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The first Conservative-only Budget since 1996 was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Gibbs & Dandy builders’ merchant is to open a new branch in Leeds to cater for growing demand in the region.

Nigel Cox, UK managing director, Timbmet.

The Timbmet Group has had a second consecutive year of improving both its gross and net profitability and stabilising revenues. To build on the secure business platform now in place, Timbmet is planning for further growth.

MKM Building Supplies has become an approved supplier to the public sector in Scotland, receiving accreditation from local government procurement body Scotland Excel after a rigorous assessment process.

Bence Builders Merchants attended a private garden party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by David Cameron and George Osborne, in recognition of their Small Business Campaign backing.

Small builders are to receive a £100m cash boost in recognition of their role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced today (6 July).

An open letter was today sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging the government to affirm their support of current VAT rules that permit a reduced rate of VAT on energy saving products.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) is calling on the industry to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.

Barbara Richmond, group finance director of Redrow, will join the line-up of keynote speakers chosen to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation Members’ Day in September.

Keyline has been awarded sole distributor status for the G-Tech Composite Coper.

An increase in the granting of permissions for newbuild homes is no guarantee of a greater number of houses being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the re-launch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge courses.

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) technical manager Douglas Masterson has been voted onto the CEN task group for lever handles.

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution has appointed Regent Samsic to clean more than 350 building materials distribution sites across the UK.

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is holding a free breakfast demonstration morning on Monday 6 July where customers will be able to see demonstrations and talk to experts about a number of different products.

Plans to implement a nationwide ‘solar revolution’ by Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, have been welcomed by a renewable energy equipment manufacturer.

The opening of a first high street showroom in Kidlington has added to John Nicholls Trading's Oxfordshire outlets.

Work has begun on a site expansion by hand tool manufacturer Richard Carter, with the purchase of machinery contributing to new investment in the Huddersfield site worth £250,000.

The one-year anniversary of independent builders merchants Amaroc, which supplies the external wall insulation, rendering and plastering trade, is being celebrated at its Swindon site.

Knauf Insulation has won the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at this year’s Green Deal and ECO Awards, after demonstrating outstanding service to customers, the local community and the environment.

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new record peak of +35, up six points on the first quarter of 2015, according to the Scottish Construction Monitor (SCM) survey.

IBC has announced the launch of a new IBC Garden division – working with garden and lifestyle centres to assist and add value to their procurement process.

Dulux Decorator Centre is highlighting the latest wallpaper designs with a new look area in each of its 188 stores across the UK, where professional painters and decorators can direct customers for inspiration.

42% of tradespeople use business-to-business publications to learn about new products.

Despite the dominance of the internet and the widespread use of smartphones, builders and builders’ merchants still get most of their new product information from trade magazines.

The five-star Princesa Yaiza Hotel in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote will be the location for the NMBS Conference 2016, Chris Hayward, managing director announced at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Malta.

Frank Key Group has completed the purchase of C Bancroft Group, along with its two trading subsidiaries, Banson Tool Hire and Charles Watson (Ironmongers).

The installation of solar panels one year ago at Wolseley UK’s national distribution centre has generated the equivalent electricity to power 522 medium usage UK homes.

In May of this year, the BBC’s DIY SOS team came calling on Parker Kitchens in Tonbridge for their 'Big Build' series. 

Bradite's full range of protective coatings is now available from family-owned merchant, Kent Blaxill. 

Jane Collins, Chris Wood (Farrow & Ball) and Ron McConnachie with the winner’s certificate.

Decorative materials supplier Kent Blaxill has won a Farrow & Ball award for Best In-store Presentation – against international competition.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has welcomed elements of the forthcoming Enterprise Bill that will give a positive boost to apprenticeships.

Vicaima Group has announced the purchase of its current leased site with plans to refurbish and extend the facility.

L-r: Paul Andrews, Tom Elliott and Howard Hackney of Howard Hackney LLP.

It’s been handed down from generation to generation for 173 years and now Elliotts has been named the best family business in the UK’s property and construction industry.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) has announced it is to sponsor the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Awards of Excellence, alongside providing customer training at LABC seminars.

Northamptonshire Cricket League (NCL) is to be sponsored for a further three years by Northampton-based Hevey Building Supplies, it has been announced.

Forest Garden has opened what it says is the largest indoor product display in the UK garden and landscape sector in Worcestershire.

Economist Vicky Pryce will be speaking at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

One of the UK’s leading economists, Vicky Pryce, is to speak at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Plumbers’ merchants nationwide are inviting customers to Wirquin breakfast mornings and BBQs throughout the summer.

The Scottish government has shamed the UK government by prioritising the energy efficiency of existing buildings, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The IronmongeryDirect team celebrate at the ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards.

IronmongeryDirect has been recognised as the ‘Best Multi-Channel Brand’ at the ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards.

Promat UK’s new production plant in Heywood, Lancashire.

Promat UK has responded to the increasing demand for its passive fire protection products by relocating one of its production plants from West Yorkshire into larger premises in Heywood, Lancashire.

The Robert Price ‘Building Bonanza’ will take place on 18 June.

Robert Price, the independent builders’ merchant in South East Wales, will be hosting its annual ‘Building Bonanza’ event on 18 June at its branch on Lamby Way in Cardiff.

Phil Barnard, Chandlers head of sustainability

Chandlers’ Sustainable Solutions has been consulted in a workshop shaping the publication of the ‘Water Efficient House of the Future’ report, published by the UK Water Research & Innovation Partnership (UKWRIP) and water efficiency authority Waterwise.

Fundraising adventurer Dave Heeley has been confirmed as the latest speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Over half of trade businesses are being left behind by the digital revolution, allowing more tech savvy competitors to win new customers at their expense, according to a study by IronmongeryDirect.

Independent buying group IBC is pleased to announce that the winner of its first Supplier of the Year award is International Plywood Importers (Panel Supplies).

L-r: Ruth Moran (chief financial officer), Bridie Warner-Adsetts (chief operating officer) and Edward Naylor (chief executive officer).

Yorkshire-based Naylor Drainage has acquired the share capital of Congleton-based ADP Surface Solutions, a supplier of products designed to protect grass and gravel surfaces.

Five plastering apprentices have been announced as the winners of British Gypsum’s #BGShoutOut competition.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK contravened the EU VAT Directive in applying a reduced VAT rate to the supply and installation of energy-saving materials.

Kellaway Building Supplies has become a Lighthouse Club “charity champion” to demonstrate its commitment to local charities.

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