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Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched its search for a 'customer hero’, as part of its Graham Heroes Awards, in order to reward employees who have demonstrated exceptional customer service.

The Construction Youth Trust charity has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people to look at careers in the built environment.

Despite the dip in figures seen in August, the number of new home registrations across the three months from June to August has risen compared with the same period in 2014.

Nine Huws Gray employees recently took on a tandem sky dive at Whitchurch to raise essential funding for Hope House Children's Hospices.

In celebration of the Rugby World Cup, builders' merchant Jewson has created a giant cup of its own.

The winner of the inaugural RIBA Journal Microarchitecture Award, which sought to reward the design of an “ideal mini-building” to be constructed predominantly using Norbord SterlingOSB panel, has been named at a ceremony held at the Institute’s London headquarters.

Russell Roof Tiles has celebrated its 50th year along with 220 distinguished guests, who gathered at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent to mark the firm’s half century.

The Kent Blaxill Decorating Skills Centre has opened the doors to its first cohort of students at the Colchester Institute Sheepen Road site, in time for the start of the new term. 

The Barnstaple branch of RGB Building Supplies is holding a special launch event for its new Tool Centre between 29 September and 1 October.

A statement asking the European Commission for tightened rules on illegal timber use has been signed by timber-dependent businesses across Europe, with a separate WWF poll suggesting that 76% of UK consumers want them.

TV sports presenter and reporter Hayley McQueen put Glasgow’s tradesmen to the test at Stax Trade Centres’ latest store launch this week.

The Government’s ambition to build one million homes over the next five years must be backed up by a comprehensive housing strategy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Installers are being encouraged to play an active role in promoting awareness of the importance of hot water safety measures, ahead of this year’s National Burn Awareness Day.

Buildbase has launched Paintbase, a specialist offering to support the growing professional painter and decorator trade.

Chandlers Building Supplies has announced the appointment of Danny Spokes as its roofing trading director.

Elliotts has announced plans to recruit seven new apprentices this year after appointing four local candidates into full time employment during 2014-15.

Employees from Howarth Timber recently completed the Ben Nevis Challenge, raising more than £11,000 for the company’s partner charity, Caudwell Children.

Knauf UK has announced it is to enter a team of seven employees to run the Windsor Half Marathon on 27 September, raising money for CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has cut the ribbon at its 300th trade outlet, which includes an improved bathroom showroom.

Reynaers this summer opened a new training centre in Halesowen, allowing both practical and theoretical training, ensuring that its products are installed to a high standard, the company says.

Travis Perkins and Keyline have rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Both companies became members on 1 September 2015, boosting the BMF’s growing membership to 500 companies.

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has backed the management buyout of shower specialist Aqualisa from RBS and Sankaty Advisors.

Tarmac has unveiled a state-of-the-art asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire. 

The value of projects being put on hold has increased by almost 30% in the past 12 months, new data has revealed, despite a resurgent construction industry.

Ridgeons has unveiled PlumbStock - a new brand for the heating and plumbing market.

As well as helping about 120,000 people purchase a new home, the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is also boosting the housing market by stimulating housebuilding and increasing housing supply, according to government statistics.

Naylor Scotland's Fife factory has celebrated the commissioning of its new twin wall drain line in an unveiling ceremony attended by Fife MSP David Torrance.

Anglia Tool Centre has opened a new Milton Keynes branch, extending its east of England presence.

Huws Gray’s recent acquisition – R.W. Almond Builders Merchants in Formby.

After two years of internal focus and consolidation, Huws Gray is back on the acquisition trail.

Rich Welch from Go Green and Mark Walters from Howarth Timber.

Howarth Timber’s Scunthorpe branch has set a benchmark for sustainability after a waste management overhaul led to over 96% of waste being diverted away from landfill.

Fifty-three per cent of employees who replied to a recent survey have admitted to not knowing how to spot a faulty fire door, while 28% didn’t know it was illegal to prop open a fire door without a specially designed device approved by the fire authority.

Ideal Commercial Boilers has extended its sales force in the north of England after signing a contract with Compheat, a sales agency in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) sector.

Many workplaces unaware of legislation instructing waste handlers in England and Wales to collect recyclable materials separately are missing an opportunity, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Two Selco Builders Warehouse branches are reducing the price of some products to 1990 levels to celebrate their anniversaries this month.

Russell Roof Tiles has staged a charity fundraiser Zumba class at its Burton on Trent head office, with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes military charity.

Dulux Trade has launched its Masters Series contest to recognise outstanding decorating work as part of the company’s Champions of Colour initiative, launched this September.

Broadening its number of branches located throughout the UK, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has opened new branches in Swansea and Leamington Spa this summer.

Yorkshire-based Naylor Industries has been named as a UK National Champion in The European Business Awards.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) will open seven days a week from October 2015 to meet demand from tradespeople across London.

Easier access to finance for small and medium enterprise (SME) house builders must be made a government priority, to capitalise on recent signs of improvement observed in the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest survey of small housebuilders.

L-r: Mike Leeming and Adam Callow.

Expert Trades has partnered with Ethan Mason Paving and will work together to build an industry leading installer network.

Lifestyle Wall provides greater durability as well as improved design and installation flexibility.

British Gypsum has unveiled Lifestyle Wall, a brand new drylining system featuring Gyproc Habito plasterboard at its core.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference starting in Paris this November could mark a renewed focus on energy efficiency in the United Kingdom, a renewable energy consultancy, training and accreditation provider says.

Worcester, Bosch Group is furthering its commitment to making the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive as easy as ABC, by holding a second ErP Week dedicated to ensuring installers are up to speed with what will be expected of them once the regulations come into force.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed group membership terms with the H&B Buying Group, one of the largest co-operative buying organisations for independent merchants.

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has opened a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

Business Minister Anna Soubry visited CEMEX's Rugby cement plant, the largest cement in the UK, on 3 September to review the contribution that energy-intensive industries, such as cement production, make to the UK economy.

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions’ Fairford factory.

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions has acquired a fourth factory, extending its reach into the South West, having completed the purchase of Gloucestershire-based Paul Timber Engineering.

Lords Builders Merchants in has become an Ealing Trailfinders sponsor for the forthcoming Greene King IPA 2015/2016 Championship season.

British Gypsum has invited entries to its 10th National Trophy Awards 2015, prizes for which are to be given at a ceremony in Prague next year.

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