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Brian Berry from the FMB puts construction output fall down to The Beast from the East, rising costs and Brexit.

Picture by Sam Stephenson

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Chichester has raised £556.10 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice at its annual summer fayre.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA, has been awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry.

National Buying Group partners are reporting strong trading and many members are successfully carrying out growth, acquisition and expansion strategies.

NMBS has launched an app to help delegates make the most of attending its 2018 All-Industry Conference, which starts on Thursday.

Insulation specialist Actis says homes shortage report demonstrates the need to increase production of offsite homes.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced its shortlist for the Graham College Refresh Scheme.

Members of the London Assembly yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling for further urgent safeguards for residents, almost one year on from the Grenfell Tower fire.

Hanson UK’s latest sustainability report shows it has passed its 2020 targets.

Natural slate producer CUPA GROUP has announced that it now owns 100% of Burton Roofing Merchants.

Handmade brick supplier Imperial Bricks has reported a 25% increase in sales and a 20% increase in business growth on the 2015/16 financial year.

Ibstock Brick has reiterated its support for independent builders’ merchants, pledging to “look after” them during 2018.

Travis Perkins has built two mixed use development sites in London which combines branches with affordable housing.

Those in charge of building affordable homes in London deny claims they have missed their targets.

The Builders Merchants Federation has been shortlisted in no fewer than five categories in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

The BMF surveyed its members and found that they were in favour of merging with the IoBM.

Wolseley UK has introduced new technology at more than 500 branches nationwide, to provide a better branch service and reduce paperwork.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released its figures for building materials and components in 2018, reporting construction industry sales have decreased but prices for materials have increased.

Baxi is sponsoring independent merchants PHS in this year’s VADO Rally.

Pictured (left to right): Raffle prize winners Danielle Norton, Denise Rothwell, Louise Palmer, and Beth Talbot)

Staff at LochAnna Kitchens have raised £600 for the Stroke Association, a charity close to their hearts.

To celebrate World Environment Day, InSinkErator® is encouraging the use of re-fillable drinking bottles instead of plastic ones.

National Buying Group member AWBS has been awarded founder members status of the Earned Recognition Scheme.

Timber manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has been named one of 2018’s most dynamic and fastest growing British companies.

MKM Hartlepool’s Mick Sumpter has collected two prestigious awards on behalf of his charity as well as being bestowed the ‘Teesside Hero Award’ for his lifelong commitments.

Electric heating and hot water products manufacturer Heatrae suggests its water dispenser, SuperChill, can help combat plastic usage.

Footballer Laura Bassett - one of the first female players to be awarded a professional contract - will speak at BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference & Awards.

Monika Slowikowska picked up the Best Woman Contractor award in The European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

A new campaign is underway to challenge merchants to reduce their paper usage, with prizes worth £1000 up for grabs to any merchant participating.

Kitchen and bathroom products supplier GROHE is building brand awareness with a truck travelling all over the country to demonstrate its products to customers.

Builders’ Merchants firm Huws Gray has continued its expansion with the recent acquisition of Armstrongs Builders Merchants based in Lower Bentham, Lancashire.

The latest Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index Figures have been released, showing that housebuilding continues to bounce back from a difficult start to the year, but construction’s new orders and outlook is in decline.

Breedon Northern Limited, a subsidiary of construction materials supplier Breedon Group, has acquired Blinkbonny Quarry in Scotland.

Pictured: Majority shareholder and former CEO of JWO, Michael Ostendorf (left), and CEO of Crown Paints, Joe Devitt.

Hempel Group, parent company of Crown Paints, has signed an agreement to acquire German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf.

Selco built and then donated BMX bikes to children’s charities Once Upon a Smile and Genie Networks.

The Brick Development Association reports increased growth for the industry in 2018, in response to growing demand.

Steel frame systems manufacturer EOS Facades' expansion programme continues with an extension to its offsite manufacturing facility and the development of a new fabrication plant.

The annual National Merchant Buying Society/Building Materials Golf Society Golf Day took place on 30 May at Woburn Golf and Country Club, Buckinghamshire.

A team from TG Enviro, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere, have recycled a skip into a seating area which is now touring the country.

Insulation installer Miller Pattison has teamed up with insulation supplier Jablite, making Jablite the sole supplier of Miller Pattison’s own-brand cavity wall insulation.

Mark Taylor (left), Sports Editor at the Cambridge Independent, and Ben Giddings, Director of Merchant Sales at Ridgeons.

Builders’ merchant Ridgeons helped to fundraise as the main event sponsor at the Cambridge United Community Trust’s Gala Dinner.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced the launch of its first children’s book, which aims to educate children about the house building process.

Sanitary products supplier GROHE is supporting a shared working hub opened by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The BMF has launched its 19th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of pump manufacturer Grundfos.

Pictured: Winning project Westkaai Towers 5 and 6.

Brick manufacturer Wienerberger holds its Brick Awards bi-annually, celebrating modern, innovative architecture with clay materials.

Selco has raised almost £3,000 for charity CRASH, which helps the homeless and hospices through construction related projects.

Builders’ merchants may find that their fire doors make them now eligible to join the BWF’s Certifire Scheme, as it is being extended to include companies that use Q-Mark fire doors.

IKO has played a major part in the £1 million restoration of a castle built by Henry VIII.

Pictured: Winning team Stanton Strikers

Workers at drainage, groundwork and civil engineering material specialist Rudridge swapped high-vis jackets for football kits at its ninth annual seven-a-side event.

Forestry and timber company BSW Timber is building a new sawmill, Combined Heat and Power plant, and band pellet manufacturing facility in Slovenia.

Domestic heating and boiler manufacturer Ideal is partnering with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, with its logo set to appear on the players’ kit and training wear.

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