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Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions has opened a new branch in Uxbridge, West London. As part of the company’s expansion of its branch network across the UK and Ireland, it is also offering specialist shoring services.

Gibbs & Dandy has announced that it is increasing its minimum employee hourly rate of pay above that of the government’s National Living Wage.

A strong set of results for the final quarter of 2016 completes a further year of growth in sales of building materials through UK builders merchants. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Builders Merchants Building Index Q4 report show that general merchants generated annual revenues in excess of £5.44bn with sales value growth of 5.2% on 2015.

MKM’s Honiton branch has celebrated its half-year anniversary, and launch of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom, with a special open evening.

CRASH is urging people throughout the merchant industry to take part in the Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017 to help raise money for the charity.

Bond It is set to build on the business with a further six figure investment into its business.

Southampton-based Independent Plumbing Supplies has become a member of buying group The IPG.

Huws Gray was created as a one-stop shop for all building products and materials – from below ground drainage to bricks and blocks, doors, windows and roofing materials. The company prides itself on fast and efficient customer service. That means loading and unloading lorries quickly, and efficiently moving materials on-site – activities that require a dependable, well-maintained forklift truck fleet.

The industry-wide, national campaign again gives builders and merchants alike the tools they need to maintain the Sterling job in 2017 and encourage sales

Following a successful 30th birthday year in 2015, 2016 also saw great results from the SterlingOSB brand campaign; sales increased by 24%.

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a campaign to support a number of initiatives throughout Doncaster and the UK to encourage awareness of career opportunities, inspire children to consider technical based GCSE’s, or give young adults the confidence to choose vocational courses and apprenticeships.

The IPG has welcomed member number 138, AC Bathrooms & Heating.

MAM Software is pleased to report the results of its annual customer satisfaction survey. After being asked questions regarding staff professionalism, knowledge and response times, the results show that a high percentage of MAM customers are satisfied with the service that they receive.

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles are raising money with the launch of a Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition.

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce it has selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its charity and will be fundraising for the cause throughout 2017.

Trade Paint Xpress, a decorators' merchants located in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has expanded into online retailing with its new website www.tpx.uk.com.

Taking place on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June 2018, the National DIY Show will be held at the Ericsson Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

To celebrate its website update, Gibbs & Dandy is looking to reward its customers who take advantage of the new site.

Making their own mark on the future landscape, Grown in Britain (GiB) staff, supporters and licence-holders came together to begin planting the Grown in Britain Grove, part of the Sylva Foundation’s Future Forest, in Oxfordshire on 10 February.

Wyckham Blackwell and The Keystone Group has announced that they have together acquired a 50% stake in the Timber Innovations Ltd Timber Frame business in Solihull as part of a Strategic Partnership Agreement.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in London thanks to the co-operation of SIG plc.

Jewson has been chosen as the front of shirt sponsor for Oxford United Football Club’s under 18’s team after pledging its support to the Friends of Oxford United Youth Academy group.

Timloc Building Products is to become the latest in a string of companies to move to Ozone Business Park in Howden.

Johnstone’s Trade has opened nominations for its Community Spirit competition, and is asking residents to put forward a deserving local community organisation or charity building that could benefit from a redecoration.

IKO PLC’s #NoMorePotholes campaign has been shortlisted for Best Use of Social Media in the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Marketing Excellence Awards.

Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield. Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has opened one store per week for the past six years.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 144 UK workers killed at work between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. 43 of the 144 fatal injuries took place within the construction industry alone.

Huws Gray has announced its charity partnership with Sepsis Trust UK for 2017.

Firms across the construction industry are bracing themselves for further cost pressures after reporting a rise in raw material prices despite growth across the industry during 2016 Q4.

The government has released a housing white paper, detailing a course of action to tackle the housing crisis in the UK. The paper has received mixed to positive reactions from across the construction industry.

More than 150,000 new homes were registered in the UK by the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) in 2016, the second highest in almost a decade.

Andrew Litchfield (left) and John Southall (right).

Specialist health and safety consultancy Southalls and international law firm Gowling WLG, warn medium sized builders’ merchants (£10-£50m turnover) of the significant fine risks they may face on the first anniversary of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines this month.

Mark Rayfield, chief executive officer at Jewson.

Jewson has announced plans to increase its employees’ wages ahead of the government’s introduction of the National Living Wage later this year.

Kenneth Sylvester, Dunlop's Multi-Skill Champion for 2016.

Dunlop is launching its Multi-Skill Champion Competition again for 2017, following the success of its inaugural competition last year.

Encon Insulation has been named Supplier of the Year at the South West Redrow Awards, at Dartington Hall in Devon.

Tubs & Tiles, which had been trading since 1966 as a distributor, and in more recent years developed a showroom in Coventry, closed before Christmas 2016, following a ‘difficult trading period’.

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, has issued an update on its trading performance for the year ending 31 March 2017.

SR Timber has moved into new, larger premises in North Nottinghamshire as part of ambitious growth plans.

The most inspiring patio and garden makeovers from Bradstone’s network of Assured members were praised at the company’s Awards dinner in January.

Birchwood Price Tools (BPT) is the latest member of the Travis Perkins Group to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Hudson Contract is celebrating having helped more than 80 apprentices begin a career in construction with its Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme. The company is encouraging other firms to host similar schemes to help address the skills shortage in the industry.

Russell Roof Tiles has awarded four bursaries in a bid to promote manufacturing, construction and engineering trades to young people.

Twenty sixteen proved to be a year of significant change for the Rainy Day Trust. Not only did the charity become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, but it also launched a whole series of new programmes, specifically designed to tackle the impact of low income in the industry.

The BMF table at the Burns Night Supper.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised over £3,000 to share between the BMF’s nominated charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, and the merchant industry charity, The Rainy Day Trust, at its largest ever annual Burns Supper held in Glasgow on 27 January.

Jewson finished 2016 on a high, with the return of Jewson Live. Even bigger and better than the 2015 event, the show welcomed over 2,300 attendees as well as 180 exhibitors.

Elta Group has bolstered its noise control offering with the acquisition of the business and technology of UK-based acoustics specialist Acoustica.

Keylite has been recognised once again for its outstanding customer service by winning Buildbase Supplier of the Year for the second consecutive year.

South West-based roofing materials supplier Roofing Supplies Ltd (RSL) is set for further growth after its new owner pledged to develop the business in the region.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has lined up one of the most effective leadership coaches to speak at BMF Members' Day in September, which takes 'Building Beyond Brexit' as its theme.

Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

At the Buildbase Annual Conference, Brett Landscaping was awarded the accolade of Southern Region Supplier of the Year 2016.

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