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The finalists for the 16th annual BMN Awards have been announced. The Awards, which will be taking place on 24 November, 2017, at the Hilton Park Lane, London, celebrate the best in the merchant sector and is the ‘must attend’ event of the year!

Builders registered nearly 38,000 new homes in the UK during Q3 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics, the highest Q3 total since the recession.

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

One of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, the Ben Kinsella Trust, will be joining the PHEX exhibition in Chelsea to raise money for its vital cause and raffle away a signed Chelsea shirt.

The new buying group for small- to medium-sized merchants formed by the acquisition of TBG by H&B has recruited its first new member.

Industry professionals and Icopal staff took to the greens at the prestigious Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes for the manufacturer’s largest annual golf day to date with the chance to win a BMW Convertible. The day also raised over £700 to help support The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

David Kilburn, Executive Chairman of MKM Building Supplies with the team at Leamington Spa.

MKM has opened its 50th branch in the spa town of Leamington. The milestone branch is now open and was marked with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by MKM’s founder and Executive Chairman, David Kilburn. 

Aggregate Industries Contracting has invested over £20,000 in ensuring every banksman is equipped with a state-of-the-art bodycam.

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants in South Wales is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, the Robert Price Charity Challenge Team has embarked on a series of activities throughout the year, aiming to complete 170 Miles to mark 170 Years.

Dedicated staff from the Farnham branch of groundwork and civil engineering materials supplier Rudridge have been recognised for their fifteen years’ combined service.

The Alresford branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a sponsorship deal with Alresford Town FC U13s for the 2017/2018 season.

The oldest surviving historic timber yard in the country, based on Pimlico Road in Belgravia.

On 31 October, a judicial review will decide the fate of Newson’s Timber Yard, the oldest surviving historic timber yard in the country. The review will determine if a decision made by Westminster City Council to allow The Grosvenor Estate to redevelop the timber yard is still valid.

Last month, Marie Stonall from F & P, Primaflow and Connections took part in a hair-raising fundraising event, ‘braving the shave’ to raise more than £1,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The Construction Marketing Awards is an event that recognises the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry.

BSS, the supplier of commercial and industrial pipeline and heating solutions, has acheived ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

To mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, Ibstock has launched a series of new videos to remind its employees about the importance of safety in the work place.

Brendan Fenerty has joined Alpha Heating Innovation as National Sales Director.

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed Brendan Fenerty to the role of National Sales Director.

JCB Paint has created a paint which has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market.

MKM Building Supplies has stepped in as the local distributor for Poppyscotland after discovering the charity had no way of delivering hundreds of collection boxes for the 2017 appeal.

Plumbing and heating organisations and other stakeholders gathered recently to discuss how the industry could work collectively to address training and skills issues.

Matthew Janney, Sales Representative for Gaia Underfloor Heating, has conquered the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Branch managers responsible for key Ridgeons branches in Cambridge have been appointed as the company embarks on a series of major new investments and changes in the city over the next seven months.

AVS Fencing Supplies has announced the opening of its new branch near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

Keyline’s South Wales branches raised a fantastic £885 for Prostate Cancer UK during their inaugural charity golf day held at Cottrell Park Golf Resort on Friday 15th September.

The vital work of the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People will receive a donation of £4,400, after an intrepid team from Ideal Boilers and Gledhill Cylinders conquered an epic endurance challenge.

Last month, the commercial team from heating, plumbing and bathroom wholesaler F & P, Primaflow and Connections trekked to the summit of Mount Snowdon to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.

Marshalls is pleased to announce that it has acquired CPM Group, a company that specialises in underground water management solutions.

UK construction product manufacturers are expecting slower growth in sales and activity as cost rises and slowing construction output continues to weaken market conditions, according to the Construction Products Association’s (CPA’s) State of Trade Survey for 2017 Q3.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced that it will be supporting the Vado/Pavestone Rally, which is taking place from 7-10 June, 2018, for the third consecutive year next year.

The Encon Group has been ranked 95th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.

Edward Naylor, CEO of Barnsley based pipe and concrete product manufacturer Naylor Industries received a special award at this year's Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner- a lifetime achievement award.

An employee from the Ridgeons branch in Halesworth has raised £800 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) by cycling more than 75 miles in one day.

The UK’s biggest builders’ merchant show, Jewson Live, is back for 2017 – and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Construction industry urged to collaborate now to successfully integrate the Post 16 skills plan reforms

Grown in Britain has launched a series of ‘Old Chestnuts’: electronic postcards intended to demonstrate that British-grown timber is a modern material.

BMBI Round Table debate 2017.

In September, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry.

Apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, say 82% of UK SMEs in results obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF).

Recent developments in the housebuilding industry look set to stimulate the market for timber frame construction.

A hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be damaging to the NI construction sector, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Following the seven-figure capital investment by Business Growth Fund (BGF) earlier this year Ultra Finishing is accelerating its programme of reviews and improvements across its business and infrastructure, in particular its brand realignment, which commenced recently with the establishment of ROXOR Group Limited, the holding company for all of the company’s UK and overseas businesses.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, and many throughout the industry have praised it.

Left to right: Nick Lander and Allan Durning shake on the deal.

The h&b Group has acquired the Timber Buying Group (TBG), as part of its new strategy to support the industry’s small- to medium-sized merchants.

Final preparations are underway for Howarth Timber’s third annual Trade Day Bonanza.

One of the heating industry’s boiler manufacturers has given a ‘cautious welcome’ to the government’s new Clean Growth Plan.

Ben Kay MBE and Geordan Murphy, two Leicester Tigers legends, were the special guests for the Grand Opening launch event of BSS’ new branch in Thurmaston, Leicester.

It is estimated that the UK builders and plumbers merchants’ market will see growth of 2% in 2017, compared with 2016, in value terms.

The Rudgwick branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with Rudgwick Junior FC.

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