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Lily Owsley MBE, part of the Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team from Rio 2016, has officially opened the new £1m EH Smith ‘Local’ branch in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

Dunlop has kicked off its Multi-Skill Champion Competition to find the best multi-skill construction student in the UK with a series of regional college heats.

Redland is investing in the future of the pitched roofing sector with the launch of a programme to support young roofing students.

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Kenton Cool will offer insights into leadership in extreme moments at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Budapest in June.

Kenton Cool, one of the world’s leading high altitude climbers, will draw on his experience of leading summit expeditions to offer insights into leadership in extreme moments at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Budapest in June.

WernerCo, the manufacturer of ladders, has recently donated a range of equipment to several charities across the UK that provide education and employment opportunities in construction to a variety of those in need.

The government has issued positive statements indicating its continued commitment to the existing EU legislation surrounding energy efficient products.

A new radio station dedicated to tradespeople will be giving out 20,000 bacon butties to builders after it launches later this month.

Activity in the construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

MKM Building Supplies has announced strong annual results for the financial year ended 30 September, 2016, with growth in both revenue and profits.

Fernox is lending its support to the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, and has donated 12 TF1 Omega Filters and various chemical water treatment products to the Gas Chat Tour, which is providing free central heating system installations in exchange for charitable donations.

BSW Timber has started a major investment programme in its material handling equipment by commissioning eight new side-loader ‘Bulmor’ vehicles for its sawmill in Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys.

Johnstone’s Trade has announced the four successful finalists in its Community Makeover competition 2017.

Champion Timber’s Edenbridge branch was delighted to donate plywood to support an event that aimed to inspire local youngsters to follow their dreams.

Lewis Benson after the shave.

A group of staff at Covers depots in Chichester, Gosport and Portsmouth have raised a total of £564 for Comic Relief after undertaking a range of activities, including bake sales and a sponsored shave.

Huws Gray Builders Merchants has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire, having recently completed the purchase of James Wilby Builders Merchants.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the North West, at Sentinel Performance Solutions' facility in Warrington.

The London Fire Brigade has tackled a huge fire at a builders' merchants in Brent Cross, London.

To celebrate the £7m refurbishment of its flagship Saffron Walden branch, Ridgeons, has handed lucky winner Darren Petchey, the keys to a brand-new Mercedes-Benz Vito van, worth over £21,000.

Trade association the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new website at www.bmf.org.uk to serve its members across the industry.

NMBS – the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants – has staged another highly successful annual exhibition.

Staff from builders’ merchant Howarth Timber Group have thrown their hats in the ring for not one but two boxing challenges in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for ‘Hartlepool Families First’ charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.

Carl Arntzen is the new chairman of the CPA.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has named Carl Arntzen as its new chairman.

Buttle's has been identified by the Financial Times as one of Europe's fastest-growing companies.

L-r: Peter Collison (Badshot Lea FC), Mark Broad (Badshot Lea FC) and Paul Duke (Rudridge).

Rudridge has helped get renovations underway at the new Badshot Lea FC grounds in Westfield Lane, Farnham with work expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2018/19 football season.

L-r: Danny Byrne with John Savage.

Heating and plumbing merchant, Flame Heating Spares, is targeting further growth and job creation as it looks to expand its operation to serve the Scottish market.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports that UK construction product manufacturers registered an increase in sales and activity in the first quarter of 2017. This extends the industry’s period of growth to four years, despite a backdrop of increasing input cost pressures.

Local dignataries, company directors and employees gathered to mark the official opening of the new Geberit UK head office in Warwick last month.

The SCA Group is to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity.

Sean Neary testing for the new season.

Bradfords Tool Hire has been announced as a sponsorship partner of the Zoek Racing Team competing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship Ducati Cup.

Sarah Sadler, Kohler Mira’s finance director handing a cheque of £92,000 to the CRUK fundraising team.

Staff at Kohler Mira have smashed its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in £92,000 being handed over to the charity this spring.

Mike Pollard of ForgeFix is running the Virgin London Marathon on 23 April, 2017, for Dementia Friends in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Together with Crown Paints, Kent Blaxill is launching its “All hands on Dec” campaign, to renovate a worthy community project in the local area.

1st Chulmleigh Scouts are the latest winners of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Gibbs & Dandy has opened a branch in Stevenage to carry on the legacy of a local builders’ merchant, Chas Lowe & Sons in Knebworth, which is due to close.

L-r: Emily, Claire, David and Mollie Young.

David Young, managing director of Bradfords Building Supplies, has raised over £1,000 for Macmillan by taking part in a ‘Brave the Shave’ headshave on 3 April.

Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi.

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has joined Carbon Connect, an independent, cross-party forum that aims to inform and guide the transition to a low carbon future underpinned by sustainable energy.

L-r: Lee Williams, Iwan Vaughan Jones and Steven Robert Jones.

The Huws Gray head office team successfully completed the Liverpool Half Marathon, raising over £450 for the UK Sepsis Trust.

Energetic employees from Keyline will be jumping into the saddle to raise vital funds for charity by cycling from Dumfries to Inverness. The team will pedal the 300-mile route over four days this summer in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The boards of NBG and H&B buying groups have announced that they are in discussions regarding a potential merger of the two organisations.

National Buying Group (NBG) merchant Partner TEC Supplies Group has scooped won KBB Review's Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

The search is on to give one of Northern Ireland's nightmare bathrooms a much-needed upgrade

Jungheinrich UK has announced the launch of its new flagship ‘Forkcourt’ showroom and Business Hub concept to support local logistics-intensive businesses.

Lily Owsley, part of the Olympic gold-medal winning GB women’s hockey team from Brazil 2016, is opening the new EH Smith branch in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.

The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

TEC Supplies Group has scooped KBB Review’s Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

Lloyd Winter has joined Marley Plumbing and Drainage as technical services manager.

Due to an increased demand for design and technical advice, Marley Plumbing and Drainage has appointed Lloyd Winter as its new technical services manager, to provide unparalleled support to its customers.

Plumbase has brought back its programme of Innovation Nights, aimed at giving installers a first glimpse of some of the newest products on the plumbing and heating market.

Installers have been urged to take extra caution over their choice of boiler components and accessories, amid a growing number of controls and flue systems being sold on the internet as compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models.

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