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Dan Goddard with Ridgeons managing director Angela Rushforth.

Ridgeons has sponsored Cambridge Regional College’s (CRC) Construction Awards for the fifth year running.

Pipe Center is investing in its specialist pipe work Fabrication facility in order to extend its capabilities and offer customers an even better service.

Chris Hayward (left) with Barry Smart.

NMBS managing director, Chris Hayward, was pleased to take the first delivery of the new Makita 4 Amp Battery from Barry Smart, national sales manager of Makita UK.

(Left to right): John Newcomb, MD at BMF, Simon Fleet, sales and marketing director and Mike Mohr, plastics production director at Thomas Dudley.

Thomas Dudley recently welcomed Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director, John Newcomb, to its foundry and plastics plant in the West Midlands.

Mark Williams, branch manager of Jewson Hall Green (left) with one of the winning students of the year.

Recognising the importance of working with colleges and their students, Jewson has donated a bucket of tools and a Makita site radio to each winning student of the year receiving their National Diploma at the South & City College award ceremony in Birmingham.

Since appointing Jewson as its supply chain partner in 2012, Welsh registered social landlord Cartrefi Conwy has made significant improvements to its day-to-day processes. The merchant's involvement has helped to ensure that ongoing maintenance and improvements are carried out as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

MKM Building Supplies is to provide building materials to maintain Hull’s entire social housing stock after landing a three year, multi-million pound contract. The company has been appointed as sole supplier to Kingstown Works (KWL), which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Hull City Council’s housing stock and other private sites.

The surge in new members continues at the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), with the announcement that SIG, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of specialist building products, is to join the BMF from September 1.

Jewson has been awarded a Novus Property Solutions Supply Chain Pledge Accreditation.

Jewson has become the first supplier to be awarded a Novus Property Solutions Supply Chain Pledge Accreditation, after the company was able to demonstrate its beneficial work in four key areas; environment, workplace, marketplace and community.

Häfele UK’s new website provides visitors with a one-stop-inspiration-shop.

Häfele UK has launched a new website providing homeowners and trade professionals with a one-stop-inspiration-shop offering ideas for living, and creating an intelligent home.

Window Ware, a distributor of hardware components and ancillary items to the window, door and conservatory industry has relaunched its trade counter, with products by Kestrel proving a popular choice.

Commenting on the government’s plan to remove the Code for Sustainable Homes, Paul Hicks, sustainability and design manager at VELUX, said: “It is very interesting to see that the government is planning to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes as part of its shake up to slash red tape for housing developers.

Bill Freemantle, national sales manager at Pipe Center and Climate Center with Ross Maynard, framework director at Lorne Stewart.

Pipe Center is delivering a major supply contract for Lorne Stewart as part of the final phase of a project to modernise accommodation for service personnel across the UK.

(L-R) John Rees, managing director of Plumbase Industrial and Mark Kelly, CEO Grafton GB with Plumbase Industrial team at the inaugural branch in Hayes, West London.

Mechanical and industrial contractors can now benefit from Plumbase Industrial’s new value engineering solutions to fulfill the needs of the commercial heating market.

Moves to cut red tape by streamlining housing standards would be a major boost to Britain’s small- and medium-sized housebuilders, and will help to increase the supply and choice of new homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Salamander has introduced a series of icons to help customers identify what its products can do.

Salamander has introduced a series of icons to help customers identify, ‘at a glance’, exactly what its products can do.

The PHG bathrooms committee (l to r): Joe Tipper, Stuart Elliott, John Dicken and Matthew Harrison.

David Pochin, chairman of the Plumbing Heating Group (PHG), has expressed his delight at the buying group’s progression, having passed the halfway point of its first year in business.

The Saint-Gobain Ensign range is being stocked at BSS Industrial’s branches in Bristol, Bellshill, Birmingham and Manchester.

BSS Industrial has introduced an extensive range of Saint-Gobain’s Ensign cast-iron drainage solutions, including its EEZI-FIT push-fit range, to a further four BSS Drainage trade counters, extending availability to customers outside of London for the first time.

Barbour ABI, provider of construction intelligence services, has recently published details of government construction contracts worth £109bn on behalf of the government.

UK wheelbarrow manufacturer Haemmerlin has recently acquired 35 new stockists after becoming a supplier to independent buying group IBC.

Low-level work platforms are also known as ‘podiums’ or ‘pulpits’.

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA), the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched PAS 250, a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms.

The factory had 400 solar PV panels installed on the roof.

The Burger Manufacturing Company in Builth Wells, Mid Wales, has received an energy boost thanks to the installation of Saint-Gobain’s PowerMax Strong system, supplied by Jewson.

