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The only way we will increase the number of new homes we are building is if Ministers act now to implement measures in the government’s Housing White Paper aimed at removing barriers to small housebuilders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The latest data released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirms a continuing positive trend for UK builders merchants with Q2 sales increasing by 5.3% (when adjusted for there being two fewer trading days in period) compared to Q2 2016.

C & W Berry have returned to Southport Flower Show this year with their take on the theme of Curious Garden.

TIMco has released its new summer catalogue with 10% more new product lines, taking their offering to over 6,000 products for the first time.

Festool, a supplier of high-end power tools and accessories, is on its way to raising more than £25,000 for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

This October, (NHSM) is returning for its fifth consecutive year, highlighting the importance of home security to British consumers nationwide.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened the doors to its Basildon branch making it the company’s ninth branch opening of 2017.

Eight of nine successful TFT Woodexperts’ students from timber merchant James Latham plc received their Level 4 Certificates in Wood Science & Technology in a special ceremony held at Leicestershire County Cricket Club on 31 July.

Nicole Sykes, head of EU Negotiations at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) will explore possible scenarios of business life beyond Brexit at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members’ Day in September.

GE Robinson has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire having recently completed the purchase of Craven Timber (Batley), based in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

The first apprentices to be placed by the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), start work this month.

The team of eight, made up of branch and head office staff, completed the challenge of scaling five of the largest peaks in the Lake District in less than 10 hours.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies’ Trade Day Bonanza is returning for its third year with its trademark host of deals, competitions and, brand new for 2017, a ‘golden ticket’ giveaway worth £15,000.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will once again present a Training Company of the Year Award at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. This year there are nominations from each of the five BMF Regional Managers across the UK.

On 4 August the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) presented the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) with a cheque for £27,383.20 at the charity’s head office in London.

In a quarter characterised by political uncertainty, the Construction Products Association's Construction Trade Survey shows that despite a strong Q2, the industry's supply chain is more pessimistic for the year ahead.

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “tank you” to its loyal customers this month with a fuel card reward for those who spend on orders collected from branch in August.

Keyline has been awarded a £15 million contract by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (a joint venture between Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Carillion), as part of the Highways England A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon, creating two new jobs at the company’s branch in Peterborough and one at its Norwich branch.

Ultra Finishing Limited has announced that the corporate group name – Roxor Group Limited – will be used to encompass all of its subsidiary companies including Ultra Finishing Ltd, BC Designs (INT), Niko Ltd, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and, soon to be, Fireclay Factory.

Travis Perkins has been recognised for its work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver award.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has concluded its UK-wide search to find the next big thing in live music, naming Feliicia Eliza as its favourite act.

A Huddersfield builders’ merchant has purchased a larger premises and plans to hire more staff with support of a £765,000 finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

MP Moran's Kevin and Derek Moran, as well as 12 other staff members from across the company’s five London stores including its Kilburn head office took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2017 with thousands of other people from across the country.

RGB Building Supplies marked five years of being part of the Exmouth community on Tuesday 1st August by inviting local residents, and those that work in the trades, to a free celebratory event.

Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during Q2 2017, according to the National Housebuilding Council’s (NHBC’s) latest new home registration statistics.

Sydenhams has announced its acquisition of Keynsham-based Timber and Sheet Materials specialist Avon Plywood.

The world-wide recruitment consultancy, PageGroup, has joined the BMF as a service member.

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Newent, bringing 14 jobs to the market town near Gloucester.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), recently got on his bike and cycled 105km along the Grand Union Canal to raise much-needed funds for a secondary school in Kenya.

This year’s Bob Beaver Memorial Shoot took place at the Royal Berkshire shooting school near Reading, where 90 suppliers and merchants took on the challenge to become the industry’s top gun.

The Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend reached its finale over the weekend when the UK’s Strongest Man 2017 was named during an action-packed three-day contest in Belfast.

HomeServe plumber and international rugby star Marlie Packer has swapped her tools for her boots after she completed her final day on the job ahead of the women’s Rugby World Cup.

A South Wales aggregates and ready mix concrete business has lost its transport licence after the Traffic Commissioner for Wales said innocent people were far more likely to be injured or killed when such little regard was given to safety rules.

The first ever Women Installers Together Conference will be held at London’s Hellenic Centre on 13th September 2017. The free event will celebrate the achievements and skills of the UK’s female plumbing and heating installers.

Three employees at Keyline in Peterborough have celebrated the impressive milestone of a combined 109 years of service at the business.

A golf day at The Bristol Golf Club, organised by Kellaway Building Supplies, has raised £1,500 for a local children's hospice.

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer in hand tools and power tools accessories, is celebrating the UK and Ireland’s trade professionals with the return of its National Trade Appreciation Day.

Growth prospects for the construction industry in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the EU, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Fancy a weekend getaway this autumn? To celebrate the arrival of Covers’ ‘Bread & Butter’ catalogue, which lists over 450 daily essential accessories, the timber and builders merchant is giving one lucky customer the chance to win a B&B getaway of their choice worth £250.

Local builders’ merchant JP Corry continued its local investment programme with a complete refurbishment of its most recent branch; Coleraine-based timber and building supplier, H & T Bellas.

EH Smith Builders Merchants Ltd has been awarded its tenth Gold Medal in a row, at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards, recognising the firm’s commitment to occupational health and safety. In honour of this achievement, EH Smith also received the President’s Award.

Staff from a family-owned Shropshire company are taking its show on the road this summer.

As part of its ongoing growth strategy, National Buying Group (NBG) is welcoming the latest member to its growing community of independent merchants with the addition of Kent-based Trade Distribution Limited (TDL).

New research by Gas Safe Register suggests that homeowners are more concerned about food poisoning than they are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when it comes to barbecuing. Here, Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on the research.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed an independent review of building safety and regulations in high-rise residential buildings by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Travis Perkins has announced its sponsorship of the first Inspire Women in UK Construction, Property and Engineering summit. The summit is taking place on the 6th of September 2017, in Manchester.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant in Gosport will be hosting a free Trade Day on Monday 7th August.

General All-Purpose Plastics (GAP), the Blackburn manufacturer, stockist and distributor of PVC-U roofline, doors and windows, has announced the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows from SIG UK Exteriors.

Midlands construction firm Besblock today unveiled a record turnover, bucking the national trend which reported a 9% drop nationwide.

In 2010 SIG Construction accessories launched the first dedicated Merchant Centre in Maidstone covering London and the south east as a specialist division.

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