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Marketeers from some of the UK’s leading independent merchants have attended a marketing forum run by National Buying Group (NBG).

Pete Diamant, head of plumbing, heating and sanitaryware, Ridgeons.

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons is set to unveil its new brand dedicated to heating and plumbing – PlumbStock – at its branch in Diss, Norfolk on 10 November, 2015.

Ian Martinson constructs a clay ‘Beefeater’.

To celebrate the recent acquisition of Keymer - the roof tile brand that has supplied quintessentially English, handmade clay roof tiles since 1588 - Wienerberger recently hosted an event at the Tower of London.

Managing director John Savage and fellow director Gary Riseborough at the new head office.

Flame Heating Spares has opened a new head office on Tyneside, doubling its floor space, to support ambitious growth.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, released today (27 October), highlighted a decline in construction activity during Q3.

Free demonstrations on how to install Cure It roofing systems are to be held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of building supplies company Kent Blaxill on 6 November, 2015.

Ridgeons recently welcomed four employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

The Naylor Industries team.

Barnsley-based Naylor Industries played a prominent role at this year's Barnsley and Rotherham business awards.

Graham’s product experts.

In order to assist its customers even further, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has assigned 33 ‘product experts’ across its plastics, heating spares and smart controls divisions.

Businesses in construction are likely to consider a diverse range of options when seeking finance or information to expand their business, including turning to friends and family, Business Banking Insight (BBI) has found.

Four members of the H&B Buying Group have become the first to take advantage of the group membership terms agreed with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) last month.

Fresh initiatives on new housing, existing homes and property taxes were on the agenda when the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Aberdeen last week.

Hanson Building Products has changed its company name to Forterra, following a recent divestment by former owners HeidelbergCement.

Seven employees from IronmongeryDirect have achieved a Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) qualification in architectural hardware, the ironmongery supplier based in Basildon has said.

Jewson is launching its first ever UK-wide event for construction professionals, showcasing the latest developments in products and techniques across the industry.

The manhole cover and pipeline divisions of Casting Services Ltd have been purchased from administrators Leonard Curtis, after the business went into administration earlier this year.

CRASH hosted its Windsor Half Marathon Awards Ceremony at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London on 19 October.

The UK economy is missing out on more than £6 billion a year because of consumers’ anxiety about hiring shoddy tradespeople, a new survey has suggested.

The 2015 Queen’s Award for International Trade has been presented to Ancon Building Products at the company’s manufacturing site in Deeside, North Wales.

Howarth Timber has been recognised by the Yorkshire Awards with a Business Enterprise award.

Cemex UK has opened a new flooring production plant at Rochester in Kent that it says could help the Government achieve its target of one million new homes by 2020.

The opening of a New Southgate branch of Selco Builders Warehouse has been completed, taking the total number of the companies’ UK outlets to 38.

SCA Timber Supply has announced that it has been awarded the Investors In People (IIP) Standard Accreditation.

An assistant branch manager at Parker Building Supplies has found an innovative way to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Pear Stairs, based in Welshpool, Wales, has introduced a new art-inspired livery to three of its delivery lorries.

Trade association NAPIT says it has increased its efforts to reduce the impact non-compliant, defective, suspicious or counterfeit products have on electrical installers, as a survey suggests 60% of tradespeople fail to report products that contravene regulations.

Selco Builders Warehouse has donated materials in support of a training centre offering free courses, a move the builders' merchant has said will help develop tradespeople of the future.

Mark Group’s former management team has acquired the new homes division of Mark Group, and will focus on providing loft and cavity insulation for new homes. 

Jewson has announced the opening of a new dedicated branch for a housing association in Coventry.

The Brighton branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has invited professionals that work in the trades to attend a free demonstration morning about fibreglass roofing from Cure It.

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group.

A spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has voiced his concerns over the growing presence of problematic non-accredited heating controls within the industry.

Afzal Khan MEP and Ian Gornall, Knauf Insulation.

The European Union action to renovate homes, boost the UK economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and lift millions out of fuel poverty, has received the backing of North West Labour MEP Afzal Khan.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with sales intelligence software supplier sales-i to support the industry by extending use of its services.

Ridgeons this month opened its second branch in St Neots as part of its new PlumbStock brand dedicated to heating and plumbing.

Palio Clic by Karndean, CP4504 Montieri.

Karndean Designflooring is now an approved supplier to independent merchant buying group, Fortis, in response to industry demand for its easy-fit product ranges.

All exhibition space at the NMBS Exhibition has been taken less than a fortnight after going on sale, both within the exhibition venue and for display vehicles, the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has said.

Frank Key Group has announced its acquisition of Clower & Son (Builders' Merchants).

John Nicholls (Trading) is set to strengthen its position within Bicester and Oxfordshire by opening a new “Supersite” in early 2016.

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its first 'Supersite', planned for early 2016.

Jewson has celebrated the opening of its new Customer Experience Centre in Binley. 

Three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to a new survey.

Jewson's Management Trainee Scheme has been accredited by the Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM).

Liverpool company Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has donated thousands of pounds worth of products to build a community for war veterans as part of a DIY SOS build.

GPH Builders' Merchants is inviting people to enjoy tea and home-made cake in its branches as part of a national fundraising event.

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has been elected president of Euro-Mat, the leading European cooperation of independent builders' merchants.

The Saint Gobain Weber team taking part in the CRASH half marathon.

A recent half-marathon for industry charity CRASH has raised over £19,000 for the homeless.

Ringlink Scotland’s intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants has endorsed it by continuing its support of the project.

Worcester, Bosch Group recently held its second annual conference for influencers in the social housing sector, aimed at managing warmth in UK housing stock.

Ringlink's interns collect their goods from GPH in Stonehaven.

Ringlink Scotland’s successful intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants is proud to continue its support of the project.

The Scottish Government has revealed it will retain the “Grandfathering” guarantee under the Renewables Obligation for green electricity, in contrast to England and Wales.

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