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MKM Building Supplies has been listed in the Sunday Times’ Grant Thornton Fast Track 250 for the first time, after delivering a first-class financial performance last year.

Ideal Boilers is out on the road visiting all the UK branches of City Plumbing Supplies.

Ideal Boilers is taking its mobile training centre to all 32 UK branches of City Plumbing Supplies, starting yesterday (20 October) at Ellesmere Port and finishing on 15 December in Folkstone.

A brand new personalised van is up for grabs.

Mira Showers is offering Plumbase customers the chance to win a personalised Fiat Doblo sign-written van worth £10,000.

The construction industry will grow 23% by the end of 2018 and contribute £12 billion to the UK economy over the next two years alone, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA) Autumn Forecasts, which were released today.

Parker Building Supplies comes to the rescue after millstone theft.

City Plumbing Supplies has launched a Renewables Training Programme in a bid to seize RHI business benefits.

City Plumbing Supplies has launched an internal Renewables Training Programme to provide colleagues from City Plumbing Supplies, and across the Travis Perkins Group, with greater knowledge of the breadth of renewable technologies now available in the UK.

The Labour Party’s Lyons Housing Review provides a long overdue blueprint for increasing the capacity and output of small and medium sized (SME) housebuilders to help build the much needed 200,000 new homes a year, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

L-r: Peter Doyle and Beverley Whitehead from AkzoNobel, Apprentice of the Year winner, Abs East with lecturer Phil Jubb from North West Kent College.

Painting and decorating students across the UK will once again have the opportunity to pitch their skills against each other as Dulux Decorator Centre’s competition opens for entries.

Housebuilding is leading the growth in the SME construction sector, but the industry has a long way to go to recover to pre-recession levels, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The demand for sophisticated technology and gadgets within the home is on the rise, paving the way for the next big thing – the smart home.

Nearly a third of UK homeowners are looking to carry out work on their home in the next three years, with up to £6bn* in projected works planned annually over the next three years, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Matt Richardson, Henry Wilde and Daniel Repton.

Three young people have taken their first steps towards a career in engineering in the construction industry, after becoming the latest apprentices on Hope Construction Materials’ Apprenticeship Academy programme.

Winner Ray Cormack is presented with his prize by Buttle’s operations director Phil Norton.

When you’re fishing for business, a rod and reel aren’t usually of much help – but the Buttle’s annual fishing day has hooked many new customers and strengthened relationships with others.

Hexstone's head office.

Bristol-based builders’ merchant Kellaway Building Supplies has consolidated its entire fastener and fixings range to Owlett-Jaton, doubling turnover of this product range over the last 12 months.

Ten graduates have started work after winning a place on Wolseley UK’s Management Training programme.

Andy Clark (left) and David Aisher with the Drakes birthday cake.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ Uckfield branch recently celebrated its 25th birthday with a trade open evening.

The government has agreed to extend the Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee pilot scheme, which the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has made available to its members.

Trade-only plumbing and heating merchant Williams & Co has implemented the Living Wage for its workforce.

A new Wickes store in Sutton is set to build a sustainable future after installing solar panels to generate its own green energy.

David Cyril Elliot Ridgeon

David Cyril Elliot Ridgeon

DAVID CYRIL ELLIOT RIDGEON: 6TH MAY 1935 – 7TH OCTOBER 2014

There was plenty of RHI information for installers.

This year, Plumb and Parts Center has been running a series of seminars around the UK in order to broaden the understanding of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

CFOA president, Peter Dartford.

A top fire chief is backing Plumb and Parts Center’s Make it Law campaign, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

Leyland customer Frank Johnson with Michael van Gerwen.

Leyland Trade has given one of its loyal customers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take on world darts champion Michael van Gerwen.

Breedon Aggregates has agreed terms with Barr Holdings to acquire Barr Quarries in south-west Scotland, for £20.8m. Completion is expected by the end of this month and remains subject to TUPE consultations and final due diligence.

UK brick maker Ibstock has introduced a series of collaborative initiatives to support merchants, from effectively managing brick supplies to developing innovative interactive displays.

