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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.

Ideal Bathrooms has expanded its Milton Keynes warehousing with the acquisition of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office and existing warehouse.

Left to right: Chris Bence, Boris Johnson and Paul Bence.

At the same time as Prime Minister Theresa May met with the President of the United States last week, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dropped in to the George Bence Group in Cheltenham to meet Paul Bence, managing director, who gave him a tour of the company’s headquarters.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) goes from strength to strength with the recent admission of seven new Liverymen.

The Chelmsford branch of MKM Building Supplies has gone one step further as part of a promotion on Polypipe underground drainage products.

The Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM) Annual General Meeting will take place on 14 March, at the BMF offices in Coventry.

In a bid to support government targets to help with the sustainable supply of best value social housing, Wienerberger has announced a significant investment into this sector across the UK.

The Ravatherm UK Hunter House Industrial Estate facility.

Ravatherm UK, part of the Ravago Group, has announced the acquisition of the UK Polyfoam XPS business of Knauf Insulation.

Selco Croydon branch manager Charlie Astridge (centre left) cuts the ribbon with Selco chief executive Chris Cunliffe (centre right) with Selco’s Croydon staff and the latest Selco Stars winners.

Selco has signalled its intentions for 2017 by opening two new branches in the first fortnight of the year.

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has joined up with Stephen Gould, managing director of Everards Brewery, to provide a 'Speedy Speakers' session to local school Fullhurst Community College.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with AkzoNobel to host its latest Regional Centre of Excellence, alongside announcing the launch of a new Decorating Forum to bring together members with responsibility for paint and decorative products.

Lucia Di Stazio, managing director of MRA Marketing.

For the third time, MRA Marketing has taken the top spot in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) Agency League of over 60 agencies working in construction.

The skills shortage in the construction industry is getting worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ben Terry, owner of BTS Plumbing & Heating, won a £1,500 holiday voucher.

Two more lucky Graham Plumbers’ Merchant customers have won holiday vouchers with the Scratch & Win Promotion. The winners, from Cumbernauld near Glasgow and Redditch in Worcestershire have each received a £1,500 holiday voucher to help them jet off to a destination of their choice.

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor students with Armon Williams from Huws Gray.

Huws Gray recently welcomed construction students from Coleg Meirion Dwyfor to its Timber Mill, Roofing Centre and Truss & Easi-Joist departments at its Llangefni site in Anglesey.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an affiliate member. Invited to join by the CPA chairman, AWMS’ membership sits alongside other prominent construction brands.

Bristan has announced the winners of its recent ‘Put Yourself in the Driving Seat’ promotion with Plumbase. The overall winning installer, Dave Warner from Warner Plumbing & Heating, has won a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2017.

The construction industry has welcomed the government's new Industrial Strategy proposals, praising its support for business and plans to boost skills.

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Timbmet, a supplier and processor of timber and panel product ranges, has been acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group.

The IPG has grown its membership with the announcement that Caerphilly-based Plumb Wales has joined the buying group.

Jewson has teamed up with Quest TV to give you the chance to win a host of top prizes, including £10,000 in cash.

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