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The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is urging the government to throw a lifeline to its beleaguered Green Deal scheme, as the latest statistics revealed there were just 33 new Green Deal plans signed last month.

Left to right: Kieran Wells and Joe White next to the construction that Mr White built which had an Olympic flame theme.

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies was a proud sponsor of Sussex Downs College’s Skill Build competition, which saw students from across the bricklaying department complete a work-related challenge in five hours.

The series of storms from October until early March have meant that the UK is now subject to a long-term fence panel shortage, says Forest Garden.

Transport Supplier of the Year was presented by Janet Cooke of London TravelWatch to Kieran Griffin, managing director of Keyline (centre), accompanied by writer and broadcaster Giles Brandreth (right).

The Travis Perkins Group has claimed the title of ‘Transport Supplier of the Year’ at the London Transport Awards for the safe and efficient delivery of materials to the Crossrail infrastructure project.

Geberit will be visiting merchants up and down the country to promote its latest product innovations.

With the latest innovations in piping systems and sanitary solutions on board, Geberit will be going On Tour again this spring, taking to the roads in the UK and Ireland determined to seek out more installers than ever before.

HRH The Princess Royal visits Kent Blaxill in Colchester.

HRH The Princess Royal chatted with directors, staff and customers during a visit to East Anglian building supplies company Kent Blaxill in Colchester last week (March 20).

The group visited SCA's certified forests in Sweden.

Eleven successful delegates from SCA’s 2013-14 timber product training course visited SCA’s facilities in Sweden from 14-17 March. The group included timber merchants, builders’ merchants, DIY timber specialists and two of SCA’s own recent recruits.

GPH Builders Merchants will be hosting a two-day event on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March to mark the 10th anniversary of its Westhill branch, and has launched a 10-day competition in the run-up to the date.

A roof area of 13,113m² has been covered in 8,020 PV panels, along with 24 inverters.

More than 8,000 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Wolseley UK's National Distribution Centre in Leamington Spa.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget for “makers, doers and savers” as broadly positive for the building supply industry.

The construction industry is continuing to respond to today's Budget statement, in which Chancellor George Osborne set out his plans to "get Britain building again".

Updated: 19 March 5:15pm

The government has revealed measures to cut deficit, boost housebuilding and support British manufacture in its 2014 Budget, announced today.

IBC has launched a free online marketing support service, allowing members to create their own professional promotions.

Ridgeons' Peterborough branch has had a makeover.

The Peterborough branch of Ridgeons has recently been revamped as a result of feedback from customers, and will be holding a trade week starting today (Monday 17 March) to celebrate the new look.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is continuing to grow its merchant membership as its most recent addition, H&B member Rudridge, joins on 1 April.

Geoff Dove - BSS Exeter branch manager, second from right; Chris Hufflett - BSS managing director, third from right, Frank Elkins - Travis Perkins CEO Contract Merchanting Division, far right.

BSS Industrial has recognised Exeter as its 2013 ‘Branch of the Year’.

Minster celebrates a decade of being in business.

Minster Insulation and Dry Lining has begun its 10th anniversary celebrations this month.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has called on the Chancellor to ensure that measures in the forthcoming Budget will ensure that the construction industry is able to boost the economy from the bottom up.

Polypipe has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity to meet demand for its Ridgistorm-XL large diameter pipe system.

Polypipe has more than doubled its Loughborough production capacity and workforce.

Dave Archer, Hargreaves’ director of trade operations.

Ventilation specialist Hargreaves Ductwork has expanded its trade counter network with the addition of a new operation in Aberdeen.

The UK must retrofit 1m homes a year over the next 25 years if it is to end soaring energy bills and curb carbon emissions, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has warned.

All UK workplaces must display the updated health and safety law poster from April, but many organisations are unaware that the new legislation is fast approaching, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is now offering members a new Senior Manager Development course that will award a Postgraduate Diploma in Merchant Leadership & Strategy, in partnership with Birmingham City University.

