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Chandlers Building Supplies is on the search for a charity to partner with for 2018.

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of DER KREIS, has extended its ever-growing list of suppliers, with the addition of Marble & Granite Designs.

Honeywell takes to the road again with its team to showcase its full range of smart heating controls and security products at plumbing and heating merchants across the UK until March 2018.

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has announced a new partnership with heating systems manufacturer Viessmann that will significantly increase access to same day and next day spare parts availability this heating season.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s latest competition – the Graham College Refresh Scheme, which will see the merchant give a £10,000 prize.

The George Bence Group officially opened their 4th branch with a location outside the village of Bourton on the Water. Recently knighted, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the long standing MP for the Cotswolds was present to cut the ribbon.

Södra Wood has become a member of the Builders Merchant Federation.

Environmental experts at a Shropshire company have unveiled a brand-new addition to the business following an investment of £4.5 million.

The latest NBG Marketing Forum has inspired marketeers from across the independent merchant sector with new ideas, best practice and concepts to take back to their respective businesses.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has undertaken an initial survey of its members following the collapse of Carillion to assess the potential impact of the company’s liquidation further down the building supply chain.

Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for BMF Members’ Day in September, which takes the theme “The Future Belongs to the Bold”.

Redrow in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria have established the UK’s first dedicated Housebuilding Degree. LJMU have also validated the qualification.

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Five employees from across Travis Perkins plc have secured a prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). All five completed the programme in 2017 and were presented with their certificates on 17 January 2018 at St James’s Palace on behalf of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The Executive Hire Show has become a hub for the hire industry and year on year the show increases in size and visitors to the event can always guarantee plenty of brand new products on display

Dorset-based metal decking company SMD Ltd is looking ahead to a successful year after celebrating a number of significant milestones during 2017.

“With local elections in all London Boroughs in May, political parties should remember that housing is not built, nor are homes improved, without London’s builders, plumbers and timber merchants,” says Lords Builders’ Merchant to Rupa Huq MP when she visited the 33-year old business in Park Royal, Ealing.

EH Smith has announced the appointment of its current Chief Executive, John Parker, as company Chairman following the death of longstanding chairman Ken Smith in November.

News of Carillion's liquidation has left industry asking what the impact on SME subcontractors will be, and what changes need to be made to public sector construction contracts.

In 2017, the Construction Industry Helpline supported over 1,500 construction families in crisis, with over 400 families granted £705,000 of emergency financial help.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots.

Construction giant Carillion is to enter compulsory liquidation with immediate effect, following months of speculation and a number of profit warnings.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was delighted to win the Best Practice Award for the second year running at the recent UFEMAT AGM held in Stockholm. UFEMAT is the European Association of National Builders’ Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of PageGroup. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country.

Wavin has officially opened its new Doncaster Learning Centre.

VADO have announced the return of the VADO Rally for June 2018. Competing to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust and Variety charities, members of the kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms industry will be teaming up once again to rally through some of Europe’s greatest cities and scenery.

Kingsfold builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has launched its ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign, which will give away £500 each to four community groups and good causes in the area during 2018.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, comments on ONS Output in the Construction Industry statistics

Builders’ Merchant Company are pleased to announce its new Rotherham branch will be open on the 1st March, situated on The Barbot Industrial Estate, Rotherham.

Theresa May has appointed Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, as Minister of State for Housing and Planning.

ONS figures show that construction output in November rose by 0.4% in both monthly and annual terms. However, monthly data are volatile and on a rolling three-month basis, output declined 2.0%. This was the largest fall since August 2012.

Ibstock Brick has been recognised for its marketing support at the Jewson annual supplier awards.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) goes from strength to strength with the recent admission of eight new Liverymen, installed at one of the City’s most prestigious venues - Mansion House. The Livery now stands at 213 Liverymen and 21 Freemen.

A fast-growing bathroom supplier is marking its fifth anniversary with the launch of its 17th showroom.

The UK’s fastest growing builders merchant has opened its first branch of 2018 – taking its total to 59 in the UK.

thyssenkrupp Materials, a supplier of stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel products, has recently unveiled an online tool to guide its customers through the technical process of buying metal.

Supplier of MDF profiles, The W.Howard Group, has made a investment into its Kildare site, with the introduction of a Makor production line.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set for a year of celebration with three major events taking place during 2018 to commemorate a trio of landmark anniversaries.

A team of volunteers from BSS have proved themselves a tour de force after raising over £5,000 in aid of Mind – the mental health charity.

The UK’s £56.5 billion construction product manufacturing industry is expected to slow this year as the sector lost its pace at the end of 2017, according to the CPA’s State of Trade Survey for 2017 Q4.

Customers of the Kingsfold builders merchant D.W. Nye have helped to raise £252 for Horsham charity Born Free.

Staff at Covers discarded their fleeces and flocked to don their favourite festive jumper in December to raise funds for charity.

Sika Everbuild were thrilled to receive their tenth award in eight years at the 2017 NBG Conference held at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 14th November, receiving the 2nd place award in the General Build Supplier of the Year category.

Vaillant has announced its partnership with Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of Travis Perkins Plumbing & Heating division, marking a concerted drive to make more of its energy efficient products available to the market.

Attracting young people into construction and new home quality are among the areas of focus to be discussed by industry experts at this year’s NHBC Building for tomorrow roadshows – ‘Future Skills, Future Standards, Future Quality.’

Citizens Advice may be out of a job soon as results from a recent survey reveal that the nation’s builders are shovelling out advice on everything from parenting to finance.

Polypipe Ventilation, manufacturer energy-saving domestic ventilation systems, has been reborn as Domus Ventilation, with a larger sales network, new branding, and a new management and customer services team.

An employee at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Brighton has celebrated the impressive milestone of 25 years of service at the business.

Flame Heating Group is set for another strong year as it aims to launch an additional six branches during 2018.

Norbord Europe Ltd was presented with the ‘Best Overall Supplier 2017’ award by Jewson at Jewson Live in December, the UK’s biggest builders’ merchant show, “for ensuring the availability of its products across all our branches, despite difficult market conditions”.

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