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Joe Inzani, managing director of Lawsons, was involved in a fatal car accident on Christmas Eve and passed away, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Wolseley has closed its online business TapOutlet.com.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is putting the spotlight on branch performance in 2014 with a brand new two-day event for branch managers on 30 April and 1 May.

CCF Flooring sales director Matthew Farmer.

CCF is now offering support for 11 hours a day, providing greater flexibility for customers who require quotations and orders outside of the traditional ‘nine to five’ trading hours.

BSS Industrial has opened a new branch in Inverness. The trade counter, which is BSS Industrial’s 64th location, sits alongside an existing branch of builders’ merchant Keyline.

Saint-Gobain Isover has opened its annual Multi-Comfort House Student Contest for entry.

Forticrete, part of CRH Group, has won an award at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health & Safety Conference and Awards 2013.

Entrepreneur Amit Bhatia, who is chairman of Hope Construction Materials, has told of his optimism for the future as the firm celebrates its first anniversary.

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has launched a new website - www.bosch-industrial.co.uk - aimed at enhancing the profile of its growing range of technologies to UK customers.

David Adams, commercial director at Knauf Insulation.

Knauf Insulation has won Supplier of the Year in the roofing and insulation category at the National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

Tradesmen are increasingly using smartphones to communicate with clients and to speed-up the purchasing of products.

Though traditionally a ‘hands on’ sector, Screwfix is predicting a ‘social revolution’ within the trade as almost half (48%) of tradesmen reveal they are winning new business through social media channels.

Anyone within the plumbing, heating or building trade is invited to learn more about installing heat pumps, as Danfoss is running a special ‘introduction to heat pumps’ (HP1) course for those who are new to renewable energy.

Charles Thwaites presents the Outstanding Contribution to FSC Friday award to Camilla Hair.

Each year FSC UK presents prizes for the most innovative celebrations of its annual awareness raising day, FSC Friday.

Rental equipment and integrated services provider Speedy, has launched a new 24/7 ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) number to help the utilities sector avoid costly delays and disruption this winter.

A team from merchant PTS raised over £15,000 for charity by performing their own pantomime version of Scrooge's Christmas Carol.

Premier Forest ROI has purchased the former Brooks Thomas facility in Dublin, in a move to prove its confidence in the long-term industry prospects in the Republic of Ireland.

Saint-Gobain Weber has won an award.

Saint-Gobain Weber’s Loyalty Rewards campaign has won first place in the Best Digital Campaign category at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards. The judges’ feedback acknowledged the success of the loyalty scheme in achieving high levels of customer engagement and product sales.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has increased its property investment portfolio with the acquisition of two commercial office units, which neighbour its HQ at Coventry Business Park.

A Green-i product from CP Electronics.

Newey & Eyre is extending its energy efficiency offer further through a partnership with CP Electronics.

Screwfix has reported sales growth of almost 22% over the last 13 weeks and an uplift of nearly 12% based on like-for-like sales from this time last year*.

The new Graham showroom will display the latest innovations from Ideal Standard.

Ideal Standard has teamed up with Graham to create a new showroom experience.

Following the recent acquisition of Borderstone from Aggregate Industries, Kelkay is now focusing on the key product areas moving forward.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a collective membership agreement with a fourth major buying group, LIMA.

As part of its on-going commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, Altecnic has significantly invested in a new consolidated business platform to improve communications with its customers.

British Gypsum has taken on 15 apprentices from plaster contractors across the country to complete a qualification in drylining.

Heatrae Sadia has launched a free online training academy to help installers, specifiers and electrical wholesalers increase their knowledge and understanding of water heating products in a fast, flexible and convenient way.

Elliott Blakeley, SkillPIPE 2013 winner.

BSS Industrial has shown its support for the next generation of industry stars after providing products for the final round of SkillPIPE 2013.

L to r: Edward Naylor (CEO), Bridie Warner-Adsetts (COO) and David Fletcher (non-executive chairman) at the International Track 200 awards.

