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Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, celebrated the official opening of its brand new Safety Centre last month at Westwood Business Park, Coventry.

Border Merchant Systems planned to hold its annual user meeting for its northern customers in November, but due to the company’s recent acquisition by Shuttleworth Business Systems, it has now decided to make the event available to all users.

Wolseley has seen early signs of recovery in the UK but continued weakness elsewhere in Europe.

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has seen its profits more than double, driven by its US division.

Bob Murdoch, manufacturing director at Worcester, accepts the award for Best Engineering Plant from Ashley Maile, managing director at PEME Process Control.

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been recognised for its manufacturing excellence after claiming two coveted crowns at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA).

The BMF’s pilot Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is now ready to go ahead after contract delays by government lawyers have now been cleared.

The introduction of fixed prices at EH Smith has been rewarded with a 30% increase in customer visits across the group’s eight branches.

Terry Egan, managing director of Northern Timber (right).

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to expand and invest in its business by purchasing the assets and trade of Northern Timber.

Aggregate Industries has announced a major re-brand which will consolidate 25 of its businesses under the Aggregate Industries name.

Phill Jackson, Pegler Yorkshire’s marketing and business development director.

Pegler Yorkshire’s 2012 financial results indicate a growth in export sales, while turnover in the UK has decreased.

S&D Sealants has continued a year of growth with the acquisition of one of the West Midlands leading mastic companies.

Travis Perkins is to be Crest Nicholson's sole supplier of building materials.

Travis Perkins has been appointed by British housebuilder Crest Nicholson as the sole supplier of building materials for its southwest region.

New measures announced by the government to help more people build their own home will increase choice and affordability in the housing market, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jack Dromey MP.

Ed Miliband’s pledge to build new homes on “a grand scale” was the focus of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) at this year’s Labour Party Conference, held in Brighton.

The Toolstream event at the RAF Museum, Hendon.

Toolbank is enjoying another successful run of autumn trade shows.

Green Deal assessments are continuing to help people make their homes more energy efficient, according to research published last week by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Fermacell has opened a new factory in Spain.

Fermacell has invested €30m in opening a new factory for gypsum fibreboards that will supply the UK market.

One lucky competition winner got his hands on a brand new Paslode IM360Ci at Robert Price's Building Bonanza exhibition.

Robert Price marked the official opening of its new branch in Barry, South Glamorgan by holding a Building Bonanza exhibition.

Plumbers’ merchant Woodhouse & Sturnham is to join the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) next month, becoming the 21st member of the buying group.

The government must include financial incentives for householders adding energy-efficiency measures to their homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Keyline has launched a managed services solution to help contractors within the rail sector to reduce operational overheads, have better access to critical resources and materials and react better to customer requirements.

Knauf Insulation has welcomed DECC's proposed changes to the Green Deal, but warns they are not enough.

As the latest statistics show that only 12 homes have had Green Deal measures installed, Knauf Insulation has welcomed moves by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to widen the scope of the Green Deal cashback incentive, but warns that the proposed changes still do not go far enough.

Craig Millar and the MKM team in Glasgow.

MKM Building Supplies is proving life begins at 40 with the opening of its latest branch.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a Vehicle Affinity Scheme with Peugeot Contract Hire (PCH) that will ease fleet costs and help boost the business of BMF members.

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has launched an app to aid builders calculate the correct foundation depths when building near trees.

Tradesmen across the UK can soon take advantage of a new government-backed scheme aimed at securing affordable heating to energy-poor homes.

Builders involved in refurbishment work are being advised to make sure their paperwork is up-to-date or face risking an untimely fine from Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Ridgeons celebrated the talents of its employees with the 2013 Recognition Awards.

Ridgeons celebrated employees’ extraordinary achievements at its 2013 Recognition Awards last week.

The outlook looks good for Ridgeons in 2014 following the success of its new branches.

A year on since Ridgeons opened four new sites in the eastern region, managing director Angela Rushforth has confirmed that trading is on the up and the group is looking forward to a strong 2014.

Ten college leavers are benefiting from apprenticeships offered by Carillion and Knauf.

Ten college leavers from Kent are benefiting from apprenticeships in drylining offered in a collaboration between Carillion, one of the UK's leading support services companies, and its plaster and drylining products supplier Knauf.

In its drive to represent the building materials supply industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is gaining support from manufacturers as well as merchants, with three new supplier members joining already this month.

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board recently announced.

A Kent aggregate company has been ordered to pay more than £180,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed by dangerous lifting equipment on a tipper lorry.

PTS has extended its late-night ordering service until 8pm for next-day delivery during the heating season.

PTS is ready to support heating engineers through the busy heating season by boosting its late-night ordering and next-day delivery for its spares customers.

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) is pledging its support to Gas Safety Week, which will be begin on 16 September, through efforts to raise awareness among staff and customers on how they can eliminate dangers and safeguard their loved ones by taking care of their gas appliances.

Norbord is sponsoring a postgraduate scholarship to support students studying for an MSc degree in timber engineering at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and Sustainability report shows many on-going positive achievements in the company's sustainability performance.

Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and Sustainability report shows many ongoing positive achievements in the company’s sustainability performance against a backdrop of falling production volumes and a tough operating climate.

Astrid Bachmann, Axor press officer and Philippe Grohe, head of the Axor brand.

Bathroom specialist Hansgrohe has cause to celebrate after its Axor Starck Organic collection won a Red Dot Design award.

Paul Joyner is group director of sustainability at Travis Perkins Group.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has chosen NICEIC as its certification body of choice, completing its Green Deal offering which already included product solutions, advisor and installer membership, technical guides and training.

Speedy is due to open a new 26,500 square foot superstore in Liverpool.

Speedy, the provider of equipment rental and support services, has boosted its Liverpool presence to meet the needs of the city’s thriving construction sector.

Bespoke design and build solutions provider, Sylva Group has acquired part of Crocodile Timber Frame’s business operations.

bcg has launched its first standalone Bathroom Book, which offers a comprehensive guide to the company’s entire bathroom product range.

Go Geothermal director Sean Sowden.

Specialist renewable energy merchant Go Geothermal has signed a distribution deal with global building solutions company REHAU.

Less than six months after its launch, the NMBS 'Apprenticeship Youth Enterprise 50' campaign is receiving strong praise from independent builders’ timber, plumbing and heating and hardware merchants.

The increase in demand for bricks and blocks should serve as a trigger for building products organisations to review their customer relationship and sales strategies, Carol Kelly of KSA Sales Solutions has said.

Plumb Center recently held a round table event at the House of Commons.

Plumb Center has brought together policy makers, senior civil servants, think tank representatives, academics and industry experts to discuss how to encourage the UK public to invest in energy efficiency measures.

Many organisations are failing to meet first aid legal requirements, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Twyford Bathrooms has been crowned the winner of Plumb Center’s “2013 L3 Regional* Supplier of the Year” award for its excellence in product quality and services. In addition to this award, Twyford has been accredited the “5 Star Supplier” status for the fifth year running by PTS.

Nick Jones, managing director of S&D Sealants.

S&D Sealants has agreed a new partnership with national construction company Wates.

BSW Timber has bolstered its customer service offering with the opening of a new sales centre based at the Carlisle sawmill.

It is just over five years since Plumbfix was launched to offer Screwfix customers from the plumbing trade an exclusive trade offering.

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