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Selco opens in Southampton with a visit from Gilbert the Zebra.

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its growth strategy by opening branches in Southampton and Weybridge, taking the total number of outlets around the UK to 40.

A third of small construction firms are being put off from taking on apprentices because of the bureaucracy involved, according to a new research report called: “Defusing the skills time bomb” published by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The new chairman of the UK's largest fire door certification scheme has sounded a stark warning about fire safety in UK buildings.

The Chancellor's vision of building 400,000 new affordable homes could be derailed by the current skills shortage in the construction industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant in Northern Ireland, has recently opened a new 'Simply Bathrooms' showroom within the heart of the Boucher Road retail area in Belfast, as well as expanding the showrooms in two of its County Londonderry branches.

NMBS has been announced as a Finalist in the Best Sales & Marketing Assessment Tool category at the upcoming British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards (BESMA).

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released on 27 November by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q3 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up on both the last quarter and the same quarter in 2014.

The Barnstaple, Penzance and Holsworthy branches of RGB Building Supplies are hosting festive breakfast mornings in December offering the perfect opportunity to pick up a Christmas present for those DIY lovers.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has shared its surprise and concern with the Committee on Climate Change, following reports that the government intends to build 400,000 new homes in the next few years, which may have to be retro-fitted with insulation and other energy saving measures to meet the UK’s carbon saving targets.

Bosch Commercial and Industrial has announced a new supplier partnership with Heat Merchants in Ireland to supply its range of commercial products.

The construction industry is broadly in favour of the changes announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement, which was announced on Wednesday 25 November.

ASSA ABLOY has triumphed at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The Chancellor George Osborne has set out the government’s spending plans in today’s Spending Review, including plans to tackle the deficit and almost £7bn in funding to build 400,000 new affordable homes in England.

HPS Heating Plumbing Supplies raised an incredible £8,840 for Great Ormond Street Hospital during this year's PHEX Chelsea Exhibition.

Isaac Tam of Tung Fat Ho Building Material won first prize for the Diploma, the Top Scheduling Shield and the Pinnacle Award at the GAI Education Awards.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) celebrated the very best in education achievements of the next generation of architectural ironmongers at its Education Awards ceremony on 12 November.

Worcester, Bosch Group has been recognised within the social housing sector for going the extra mile with their customer support and has taken home the Boiler Manufacturer Customer Service Award at this year’s Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) Supplier Excellence Awards.

Paving the Way won the Best Driveway category.

After a record number of entries, Natural Paving Products (UK) has revealed the winners of its 2015 Approved Landscaping Professionals Awards.

This month sees Bristan’s commercial offer take to the road via the company’s popular nationwide merchant roadshow, ‘Shower to the People’.

Activity in the construction sector has slowed in Q3 of 2015, but the industry is remaining positive about the future, the latest Construction Products Association (CPA) figures have revealed.

On 20 November, 2015, the Lancaster Hotel in London played host to over 600 key figures from across the UK builders’ merchant industry for the annual Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence.

Dale's new mobile display and training unit.

Timber window and door manufacturer Dale has turned the level of support it provides merchants across the UK up a gear with the launch of a mobile display and training unit.

Arbor Forest Products (AFP) has been named Timber Supplier of the Year at the National Buying Group’s 2015 Supplier Awards.

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has announced Combilift as the winner of the Exporter of the Year 2015 award at the Export Industry Awards, which were recently held in Dublin.

Two of the largest trade bodies in the architectural ironmongery and door hardware industry have entered into a major knowledge-sharing collaboration agreement to boost the continued growth of the sector in the UK and USA.

Further cuts to local planning departments could leave them incapable of addressing the housing crisis, cautioned the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Spending Review.

Timbmet is inviting the trade to come along to its open morning on 8 December at its Shellingford Distribution Centre in Oxfordshire.

Breedon Aggregates continues to trade strongly, with product volumes in the first 10 months ahead of the comparable period in both England and Scotland.

More than 1,000 visitors and 60 leading brands helped Howarth Timber Group celebrate its 175th anniversary at a trade day that recently took place at Elland Road in Leeds.

Breedon Aggregates has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement with Cortolina Investments S.à.r.l. to acquire Hope Construction Materials (Hope) for £336m.

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, will be offering guidance and career advice at The Skills Show (19-21 November), the UK’s skills and careers event.

BSS managing director Chris Hufflett (centre left) and Frank Elkins, divisional CEO of Travis Perkins contract merchanting division (centre right) cut the ribbon at the new Boss Court HQ.

BSS Industrial has staked its future in Leicester this autumn with the formal opening of its new flagship headquarters (HQ) in Enderby.

From the left: Andy Wighton, Dave Woodberry, John Davies, Louise Powell, Martin Cook, Chris Banner

Five long-standing employees of Pipe Center and Climate Center, demonstrating a combined service of more than 150 years, have been awarded Hall of Fame status for their outstanding contribution to the business and industry.

After 36 years, independent business Forestrall Timber & Fencing Merchants has opened a second depot in Kent.

Mayor of Burgess Hill Anne Jones MBE and the team at Covers Burgess Hill.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Burgess Hill has moved to new and improved premises at Victoria Gardens based on the Victoria Industrial Estate.

City Heating Spares (CHS) has welcomed five new recruits onto its apprenticeship scheme after two former participants graduated into full-time employment.

Ridgeons has opened the third branch of its new PlumbStock heating and plumbing brand in Diss, Norfolk.

Gorilla Glue Europe has become a partner of the Rainy Day Trust charity.

Hansgrohe Ltd has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), further strengthening the Federation's plumbing and heating sector.

The government needs to revise its plans for a one-size-fits all Apprenticeship Levy or risk exacerbating the growing skills crisis in the building industry, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Spending Review.

Tarmac has been awarded a five-year, £30m highways maintenance contract with Knowsley Council.

Four intrepid explorers from F & P have conquered Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research.

NMBS, the largest independent Buying Society and electronic trading platform in the UK, recently played host to Australian Buying Group Natbuild, as part of its continued development and exchange programme with other buying groups.

Knauf Insulation has again been named Supplier of the Year for the roofing and insulation category, for the third year running at this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

NBG merchant member PGR Builders and Timber Merchants is expanding its Essex-based branch network with the opening of a new outlet in Brentwood. The new branch is part of the company’s strategic expansion and growth plans, and will be followed by another new site in the region next year.

Travis Perkins has been highly commended at the East Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

City Heating Spares will offer flexible next day deliveries until Christmas Eve.

City Heating Spares (CHS), the specialist spares offering of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), has pledged to support time-pressured customers this festive season by offering flexible next day deliveries until Christmas Eve; making it possible to place orders up to 8pm on Wednesday 23 December for delivery at 8am the next day.

Manufacturers and distributors of construction products run thousands of training programmes for builders and tradespeople who install their products. An opportunity exists to put that training on a formal footing with nationally recognised qualifications, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) recently invited key architects, specifiers, engineers, contractors and builders’ merchants to debate the UK’s water management problem on a journey to the Thames Barrier.

Cllr Forbes visited JT Dove to meet staff, apprentice graduates and the management team to discuss the future of the industry.

Cllr Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, recently visited JT Dove Builders’ Merchant at its head office and main branch in Newburn, Newcastle, to meet with eight graduates from the company’s trainee scheme and present awards to two long serving employees.

As part of a number of key service improvements Flexseal has introduced to its customers this year, the coupling manufacturer now offers online tracking for the delivery of its orders.

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