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The government’s announcement that it will lower the threshold on the Builders Finance Fund to five units has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

David Butterfield, Aggregate Industries' head of learning and development.

Aggregate Industries has introduced the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM) programme to its UK sales division.

The annual NBG Conference came to a triumphant close earlier this week with the Supplier Awards. Winners were revealed at a Gala Dinner held at the Celtic Manor resort in Wales, where approximately 400 delegates gathered to celebrate the National Buying Group.

L-R: Trade counter staff Phil Morris and Richard Winstanley; Nick Perks – Branch Manager, Longbridge; Sinead Lynch – Assistant Branch Manager; Phil Yates – managing director; and John Parker – chief executive officer.

Builders merchant EH Smith has completed of a major redevelopment of its’ Longbridge branch, which first opened in 2008.

L-r: Keith Eames, joint branch director of MKM in Hull; David Coates, director at Midas Homes; Stephen Whitfield, operations manager at Midas Homes, and; Mike Thomas, joint branch director of MKM in Hull.

MKM Building Supplies has signed an exclusive contract with East Yorkshire housebuilder Midas Homes, 20 years after first starting work with the company.

L-r: Hall of Famers Eamonn Phelan, Pete Wardman, Keith Voller, Doug Forsdyke and Martyn Simpson.

Pipe Center and Climate Center have launched a Hall of Fame to honour and celebrate long-serving staff who make an outstanding contribution to the company and industry.

Paul Joyner.

With more than 13,000 accredited installations now registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Sustainable Building Solution (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is calling for the industry to proactively continue its support by offering easy access to services.

Gill Moore, executive chairman of builders’ merchant WJ Lewis, was installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) yesterday, marking her as the first female Master.

Chandlers Building Supplies is opening a new doors, floors and ironmongery showroom as part of the continued development of its Lewes branch.

For addressing the challenge of removing deforestation from its supply chain, the Travis Perkins Group has been recognised as the most improved company from 2013 in Industrials and Autos in CDP’s 2014 global forests report, ‘Deforestation-free supply chains: From commitments to action’.

The London School of Economics was the clear Supreme winner at this year's Brick Awards, as well as the winner of the Best Education Category and Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products.

On 21 November, 2014, London’s Lancaster Hotel played host to almost 600 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry in a highlight of the annual merchant calendar.

L-r: Martin Bayfield, Christine Hunter, John Jefferies (President of the GAI), Neil Vann (ASSA ABLOY, sponsors of the Pinnacle Award).

The education achievements of a new generation of architectural ironmongers have been recognised and rewarded at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is calling on the Chancellor to do more to meet the housing shortfall, to recognise the value of apprenticeships and to reform business rates to avoid penalising manufacturers.

Independent roofing supplies merchant Alltype recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Dulwich Depot, which is one of five across London.

Reisser’s chairman Charles Ledigo has been recognised as “one of the finest and leading examples in his industry” by Variety, The Children’s Charity, at its annual awards ceremony.

Owlett-Jaton has secured a deal with builders’ merchant Selco, to supply its range of fasteners and fixings.

The Control offers fast ‘touch and saw’ operation via a touch screen.

A Striebig Control vertical panel saw has brought improvements to the sheet-cutting service provided by West London timber and joinery supplier, AJ Ferguson & Co.

L-r: Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Phil Barnard, head of sustainability at Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, visited Chandlers Building Supplies’ Lewes branch on 13 November to officially open the Sustainable Building Solutions Centre.

The Builders Merchants Federation has held its first Timber Forum to support members and suppliers in the timber and wood products market.

Deco-Pak, UK supplier of aggregates and landscaping products, has invested more than £1m in its stock and transport systems for the coming season, to ensure even higher levels of service and customer satisfaction will be achieved.

Industry and government can work better together to develop policies that give greater certainty and confidence to industry and encourage investment, innovation and growth, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Godwin Mgombane from Pipe and Climate Center.

Wolseley UK has recently updated its flexible benefits scheme, ‘Your Benefits, Your Choices’, to introduce a broader range of options – including a cycle-to-work scheme.

Since moving to a new UK headquarters in April 2014, Ariston has continued to invest in business development, ensuring a sustained period of growth and success.

SIG Distribution has urged the construction industry to be vigilant in ensuring materials are compliant with European standards.

