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Bobby Singh in Nepal.

Bobby Singh, proprietor of Russell’s Trade & DIY, in Tooting, South London was so touched by the stories he heard about in the media following the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April, that he travelled to the country to help those in need.

The government needs to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home, a report issued by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has said.

Three free demonstration events will be hosted in June by RGB Building Supplies, welcoming tradespeople to chat with suppliers and discover new products.

(l-r) Brian Lambert, Rik Pepper, Crystal Harland, Steve Chuter, Marco Gabbiadini, Andy Arnold.

Sunderland AFC legend Marco Gabbiadini unveiled a new showroom for Plumbase, marking the first of several new launches the company expects to roll out across the UK this year.

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, recently recognised the long service achievements of 64 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception.

L-r: Mike Macaulay, Hamish MacDougall, Ian Masson and Mike MacLellan.

GPH Builders Merchants has strengthened its position following the acquisition of a Stonehaven company.

L-r: Huntley Thawe, Lisa Childs, Richard Hurst and Hayley Warren.

A ladies night held at a Worcestershire DIY store has proved a huge success that another event has been planned for later this year.

With the highly-anticipated arrival of the Energy related Products (ErP) Directive inching closer, Baxi is hitting the road on a nationwide tour with other Plumb and Parts Center suppliers in a bid to help ease the transition for installers.

Kellaway Group has been given the seal of approval on its fleet operation with bronze accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Anglia Tool Centre, part of the Ridgeons Group Company, is boosting its presence in the East of England with the opening of a new store in Ipswich.

Plumbing and Heating Supplies is set to open a new branch on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead on 22 June, 2015.

BeA managing director, John Mercer attributes the company’s on-going success and growth to a belief in continued evolution and improvement.

BeA is seeing continued growth in demand for its products. The business, which manufactures fastening tools and consumables, has shown strong performance for its last financial year with much of this success attributable to an increase in sales.

Air conditioning and air source heat pump supplier LG has moved to new headquarters from its former home in Slough.

Launching its ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3’ philosophy, Chandlers Building Supplies will attempt to show how simple it is to go green at the Eco Technology Show on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June, 2015 at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

A motor racing enthusiast has demonstrated the importance of value-added partnerships by using a rebate agreement to fund his racing team, with the support of Burdens.

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Peter Stone of Bheta (centre) officially opened the new showroom with Centurion managing director, Paul Kantecki (left) and director, David Geczi, (right).

Centurion Europe’s new showroom was declared ‘open for business’ recently when Peter Stone, executive director of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (Bheta) officially cut the ribbon at the wholesaler and distributor’s newest facility.

A new treatment plant has been introduced by Ridgeons Forest Products’ at its 12-acre timber mill site in Herringswell, Suffolk.

John Newcomb is managing director of the BMF.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed several elements of the legislative programme that was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, 2015.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in a third category of the Trade Association Forum (TAF) ‘Best Practice’ award.

P&R Roofing won a Makita Jobsite Radio at the GRP roofing road show.

Eurocell’s Banbury branch may only have been open a few weeks, but it’s already proving a firm favourite with local traders.

Allister Frost, an expert in digital marketing communication, will speak at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Allister Frost, an expert in digital marketing communication, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members’ Day in September. In addition to his keynote presentation at the event, he will also lead a workshop on digital marketing later in the day.

In order to help the customers of Travis Perkins understand whole house insulation solutions, Knauf Insulation has been working closely with the merchant to provide technical support, displays and tools for its newly refurbished flagship Northampton branch.

F & P, the distributor of plumbing, heating and bathroom products, has launched a new service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

Managing director Tom Elliott is presented with the Southampton Business Success Award by Mayor of Southampton, Linda Norris.

Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has been handed a prestigious business award and is shortlisted for another trio of gongs.

L-r: Dave Robertson, partnering director and Roy Mason, sales director (both Grafton Merchanting GB), with Altaf Khan, homes plus manager, Incommunities.

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS) has been crowned Supplier of the Year at the Housing Excellence Awards 2015.

L-r: Pochin’s Glynn Barrington and Ben O’Keefe.

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has won an award for its pioneering work giving ex-offenders and the homeless a chance to gain work experience and a reference to help them find a job.

David Tutton will take over from Lorna Fellowes as managing director of Triton.

Triton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and following 17 years of consistent growth under the leadership of its present managing director, Lorna Fellowes, has announced the appointment of business development director, David Tutton, to the position of managing director from July 2015.

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares

North East trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares has identified the site of its fourth branch as it continues its branch expansion.

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, has announced that Macmillan Cancer Support will be its chosen charity until the end of 2017.

For the third time running, Jungheinrich UK has achieved accreditation to the Investors in People standard – a management framework for driving high performance through people.

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton is celebrating 10 years of its college training programme.

Dulux Decorator Centre has been awarded the Investors in People Champion Gold status.

Dulux Decorator Centre has recently been awarded the Investors in People Champion Gold status for the second time running. The prestigious award is the highest level of Investors in People accreditation, and is in recognition of continuing excellent standards in people management.

Rachel Hackett, of the Beckenham & Penge Sea Cadet Corps, is presented the Leading Cadet award by Dr Andrew Parmley

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WcoBM) recently hosted its fourth City & Awards luncheon at Vintners’ Hall in London.

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton recently staged the first of three 2015 decorators panels at Construction Training Specialists’ head office in Norwich.

Managed Services First Wessex store opening.

Managed Services, part of Travis Perkins, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has opened a new store in Aldershot, exclusively for housing association First Wessex.

Representatives from the building industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

NMBS has once again shown that business and pleasure can mix. On 30 April 2015, the buying society for independent merchants staged its annual Golf Day. This year, the day was held as a joint-event with the Building Materials Golf Society.

L-r: Mike Rigby and Andrew Pine.

Two well-known industry names - Andrew Pine and Mike Rigby - have got together to provide builders’ merchants with a complete solution for strategy and business development, new formats and branch improvement.

Consumers are set to benefit from a new partnership between B&Q Homefit and NICEIC.

SIG Distribution celebrated the launch of its new specialist business at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April, 2015.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today (11 May 2015) reveal that 464m bricks were produced in the UK during the first quarter of 2015, a rise of 22m bricks or 5% from the same period in 2014.

Following the introduction of the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 earlier this month, TrustMark is providing support and advice to help builders comply with the significant health and safety requirements which now apply to all home improvements and building work.

Tippers Builders' Merchants has announced it will open a new branch based in Rugely, Staffordshire.

Rexel has announced that 100 branches across the country will take part in the ‘Nest Pro Tour’ - the UK-wide roadshow that will see a dedicated Nest training team visit partners across the country in a mission to educate and evangelise installers across the country.

HSS, the tool and equipment-hire company, has acquired All Seasons Hire (All Seasons), a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning hire company in the UK, for a total cash consideration of £11.4m.

John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), has issued the following statement following the Conservative Party's victory in the General Election.

Wienerberger has announced its continued sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2015. Once again, the sponsorship will see the manufacturer donate bricks to a series of regional competitions and the national final.

L-r: Mark French, PHG’s category director, Craig Rendall, Bristan’s national sales manager, and David Pochin, PHG’s chairman.

Bristan is celebrating its success at this year’s Plumbing and Heating Group (PHG) Awards, collecting the Bathroom Supplier of the Year Award.

An artist impression of the new Glasgow branch.

Stax Trade Centres recently announced at its Supplier Conference that it will open a sixth branch in Glasgow at the end of August this year.

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