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The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has announced the launch of NFB Business & Skills, its dedicated skills and development arm.

npower has announced a strategic partnership with Greenworks, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, together with its sister brands, Jewson, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, Minster and Gibbs and Dandy, for the delivery of external wall insulation, part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

VADO, the bathroom brassware manufacturer, has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA).

After an extensive tender process, Graham and Jewson have been appointed by the Places for People Group, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

Bence Roofing Supplies has opened a new company in Cheltenham, with its official opening taking place on 20 March. The new site was opened by Martin Horwood MP.

The St Neots branch of Ridgeons will be holding a two-day power tool trade event starting from Wednesday 16 April.

Amersham Dec has thanked Crown Paints for a successful year at its new site.

Amersham Decorating Supplies has seen record sales during its first year at its new site on the Corinium Industrial Estate in Amersham.

Door hardware manufacturer PC Henderson has stressed the importance of considering the interior detail of a project to cater for all generations.

RFU star Tom Croft with EH Smith Leicester staff.

The latest £100,000 redevelopment at EH Smith’s Enderby, Leicester branch was launched last week by John Parker, company chief executive officer and chair of the Fortis buying group.

The new Travis Perkins Regional Distribution Centre in Warrington.

Travis Perkins has begun operations from its brand new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in the Appleton area of Warrington.

Wolseley UK has bought Fusion Provida and Utility Power Systems (UPS), two trading businesses of Fusion Group, it was announced today (1 April 2014).

Suggestions that Scotland's Green Homes Cashback Scheme will not be extended beyond today (31 March) have been met with concern by the National Insulation Association (NIA).

Government proposals to match SMEs that have had applications for finance turned down by the banks with alternative lenders have been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Independent merchant buying group IBC has welcomed Arnold Laver Timber Merchant, bringing further strength and experience to the group.

RGB Building Supplies is launching its new plumbing and heating centre at its Exmouth branch, with a programme of events running between Monday 7 and Friday 11 April.

Breedon Aggregates has been presented with the Best Construction & Materials award in the 2014 Stock Market Awards, run by Shares magazine in association with KPMG.

Judges of the bi-annual 2014 British Gypsum National Trophy competition have awarded six innovative projects for excellence in design and application.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings, the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, has announced its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Greg Durn joins Rudridge as an apprentice.

Rudridge has recently launched a new apprenticeship scheme at its Farnham branch, run in conjunction with the National Merchant Buying Society, and has already taken local resident Greg Durn under its wing.

Winning photos in ADEY's #ShowUsYourSludge competition.

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has recently announced two new winners of its #ShowUsYourSludge competition.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has recently introduced its new electrical range, encompassing everything from fuses and connectors to switches and cables.

IronmongeryDirect enjoyed a successful 2013 with record year-end results, showing significant increases in both turnover and profit.

Finding better ways of doing business was the focus of the recent Ridgeons Group 'Meet the Merchant' event and seventh Ridgeons Supplier of the Year Awards.

IronmongeryDirect has made ordering the latest products from its range even easier by extending its customer call centre opening hours.

Buck & Hickman, distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has launched its Mobile Centre of Excellence, offering construction sector customers the chance to experience its product and service offering for themselves.

Ravenheat has announced a two-year agreement with NMBS to include its range of boilers and heating controls on the buying society’s supply list.

Ridgeons’ Norwich-based branch has recently undergone a revamp as a result of customer feedback.

Left to right: Stephen Batten and Neil Peaper.

Specialist interior building products distributor Nevill Long has opened a new branch in the South East.

Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

The construction industry needs to keep its eye on the horizon and make sure preparations are underway for zero carbon legislation due to come into effect in 2016, says Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

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.

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