With only days to go until the premier built environment event kicks off, it really is last chance saloon for construction professionals wanting to sign up and take advantage of everything that’s on offer at UK Construction Week.

Abtec Building Technologies recently installed a connected lighting system at a newly constructed brick factory in the East Midlands, using the latest technologies to help save on costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

With only a matter of days to go until the UK’s largest construction industry event, here are 12 reasons why you can't afford to miss UK Construction Week 2018.

Presentation taking place at the Build Show Offsite Theatre 2017 (picture: UKCW)

When you are faced with a huge industry event attended by 35,000 contacts, featuring at least 350 speakers delivering 300 hours of content, and more than 650 stands covering over 70,000m2 and providing launches, demos and offers on more than 10,000 products, you need a strategy.

Nathan Aspinall with the TIMco team

Professional darts player Nathan Aspinall paid a visit to TIMco recently, to thank the company for sponsoring him.

Romax, which specialises in direct mail and print marketing, explains the new E-privacy regulation and how it will affect your business.

FEIN Power Tools UK, the inventor of electric power tools, discusses its anniversary and how one pipe saw machine has remained a best-seller without major alteration or upgrade for more than 30 years.

Steve Thompson, Managing Director of steel framing solutions manufacturer EOS Facades, offers his perspective on the ‘offsite revolution’.

Drivers are being advised of a number of unlikely laws which, if broken, could land them in costly situations when it comes to parking commercial vehicles.

Van drivers who are busy at work this summer are being advised on how they can keep cool in their vehicles without having to rely on air con.

What are the reasons behind the construction boom in Medway, and what does this mean for builders’ merchants? Ian Bond, Development Manager at Space Business Centres, explains.

Experts at one of the UK’s leading suppliers of vans to tradesmen and women LeaseVan.co.uk say poor van driving could be enough to put people off dealing with a company.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, explains the sun damage risk that van drivers face – and the precautions they should take.

Alex Dalton, Managing Director of woodworking machinery specialists Daltons Wadkin, discusses the five skills that can help to achieve excellence in future off-site builds.

Having served 150 years in the power tools industry with 30 in the UK market, FEIN looks back on its history and shares its secrets to success.

If you are a homeowner looking for information, or a construction site manager looking to brush up your knowledge, Build-Zone have put together a small guide that tells you everything you need to know about Japanese Knotweed.

Glass for megatall buildings (i.e. skyscrapers over 600 metres high) often tends to be taken for granted in terms of its technical functions. Yet the high-tech, high strength glazing that covers today’s megatall buildings – such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – is as important to the building’s performance as the steel and concrete inside it.

Guardian Glass Europe has this handy insight into the challenges of building skyscrapers with glass, and the considerations that should be made when using the material.

Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye offers his top tips for creating beautiful borders and eye-catching edging in your garden.

Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk has defined the most important words and phrases you should expect to hear if you’re a builders’ merchant considering leasing a vehicle in 2018.

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Wooden products retailer A Wood Idea explain the reasons why timber is such an environmentally-friendly material.

Pictured: Kara Price (left) and Sarah Wales.

Male construction workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. Solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson have been studying mental health in the construction industry, and have written a helpful guide on how to deal with mental illness in the workplace and spot the early warning signs.

As the cost of fuel creeps up, Tim Alcock of LeaseVan.co.uk has revealed ten top tips on how to make a full tank go further.

Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye offers his top tips for lawn-laying and getting the most out of your grass this spring.

Over the last two years, 5.5 million working days have been lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries. Even though construction site safety has improved over the years, it clearly remains a critical challenge for the industry.

While copper has long reigned as king of the kitchen accents and accessories, there’s a new metallic finish set to dominate throughout 2018 – gold! Explains Chloë Thacker, Marketing Director, Hafele UK.

In Great Britain alone, there are an estimated 12,000 lung disease deaths each year linked to past exposures to dust at work.

Safety eyewear is compulsory for a wide-range of sectors, but poorly specified glasses can cause the user discomfort and ultimately lead to non-compliance, despite the vital role safety eyewear plays.

