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On 24 June, the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, visited the Cawthorne manufacturing facilities of Naylor Drainage, to see first hand Naylor's extensive Clay and Plastic pipe manufacturing facilities and meet many of Naylor's 380 employees.

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2016 Building Better Communities competition, awarding 28 projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

Tickets for BMF Members' Day have sold out two months in advance of the event, which takes place on 20 and 21 September.

Left to right: Simon Marks, Aidan Forshaw, David Langston, and Steven Inness.

A Gateshead-based heating and plumbing equipment wholesaler has opened a showroom and expanded its product offering, thanks to a six-figure working capital facility from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Wienerberger is celebrating after one of its apprentices was named a double award winner at the annual Apprenticeship Awards. Mitchell Bates, a Wienerberger advanced apprentice at the company’s Hartlebury site, was named First Year BTEC Electrical Engineering Student of the Year, and also won the Most Improved Apprentice of the Year award.

Travis Perkins Managed Services, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has been awarded the Supplier Quality Mark by Tpas, the tenant engagement company.

Greg Crofts, E H Smith’s health and safety manager, with the RoSPa Gold medals.

EH Smith Builders Merchants has been awarded the Gold Medal at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards for its outstanding commitment to occupational health and safety and in recognition of having won nine consecutive golds awards since 2008.

Left to right: Bradstone's Toby Stuart-Jervis and winner Robert Knight.

Landscape installer, Robert Knight of Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services, has won an Isuzu D-Max Utah 4x4 pick-up truck as part of a celebratory competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone.

The W.Howard Group has acquired a 4575 sq ft site in Leigh, Lancashire to relocate two of its businesses, Eccleston Engineering and RC Perry. 

Labour MP Steve Rotheram, alongside Labour MP for St. Helens South and Whiston Marie Rimmer, toured Knauf Insulation’s plant recently to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to supporting businesses in the six boroughs of Liverpool.

Bristan has announced the winner of its first ‘Designer Collection Showroom of the Year’ award.

New construction statistics for June from Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI, which show the weakest sector performance for seven years, are a cautionary sign of the damage that current uncertainty is causing to the building industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has responded to the sharp fall seen in the UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index during the month of June.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a software supplier of software to the merchant industry, has reached an agreement to acquire Mincron Software Systems, based in Houston, Texas, and its successful suite of products.

John Newcomb: "The absence of clarity on how the Apprenticeships’ Levy will operate in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is concerning.”

With less than nine months’ to go until the start of the Apprenticeships’ Levy, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has issued a briefing paper to all its members to outline changes that the UK government is making to the way apprenticeships are structured and financed.

Chris Hufflett (centre), BSS managing director, presenting the award to Richard Trevaskis (centre right), George Fischer’s sales managing director.

BSS Industrial has awarded George Fischer its Supplier of the Year award for 2016.

Phil Hurley is managing director at NIBE.

The UK’s fifth carbon budget, announced in parliament on 30 June, 2016, by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has set out a new legally binding emissions reduction target for 2030.

Branch manager Kevin Simper, operations director David Lincoln and the Weybridge team officially opening the branch.

Champion Timber enjoyed a successful opening event for its 10th branch on 28 June.

As parts of its strategic expansion Russell Roof Tiles is supporting growth in the merchant sector with targeting marketing activity.

As the construction industry’s charity, CRASH’s focus is on helping homeless and hospice charities with their buildings.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the government to ensure economic stability at this time of uncertainty, and has outlined key asks to government in the EU negotiations.

With Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign well underway, Warwickshire County Cricket Club has launched a new initiative to donate 1,000 plastic cricket bats to youngsters across Birmingham and the county of Warwickshire.

Following on from a rebrand earlier this year, HiB has announced that it will be moving its Tamworth HQ to bigger premises to keep up with the businesses’ rapid rate of growth.

Ridgeons employees celebrate 1,165 years of combined service at its annual Long Service Awards.

The Ridgeon Group recently hosted two celebratory award ceremonies honouring 71 employees at its annual Long Service Awards.

News that vouchers are available to meet demand under the London Boiler Cashback Scheme has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Saint-Gobain has revealed its new strategic approach, as well as its updated logo.

GreenWorks has evolved, rolling out a range of services to help its customers build more intelligently.

GROHE is celebrating the success of its 2016 Work Smarter Tour for installers, which took place in May.

The EU Referendum result has caused uncertainty in the construction industry, with many associations and industry bodies calling on the government to react quickly in order to reassure the financial markets.

Blue Rock Systems, an ERP software supplier to merchants, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors, has introduced its new company branding and logo.

Start-ups and new entrepreneurs entering the door hardware industry are being targeted in a future-focused membership drive by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Fourteen-year-old multi-skill student Kenneth Sylvester from Doncaster College has been named as the overall winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016.

Grange has announced a significant additional investment from its parent company Stelmet in the form of an expanded supply chain capacity. This will create additional manufacturing capability and provide an additional UK distribution site in the South East of England.

The one-day show run by Toolbank Southampton opened its doors to over 200 retailers and builders’ merchants from across the South and West region on 17 March. Held at the prestigious Newbury Racecourse, the show hosted over 100 exhibitors for brands to showcase the latest hardware and tool technologies.

Stevie Davidson, regional Controller at PPG with David McEwan from Peffer Paints.

PPG continues to strengthen its network after announcing the purchase of Peffer Paints in Scotland.

Caped crusaders from Keyline, a UK supplier of civils and drainage solutions and heavy building materials, will take their fight against evil onto the road as they take part in an international car rally.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has created a clear route into membership for those with military experience, and is backing a cross-industry initiative to increase recruitment from the armed forces into the construction sector.

The Welsh government needs to urgently engage with the construction sector regarding how the UK-wide apprenticeship levy will be invested back into training and skills in Wales, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Cymru.

Places for People Group has launched its latest free-to-join public sector procurement solution, through its own in-house Procurement Hub.

NBG Partners’ businesses are continuing to show strong and continued growth with 18 new branches and showrooms opening in the last year alone. The pace of new branch openings, acquisitions, and refurbishments has picked up considerably in 2016 as NBG Partners help to drive the recovery in the merchanting sector, propelled by strong growth in RMI.

A survey following a series of in-depth presentations at the recent Housebuilders’ Fire Protection Seminar – hosted by SIG – has revealed that there may be a knowledge gap amongst housebuilders regarding the correct specification and installation of fire-stopping measures.

WernerCo, manufacturer of professional ladders and access towers, has invested over £1.2m into its Maldon UK facility, in an effort to strengthen its position in the market.

Russell Roof Tiles is recognising and rewarding staff who have had a long and successful career at the firm with the launch of its long service awards.

ROCKWOOL is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) installed six new Liverymen at its recent Election Court General. 

Seventeen teams of competitive karters sweltered on the hottest day of the year so far, as they battled to win a trophy at the 2016 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge.

Julia Evans is chief executive of BSRIA.

BSRIA sees the government’s new apprenticeship levy as an incentive for both the CITB, industry, and government, to work together on delivering vital apprenticeship training.

Within days of this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) conference and AGM being announced, the event is already sold out.

National Buying Group (NBG) has signed up a new merchant partner. The latest recruit is Surrey-based Condell, a timber and builders’ merchant with two branches in Sutton.

The inaugural CRASH Charity Sailing Cup took place on 9 June, 2016, in celebration of the charity's 20th anniversary.

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