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Shane Knight, category director for heating at F & P, Primaflow & Connections.

One year on from the introduction of the EU Energy related Product (ErP) directive, the heating industry has made significant progress in meeting goals – in terms of existing and new technologies.

SCA Timber Supply UK has announced that it has acquired Swedscot Timber, a timber distribution business in Cumbernauld Scotland, for an undisclosed sum.

Runners from CRASH Patron companies joined the thousands of athletes of all abilities to take on the 34th Windsor Half Marathon on 25 September.

The construction sector is being urged to create more apprenticeships and find ways to attract workers to the sector after new research found that over half of the UK population are struggling to hire a tradesperson.

Mayor Sarfaz Anjum opens the Kent Blaxill Saffron Walden branch.

Saffron Walden Mayor Sarfaz Anjum officially opened a new decorating centre for Kent Blaxill on the Saffron Walden Shire Hill industrial estate on September 22.

Following the successful launch of its newly updated HiB Novum furniture collection, HiB has opened its doors to its very first showroom – enabling customers to experience the innovation behind each design first hand.

Encon Insulation appreciates how difficult it can be for independent builders’ merchants to compete with larger national chains. That’s why the business has introduced a dedicated and experienced merchant team as part of an ongoing commitment to become the “distributor of choice” for independent merchants.

On 12 October, Frank Howard Tools and Fixings is hosting the Festool Roadshow 2016 at its Braintree branch. The Festool tour truck, packed with products, will then be travelling across Europe, bringing the latest products to its customers.

JG Speedfit has been awarded membership of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Membership of the BMF entitles associates to a number of benefits including access to relevant industry reports, advice on how to maximise profitability and free legal guidance.

After reporting steady growth in sales via its online shop in the last few years, and record months in the first half of 2016, Parker Building Supplies has announced a refurbishment of its online store.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) now has more companies in its membership than at any time in the last 20 years.

Knauf Insulation has been awarded the inaugural Peter Buttle Trophy by h&b Group for Supplier of the Year. The award recognises excellence of merchant suppliers, and was presented by Nick Lander, managing director of h&b, and Peter Buttle, chairman of h&b.

A new survey by Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed worrying statistics around the habits of homeowners and their heating systems.

Merchant partners of National Buying Group (NBG) continue to demonstrate strong and continued growth, with new branch openings and expansion into new business areas. Three independent merchant partners – PGR, Beers and TG – have contributed recently to significant development in the sector in their own localities across the UK.

Lord Paddy Ashdown, one of the UK's most influential politicians, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference 2017, which takes place in Budapest next June.

Research from The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) suggests that two-thirds of SME housebuilders are struggling to identify land for potential development.

As recently released figures demonstrate a 10% rise in suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings, UK boiler manufacturer Baxi is championing the importance of Gas Safety Week which is taking place until 25 September.

A family-owned builders’ merchant with branches in Wellingborough and Irthingborough has staged a special commemorative open day to mark a major company milestone.

The WcoBM’s float from when they last took part in 2013.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) will once again have a float in the Lord Mayor’s Show on 12 November.

Jewson has reported that its points-based reward programme now has more than four million points redeemed and nearly 27,000 registered members since its launch in January 2016.

The Mayor of Ringwood cuts the ribbon.

Homeowners planning their dream kitchen, bathroom or bedroom can be assured of expert design advice and top quality home brands at the new Elliotts Living Spaces showroom in Ringwood.

Supertouch is marking its 20th birthday with the opening of a new head office at its distribution centre in Smethwick.

L-r: Councillor Bob Bowrah, Mayor of Wellington; Paul Fleming, branch manager at RGB Wellington and Archie Bee, the RGB mascot.

RGB Plumbing & Heating officially opened its newest branch on 6 September when the Mayor of Wellington, Councillor Bob Bowrah, cut the ribbon at the location on Westpark 26, Wellington, Somerset.

Spanning 27,000 square feet and featuring full-size show houses, the Express bi-folding doors showroom The Home Space is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. To mark the occasion, a grand opening weekend will be held from 16 to 17 September, with exclusive discounts for attendees.

Voting is now underway in SIG Roofing’s national Britain’s Best Café competition. Customers of SIG Roofing, together with members of the public, are being encouraged to vote for their favourite local café.

Take one very cheap Ford Fiesta, add four grown men in fancy dress and drive 1,278km to Monte Carlo, via eight countries, in just three days. 

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has launched its 2014/15 corporate social responsibility (CSR) review, hosted online in a new customisable format.

Boosting the quality and quantity of apprenticeships through construction SMEs will be the key focus of the new national president of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Last week, architectural ironmongers, builders’ merchants and door hardware students across the world discovered whether they have succeeded in gaining industry qualifications from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Worcester, Bosch Group's Technical Support department.

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Technical Support department, showcasing the heroes and stories behind its service.

L-right: Bob Muddimer - ARP, Lady Gretton, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lord Hazlerigg, Dr Jonathan Castleman - chairman of Norman and Underwood, Katie Beckett and Richard Muddimer, ARP.

Aluminium Roofline Products (ARP) held an opening ceremony on 11 August to launch its new conveyorised wet paint spraying line.

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group.

Continuing delays to the long awaited Bonfield Review, which is investigating the home energy efficiency sector, are leaving the heating industry in limbo, according to one boiler manufacturer.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland. This is part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

The Vokèra Trade Vehicle is back on the road and touring the length and breadth of Great Britain following an extensive refit. The vehicle, which has been with the company since 2011, has visited a vast number of merchants and events over the years and was in need of a refurbishment.

Commenting on government plans to increase tax on solar panels, Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said that the inclusion of renewable technology investment in the business rates calculation would further discourage small business investors, many of whom may already have been impacted by recent changes to low carbon subsidies.

Two thirds of SME housebuilders are yet to see any significant changes to their project pipelines in the wake of Brexit, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

A family-owned company has invested over £150,000 in a major refurbishment programme for one of its key North Wales sites.

Procuring plumbing, heating and drainage products in one go will now be far easier as Plumb and Parts Center embraces fellow Wolseley UK brand Drain Center.

Richard Burbidge is proud to announce Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

BSRIA has welcomed government plans to launch a multi-billion pound funding package aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

The Builders Merchant Building Index's (BMBI) new website is now live. Visitors to the new website can access the latest monthly and quarterly indexes, download past reports, read the BMBI Expert comments and get in touch with the Experts directly.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is to have its own branded BMF Pavilion at the Ecobuild exhibition, which takes place at Excel, London from 7 to 9 March, 2017.

Murdock Builders' Merchants, which has branches across Northern Ireland and in Dublin, has acquired the merchanting division of FR Cathcart in Enniskillen, bringing its total number of branches to 12.

Alongside its sponsorship of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, Travis Perkins gave two college photography students the opportunity to be its official event photographers.

Yorkshire racking specialist Filplastic has doubled the storage capacity at a busy builders' merchant in less than two days.

Orkla’s purchase of L.G. Harris & Co. (‘Harris’) has now been completed.

Stairparts manufacturer Richard Burbidge has chosen Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

PlumbStock, the dedicated heating and plumbing brand of the Ridgeon Group, has renovated its existing branch in Cromwell Road, Cambridge to provide an enhanced, customer-focused service. This will be delivered by a team with over 200 years' industry experience.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence as part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

Mark Rayfield, chief executive of Jewson, says that, with an estimated 1.65m people in the UK currently unemployed, it seems absurd that one of the construction industry’s biggest challenges is the lack of skilled men and women available to make up trade workforces.

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