Following the success of the Fibreglass Roofing Demonstration Day held by the Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies earlier this year, customers are once again invited to chat to experts during a demonstration event on Tuesday 25 March.

The Okehampton branch of RGB Building Supplies is inviting tradesmen and women to its Plumbing Day at its newly refurbished bathroom display centre on Friday 14 March.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders.

A VAT reduction on housing renovation and repair could boost the UK economy by more than £15bn from 2015 to 2020 according to a new independent research report by Experian.

Industry figures gathered at the first BMF plumbing and heating meeting.

There was a full house at the first BMF plumbing and heating meeting, with over 30 people present representing a cross section of the plumbing and heating supply industry.

Landlords and tenants are now able to access a new lending fund to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and properties.

Two lucky customers have driven away from their local Jewson branches in brand new cars.

Global construction solutions provider Terex has announced the creation of 50 new jobs at its manufacturing site in Coventry.

Breedon Aggregates, the independent aggregates business, has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2013.

Keyline’s National Rail Division has announced the launch of a new out-of-hours emergency service at 35 of its depots, which have been strategically placed across the UK to maximise accessibility.

Ibstock Brick has played an instrumental role in brick becoming the first construction industry product to gain verification under BRE Global’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme - a standardised way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system.

British Gypsum’s new training initiative is designed to support the next generation of plasterers.

British Gypsum has unveiled a new training initiative designed to support the country’s next generation of plasterers.

Julia Bradbury officially opened Practical Installer with Plumb Center’s renewables director Simon Allan.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at Ecobuild by saying that, despite the slow uptake, the Green Deal “shouldn’t be a hard sell”.

The PTS management apprentices.

PTS has re-affirmed its commitment to developing home-grown talent and supporting those making their first move into the plumbing and heating industry with the introduction of its Management Apprenticeship Scheme.

The UK cement industry is building on its long established sustainability credentials having published its first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

Work has been completed at the new Luton branch.

BSS Industrial is celebrating the significant success of its Trade Counter Owner scheme.

IronmongeryDirect has launched a new graduate scheme designed to recruit and fast track the brightest management graduates across the company.

Stairparts and moulding specialist Richard Burbidge has signed a contract with Fortis, the timber, building and lightside merchant purchasing group.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed terms for a group membership scheme with Fortis, which will see all Fortis members joining the BMF from 1 April 2014.

Katie Millward wanted higher fencing to create a safer garden for her son Robbie.

Jewson’s Nuneaton branch has donated fence panels and fixtures for a garden fence in need of improvement.

Peter Craven (right) receives the Chief Constable’s Commendation.

Peter Craven, team supervisor at Burdens Colchester, has been hailed a hero by Essex Police after he helped save the lives of a mother and baby in a house fire.

Travis Perkins has launched its new website, created by Amaze, to support the presentation of the Group’s 2013 full-year results by new chief executive officer John Carter.

Research from Travis Perkins has revealed the importance of apprenticeships to homeowners.

Seventy percent of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of more than £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year, according to recent research conducted by the Travis Perkins Group.

h&b's 'speed dating' sessions allowed merchants and suppliers to engage in several productive meetings.

Martin Mansfield, commercial manager of independent merchants’ group h&b, and Michelle Cronje and Bernie Bates from the NMBS, recently arranged nearly 1,800 ‘dates’ between h&b members and suppliers at three special ‘Supplier Business Development’ days.

Huws Gray's Warrington brick centre.

The recent housing revival has faced brick producers with the challenge of meeting the surge in demand, confronting builders’ merchants and developers with potential lead times of up to six months.

Government must urgently push ahead with plans to ensure all new non-domestic buildings are built to zero-carbon standards from 2019, a report from a UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) industry task group has warned today (27 February).

A combination of key retail visitors, a bigger show with plenty of fresh content and positive messages from industry commentators about the future, combined to give this year’s Totally Shows a real lift.

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