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Trafford Housing Trust and Travis Perkins have officially opened a new joint distribution facility at Trafford Park in Greater Manchester.

Across 13 branches and 396 staff members, 43 staff now have a member of their family also working for Covers.

Wolseley UK has partnered with the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to bring former military personnel looking for employment in a civilian role into its workforce as part of its strategy to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and attract the best candidates.

According to the latest statistics from warranty and insurance prodvider NHBC, the number of new homes registered across the country remains up corresponding to 2013 statistics.

A fine day in more ways than one!

Over 500 visitors and customers enjoyed a fantastic day and evening at the 2014 Robert Price Building Bonanza, hosted at its Newport branch.

Variety, the Children’s Charity has recognised Reisser’s chairman Charles Ledigo as a leading example in his industry, and will present him with a ‘Legends of Industry Award’ at a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester on 12 November 2014.

As part of AkzoNobel’s investment across its trade paint division, Dulux Decorator Centre is unveiling a brand new-look for its nationwide network of stores.

Geberit has been crowned ‘Supplier of the Year 2014’ at BSS Industrial’s annual Supplier of the Year event.

BSS Industrial has named Geberit as its ‘Supplier of the Year 2014’ at its annual Supplier of the Year event, with Pegler Yorkshire taking home the award for ‘Most Improved Supplier 2014’.

The National Insulation Association (NIA), as part of a coalition of 20 organisations, is calling on government to commit to a major retrofitting programme of 1m homes by 2020 as a national infrastructure priority.

The importance of planning ahead to ensure the successful completion of construction projects was the key theme discussed at this year's Independent Builders Merchant Forum hosted by UK brick maker Ibstock.

To keep pace with growing demand for its products, Bond It has made a six-figure investment into a new cartridge filling, packing and labelling plant.

Bond It, the manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and other building chemicals, has made another major investment into its business.

The F & P Wholesale mobile bathroom showroom has now completed its tour of the UK, having made pit stops at the company’s nine distribution centres nationwide allowing customers to explore the new bathroom product collections first hand.

With less than a year to go until the General Election, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is stepping up its campaigning activity with the publication of its own Policy Manifesto outlining how it would like to see the supply chain and government working together.

InfoDay was a success in Dublin.

MAM Software and RNH Solutions have reported having a successful InfoDay, which was held at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin on June 11.

TIMco has built a new 21,000sq ft warehouse at its head office site in Nantwich, Cheshire. The new facilities will help the company manage the growing demand for its products and create new jobs.

Hull City AFC's Curtis Davies and Dave Meyler take the Ideal Challenge.

Ideal Boilers is welcoming local plumbing and heating engineers to its Reading Training Centre of Excellence on 26 and 27 June from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Chris Robinson, an installer from Lancashire, is the latest winner in Fernox's 50th Anniversary promotion.

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, has sympathised with the disappointment surrounding the Queen’s speech on zero-carbon homes, but ultimately considers the announcement commonsensical for the nation’s construction sector.

Bosch ran an educational workshop about CHP.

Young members of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have attended a guest lecture from a Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating representative, gaining an insight into how to reap the benefits of combined heat and power (CHP).

L-r: Duncan Barker and Mark Terry.

Two Howarth Timber and Building Supplies employees have been appointed to the board of governors at the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) and will work on a voluntary basis to further the aims of the Institute.

The Wrekin Products Fastrack geotextile.

Wrekin Products has recently signed a two-year agreement to supply h&b Group with geosynthetics.

EH Smith is seeing sales of photovoltaic (solar) panels soar by more than 200%. In fact, the firm has sold more solar panels for both domestic and commercial use in the first quarter of 2014 than during the whole of 2013.

A senior manager from GPH Builders Merchants has joined the board of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Independent merchant buying group IBC has acquired its 200th member in only five short years.

L-r: Carl Oates, sales director, Chris Brennand, commercial director, and Mike Choong, general manager.

Mersey Building Supplies has opened in Anfield with ambitions to take on established national firms based in and around the city.

The Diarmuid Davin paving range.

Concrete and paving specialist Kilsaran International has officially been appointed as a recommended supplier of the h&b Group.

As part of an ongoing programme of investment and improvements, the Eurocell Building Plastics branch on Denmore Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, has undergone a complete refurbishment.

Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting those who are interested in sustainable and environmentally friendly building techniques to speak to their experts at the Eco Technology Show, which takes place at The Brighton Centre on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June.

Baxi has welcomed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was officially launched on Monday (9 June).

Customers can enhance their industry knowledge through Worcester's new Online Training Academy.

Worcester, Bosch Group is making it easier for installers to enhance their industry knowledge through the launch of its Online Training Academy.

Ridgeons’ Ipswich branch marked the completion of its recent refurbishment by raising nearly £300 for the Group’s chosen charity of the year: the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The new-look Travis Perkins branch.

Travis Perkins has unveiled a brand new branch on Neachells Lane, Willenhall in Wolverhampton, which has been developed following extensive research into how tradespeople navigate branches and select products.

Mike Rigby will be speaking at the NMBS Conference next week.

The National Builders’ Merchants Buying Society (NMBS) has asked MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a presentation on marketing and branding at the industry at the Conference next week (19 to 22 June).

Bob Summers is an external sales advisor at GPH Builders Merchants.

It might seem that sales and football don’t have a strong connection, but a GPH Builders Merchants employee has found his ball skills have helped him score at work.

L-r: Chris Bennett (college lecturer, Exeter College), Chris Whitaker (head of construction, Exeter College), Steve Owen (national training manager, Baxi), Mark Lovegrove (Training officer, Baxi).

Baxi has opened its 12th satellite training centre in partnership with Exeter College of Construction to encourage and train the next generation of installers.

Chandlers Building Supplies has a new website to make selecting bricks easier for its customers.

Chandlers Building Supplies has unveiled its new brick selector website, which gives customers the chance to view available stock and make online enquiries.

SBS has launched a new environmental service.

Travis Perkins Group, led by its Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) brand, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Geo-Environmental Sciences.

L-r: Mike Marshall, managing director at Cromar and Mike Jackson, partner at BHP

Yorkshire-based Cromar Building Products has smashed its targets, turning over £13.5m during the last 12 months, up from £10.8m in the previous year.

L-r: Daniel Eastwood with branch manager Merv Penne.

BSS Industrial has launched its own management apprenticeship scheme to nurture home-grown talent and attract external applicants, securing the next generation of highly skilled and knowledgeable staff across its branch network and central support functions.

New legislation, announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech, has attracted criticism from industry for scaling back measures to achieve zero carbon by 2016.

Kitchen specialist Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has continued to invest in its Howarth at Home brand following the opening of a new showroom in Barrowford.

A member of staff from Jewson’s Aberystwyth branch has received a Tool Hire Hero Award for saving his own branch and several local businesses from fraud.

The team at Siniat demonstrate their best bull impressions as the ‘Beef Up’ campaign proves a success.

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

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