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Hanson UK has published its 2015 performance and sustainability report, which sets out progress against a range of targets covering people, carbon, water, waste and raw materials.

The Treasury’s recent announcement on the future of zero carbon homes is expected to result in “fewer financial burdens” for the construction sector, according to Worcester, Bosch.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) decision to cease funding for the Green Deal should prompt renewed focus on smarter regulation, Worcester, Bosch Group head of governmental and external affairs has said.

Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how small businesses resolve disputes with larger companies have been set out by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

Builders merchant JT Atkinson & Sons has commissioned internet services provider Netplan to develop a cloud computing platform for an initial 36-month period, in a contract worth approximately £400,000.

Rising activity in the SME construction sector threatens to be undermined by the prevailing skills shortage, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), despite the fact that the building industry has been booming for more than two years.

ForgeFix, one of the UK's leading distributors of fixings, fasteners and associated products, has extended the opening hours of its central sales office.

In light of low take-up and concerns about industry standards, there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announced on 23 July, 2015.

There is still 'major room for improvement' in planning performance in Scotland, according to the Scottish Building Federation (SBF).

Breedon Aggregates has announced an increase in its pre-tax profit of more than 90% compared to figures recorded over the same period in 2014, as part of its interim results for 2015.

The industry has been 'thrown into confusion' following the government's decision to give no more taxpayers' money to the Green Deal Finance Company, and to stop the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, according to the Builders' Merchants Federation.

The Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Valerie Elkins, officially opened RGB Building Supplies’ new decorating centre at its Barnstaple branch on 13 July.

Ideal Boilers has declared itself ready for the EU's Energy related Products (ErP) directive, which will come into force on 26 September, 2015.

Leeds United former player Noel Whelan.

Leeds United FC legends, Eddie Gray and Noel Whelan, have signed up to be the ambassadors of Gibbs & Dandy’s new Leeds branch, which will open on Monday 3 August.

The government has granted permission to members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to develop two new apprenticeship standards in bricklaying and plastering to be part of its Trailblazer programme.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened the doors to its latest branch in Coventry, marking the company’s second new branch this year.

Entrepreneurs hoping to promote their business are being failed by the giants of digital communication, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, according to a study by IronmongeryDirect.

Builders’ merchant E H Smith is once again a winner at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

The government's Enterprise Bill aiming to increase to three million by 2020 the number of apprenticeships has been praised by Deborah Services (DSL), provider of non-mechanical construction equipment.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced that Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) will be its nominated charity partner for 2016.

Grohe has launched a 2015 installer training program aimed at providing hands-on technical training for installers to stay ahead of competitors.

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants has staged a summer roofing training programme that welcomed selected employees from its south Wales branches to complete a ‘Redland Roofing’ residential course.

With radiant heating and cooling technologies – especially underfloor heating (UFH) – becoming increasingly more popular across both the domestic and commercial markets, Uponor UK has launched a dedicated aftersales service to ensure its heating systems continue to operate as efficiently as possible throughout their operational lifetime.

Phil Bell, managing director at ATAG Heating UK.

ATAG Heating UK is to focus its business towards commercial boiler sales and the domestic boiler newbuild specification market.

Tom Elliott is managing director of Elliotts.

Elliotts is to move its timber yard operations to Southampton from Fort Fareham industrial estate to cater for its growing customer base.

The government has restructured the Construction Leadership Council, reducing the number of members and drawing representatives from leading construction firms including Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK, as well as Ministers.

MKM's Norwich branch won the 2015 BMF MasterMerchant trophy, beating 17 other teams of merchants and suppliers after a weekend of team building in the Lake District.

Origin has ordered £300,000 worth of new machinery to ‘future-proof’ its business and keep abreast of the continued demand for its products. 

Government proposals aiming to provide simplified planning and development procedure contains an unexpected U-turn on the zero carbon homes policy, according to Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) has spoken of the importance of raising young people's awareness of careers with builders merchants after it exhibited at this year's City Livery Schools Link conference.

Insulation provider URSA has been acquired by global investment firm KKR, strengthening the manufacturing business’ brand, product range and service offering.

Family-run Midlands business General Building Plastics has been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Small Business’ in the Red Ribbon Awards.

The government’s decision to remove zero carbon standards for new homes will boost the supply of housing via small and medium-sized (SME) house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)'s head of external affairs.

SCA has been ranked among the Ethisphere Institute's ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for the eighth year in a row.

A new kitchen and bathroom showroom opening was celebrated at RGB Building Supplies’ South Molton branch on 1 July, an occasion that also marked the branch’s 10th anniversary.

Three young kitchen designers are soon to begin a dedicated course at Parker Building Supplies’ kitchens showrooms, with five new trainees also joining the company’s heavyside branches as a result of a Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme link with Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

The government's decision to scrap the 2016 increase in newbuild energy efficiency standards is likely to lead to fuel bill increases, the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has said.

There are still spaces available for the CRASH Windsor Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 27 September. 

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has won the ‘Membership Success of the Year Award’ and the ‘NCFE Skills Development Award’ at the 2015 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Sweeping planning reforms have been announced, which the government claims will speed up UK housebuilding and make it easier for homeowners to extend their existing properties.

The Construction Products Association (CPA)’s State of Trade survey for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches across the country are being refitted with LED lighting after the company secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Anglia Tool Centre has announced the opening of a new store in Colchester to add to its east of England presence. 

North West-based builders’ merchant Beesley & Fildes has completed the purchase of Radcliffe Building Supplies.

The Keystone Group has won the ‘Commercial Innovation of the Year’ award at the recent Construction News Awards for its IG Brick Slip Masonry Support System.

An increase in the Living Wage and lack of support for energy efficiency schemes in the Chancellor’s July Budget are cause for concern for the construction industry, two senior industry figures have warned.

Corporate downsizing and a desire for greater job satisfaction are leading to a rising number of graduates switching to careers as tradesmen and women, according to an annual industry survey.

Widnes Tool Hire Express.

A-Plant, the tool, plant and equipment hire company, has opened a new Tool Hire Express store on Teal Business Park in Widnes, Cheshire.

Commenting on today’s (8 July) Summer Budget, John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said the following:

There has been a mixed response from the construction industry to today's Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

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