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Family run sanitary equipment manufacturer, Wirquin, has held a special family factory tour and party to raise funds and celebrate their 40th birthday.

Aico, manufacturer of residential Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in the UK, has raised over £19,000 in donations for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with a charity bike ride from Aico’s premises in Shropshire to its parent company Ei Electronics in Shannon, Ireland; a journey of 247 miles.

It’s amazing how quickly time flies! There are only 50 days until this year’s BMN Awards, which is taking place on 24 November at the Hilton Park Lane, London.

Last week many companies, including Garador, brought in cakes and coffee for the Macmillan Cancer Support’s Big Coffee Morning.

On 1 October, as the Conservative Party Conference kicked off in Manchester, the Government announced an extension of Help to Buy for new build homes with an extra £10 billion of funding over five years.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ programme of expansion and investment has continued, with a series of new showrooms and branches officially opened this summer.

Durham’s first-ever 4D bathroom design showroom is officially open for business, following a £100,000 investment by the North East’s fastest growing Heating & Plumbing merchant.

HRH the Duke of Kent has formally opened a new factory extension for Naylor Industries. The £5m investment will allow the construction products company to make larger diameter pipes to carry big volumes of surface water, helping protect Britain against flooding from extreme weather.

An upturn in the UK steel industry has contributed to a 73% increase in orders over the last 12 months for the industrial division of Wolseley, specialist supplier of industrial valves, pipe and fittings via annual supply contracts.

A rapidly expanding UK Builders Merchant is backing a gruelling kayak challenge undertaken by Heart West Midlands Breakfast presenter Gemma Hill.

LBS sweeps the board this September, with not one, but two National Awards.

Gillian Keegan, the Conservative MP for Chichester, cut the ribbon to officially open the newly refurbished Covers Home Ideas on Thursday 28th September.

Worcester, Bosch Group has reopened its flagship Training Academy after a £3.5 million investment programme.

Parker Building Supplies received the Builders Merchant Award at the recent Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Master Builder Awards, with EH Smith 'Highly Commended' for the same Award.

With the recruitment industry worth more to the economy than ever before (according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), £35.1 billion in 2016, the Hertfordshire based Courtney Smith Group celebrate their 14th year in business this month.

Peter Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, and Alec Meadows, Operations Director, from Heating Plumbing Supplies Merchants presented the cheque during a recent visit to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

ecobuild owners, Futurebuild Events, have revealed more details about the futurebuild districts which have been created following feedback that the event had lost its way in previous years.

A new app designed to make planning and quoting jobs easier for tradespeople has been launched by Selco builders merchant.

Former Welsh athletics star Jamie Baulch has rekindled his sporting career to help a Cardiff business celebrate a landmark anniversary.

Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s leading independent supplier of building products to the trade and public, is celebrating 175 years of business, having been established since 1st October 1842.

The CITB has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

To help accelerate and strengthen their commercial development, The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed built environment brand specialists CMDi – based on the agency’s recent work for the Federation of Master Builders.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), the leading supplier of ERP solutions to merchants and other distributive companies, has just rebranded the two US-based software companies it recently acquired.

Construction workers wearing hot, protective clothing are vulnerable to dehydration - even as the weather cools.

Staff at Grant UK have raised over £350 for local children’s charity Julia’s House with a raffle held in September.

Ridgeons has announced a series of major new investments and changes to its Cambridge branches, with the renovation and expansion of its existing Nuffield Road branch, the opening of a new flagship branch in Norman Way and the closure of the existing Cromwell Road branch in April 2018.

Aggregate Industries has provided the platform for the newly created National College for High Speed Rail, located in the centre of Birmingham.

A major initiative within the builders’ merchant sector is set to boost fire safety knowledge and the installation of properly certificated fire doors in a huge range of building projects, large and small.

Visqueen has opened a dedicated training academy, at its headquarters in Heanor, Derbyshire.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) is launching BMF IT Solutions Plus to help its members to utilise digital technology to enhance their service and improve productivity.

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of its new corporate video which allows potential and existing customers to gain an insight into the company, the people and the products.

A team from SR Timber has raised more than £3450 for charity after completing a car rally that took them through ten European countries in four days, ending in Monte Carlo.

Two stalwarts of the South West, Exeter Chiefs and Bradfords Building Supplies, have joined forces for the 2017-18 rugby season.

JCB Finance pledges its support to SMEs.

JCB Finance is launching a campaign to provide additional support for SMEs in the construction sector when taking out external funding.

The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.

Left to right: Dawn Gracie and Trish Aylmore.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants welcomed vintage entertainer and singer Dawn Gracie to its Chichester depot last week for a charity ‘Builders’ Bake Off’.

Howarth Timber gets set for another charity dinner.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is hosting a star-studded Sportsman’s Dinner in support of its 2017 charity partner Cancer Research UK.

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

Theresa May has addressed the issue of Brexit in a landmark speech delivered in Florence on 22 September.

Travis Perkins paid a visit to Northampton Academy this week to share their coding expertise with its Year 10 students as part of UK-wide ‘National Coding Week’.

Gibbs & Dandy is getting a kick out of its latest sponsorship deal, as it supports one of the UK’s largest martial arts events, which takes place this weekend.

The Welsh Government’s announcement that £30m will be pumped into the Wales Property Development Fund to improve access to finance for small Welsh construction firms will help to increase house building, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Cymru.

IronmongeryDirect has partnered with supplier TIMco to donate a pallet full of fastenings and fixings which is being sent to hurricane torn Barbuda in the Caribbean.

As the colder months draw closer and heating systems are turned back on, it’s the time of the year where heating engineers are more frequently called out for essential servicing.

A group of employees from Elliotts Builders Merchant will ride 550 miles across France this month to raise money for cervical cancer charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its latest Plumbing & Heating branch at Top Angel, Buckingham Industrial Estate, Buckingham.

Two employees from the Farnham branch of Rudridge have completed the challenge of a lifetime and raised £3,200 by cycling from Paris to Geneva in memory of a much-missed former colleague.

Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds is donating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner for 2018. Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Border Merchant Systems, a supplier of dedicated merchant software, will be hosting a series of Customer User Meetings in November.

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