British Gypsum's new blog 'In the Mix'.

Plaster and drylining manufacturer British Gypsum has launched ‘In the Mix’, a new blog designed for construction professionals.

Knauf Insulation supports Centrica’s calls for the government to widen the scope of the ECO.

As Centrica’s chief executive, Sam Laidlaw, calls on the government to rethink its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy, branding it as complicated and expensive, Knauf Insulation continues to press for a broader focus on energy efficiency across the retrofit market.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) will be based at Elliott Court, the Coventry head office of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), from September.

After seeing its best ever exhibition in 2013, NMBS has recently announced plans to raise the bar still further in 2014.

The Geberit Land Rover and trailer is clocking up the miles as it goes On Tour to explain the virtues of Geberit sanitary systems to installers.

Having clocked up more than 6,000 miles over 10 weeks, the Geberit Land Rover and trailer is putting the pedal to the metal as it continues On Tour, to promote the benefits of its sanitary solutions at venues around the country.

Screwfix and Plumbfix are soon to stock Stuart Turner products.

UK shower pump manufacturer Stuart Turner has announced its comprehensive range of pump products will be available through all Screwfix and Plumbfix outlets from September 2013.

Chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) Neil Marshall has responded to recent reports that Ed Davey, Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, has suggested that a lack of solid wall insulation (SWI) installers could be holding back the Green Deal.

In a reciprocal membership promotion, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is offering a 10% discount on its current subscription year membership to any member of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) that joins the BMF between 1 September 2013 and 31 March 2014.

George Prentice (centre) is one of the lucky recipients of the Paslode IM90i power tools.

The winners of a UK-wide competition run by BSW Timber and power-tool manufacturer, Paslode, have been selected.

Stax Trade Centres is hoping to attract more garden centres, as it aims to increase its penetration of the gardening market.

SSQ Slate has acquired the business of specialist slate supplier Slate Northern Ireland (SNI). The acquisition will permit SSQ’s range of natural slate products, including the Del Carmen, Sarria and Riverstone brands, to be available direct to the market both in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

PTS and CPS are playing a key role in the government’s ECO initiative by launching schemes with Toriga, Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), and City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), both part of the Travis Perkins Group, are playing a key role in the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative by launching schemes with assessment provider Toriga and boiler manufacturers Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Ridgeons is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Royston branch.

Ridgeons’ Royston branch held a celebratory customer event last week to mark its first anniversary. The branch, which opened its doors for trading last August, hosted the trade day on Thursday 15 August from 2pm until 6pm.

Utilising its delivery fleet, BSS Industrial can ensure that products are with customers by the next morning.

Following an initial launch in 2012, BSS Industrial has opened a further five Hire-It trade counters in Liverpool, Brentford, Birmingham, Sheffield and Gloucester.

Two-man delivery specialist Arrow XL has launched a new and improved 48-hour delivery service for retailers.

An attendee learns about property assessment on the Bostik EWI course.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is now offering an installer and surveyor training course for External Wall Insulation (EWI) after working with its official training partner PPL to secure a relationship with Bostik.

Managing director Phil Clark.

British wetroom designer and manufacturer On The Level is looking forward to expansion and the recruitment of new staff.

Plumb Center has devised an online showroom featuring its new Theatre range, as Ofcom research suggests that families are returning to the living room with autumn on the approach.

Successful lobbying and extensive technical and business services are attracting large numbers of joinery manufacturing firms to join the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

A Pathway to Construction scaled house.

Jewson recently supported Pathway to Construction, a free family event showcasing opportunities within the construction industry and the built environment.

Anglesey-based building materials company Huws Gray has added two new branches to its portfolio this August.

A team in action.

For the second year in succession a team from Simpson & Allinson was crowned BMF Master Merchant champions, following two days of closely contested physical and mental challenges in the Lake District.

The DIY and housewares industry charity the Rainy Day Trust has welcomed another partner, IKO, in its 170th birthday year.

A new study from the Energy Saving Trust has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved, following recommendations made in 2010 regarding design, installation and operation.

Rob Leslie, a construction expert at Robert Gordon University, is warning of a ‘skills time bomb’ in the industry.

A construction expert has warned of a ‘skills time bomb’ waiting to explode if the industry does not start looking to the future.

Catnic has invested in an academic study of the thermal performance of steel lintels at The University of Glamorgan.

Catnic has invested in an academic study of the thermal performance of steel lintels.

Martyn Bridges believes the changes are "a step in the right direction".

Livis, the UK-based civil engineering and construction specialist, has consolidated its supplier base with a new agreement with Keyline.

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