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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Robin Beal, Managing Director and Founder of The IPG.

The IPG’s first ever conference took place at Mercedes-Benz-World on 3 November, 2017.

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

With the Autumn Budget due to be announced in just three weeks time, the ECA and the BESA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction industry.

Following a recent cycling accident, Paul McLaughlin is stepping down as Chief Executive of the Building Engineering Services Association.

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has increased rates to 0.5%. The MPC had cut the base interest rate to an historic low of 0.25% in August 2016, two months after the EU referendum.

Conex Bänninger industrial and specification valves are helping keep water flowing and the landscape green at some of Dubai’s most prestigious infrastructure projects.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) north east team has joined the Construction and Housing Employment and Skills Pledge (CHESP), launched in September 2017, with the aim of working to overcome the major skills shortages and gaps in skills provision within the construction industry.

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

Ridgeons, an idependent timber and builders’ merchants, has launched a major recruitment drive to highlight the wide range of new roles and career opportunities it is offering as the business invests in further development and growth.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) launched its third Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West region this week at Garador’s ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. The BMF now have 16 of these Regional Centres, which provide members with appropriate training and meeting venues in various locations around the UK.

Worcester, Bosch Group, is urging the European Commission to take a “common-sense approach” and reconsider bringing spare part circulating pumps under the Energy-Related Products (ErP) Directive by 2020.

Wayne Brooks, who works for RGB Building Supplies’ Wellington branch, completed the Great West Run in Exeter on Sunday 15th October and raised £225 for Children’s Hospice South West.

H&B Group has announced that it has recruited one of the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchants – Bradfords Building Supplies.

Hitachi Koki Co, a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, has announced today (1 November, 2017) that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co, effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI name, effective October 1, 2018.

Methven has been appointed as a preferred supplier by Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies.

NMBS has maintained its track record of staging one of the biggest and best social events for the independent merchanting sector.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is proud to announce that they will once again support the Ovation Rock Show at the Minerva Theatre.

As part of its drive to improve customer service, Aliaxis has invested £150,000 in an automated voice picking system within its warehouses, which has significantly modernised order fulfilment.

Considerate Constructors Scheme launched a single point of reference for construction activity across the UK and Ireland.

Children’s charity Chailey Heritage Foundation, which is based near Lewes in East Sussex, has received a donation of £500 from local business, Rudridge.

Following the announcement of Kohler Mira’s grant of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in April; Liz Hazeldene, Managing Director, recently received the award on behalf of the company and its workforce from the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire at Mira’s production facility in Hull.

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the majority share capital in Hevey Building Supplies.

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