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SIG plc, a FTSE-250 leading European specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets, has acquired SAS Direct & Partitioning Ltd (SAS Direct), an interiors distributor operating in the mid to high-tier partitioning sectors in the UK and Ireland.

The Higgins team, complete with Higgi Bears, are preparing to celebrate a century and a half of supplying the building trade.

Higgins Building Supplies is celebrating a major business milestone this year. The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, is commemorating 150 years of trading.

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Plumb and Parts Center has announced the dates and locations for its latest series of events for the trade.

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider careers in the construction industry.

South-west based Hopkins Concrete is urging the haulage industry to find ways of encouraging more female drivers to help solve the severe driver shortage.

St Albans-based builders' merchant Buttle's has joined the London Stock Exchange Group's list of '1,000 companies to inspire Britain in 2016'.

Commercial law firm Myerson Solicitors LLP has advised Cheshire Concrete Products on its sale of Cornerstones Building and Landscaping Products to Huws Gray.

Travis Perkins, the builders’ merchant group, has released positive results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015, reporting strong growth amidst a swathe of new branch openings for several of the groups’ businesses.

Stelrad Radiators has been awarded a prestigious award by Grahams Plumbers Merchants.

The availability and expertise of City Heating Spares (CHS), already enjoyed by customers of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), is now available in select branches of Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) and Travis Perkins (TP).

Northern Ireland’s bathroom, heating and tile company, Bassetts, has announced major growth milestones, including new store openings, showroom expansions and reinvestment in the company following a period of significant growth.

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won Most Innovative Supplier in the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards, beating four other short-listed companies to the title.

Salamander Pumps is taking its key messages around innovation, technology and service directly to installers with the help of merchants around the UK.

FAKRO celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, with a wealth of activities planned throughout the year to thank customers and staff that have helped the company get to where it is today.

Amid recent stories in the national press surrounding the security of personal data, a spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on installers to place greater focus on how information is collected and treated by internet-connected heating controls.

Delivering up to minute news and information to tablets and smartphones, the new free app from BSS, distributor of heating and pipeline products and services, is packed with useful features to help customers.

Williams & Co has been listed by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the third time.

Wrekin Products has been listed on a report from the London Stock Exchange Group celebrating the achievements of the UK’s most inspiring and fastest-growing small to medium enterprises.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has reminded the roofing industry and housebuilding industry of the requirement to conform to building regulations.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has conducted its 14th Customer Score Survey with the results being extremely positive – and the highest score achieved to date.

Roof window manufacturer, the Velux Group, is on the road for the next four months to unveil its new white-painted roof window range to customers.

The latest sales figures from GfK's Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q4 2015 through the UK's general builders' merchants were up on the same quarter in 2014.

RGB driver Keith Thomas raised £365 for charity by asking customers to donate and choose what colour he should dye his hair.

A speedier planning system that increases the quantity of homes will not reduce the quality of homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated, in light of a new House of Lords Committee report on the built environment.

Charles Ledigo, chairman of Reisser, has significantly funded the production of a new musical based on the lives and music of The Small Faces.

Kingspan Environmental has announced a rebranding of the business in order to better identify product lines and capitalise on the company’s positive image in the industry.

CRASH is now seeking entrants to run this year's Windsor Half Marathon on behalf of the charity, through which the UK construction and property industry supports the homeless.

Ibstock's Chesterton cutting centre.

Brick maker Ibstock has opened a new state-of-the-art cutting centre for its Chesterton brick works as part of its ongoing investment programme.

Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has launched a training facilities service at its warehouse in Liverpool.

Smiths Brothers Stores (SBS) are pleased to announce the development and opening of two new branches in the form of SBS Cardiff and SBS Heathrow, both now fully open for business.

Following the recent flooding which has caused devastation to homes and businesses across the North-east, an independent builders merchants is encouraging homeowners to give their property a health check as winter weather continues to hold sway across the UK.

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group claims that the recently unveiled 2015 boiler sales figures paint a true picture of how the market performs without short-term distortions.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies shared its expertise as an authority on fire door safety at a recent Fire Safety and Protection seminar hosted by Johnstone’s Trade.

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions, a supplier of specialised building equipment for hire and sale, launched Actavo Direct in 2015 and now celebrates its first birthday.

The BMF has voiced concerns that builders’ merchants who are unwilling to take on apprentices may lose out when the UK government introduces the new Apprenticeship Levy in April next year.

The Edinburgh Albert Street branch of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has become the 200th to open a new bathroom showroom.

MKM Building Supplies has reported outstanding growth in 2014/15. Revenue at the Hull-based group rose by 18% in the 12 months to September 2015, reaching £252m, up from £213m in the same period of the previous year. EBITDA and operating profit climbed further, both rising 27 per cent to £17.1m and £15.9m respectively.

The Builders’ Merchant Federation (BMF) is set to recruit at least 20 Ambassadors from the ranks of its members to support a national youth recruitment campaign, Builders Merchants Careers. They will help to promote the opportunities offered by the industry to students and young job seekers throughout the country.

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of OHP (the OHP Group).

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has launched its policy manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections by setting out a five pillar plan for sustainable growth in the Scottish construction sector.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest forecast estimates growth for the construction industry of 3.6% in 2016, which is a downward revision from the Autumn 2015 forecast of 3.8% primarily because of slower UK economic growth.

Slingsby warns that poorly stocked first aid kits are a common problem in workplaces across all industries and continually put employees at risk, meaning large numbers of employers are breaking the law.

A survey has revealed that mid-sized businesses, with between 50 and 249 employees, have seen greater savings in the their business from investing in digital innovation than smaller firms.

ST Group, St Helens.

Huws Gray continues to expand after acquiring three companies in St Helens; ST Group, Qualplas and Cornerstone Building & Landscaping Products.

Jewson's new branch on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate in Northampton is located alongside sister companies Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant, and tile supplier, CTD.

Builders’ merchant Jewson has opened a new 22,000 sq ft branch in Northampton. The branch, located on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate, forms part of a new Trade Park, and is located alongside outlets of Jewson sister companies Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant, and tile supplier, CTD.

BSRIA has applauded the announcement of the government commission into a major review of the construction labour market in its latest bid to reform the sector and enable it to help power economic growth and solve the current housing crisis.

Following a company restructure, ATAG Commercial has relocated to new UK headquarters in Basildon, Essex. The move follows the acquisition of ATAG by the Ariston Thermo Group, which already bases a number of its UK companies from the same south Essex offices.

MKM Building Supplies’ branch manager, Nigel Jackson, with kitchen specialist Joanne Smith, in the company’s new, luxury showroom in Grimsby.

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new luxury kitchen and bathroom showroom in Grimsby. The Hull-based company has invested £50,000 to create an inspirational showroom at its branch on Eleanor Street in the town.

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