the organisation charged with driving the change agenda in the construction industry.
BSW Timber claims to have become the first UK sawmiller to generate electricity from biomass fuel with the commissioning of a £2.5m combined heat and power (CHP) boiler at its Carlisle mill.
British Gypsum is calling on experienced plasterers across the UK to join its Certified Plasterers Scheme, which helps put homeowners in contact with reputable plasterers, following a successful trial in Nottinghamshire.
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Terex Construction appoints national accounts relationship manager
Terex Construction has appointed Jon Beckley to the role of national accounts relationship manager for its UK manufacturing facility in Coventry.
Pland Stainless appoints sales manager for the South of England
Mick Hart joins Pland as sales manager after 30 years in the plumbing and heating industry, which has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the industry. He will be developing the Pland business via specifications with architects, builders’ merchants and contractors in his region.
Senior appointment at Newview
Newview Windows & Conservatories has appointed Kelly Lodge as marketing manager. The appointment comes as the business gears up for its next phase of growth. Ms Lodge will be responsible for overseeing all marketing activity for Newview including digital and printed marketing and PR.
Chandlers announce Seahaven Cycle sponsorship
Chandlers Building Supplies is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Cycle Seahaven allowing it to buy new jerseys so its members can stand out during town and countryside rides.
‘ain’t no Pipe Dream…’ with JG Layflat
Installers and stockists still have more than two months to walk away with a £15,000 holiday, as part of JG Speedfit’s promotional giveaway, ‘ain’t no Pipe Dream…’ featuring JG Layflat pipe.
Redevelopment plan threatens oldest functioning timber yard
The Grosvenor Estate is engaged in a controversial bid to redevelop Newson’s Timber Yard on Pimlico Road, Belgravia. The developer plans to convert the 175-year-old timber yard into high end residential and large retail units.
Competition and Markets Authority clears acquisition of Hope Construction Materials
The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted Breedon’s undertakings in lieu of a reference to a Phase 2 investigation in respect of its proposed acquisition of Hope Construction Materials.
W.Howard Group promotes top talent in sales team reshuffle
Astley-based The W.Howard Group has made a number of appointments and promotions within its 11-strong sales team.
Timbmet continues to move forward
The Timbmet Group has reported a third year of stabilising revenues and improving both their gross and net profitability. Timbmet has continued to build on its strengths and invested into its core business.
No sign of a Brexit impact on construction in June
After an eventful final week of June with a series of shocks sent through the economy, the construction sector managed to hold strong, with new orders reaching £6.2bn on the month, the highest figure of any month so far in 2016.
Management changes at John Nicholls
John Nicholls has announced two significant promotions within its board structure. David Hebdon becomes chief operating officer and Jez Hampson takes on the role of managing director.
WJ Group recruits treatment plant manager
WJ Group has welcomed Andrew Pantry as the treatment plant manager for its Hull timber treatment facility, with the intention of optimising every aspect of the treatment process as the business expands.
Breedon Aggregates announces its unaudited interim results
Breedon Aggregates announced unaudited results on 21 July for the six months up to 30 June 2016.
Green Deal verdict: heating industry says lessons must be learned
The verdict on the Green Deal is in, with MPs describing the scheme as ‘abysmal’, overly complex and requiring excessive paperwork.
Pokémon no Go!
It can’t be denied that the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go has taken the country by storm. On the one hand, it is being praised for encouraging people to leave the comfort of their sofas and take some exercise, but on the other, it is being described as a health and safety nightmare waiting to happen.
DRU Fires strengthens team with two key appointments
DRU Fires has made two new appointments in its UK subsidiary company, Drugasar.
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