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Wolseley has launched a new customer feedback system to improve the overall customer experience across the Wolseley UK-wide branch network.

Workloads in UK Construction and Infrastructure continued to rise in Q3 2017, according to the latest RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey, with 22% more respondents seeing a rise in workloads of the quarter, with a steady pace of growth.

The Ridgeons 25 Club, which was established nearly 60 years ago as a network and support group for the company’s retired employees and to recognise colleagues who have been employed for 25 years or more with the company, has welcomed and presented awards to three new 25 Club members at an annual 25 Club dinner.

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has invested in ten new delivery vans to join its fleet in a bid to meet demand from customers for quick and reliable product delivery.

Keyline has recently recognised a number of employees who have a combined 105 years of service to the company.

Sajid Javid announced that the number of houses built in England had increased from 189,650 in 2015/16 to 217,000 in 2016/17.

Ragubir Hargun, Trade Marketing Manager at GROHE UK, and her daughter Parveen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is supporting the construction industry’s younger generation by offering an apprenticeship scheme that provides their first steps into the business. The 12-month scheme allows the apprentices to engage in various different tasks to gain valuable skills for the future.

Knauf has achieved third party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for the Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System.

Travis Perkins has teamed up with Let’s Get Healthy to create a three-year, tailored and holistic approach to safety at work, that goes beyond the traditional, as they recognise the emotional and mental health of their employees is critical to their overall wellbeing and safety at work.

This year’s National Buying Group (NBG) Conference was held in Liverpool and was a two-day event of exhibitions, talks, networking, and celebrating the last year of NBG.

The House of Common’s Home Affairs’ Select Committee has released a report that says the UK Government has insufficient resources to deal with millions more customs’ checks that will be necessary when the UK leaves the EU Customs’ Union.

Innovative Build Aviator services, available from builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy, have been praised by a luxury house builder following an award win.

Ridgeons has contributed building materials, plumbing goods, and kitchen and bathroom supplies to a DIY SOS project in Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Makita UK has opened their first regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) and Training Academy in Glasgow’s Govan commercial district to support its business.

ONS figures published today show that construction output contracted 0.9% in the third quarter of 2017. This is a downward revision from the preliminary estimate of a 0.7% decline released in October and follows the 0.5% fall in output recorded in Q2.

Civil engineering and groundwork material specialist Rudridge is celebrating 15 years of being part of the Gravesend business community.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is supporting the construction industry’s younger generation by offering an apprenticeship scheme that provides people with their first steps into the business.

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) claimed that the number of customs declarations made by traders, which HM Revenue & Customs must process could increase five-fold to 255 million after the UK leaves the European Union.

Ibstock Brick once again triumphed at the Brick Awards winning seven categories at the prestigious event.

Jewson may have been targeted by hackers trying to steal its customers' account details.

Builders' merchant Jewson has taken its store offline and warned customers that its data may have been stolen by hackers.

Aggregate Industries is urging housebuilders to look more closely at the technical considerations before installing block and beam flooring, as the 1 January 2018, deadline for the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Technical Extra 20 standard draws closer.

Kevin Kelsey with his Great South Run medal.

Kevin Kelsey, who works at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants’ Chichester depot, completed the Great South Run in Southsea on 22 October, and raised £195 for Brain Tumour Research.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester, Bosch Group. 

Fernox has opened its new chemical water treatment manufacturing facility in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

Following the success of RGB Building Supplies’ Christmas Present Appeal last year, the builders’ merchant is delighted to bring it back and is once again inviting the local community to donate gifts that will be given to families being supported by Children’s Hospice South West over the festive period.

Timber window and door specialist Dale is lending real support to its UK merchant network with the launch of a mini-showroom display campaign.

A quirky toilet seat art exhibition in Lewes raised an impressive £620 for charity.

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “cheers” to its loyal customers this month with a pub voucher for those who spend on orders collected from branch in November.

We all know that Christmas is the time for giving, and in the run up to this year’s festive season, Worcester is giving installers even more reasons to register for its Greenstar Rewards.

The Portsmouth depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate supplies to Highbury College students to help them build bunks for The Rucksack Project’s bus renovation.

Roper Rhodes, whose brands comprise Roper Rhodes, Laura Ashley, R2, Tavistock and Trade, is experiencing record-breaking service speeds after investing in its operational infrastructure and consolidating its warehouse space into a single, state-of-the-art facility.

Two Keyline employees enjoy the Broxburn charity evening.

Keyline’s branch in Broxburn raised £8,700 for Prostate Cancer UK, during a charity evening held at Uphall Golf Club on 4 November.

MKM Haverhill’s new team toast the opening of the branch.

MKM has continued its national expansion by unveiling its 51st branch in Haverhill, Suffolk.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has written to the Chancellor to urge him to put measures in the forthcoming budget that will support the modernisation of builders’ merchants’ delivery vehicles.

Elliotts went back to its roots and delivered by horse and cart in Southampton on 8 November, 2017, to celebrate 175 years in business.

The High Court has decided to uphold Westminster City Council’s decision to allow the redevelopment of the last surviving historic timber yard in the country.

Plumbase has pledged £10,000 in sponsorship support to customer Kris Elliot.The funds donated by Plumbase have helped its customer Kris, who is also a firefighter, and his teammate and brother Blair Elliot, compete in the 3,000 mile Talisker Atlantic challenge, this December.

Gripsure has created a new production facility, which is one-and-a-half times the size of its previous space. Expanding into premises next door and redesigning the space has enabled the manufacturer to improve its productivity and efficiency.

NMBS Managing Director, Chris Hayward is celebrating a major career milestone. October 2017 marks 40 years since he first started working for the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', plumbing and heating, timber and hardware merchants.

A north-east builders' merchant has invested more than £500,000 in a new facility in Stonehaven, north-east Scotland, designed to give customers easy access to professional and DIY building and landscaping materials.

Thornbridge Sawmills, Scottish timber processing and distribution company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Cairngorm Capital to support its development as a leading UK player in this sector. Cairngorm Capital is a specialist private investment firm that provides equity capital and management expertise to ambitious UK companies.

Spread a Smile, the hospital entertainment charity, hosted over 300 young people, their siblings and family members at an extra special winter party on Sunday 5 November at the Marriott London Regents Park Hotel.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA’s) Construction Trade Survey for Q3 shows that despite rising costs and diverging performance across sectors, the industry extended its run of growth to 18 quarters.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) latest website, launched in April, has been selected as the best in Europe in the annual Awards run by the worldwide software company ASI.

Kent Blaxill has opened its new 3,500 sq ft store on Erica Road, Stacey Bushes Trading Centre in Milton Keynes.

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, the UK’s SME community remains unsure about a number of related issues, including what ‘personal data’ really means; their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.

Workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two industry awards for the second year running.

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe, accelerating its involvement in the off-site manufacturing and closed panel construction market.

Tim Cleverley, Area Sales Manager presenting the voucher to Dan Coombes, Assistant Manager at Elliots.

Earlier this year, Long Rake Spar conducted a customer survey within the builders’ merchant sector to ascertain the company’s customer service levels and performance as an independent decorative aggregate supplier.

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