Breedon Aggregates has agreed terms with Barr Holdings to acquire Barr Quarries, based in south-west Scotland, for £20.8m in cash.

The Liberal Democrats’ pledge to build 300,000 new homes needs to be underpinned by a pro-SME housing strategy if it has any hope of being achieved, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The green partitioning wall where school children will paint their mural.

Chandlers Building Supplies is asking schools to help them paint a mural that will go on display in its new Sustainable Building Solutions Centre at its Lewes branch.

HPS has opened a branch in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) opened its 30th branch in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 29 September.

Hope chairman Amit Bhatia officially opens the Black Cat quarry, alongside (l-r) Simon Bryant – Black Cat quarry manager, Sean Hoare, managing director ECL Civil Engineering and Lee Babb, senior buyer ECL Civil Engineering.

Hope Construction Materials has announced the opening of its first new, greenfield quarry as part of its UK development plan.

A charity for the home improvement industry has started a helpline service to offer debt advice, counselling and legal advice.

The winner of this year’s Trucky Dip competition, which ran from 9 July until 12 September, has been announced.

ITW Construction Products, a manufacturer of fixing, fastening and drilling systems for wood, steel and concrete applications and ITW Industry, a specialist in software, components, fasteners and equipment for the timber construction industry, will now function as a combined business, operating under the name of ITW Construction Products.

Davidson Holdings has completed the acquisition of Pendock Profiles from Alumasc plc.

The Prime Minister’s pledge to build 100,000 new homes for young first time buyers is a welcome step to help address the housing crisis, but “who will build them?” asks the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Leading from the front – Mark Davies, managing director clears the hay bales.

On Sunday 28 September, 80 employees from LBS Builders Merchants completed the ‘Men’s Health, Survival Of The Fittest’ Cardiff urban assault course.

Merchant teams can yet again pit their building skills against each other at the next Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) Practical Building Skills Challenge Event, which will take place on Thursday 23 October 2014.

Trainee managers at contractor Willmott Dixon have teamed up with Buttle's builders' merchants in Enfield to modernise a local community centre.

Bill Davies, sales director at James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot.

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L-r: David Pochin, Steve Heane of Steve Heane Plumbing & Heating (Leicester) and Simon Foord of Alpha.

Some of the biggest brands in the UK's heating and plumbing market descended on Leicester College to meet local installers at Pochin’s Heat Talk trade show.

Former Hardley’s owner Tony Jenvey (left) shakes hands with Tom Elliott, managing director of Elliotts (right) and chairman, Stuart Mason-Elliott (centre).

Elliotts has cemented its ambitious growth plans with the acquisition of Hardleys, a kitchen and bathroom showroom based in Lymington, Hampshire.

Saint-Gobain’s newest Technical Academy has received a visit from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s Green Deal Communities Team.

Peter Hindle MBE.

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has launched its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Review, serving to update customers and stakeholders on the company’s approach and progress in sustainable development.

Mayor Boris Johnson makes a handmade brick with the help of Alan Pass, Ibstock's specials operative.

Ibstock Brick received a visit from the Mayor of London yesterday.

Andy Rummery, branch manager and Natalia Medina, showroom consultant at Drakes’ Uckfield branch.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ branch in Uckfield is celebrating its 25th birthday.

NMBS recently announced that its independent merchant members now have over 3,000 member branches within the UK and a combined sales value of over £6.5bn.

IBC sales & operations director John Brett with Alan Biggar.

In June 2013, Builders Store in Cheadle, Cheshire became IBC’s 150th member. IBC recently re-visited the family-run builders’ merchant to see how its first year of membership has gone.

Huws Gray has opened a new three-acre heavy-side branch at Llay in Wrexham to replace its previous base at Queensferry on Deeside.

L-r: Gary Riseborough and John Savage.

Flame Heating Spares is going from strength to strength after being appointed to the preferred suppliers list for Durham County Council.

Worcester, Bosch Group’s Martyn Bridges has backed plans laid out by the Liberal Democrats to reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes with a council tax discount.

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