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Kellaway Building Supplies has purchased Worcester-based Premier Timber and Builders Merchant, which will become Kellaway’s 12th merchant branch.

A-Plant has placed its largest order this year with JCB in an investment totalling £35m. The company has purchased more than 1,200 new JCB machines, including a number of the company’s new JS130 13-tonne tracked excavators.

Young people examining their career prospects should be considering entering the building and construction industry, according to research by builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy.

A step change is needed in mind set and delivery on housebuilding, if the UK is to meet the government’s welcome ambition to build one million new homes by 2020, according a new CBI report.

Mapei UK has become the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

The Construction Product Association’s (CPA’s) latest Construction Trade Survey, published last week, shows that the construction industry grew for a 14th consecutive quarter in Q3.

DART has launched a new website alongside a rebrand of the company, to improve functionality and strengthen the brand.

Travis Perkins has celebrated the graduation of 95 management apprentices this year. This commitment by Travis Perkins is intended to help develop future talent and close the skills gap in the construction sector.

BSRIA is in support of a recent announcement that ‘volumetric off-site construction’ homes will be constructed to meet the housing crisis, as 1 million new homes are needed in the UK by 2020.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has been presented with the Gold Certificate from the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) by Sir Lockwood Smith at a presentation ceremony in London on 27 October.

A breakdown of the latest gender pay gap by sector.

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has welcomed figures showing the gender pay gap is now the lowest on record.

As part of a national £350,000 investment, Jewson has transformed six of its kitchen and bathroom showrooms across the country to offer tradespeople a more end-to-end, specialist service for their customers.

Plumb and Parts Center’s network of more than 500 branches are set to become smart controls hubs over the coming months and, to kick-start the initiative, Honeywell and Nest are touring the country to offer hands-on training in every branch.

Archaeologists working in a north Wales quarry have uncovered some of the earliest and best-preserved Bronze Age pottery ever found in the area – some of which could date back up to 4500 years.

Construction workers will have one powerful union voice on their side fighting for them from 1 January 2017, as members of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) voted by 85.5% on 2 November to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - is getting ready to reveal the UK’s most considerate companies and suppliers of 2016.

Vokèra has re-invigorated its branding to ensure a consistent message is portrayed across its product portfolio and underline its relationship to parent company, Riello.

Triton is proud to support the launch of AMDEA’s (Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances) Register My Appliance initiative, which strives to improve safety for millions of households nationwide.

John Nicholls has strengthened its position in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire by opening its first “Supersite” on Telford Road in Bicester.

The UK government is right to listen to the building materials’ supply chain if it wants to switch the emphasis for investing in apprentices from taxpayers to employers, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) said today (31 October).

Heatrae Sadia has launched a new competition designed to celebrate the talents of UK engineering and product design.

Despite challenges including the current planning system, a skills shortage and uncertainty following the EU Referendum, housebuilders are forecasting increased growth and investment in the sector.

The ability for larger companies to transfer unspent apprenticeship funding to smaller firms is welcome and will help make the Apprenticeship Levy a success, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the unveiling of the final details of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Following a successful event in 2015, Jewson Live is back for a second year. This free event takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on 15 December 2016.

Two Twenty, which supplies timber staircases for builders’ merchants’ housebuilder customers, has been named as Business of the Year in the Burton Mail’s Business Awards 2016. The company has also been presented with a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Process Efficiency Award for its business performance.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened a new branch in Mitcham - its 25th branch to be opened in the capital, and the 45th for the business across the country.

H+H is facing the uncertainties around the Brexit referendum with a resounding vote of confidence in the UK market.

Sales expectations in the construction sector over the next six months are at their lowest level since 2011 as the market shows signs of slowing down, although newbuild housing and the London market remain relatively healthy, according to a report.

From L-r: Kevin Borein, Gordon Ridgeon (club vice president), Rachel Anderson (club president) Johnnie Sam (deputy chairman) and Greg Benson.

Ridgeons recently celebrated its employees reaching impressive milestones within their Ridgeons’ careers.

NMBS has staged another successful annual Dinner Dance. Over 1,000 people attended the event, which took place on 22 October at the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Graham Bolton (BMF regional manager), Angus Robertson MP (SNP Deputy Leader) and Brett Amphlett (BMF policy manager).

New policies from the Scottish government and changes at the top of the party took the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the Scottish National Party Conference in Glasgow last week.

Homeowners in Northern Ireland are spending approximately 150% more on bathrooms than a decade ago and the market continues to grow, according to customer data from Bassetts.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in two categories of the UK Associations Awards, organised by Associations Network.

Sika has transformed the basement of its Preston centre into a new training conference room. The five-figure refurbishment at Sika House includes an interactive showroom area where visitors can discover a range of Sika products.

Knauf Insulation has released its latest Sustainability Report, Insulation Matters, which highlights the manufacturer’s achievements.

Worcester, Bosch Group’s training facilities have been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Players from Exeter Chiefs were the VIP guests at the official opening of RGB Building Supplies’ new Okehampton branch on 20 October.

The Encon Group has been ranked 94th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.

Energy demand in new homes could be halved if more focus is put on the shape and form of housing being built, the latest report from the NHBC Foundation has found.

BPC Building Products has announced a £500,000 investment project to upgrade and expand its Wakefield warehouse and manufacturing facility, creating up to 10 jobs in the process.

October saw the official foundation of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Northern Ireland Region, and the Federation is boosting support for its growing membership in Northern Ireland in a number of ways.

Travis Perkins has released its trading update for Q3 2016, showing total sales growth of 3.4% across the business, despite significant losses in the plumbing and heating side of the group.

Winter weather has hit the headlines this month, with experts forecasting an imminent onslaught of snow, storms and sub-zero temperatures.

The findings of a new YouGov survey – commissioned by damp-proofing expert Safeguard Europe – into the UK’s experience of damp problems, reveals an ongoing market opportunity for builders’ merchants and RMI contractors.

Actis off-site construction.

Government incentives, which include encouraging more off-site construction to help reduce the housing shortage, has been welcomed by insulation manufacturer Actis.

Origin has launched a brand new showroom in Warrington, Cheshire, showcasing its aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds.

With the first three months of post-Brexit figures in the books, construction sector contracts across September reached a total of £5.6bn, a minor increase on August, and after a summer wobble the industry seems to have stabilised.

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Trojan Holdings, a supplier of residential door and window hardware into the door and window fabricator market.

On 12th November, Knauf Insulation will be joining the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) float to parade the streets of London as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Keystone Group has announced an ambitious investment plan as part of its aim to increase turnover to £100m.

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