David Gale, managing director of Bulk Builders Merchants, Katie Berry, director at Myers Group, Paul Gale, director at Bulk Builders Merchants, and James Berry, managing director of Myers Group.

Building products and services company, the Myers Group, has acquired Bulk Builders Merchants in Leeds for an undisclosed sum.

Exhibitor space for the 2015 NMBS Exhibition has sold out in record-breaking time, as just three weeks after being made available to building industry suppliers, all 290 stands and vehicle space for next year’s show have been taken.

Jewson’s Pro Build Training Tour will be visiting branches up and down the country.

The Jewson Pro Build Training Tour has been launched to provide vital support for trade professionals. 

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation is publishing two new guides today, designed to help housebuilders and designers understand what is needed to comply with Part L.

The JCW Acoustic Supplies team.

Since its formation in 2005, Bolton-based JCW Acoustic Supplies, has grown to become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of soundproofing and sound absorption products, with a £4m turnover.

Hope Construction Materials has won a prestigious health and safety award, the Mineral Products Association’s (MPA) John Crabbe Award.

Bathroom specialist Mandy Davis with branch manager Mike Bilboa.

Gibbs & Dandy's St Neots branch is hoping to help tradesmen cook up more business, following the opening of its new flagship kitchen, bathroom and tile showroom.

BSS Industrial’s new spacious branch stocks a comprehensive range of products.

BSS Industrial customers in Birmingham are enjoying all the benefits of a bigger and better branch, packed with more products and with expert staff on hand to offer the very best advice.

John Nicholls (Holdings) is pleased to announce its acquisition of J&B's plumbing supplies.

Left to right: Chris Chapman; George Potts; Stuart Lees; Ray Stenton; Gareth Mobley; Jon Pickering; Carlton Hopley.

NorthEdge Capital, the private equity firm focused on investing in businesses in the north of England, has invested in Stoke-based Solidor.

BBS Plumbing & Heating Supplies has opened a branch on the Locksbrook Road Trading Estate in Bath.

BBS Plumbing & Heating Supplies has announced the opening of its first remote branch.

Carvers Building Supplies is now in the final stages of its rebuild programme, after two and a half years of recovery following a fire that devastated its Littles Lane premises in 2012.

Cornsilk Sandstone.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2014, Natural Paving Products (UK) has enjoyed its most successful year to date – with an unprecedented growth in sales, significant expansion of its Indian supply chain and a string of medal wins during the show garden season.

EH Smith Sustainable Products has announced a distribution agreement with Enphase Energy, the solar microinverter systems company.

There is great concern being expressed across the industry of a major change to the treatment of VAT and Prompt Payment Discounts.

L-r: Tim Allen, chairman of NMBS, and managing director Chris Hayward, receiving the special recognition award from Andy Williamson, managing director of IKO plc, on behalf of the Rainy Day Trust.

L-r: Tim Allen, chairman of NMBS, and managing director Chris Hayward, receiving the special recognition award from Andy Williamson, managing director of IKO plc, on behalf of the Rainy Day Trust.

NMBS' continued commitment to the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), a major industry charity, has been acknowledged with a formal award.

NMBS celebrated a record-breaking 2014 in style at the annual Dinner Dance on 25 October.

Managing director Mike Chaldecott receiving the ISO 50001:2011 certification.

British Gypsum has achieved certification to ISO 50001:2011, the energy management system standard.

Stonemarket showcased its range of landscaping products to over 150 builders' merchants, at an exclusive event last week.

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

Wolseley UK's head office has created a meadow to encourage wildlife.

Wolseley UK has achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating for the building management of its head office, which features a bio-diverse meadow to aid plant growth and nurture wildlife.

Jewson has announced that it will be the lead sponsor for the Landscape Gardening and Carpentry competitions at The Skills Show 2014. In addition, Jewson’s HR director Mike Warner will take to the floor to offer real insight into a rewarding career with a builders’ merchant.

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial has been awarded the Safe Hire Private Standard accreditation by Hire Association Europe in recognition of its ability to provide the best possible standards of equipment, safety, training, and customer service across its 27 dedicated tool and equipment hire trade counters.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA) have worked together to produce a suite of 250 registered masonry construction details, designed to minimise heat loss through the weak junction points in a building’s outer envelope.

Blue Rock Systems has again met the necessary criteria to become a Gold ERP software partner.

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