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Newbuild housing cannot provide enough homes needed in London to help overcome today's housing crisis. Better use has to be made of existing buildings and building upwards to add extra storeys.

This year Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is proud to be celebrating 40 years of providing innovative computer software solutions to the distribution sector.

John Newcomb has been elected as an officer of the Construction Products Association.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) managing director, John Newcomb, was elected as an officer of the Construction Products Association (CPA) at its AGM on 19 April, 2016.

BMBI's five industry experts.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has welcomed three new experts to its panel of industry commentators in the Q4 2015 report: Keith Ellis, commercial director of Hanson Cement, speaking for cement and aggregates, Derrick McFarland, managing director of Keystone Lintels, and Steve Halford, managing director of Crystal Direct, speaking for PVC-U windows and doors.

UK racking specialist Filplastic has completed a contract to help PGR Timber launch a new flagship depot. The depot, in Brentwood, Essex, consists of a trade counter and shop, warehouse and timber yard, and is situated on Hubert Road in the town.

Due to its recent growth, Williams & Co, the trade only plumbing and heating wholesaler is moving a mile from its current location of Claybank Road to Unit D1 Neville Shute Road.

The hire department of a builders’ merchant has marked its expansion across its UK network by taking a place on the grid for the British Superbike Championship in 2016.

Parker Building Supplies has enrolled three senior staff members in the Builders' Merchants Federation Foundation Degree.

Over 600 people representing independent builders' merchants and industry suppliers gathered for the NMBS Gala Dinner on 12 April, 2016.

Climate Center has increased its stockholding by 50% compared to the same period last year, following unprecendented demand for its products during 2015.

Colleagues from the IT team at Travis Perkins Plc have helped Northampton-based St Luke's CEVA Primary School to renovate its school garden and to build a new play area.

NMBS' annual exhibition has again been a resounding success. This year's event, which took place on the 13 April at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, attracted 906 merchant visitors – the highest ever figure in the show's 48-year history.

The construction industry's greatest headaches.

Travis Perkins has revealed the industry’s biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation.  

Tudor Griffiths (left) and Kevin Gardner take a look at the Bridgnorth plans.

Up to 20 jobs are to be created by Tudor Griffiths Group as it is set to open a brand new branch in July. 

Wolseley UK is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016 sales graduate programme designed to bring the best fresh talent into the heating and plumbing industry.

The spring bank holiday is the perfect time for consumers to think about home improvement projects, but with This is Money statistics showing nearly £150 per household is spent on botched DIY jobs each year, it’s really time they called in the professionals.

Architectural ironmongers across the world are jumping online to pursue British qualifications through the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) new online Education Hub.

Understanding more about the behavioural psychology of consumers will be just as important to reducing carbon emissions as innovative technologies, says Andrew Keating, marketing director UK and Ireland for Baxi Heating, who was speaking at a major industry event this week.

The shareholders of DUO Industries S.A.S., owners of the CDH Group of companies, have completed the sale of 100% of the company’s shares to WernerCo Holdings France SAS.

EOS Facades is pleased to announce that the company has been acquired by the prominent dry construction solutions company, Siniat.

MX Group has welcomed the arrival of its new shower tray production factory. The new factory is capable of producing 200 shower trays an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – adding up to 1.68 million shower trays a year at full capacity.

Thorncliffe Building Supplies has been named in the London Stock Exchange’s list of 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain.

Marley Eternit has announced its acquisition of John Brash & Co. The deal will see the creation of an unparalleled roofing solutions player in the UK.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has completed its Phase 1 review of Breedon’s proposed acquisition of Hope Construction Materials (Hope), concluding that there is a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition in a limited number of local ready-mixed concrete markets in England and Scotland.

The Glen Dimplex Group has announced the acquisition of Ability Projects – a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of fan coil units (FCU’s) and digital control technology.

MKM Building Supplies Grimsby branch manager, Nigel Jackson, with kitchen specialist Joanne Smith, in the branch’s new showroom, part of a strategy of product and knowledge specialisation.

MKM Building Supplies cooked up a storm in February, exceeding £1m in kitchen sales in a single month for the first time.

A fresh chapter for steelmaking in Scotland begins as senior Liberty House representatives begin work on the re-opening and recovery of the two mothballed plate operations at Dalzell and Clydebridge.

Research carried out by National Buying Group (NBG) among its merchant partners has shown that that not only does membership make a considerable positive impact on turnover and profitability of a merchant business, it also adds further benefits including the sharing of best practice and personal growth opportunities.

Builders' Merchant Co's new branch in Hull.

Builders' Merchant Co has announced the opening of its second branch in Hull.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with leadership and strategy development specialists QuoLux to offer LEAD, a practical 10-month programme to help owners and senior personnel in small- and medium-sized builders' merchants to enhance their leadership skills.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has warned that a 'Brexit' in June would be catastrophic to the UK's housing market and construction industry.

Graeme Thomson (sales executive, Dumfries Timber Group), Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) and Donald Young (managing director, Dumfries Timber Group).

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, visited Dumfries Timber Company Group on 6 April to discuss the role of builders’ merchants in the construction supply chain and the wider economy.

NIBE has diversified its national distribution network following a new listing partnership with Grafton Merchanting GB. The manufacturer’s range of air source and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems is now available in more than 380 branches of Plumbase, Buildbase and Secon.

This year Baxi is celebrating its 150th year anniversary, and to mark the occasion, heating engineers, consumers, employees, merchants, suppliers and partners from across the UK are being asked to share their special memories of the company.

Southern-based Williams & Co has increased its total number of branches to 30, with the opening of a new branch in Romford.

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has announced new guidance for its members on the sales of marine plywood in the UK.

Continuing its support of both suppliers and individuals within the merchant industry, the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is delighted to welcome Snows Timbers as its latest member, as a Supplier Partner.

Knauf Insulation has been named Supplier of the Year in the insulation and plasterboard category at the 2016 Fortis Conference.

2016 is off to an award-winning start at Jewson with another prize for Supplier of the Year, this time from the UK housebuilder, Barratt Developments.

New research reveals that 14% of homeowners are considering making improvements to their home. The survey, commissioned by Gocompare.com Money, found that 5% of homeowners have decided to extend their current home rather than move house. Fitting a new kitchen, building an extension, installing a new bathroom, and a garden makeover top homeowners' renovation wish lists.

Cembrit Group has introduced a completely new visual identity, including a new website, logo, and strapline to mark the beginning of a new era for the nearly 90-year-old building materials group.

Electrorad, distributor of electric radiators, controls and towel rails, has expanded its head office in Leeds to meet increased demand for its heating products.

Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool returned to Knauf Insulation’s Hartlepool plant on Friday 1 April to view the newly completed facilities, following a seven-figure investment.

Norcros has announced its acquisition of Abode Home Products for a total of £4.8m. £3.9m has been settled in cash and £0.9m is payable in March 2019.

Symphony is delighted to announce that they have been named Lightside Supplier of the Year by regional builders’ merchants, Ridgeon’s, for the third year running.

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Leicester is relocating after over 100 years, although the company’s head office will remain located at Batten Street until their new premises are complete.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its fifth City & Awards luncheon last month at the City’s historic Saddlers’ Hall.

Today (1 April 2016), the new National Living Wage (NLW) will come into force. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on small firms to make sure they act on this new legal requirement to avoid heavy penalties.

Following the decision by the government to scrap the zero carbon target, Zero Carbon Hub has announced that it ceased operations on 31 March, 2016. 

Jewson has opened nominations for its 2016 Building Better Communities competition, which seeks to transform community projects across Great Britain.

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