A major capital investment programme is underway at Barnsley-based construction products manufacturer Naylor Industries.

The Independent Buying Consortium (IBC) is celebrating the end of another successful year.

Penney Poyzer, TV presenter and campaigner, Dave Hall, technical academy manager at British Gypsum, and David Peirpoint, CEO of CORE and sponsor of the award.

British Gypsum has been awarded a prestigious accolade for its Green Deal training package for installers.

SBS has released three new animated videos.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has released three LABC-registered animations to demonstrate how to meet efficiency regulations for a series of new and traditional building methods.

L-r: Mike Rigby, owner of MRA Marketing and Mark Mallinder, marketing director at EH Smith being presented with their award.

EH Smith has picked up another award for its ‘Proper Builders’ campaign which has delivered a 30% increase in customer visits to its eight branches across the UK and prompted the opening of a ninth in Olton in the West Midlands.

Travis Perkins’ shares have risen by 50% over the past 12 months, meaning employees who have been members of the company’s ‘Save As You Earn’ Sharesave scheme for five years could see profits in the region of £50,000, if the share price remains at its current level.

L-r: Christine Harding, BMF marketing manager, John Newcomb, BMF managing director and Antony Considine, SCA’s consortia manager, plant trees for European Forests Week at the BMF’s HQ in Coventry.

European Forests Week, which promotes sustainable forestry in Europe, saw the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and SCA Timber Supply come together on 9 December at the BMF’s headquarters to plant trees for the future.

SIG Distribution - the distribution division of FTSE-listed construction supplies firm SIG plc - formally opened its new £2m Tyneside 'supercentre' on 5 December, 2013.

Reaction to the Autumn Statement was mixed, with a positive response for measures to support housebuilding but widespread feeling that the promises must be followed by action.

Industry reaction to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last week was mixed, with a positive response to the increased commitment to infrastructure but widespread feeling that the promises made by government must be followed by action.

Neil Lawrence, managing director of The Local Merchant Group.

The Local Merchant Group, the division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution which includes Gibbs & Dandy, DHS, Normans and Frazer, has successfully held a national conference for a hundred of its leading suppliers.

Ridgeons has secured a place in Cambridge News’ top most 125 influential businesses.

Steven Heath: "We urgently need a sustainable policy framework that drives renovation of all our housing stock."

Following yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne who promised to reduce household energy bills by £50 per year, Knauf Insulation is asking what the true cost of these savings will be for the insulation industry.

Today’s Autumn Statement (5 December) presents “a brighter picture for the UK economy and construction industry”, according to Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan.

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today’s Autumn Statement. 

Tim Pollard, head of sustainability at Plumb and Parts Center

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced plans to make the Green Deal more straightforward.

The refurbished Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has recently completed a major refurbishment enabling the branch to triple its amount of retail space.

The new timber programme reinforces Jewson’s commitment to training and to delivering the best possible service to customers.

To further build on its experience and expertise when it comes to selecting and working with timber products, Jewson has implemented a new timber star performance programme, a timber and sheet material knowledge and sales based training programme.

Baxi recently held an open day at its refurbished training centre in Dartford, Kent.

Baxi’s training centre in Dartford has re-opened following a complete refurbishment.

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings to avoid missing significant economic and environmental opportunities, a new report has warned.

NMBS and Unimer have announced their intention to create a 'supergroup' for independent merchants.

Steven Heath: “The government must look at improving all of our housing stock, not attempting to insulate cavity walls one year and solid walls the next.”

During an interview aired on the BBC’s News at Ten on Friday 29 November, Knauf Insulation has called on the government to introduce long term and viable plans to improve all of the UK’s housing stock as part of its review of green levies.

Colin Richardson, director of manufacturing development at Ibstock, Kris Hopkins MP and John Lambert, regional production director at Ibstock.

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP at its redeveloped Chesterton factory on 28 November.

Premier Forest director Terry Edgell (right)with senior corporate banking manager Mike Kear from HSBC (who led the deal).

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has acquired the entire share capital of Ron Lewis Holdings.

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