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The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.

Left to right: Dawn Gracie and Trish Aylmore.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants welcomed vintage entertainer and singer Dawn Gracie to its Chichester depot last week for a charity ‘Builders’ Bake Off’.

Howarth Timber gets set for another charity dinner.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is hosting a star-studded Sportsman’s Dinner in support of its 2017 charity partner Cancer Research UK.

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

Theresa May has addressed the issue of Brexit in a landmark speech delivered in Florence on 22 September.

Travis Perkins paid a visit to Northampton Academy this week to share their coding expertise with its Year 10 students as part of UK-wide ‘National Coding Week’.

Gibbs & Dandy is getting a kick out of its latest sponsorship deal, as it supports one of the UK’s largest martial arts events, which takes place this weekend.

The Welsh Government’s announcement that £30m will be pumped into the Wales Property Development Fund to improve access to finance for small Welsh construction firms will help to increase house building, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Cymru.

IronmongeryDirect has partnered with supplier TIMco to donate a pallet full of fastenings and fixings which is being sent to hurricane torn Barbuda in the Caribbean.

As the colder months draw closer and heating systems are turned back on, it’s the time of the year where heating engineers are more frequently called out for essential servicing.

A group of employees from Elliotts Builders Merchant will ride 550 miles across France this month to raise money for cervical cancer charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its latest Plumbing & Heating branch at Top Angel, Buckingham Industrial Estate, Buckingham.

Two employees from the Farnham branch of Rudridge have completed the challenge of a lifetime and raised £3,200 by cycling from Paris to Geneva in memory of a much-missed former colleague.

Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds is donating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner for 2018. Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Border Merchant Systems, a supplier of dedicated merchant software, will be hosting a series of Customer User Meetings in November.

Elliotts, an independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has joined in with the effort to help re-build Barbuda following Hurricane Irma.

Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma has welcomed plans by Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, to invest £50m in a new factory in Leicestershire.

The Crystal Clear Group has confirmed a three Conference sponsorship arrangement with the Builders Merchants Federation. Crystal will be the Headline Sponsor for the BMF All Industry Conference in 2019, 2021 and 2023.

A survey of over 200 trainee roofers by Redland has revealed that fear of injury or death is the biggest concern for 43% of them. Of the 212 surveyed, 63 said that they were most worried about falling from height, 12 cited health and safety issues, 11 said injuries and five said they feared death.

New research from Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed that homeowners are putting themselves at risk by failing to commit to simple gas safety checks.

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is set to receive nearly £78,000 from the Pavestone Rally, which took place in early September.

Watts Water Technologies, global manufacturer and supplier of water and heating technology, has joined the BMF as a Supplier Member.

This year your Christmas donation can create places that care for people who are homeless or in a hospice.

The London Assembly’s proposal to focus on building offsite manufactured homes to help it deliver the 50,000 new dwellings it needs every year has been welcomed by pan European insulation specialist Actis.

Biomass opposition is constantly stepping up as Norbord and other wood-using industries join forces with environmental charities to urge Government to limit support for subsidies.

The Viessmann Group, a international manufacturer of heating and cooling systems has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Builders Qwik Qwote has been over a year in the making, evolving from a number of conversations with builders’ merchants and builders.

Local builders’ merchant Travis Perkins offered a free breakfast to residents and commuters in Belgravia to celebrate their heritage in the local area and to raise awareness around a planning request which threatens the historic Travis Perkins branch in Pimlico.

Ibstock, is playing its part in ensuring construction students are equipped with the materials needed to hone their skills, by donating 12,000 of its bricks as part of an ongoing partnership between the brick manufacturer and the Construction Skills Village.

Generous customers, suppliers and staff from Keyline raised a fantastic £625 for Prostate Cancer UK during Perth Racecourse’s annual Carnival Day on Saturday 19th August.

The Portsmouth branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants will be sponsoring Baffins Milton Rovers FC during the 2017/2018 season.

This year the Rainy Day Trust partnered with Pavestone to run a banger rally to the French Riviera in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Off mains drainage specialists Marsh Industries put themselves in the driving seat, being the first team to drive into Monte Carlo after a four-day drive passing through eight countries along the way.

Hemel Hempstead has become the 10th branch to open this year as Selco Builders Warehouse continues its rapid expansion plans.

Employees at the Farnham branch of groundwork and civil engineering company Rudridge have been recognised for the impressive milestone of 20 years of combined service at the business.

Builders’ merchant Jewson is set to welcome riders in its seventh annual Tour de Jewson charity bike ride, which sees Jewson employees, customers and suppliers come together to raise money for important causes

Celotex, the PIR insulation supplier for Grenfell, have temporarily suspend supply of some of its 5000 product range in light of a recent and unexpected test result. This relates to Celotex FR5000, Celotex CG5000, Celotex CF5000 and Celotex SL5000, which share the same insulation core and facer.

It’s not often an employee engagement activity ends up in the record books, but the staff at builders merchant Jewson have managed it.

Dulux Trade has unveiled its annual Colour of the Year: Heart Wood, a warm neutral, with a hint of heather. The colour has been revealed alongside key colour predictions for 2018 as part of the brand’s industry-acclaimed trend forecast, ColourFuturesTM, now in its 15th year.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new service, BMF Cyber Audit Plus, to help members to reinforce information security and to comply with new data protection laws which come into force in May 2018.

Stopcocks hosted the first Women Installers’ Together Conference yesterday in London. It brought together female plumbers and gas engineers from across the UK and Europe to discuss being a female in the industry, learn new skills and network.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies recently welcomed Wakefield MP, Mary Creagh, to its branch on Doncaster Road, Wakefield, to learn about how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider West Yorkshire economy.

Bradfords Building Supplies has launched a new reward scheme that gives its customers the biggest opportunity yet to earn a fantastic reward on the purchases they make.

Flame Heating Group, a fast-growing heating and plumbing merchant in the north east of England, has launched a new branch in Cramlington, Northumberland.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new service, BMF Cyber Audit Plus, to help members reinforce their information security and to comply with new data protection laws, which come into force in May 2018.

AkzoNobel's Ashington factory.

AkzoNobel has officially opened its most advanced and sustainable paint factory in Ashington, North East England.

To make designing, specifying and purchasing sewage treatment plants as easy, fail-safe and cost-effective as possible, Marsh Industries has developed and launched a bespoke design and quotation programme.

Those that work in the trades and the local community were welcomed to Kingsfold builders' merchant DW Nye last week for a free demonstration event.

Covers Home Ideas in Chichester is inviting the local community to a celebration day on Friday 15 September to mark the relaunch of the new-look store.

A bathroom showroom in Sussex will be exhibiting for sale an array of original art to raise money for a local charity. Twenty well-established Sussex artists have already committed to taking part – using wooden toilet seats as their ‘canvas’.

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