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A food and drink awards ceremony has recognised the workplace catering at Travis Perkins.

CRASH, a charity that assists homelessness and hospice charities with construction related projects, has launched a Christmas appeal to raise £75,000.

An eco-friendly composite decking company is the first of its kind to be invited to supply the National Buying Group.

John Smith, former Chairman of heating and plumbing merchant Smith Brothers Stores, has died aged 86.

The National Buying Group celebrated the stars of the sector in its Supplier Awards earlier this week at the climax of its annual conference.

Permaroof UK is set to make further investment in its head office in the New Year.

A year of celebration for the Builders Merchants Federation draws to a close with a special anniversary dinner to mark 40 years of the BMF itself and 110 years as a trade body. The guest speaker comes from another iconic organisation celebrating its own centenary this year - the RAF.

John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare has visited local business Bradfords Building Supplies for a tour of their site and to meet staff.

Arnold Laver & Co has merged with The National Timber Group, creating the largest independent timber distribution company in the UK.

A multi-million pound project to build a new logistics centre for ROCKWOOL will create 65 new jobs.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 22nd Regional Centre of Excellence, and the third in Scotland, at Superglass Insulation in Stirling.

As the country marks 100 years since WW1, the 100th student has graduated from a course that teaches ex-service personnel construction skills.

Things turned spooky at the National Merchant Buying Society when it hosted a day of Halloween celebrations to raise money for charity.

The Institute of Builders Merchants has said no to a proposal for a merger with the Builders Merchants Federation.

The manager of a branch that lost 75% of its stock to a fire has warned merchants to check their insurance covers fire damage.

The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Employees at Russell Roof Tiles are shedding the pounds to raise money for local causes.

Numbers of British bricks-and-mortar businesses have declined to a four-year low, according to a new report.

A competition to find the country’s dirtiest trade van will reward the winner with a free re-wrap of their offending van.

Holding company Roxor Group, which owns Ultra Finishing, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and Fireclay Factory, has doubled its size by acquiring a bathroom retailer.

A former Royal Air Force Sergeant will help Armed Forces leavers explore new job opportunities with Travis Perkins.

Guests at Rudridge’s charity pub quiz had their general knowledge put to the test, raising £1,000 for charity.

RGB Building Supplies is leaving the PHG, but Bristol Building Supplies will be joining from January next year.

An industry lunch was held recently to highlight the importance of fire protection and third-party accredited products and installers.

A thriving junior football club in Hertfordshire has hit the back of the net with a sponsorship deal with Selco.

Refurbishments worth £7 million have been completed at Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Cwmbran, South Wales.

Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society comprise the Industrial Strategy Council, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced yesterday.

Accommodation that helps homeless people take their first steps towards independence has been refurbished thanks to charitable donations.

A brand new showroom and trade counter have been added to SIG Roofing’s Gloucester branch following a major refurbishment.

Two major organisations are calling on the government to fully adopt the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

A “people focused” approach to sustainability has won Ibstock Brick two nominations in the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Disaster has hit a team of graduates attempting a 8,000 km bike ride to raise money for charity, with two out of the three forced to retire.

British Gypsum’s Supplier Driver of the Year 2018 has been crowned at an annual competition in Burton-upon-Trent.

The quietest products have been recognised in the latest “Noise Oscars”.

Lagan Group's brick, tile and bagged cement products have been rebranded as Breedon following its acquisition by Breedon Group earlier this year.

Customers and staff at a Swansea builder’s merchant have proved ‘great sports’ by raising more than £1,300 for a local hospice.

The future of the builders’ merchant industry came together at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Conference.

The Chancellor announced guarantees of £1 billion to SME house builders, plus funding for more than 650,000 new homes in the 2018 Budget announcement.

The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme.

A nationwide housing boom has doubled the demand for bricks, and so a concrete products manufacturer has invested heavily in its production line to keep up.

Britain’s self-builders and home renovators remain unfazed by Brexit, according to a new survey.

A Chinese Minister recently visited Travis Perkins to see its award-winning apprenticeship model in action.

A campaign to support injured workers who are taking their employer to court has been supported by the British Safety Council and several MPs.

A campaign by the Considerate Constructers Scheme to encourage women into the industry has won a prestigious award.

The Builders Merchants Federation will be addressing the important issue of mental health at next year’s BMF All Industry Conference.

A major review of the Construction Products Regulations is being conducted, and door hardware experts are being called on to participate.

Chandlers Building Supplies is one of the Sussex businesses in the running to scoop the Company of the Year award.

Health-conscious employees at SR Timber attended a Heart Health session run by the British Heart Foundation, which included a demonstration of CPR, as part of its partnership with the charity.

A recent trading report by Travis Perkins shows growth in trade, while the DIY market continues to be challenging.

"Don’t worry, we want to protect and safeguard investment in renewable energy and green infrastructure to help insulate homes and fit solar panels" was the message from John McDonnell MP to the Builders Merchants’ Federation yesterday.

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