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Celotex is challenging claims made in a BBC News story that it knowingly mis-sold the dangerously flammable insulation used on Grenfell Tower.

Civil and drainage solutions supplier Keyline is hosting a charity bike ride from Dumfries to Inverness next month.

Norbord donated 11 packs of SterlingOSB to a project to build temporary accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially cut the ribbon to its second Bristol branch, bringing its total number of branches to 65.

Neil Fuller (L) and Sir Vince Cable during the Liberal Democrat leader's visit to Alsford Timber last week

If the government does not secure mutually beneficial customs arrangements before the UK leaves the EU in ten months’ time, Twickenham firm Alsford Timber will have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood.

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group gave the award to the Kirkcaldy store as part of a Responsible Business Scheme.

The Federation of Master Builders addressed the ‘closed shop’ culture reported by SME workers who say it prevents them from landing bigger projects.

The company, which supplies EPDM materials for flat roofing, has opened a new centre in Huddersfield.

Plumbing and heating merchant Bassetts has opened its sixteenth store in Northern Ireland, following a £2 million investment.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has stated that the government will consult on banning combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings.

The course is held at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, and is aimed at specifiers and housebuilders.

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its support of community improvement charity Bristol Noise.

Hopefield Fab, who produce metal bar tops, over bar glass racks, under-counter units and decorative metalwork - are recruiting new apprentices to join their firm.

The Builders Merchants Federation has recently released figures in its Builders Merchants Building Index which show continued growth, albeit at a slower rate.

Buying group NBG has welcomed Leaside into its membership of independent builders’ merchants.

Having outgrown its old site, Norbord has opened a new factory in Inverness which allows the company to produce a new type of OSB.

Suppliers say they are “disappointed” that Dame Judith Hackitt has not recommended that it should be mandatory for sprinklers to be fitted into tower blocks in her review of Building Regulations and fire safety rules.

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler showed support for her local builders’ merchant on a visit to London Reclaimed Brick Merchants last week.

CEMEX UK is calling on the construction industry to join the Construction Logistics and Community Safety scheme.

The expansion of Wavin’s Chippenham site has been officially opened by the Mexican ambassador, Julián Ventura Valero.

Charity-minded Surrey roofer Lee Moran has been crowned the nation’s top ‘Local Hero’ in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors 2018 UK Roofing Awards, sponsored by SIG Roofing.

The government must learn from Carillion by enforcing fair payment and opening up public sector contracts to smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Ideal Bathrooms has made a major investment in its Scottish distribution operation with a move to a new 33,000 sq ft distribution hub in the centre of Glasgow.

Two of the most influential leaders in the builders’ merchant industry will speak at the BMF Young Merchants Conference in October.

Chandlers is helping to promote the Construction Industry Helpline, a free and confidential service that helps construction workers and families affected by mental health issues.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has clarified that businesses with a turnover exceeding the VAT threshold of £85,000 will need to make their VAT records digital from April 2019.

Selco Builders Warehouse has further strengthened its offering in the London area by opening its a branch in St Albans - its 63rd in the UK.

RGB Building Supplies is supporting Children’s Hospice South West’s charity Rainbow Run by sponsoring its blue paint station.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s website, launched in April 2017, has recently received the Great Things Award for the second year running.

The 2018 edition of the Take Off with Osma competition launched on 8 May, and merchants have the opportunity to win several prizes.

Pictured (left to right): Teresa McQuay, Samantha Thatcher, Amanda Haley and Maria Powell accepting on behalf of Sarah Lewis.

Iron ladies of the door hardware industry showed their mettle at a recent ironmongery industry awards.

JT Dove has made a large donation to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund that has hit an incredible milestone and opened up a new opportunity.

Builders’ merchanting and DIY supplier Grafton Group has released its trading report for the year so far, revealing the Beast from the East and Storm Emma gave its trading a battering but its forecast for the year remains strong.

Pictured: Oz Bahm (left) and Andy Flinn.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has completed the Cyber Essentials Certificate, ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) law on 25 May 2018.

Rhino Products is to build a new factory next year featuring custom designed production areas, as it is outgrowing its current site.

Roy Marriott of Mansfield is the lucky winner of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s Rock Up and Win competition.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has praised the commitment of the Builders Merchants Federation to encouraging more young people to enter the building materials industry.

The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed Perspectiva Consultants to act as government relations consultants in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The workloads of small and medium-sized construction firms grew slightly in the first three months of this year despite record numbers of builders reporting rising material prices, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Sales expectations in the construction sector for the next six months have dropped since April last year.

The overall winner in the fifth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards Northern Ireland is JP Corry Lisburn, while JP Corry’s latest addition, Coleraine, scooped an award for Best Premises.

MKM’s branch in Anlaby is to feature on the BBC’s DIY SOS programme after donating to a project to help a local family.

Ibstock Brick's strategic approach to sustainability has won it a shortlisting for the 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards.

The Competition and Markets Authority has approved part of Breedon Group’s bid to acquire assets from Tarmac.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Keystone in Swadlincote.

H&B has announced that North Wales builders' merchant Richard Williams will join the group on 1 May.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants and the Rainy Day Trust have formed a partnership to provide support in training, education and career development for young people in the industry.

Recent branch openings in Kilmarnock and Newton Abbott continue the on-going expansion of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, which has seen investment in 34 new branches in the last three years.

Markets for European Oak are facing increased pressure on price and availability. This was the key message at the European Oak Conference held in London last week.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday unveiled a new manufacturing line at Norbord's Inverness plant following a £95 million investment.

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