This year a range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives are expected to have an impact on the construction industry, potentially affecting thousands of tradespeople, suppliers and merchants across the UK.

As builders merchants who stock timber the fireworks season can increase the risk of fires starting. You should take reasonable steps to minimise the potential of a fire starting at your branch by doing the following.

Mark Krull, Director for Logic4training calls on businesses to take another look at the Government's ‘Right to Request Time to Train' scheme, which could help fill skills gaps in the building services engineering sector and beyond, following a recent report that the scheme is not known about or dismissed by eligible organisations.

Here, Kenzie Group analyse the PM’s speech she made during the conservative party’s conference and what 25,000 new council homes may mean for the UK building industry.

The UK construction industry requires 400 million tonnes of material each year. Of that, 60 million tonnes end up going straight to the tip because materials have been over ordered or get damaged because they either aren’t stored properly or due to inappropriate ordering.

Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on new research by carbon monoxide (CO) awareness campaign group Project SHOUT, suggesting that the number of children suffering from suspected CO poisoning is on the rise.

BMN has published its annual review of the top-performing national and independent merchants for 2016 (previously published in the April 2017 issue of Builders' Merchants News and sponsored by Kerridge Commercial Systems).

With summer in full swing, there’s no more important time for merchants to stock products for gardening improvements. Mike Lomax, Marketing Communications Manager at Tarmac’s Cement business, gives merchants some handy advice on how to meet the needs of professional gardeners and landscapers in search of the perfect outdoor spaces.

Bill Price, national commercial technical manager at Tarmac Cement, looks at how manufacturers and merchants can work together when it comes to creating an environmentally sound future for the building sector.

Alongside BMN's May issue, we released our very first Hot 100 supplement, a showcase of 100 of the most innovative, creative and refreshing products available to merchants in the last year.

BMN recently caught up with Mark Evans, TG Builders Merchants general manager at Tudor Griffiths Group, to talk about the company’s newest merchant branch and how the business manages a wide range of interconnected divisions.

Linnell Bros, a timber merchant with a long history of providing high quality products and customer service, has been investing heavily in timber treatments. BMN reports.

Expansion and rapid growth is setting Kellaway Building Supplies in good stead for 2017. BMN visited the headquarters in Bristol to find out more.

Milford Building Supplies is taking its people-centred business into the digital age with new developments online and through social media. BMN finds out more.

Craig Cundey, national training manager for Redring Xpelair, discusses the advantages of online learning and its many benefits for merchants and their staff.

Since 1976, MP Moran & Sons has been focused on driving business forward. BMN’s Nichola Farrugia visited the merchant to find out how it is committed to continuous development.

BMN recently sat down with Blanchford Building Supplies to discuss the company’s new branch, and its plans as the business approaches its 80th anniversary.

Bill Barlow, UK business unit director for Conex Bänninger, discusses the time-saving and safety benefits of push-fit technologies that are proving popular with installers, and why they present great sales opportunities for builders’ merchants.

BMN has published its annual review of the top-performing national and independent merchants for 2015 (previously published in the April 2016 issue of Builders' Merchants News).

Timber frame offers a solution to the need for more homes to accommodate the extra 5.3m households government figures predict over the next quarter century.

The release this summer of government projections suggesting the number of households in England will rise by 5.3m over the next quarter of a century has prompted Matthew King, UK and Ireland director of Actis, to propose a viable approach to ensuring we have enough homes to accommodate the growing population.

By acquiring Cemex Packed Aggregates, GRS Bagging will now extend its operations by a further five sites.

Having announced its recent acquisition of the Cemex Packed Aggregates business in the UK, GRS Bagging explains how it is well placed to provide its customers with the products and services they need.

Serious injury or even death can result from the failure of a timber scaffold board, and can leave contractors facing prosecution and significant fines, as recent incidents have shown, BM TRADA says.

Alsford Timber has 18 branches across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Tracing its routes back to 1882, Alsford Timber has come a long way since its humble origins. BMN's Nichola Farrugia visited the merchant to find out how it is committed to continuous development.

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