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The Grafton Group has reported “excellent” growth across all its divisions in the first half of 2018.

The British Safety Council has welcomed the challenge to the government that a failure to address the risk to life posed by flammable external cladding, similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower, is a breach of human rights.

Sales through UK builders' merchants bounced back in the second quarter of this year, with the Builders Merchants Federation’s Builders Merchants Building Index reporting 7.2% growth in sales value on Q2 2017.

Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has joined Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution by supplying 955l/m of its award-winning Cycle Kerb for the city’s new, multi-million pound cycle highway.

A new court judgment will have a major impact on disputes involving companies in liquidation, says construction consultancy MPG.

Students who have recently received their A-level results are being encouraged to consider a job in merchanting.

Work has begun on a Festool's new £10 million, solar-powered headquarters.

Callum Megarry has been crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year 2018’.

Bathroom manufacturers want to develop a universal standard to indicate the water efficiency of fittings and appliances.

Kent Blaxill is aiming to match its “discerning” customers’ requirements with a new branch in Norwich.

Gavin Slark, Chief Executive Officer of the Grafton Group

The Grafton Group is raising millions of pounds through an alternative form of financing.

Catnic has added seven new manufacturing lines to its German factory.

Russell Roof Tiles will be sponsoring Burton Albion Football Club for the third year running.

A Lincolnshire-based builders’ merchant has become the latest addition to the National Buying Group’s roster.

A former coaching inn has been renovated without losing its charm thanks to the teamwork of Dale Joinery and Jewson.

Travis Perkins has announced Prostate Cancer UK as the official charity to its golf tournament.

The government’s new Paper has been condemned as “pitiful” by MPs who want to see more money available for social housing.

A coastal walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK has a £10,000 target.

An art event involving 12,000 giant dominoes weaving their way through Hull was “an unforgettable spectacle”.

Health and safety experts are warning that failure to adhere to regulations has bigger repercussions now than ever before.

Trading software provider Kerridge Commercial Systems has made a new acquisition, increasing its platform nation-wide.

To keep up with demand from merchants for an increased range of products, TIMco has extended its UK quality control facilities.

A community-minded roofer has been nominated for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ 2018 UK Roofing Awards.

A charity in Bristol which repurposes used shipping containers into living space is receiving discounted building materials.

Halstead Town Football Club has agreed new sponsorship deal with Scott Parnell for the 2018/19 season.

The Mayor of London’s new Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme has been endorsed by ATAG Commercial.

Abode has won a Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Award.

A charity obstacle course race with discounted entry for people working in the construction industry is open for registration.

The official mascot of Ideal Boilers went down a storm with fans at his first appearance on the football pitch.

Construction Careers Week is urging merchants to inspire young people to join the industry.

Rockwool is supporting MPs calls for combustible cladding to be banned on high-rise buildings.

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award.

A Scottish team has raised thousands for charity after climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in one day.

(L-R) Jo Clark, Liz Ridding, Karina Tyszkiewicz, Nicky Wilson and Karen Borton

Almost 2,000 women have walked through the night to raise money for a local hospice.

Thanks to its commitment to responsible sourcing of materials, Tobermore has earned a top industry accreditation.

Five different suppliers’ fire doors fail to meet requisite fire performance standard.

The recent heatwave has caused tradespeople to call off jobs early.

A toy astronaut carrying a construction bolt has been launched into space.

A Sheffield plumber has won a holiday for him and his family to any destination they choose.

Merchants are being urged conserve their water as the heatwave dries up reservoirs.

Imperial Bricks has introduced the York Clamp, the first time a new handmade version, created using the traditional manufacturing methods, has been made available to the market. 

Imperial Bricks has become the supplier of choice for FORTIS.

Roofing and building contractors in Essex can now benefit from a one-stop-shop for all of their roofing needs following a major refurbishment.

Nominations are open for a campaign that gives local groups and charity projects £500 towards their cause.

Chris Collard (left) and Jamie Dent.

Green-fingered volunteers helped to tame a carer colleague’s unruly garden as part of a campaign to help the community.

HB42 has joined the Builders Merchants Federation as a supplier member.

Bradfords Building Supplies has bought Archmartin, trading as Solo Building Supplies.

Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day event on 27 September.

Every working day in the UK two construction workers take their own life. But your donation could turn things around for someone who is struggling.

A property developer has been jailed after his perilous project caused the collapse of a roof, injuring one person.

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