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A trade body has welcomed a government enquiry into whether the UK has enough gas in supply.

Significant new investments have won Rhino Products the Manufacturer of the Year (turnover under £25 million) award.

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

A member of staff who worked at Russell Roof Tiles for 44 years recently received a warm retirement send-off.

A masonry protection cream from Safeguard Europe has been granted ‘verified’ status by the Energy Saving Trust for its contribution to improving the energy performance of buildings.

Monitoring of the UK’s biggest and riskiest projects has improved, but the Infrastructure and Projects Authority needs to be more transparent, according to a recent report.

Hundreds of local roofing contractors turned out to celebrate the official re-launch of SIG Roofing’s Bath branch.

TrustMark has expanded its remit to include Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, retrofit and energy efficiency.

Young players at a rugby club in Wales have received a welcome boost from a local business merchant.

Builders’ merchant Ridgons has terminated its membership with the Plumbing and Heating Group as it has now been acquired by Huws Gray.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 21st Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Xtratherm, the first BMF Centre in the Republic of Ireland.

A new initiative is inspiring UK businesses including Ibstock Brick to commit to more sustainable methods of manufacturing.

Merchants can learn all about the benefits of clay for drainage pipes as well as demonstrations at a new Clayware Experience Centre.

Builders of Wokingham will be able to find everyday building products like bricks and timber with a brand new and bigger Jewson branch.

Saint-Gobain joins campaign to end modern slavery

VELUX A/S and Dutch investment firm Egeria have reached an agreement concerning the sale of JET-Group to the VELUX Group.

The Builders Merchants Federation has published its first dedicated Supplier Training Prospectus, detailing the full range of more than 60 training courses available for this member group.

A record number of independent merchants are set to take part in the National Buying Group’s annual conference in Liverpool next month.

Charitable employees at Duftons Plumbing and Heating Supplies held a Charity Trade Week and raised £20,000 for Candlelighters.

“Operational excellence and quality customer service” has won Encon a place in a business league table in the Sunday Times.

Ten new jobs will be created in Whitchurch when Huws Gray opens its new branch.

Stephen (left) and Mark Richardson of James Burrell

James Burrell is expanding its reach within Yorkshire, with the announcement of a new £2 million branch.

Glenn Paddison, Branch Director at MKM Building Supplies is the new Chair of the Builders’ Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Group. He will be supported by Jo Callow, Merchant Sales Support Manager at Knauf Insulation, who was elected to replace Glenn as the Vice Chair.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

More than 40% of middle market firms operating within the construction sector believe that exiting the European Union without a Brexit deal will have an advantageous or favourable effect on their revenues, according to a new survey by RSM.

The Concrete Block Association has launched its part of the Modern Masonry ‘Better Built in Blockwork’ campaign to educate the construction industry on the benefits of concrete block construction.

Mike James and Jeff Lloyd of Merlwood Timber with Premier Forest Group CEO Terry Edgell (centre).

Premier Forest Group has acquired Haverfordwest-based timber importer Merlwood Timber.

Marley Alutec has announced a major cut in the delivery lead times of its top-selling products.

Midland Lead is featuring in the latest Parliamentary Review - one of just 16 companies in manufacturing and service representing the metals, materials and fabrication sector.

Rowlinson Timber has announced that, due to large/sustained and successful growth over the last few years, it is opening a main distribution hub in the South East and that, from 1 January 2019, its main operations will be based in the Port of Sheerness.

Rudridge Gravesend has been awarded a top score of eight in its latest Stay Safe Review.

Supermarket shoppers will now be able to have their groceries delivered and put away – without even being at home.

NMBS is setting out to find the independent merchant that best gets into the spirit of the Halloween season, with the launch of a competition to raise money for construction industry charity CRASH.

Gas and oil boilers by Worcester Bosch have been award Which? Best Buy status for the ninth year in a row.

IKO Insulation has opened its first insulation plant in the UK in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire.

Shares of some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders plummeted at the start of last week as the Prime Minister announced an increased property tax on overseas buyers.

People who enter ARP’s new photo competition can win one of five Google home devices worth £129.

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, has spoken about the need for a joined-up regulatory process that goes hand in hand with a tougher regulatory regime that has real penalties and sanctions for those that do not conform.

The British Board of Agrément has announced an initiative to provide additional assurance to specifiers and clients that the building materials they use are of a consistently high quality.

With only hours left until this year’s Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim kicks off, builders’ merchants still undecided about making the journey will want to take a look at the latest announcements about what’s on at the show at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October, before they miss out on the industry’s biggest event of the year.

Cambridge University has chosen Accoya® wood to help form its world-famous botanic gardens.

A timber merchant in Blackpool is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s roster.

JTD Building Supplies has moved up from h&b’s development group to the main group as an associate member.

This year’s British Chamber awards has recognised a sliding and folding door manufacturer for its exporting prowess.

Flame’s Managing Director recieved a warm reception at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards.

Industry experts including Barbara Res, the woman who built Trump Tower, met at a recent summit to discuss how to create a more diverse construction industry.

The government's "serious steps" towards getting Britain building have been welcomed by Forticrete.

As part of an initiative to attract former service personnel into the construction industry, Coleg Cambria is hosting a Forces in Construction Insight Day next week.

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will lift the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to build many more homes is a victory for bold thinking and common sense, says the Federation of Master Builders.

A four-day car rally across six countries was one of the fun activities members of the Builders Merchants Federation took part in to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.

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