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CEMEX UK has invested in a new readymix concrete batching plant at Moreton Valence in Gloucestershire. Costing £0.7m the new plant replaces the existing plant in Gloucester, just over eight miles away.

H+H has launched a new website dedicated to the self-build sector. The Lifetime House website provides information about building a home using traditional masonry construction, discussing the performance characteristics of aircrete and explaining its role in building a home.

ForgeFix has staged two 24-hour customer events: dubbed ’24 hours with ForgeFix’, the events enabled stockists of ForgeFix products to learn more about the company’s offerings before being able to network in the evening.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been axed as part of new Prime Minister Theresa May's first Cabinet reshuffle.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is leading calls for urgent talks with the government over the impact of Brexit on the construction industry.

Nine installers have come away from Worcester, Bosch Group with a brand new boiler made with their own hands, after testing their skills on the manufacturer’s factory floor.

HSS Hire Group has opened its largest ever customer distribution centre in Wales, creating up to 65 new jobs over the next three years.

Selco’s new branch in Chessington is now open for business.

The chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed that it will continue its strong expansion strategy after unveiling its latest branch.

The Construction Product Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports continued growth in sales of construction products in the second quarter of 2016.

Trade supplier Screwfix, welcomed local Member of Parliament Theresa May to its new Maidenhead store on Friday 8 July, prior to the announcement that she would become the next Conservative Party leader and UK Prime Minister.

The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has begun an inquiry into the failure of household energy-efficiency schemes - and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has submitted views on what went wrong with the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

Anglia Tool Centre expands trading radius with three new showrooms.

Anglia Tool Centre has expanded its offline trading radius with showroom openings in both Oxford and West Midlands, strengthening its position as one of the leading power tool retailers in the UK.

Arbor Forest Products invests in MDF success.

Arbor Forest Products has invested £2.8m in a new MDF production unit that will double the company’s capacity.

The Brick Development Association (BDA), the body that represents the clay brick and paver industries in the United Kingdom, has responded to recent comment about the state of the construction industry.

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares, has been named the Institute of Directors' (IOD) North East Young Director of the Year at the annual IoD Yorkshire & North East awards.

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.

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