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Chris Burd CBE, the first Chief-Executive of BSW Timber, has passed away at the age of 83.

Bristan has implemented a key change to its product design, by replacing plastic backnuts with brass ones.

(L-R) Wayne Cranford, Cllr Martyn Bell, Henry Green and Neil Woods at the official opening of Covers' new showroom.

Covers has celebrated the opening of its new Chichester Doors and Windows Design Showroom. The Mayor, Councillor Martyn Bell, officially unveiled the new showroom at a special launch event.

Ideal Commercial Boilers is backing the Cleaner Heat cashback scheme announced this week by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Brick supplier Ibstock’s shares plummeted by 13% this week due to lower levels of production.

An initiative to encourage London’s SMEs to replace their old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation.

Trade is performing well, but there are challenges in the DIY market, according to Travis Perkins’ interim report for the first half of 2018.

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the five companies that have been nominated to represent their region for the title BMF Training Company of the Year.

Installers and engineers training at Your Training and Inspections Centre in South Wales will have brand new Grant boilers to study.

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its rapid expansion by opening its 66th UK branch in Chelmsford – its eighth new store this year.

Young footballers can rely on the support of Covers Timber and Builders’ Merchants for another two seasons.

Russell Roof Tiles says demand for its Bute tile is continuing to increase as it reports record sales.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated £5,000 to Portsmouth FC Academy following a charity match that saw Covers FC teams take on former football legends from Portsmouth FC.

L-R: Louis Blaxill, George Jones and Calum Craig.

An 8,000 km charity bike ride is being sponsored by a decorating and building supplies merchant.

The 2019 BMF All Industry Conference, which takes place next June, has sold out in record time, just six weeks after launch.

The cost of annual premiums for van insurance have dropped in the last year, says a new report.

L-R: Eryl Jones, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY, Pinnacle award winner Lee Gardner and Angie Corkhill, GAI Director

Graeme Le Saux has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Education Awards.

Budding entrepreneurs can receive free business skills training from Gibbs & Dandy.

Football fans can support their local team in style thanks to a £5,000 donation from D.W Nye.

Dr Dorian Dugmore, one of the world’s foremost authorities on corporate wellness and its impact on company performance, is to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day Annual Conference which takes place on 27 September 2018.

Lakes Bathrooms has been recognised for its fast-acting customer service.

An accreditation recognising a company’s commitment to supporting staff has been awarded to security systems supplier ERA.

Jericho’s CEO Richard Beard (left) and Andy Robinson, CEO of CTC.

A contractor has raised almost £3,000 to help victims of modern slavery.

The Covasettes

A nationwide music competition judged by Howarth Timber was won by Manchester quartet The Covasettes.

The longest-serving members of staff at the Ridgeon Group have been commended for their commitment.

A recent survey has shown that the majority of respondents consider environmental sustainability when choosing a new home.

The government is funding a ground source heat pump as part of its nationwide campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

A new £6 million Battle of Britain heritage site in London contains paving from Charcon.

The director of a construction firm has been disqualified for seven years after failing to pay the tax he owed.

Jonathan Trott (left) with Selco Chief Executive Howard Luft

A charity dinner with former England cricket player Jonathan Trott has raised £11,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A penalty shoot-out has raised £389.73 for Children’s Hospice South West.

The high standard of member support provided by the Builders Merchants Federation has been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards.

Six major construction firms have issued profit warnings during the first half of the year, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

A major capital project has delivered larger premises and given a builders merchant more space to showcase all of its products and offer improved customer service.

Barbara Res during the construction of Trump Tower.

If there is one woman who has stories to tell, it is Barbara Res.

UK fire testing regime is “not fit for purpose”, say insurers.

A team from Wirquin has raised money for charity by taking part in the St George’s Dragon Boat Race in Lakeside, Doncaster.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Geberit in Warwick.

Construction sites that best collaborate with their suppliers the most effectively have been recognised in the National Ultra Site Awards.

Staff members who have served more than ten years at IronmongeryDirect have been recognised with awards.

A cash and carry operator which serves the building, heating and plumbing sector has changed its status to aid its expansion.

No progress has been made in achieving gender diversity in senior roles within the construction industry.

The Bognor Regis branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has renewed its sponsorship of its local cricket club.

Offsite manufacturing offers merchants a “valuable” opportunity if they are prepared to be resourceful and take it.

The construction industry is getting back on its feet following a turbulent six months, according to a new report.

National industry body Made in Britain has welcomed Cistermiser Keralfo to its ranks.

Trade Hero Stephen Keenan (left) with TV star George Clarke

Five trade heroes and 32 regional projects have won a share of a £250,000 prize fund from Jewson.

Ibstock Kevington has launched a new brick clip cladding system.

Union’s keyPRIME reversible key cylinder system has been granted a second patent.

A £1 billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders’ merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.

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