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A report published by MPs has urged the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider axing measures that support renewable energy in new homes.

Left to right: Graham Bolton, Margaret Burgess and John Newcomb in Perth.

Merchants have nothing to fear from an independent Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has said.

John Sinfield: “ECO has undeniably suffered through its poor design and implementation.”

As the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that more than 300,000 measures have been completed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Knauf Insulation is calling on the government to resist pressure from the ‘big six’ energy companies and to continue driving the scheme forwards.

This year's National Buying Group (NBG) Conference saw the buying group celebrate its 10th anniversary, bringing independent merchants and suppliers together to make plans for the new year and celebrate a successful 2013. 

Wolseley has won a Talent Management award at the Personnel Today Awards.

Wolseley UK has won an HR award for its work on attracting, developing and retaining employees.

More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost – many as early as Christmas – if the government decides to cut ‘green levies’ on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council has warned.

Knauf Insulation celebrated Britain’s builders’ merchant sector in the Lord Mayor’s Show.

On Saturday 9 November, Knauf Insulation paraded the streets of London in the Lord Mayor’s Show, celebrating ‘merchanting through the ages’ as part of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants float.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings (MBH), the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, had a successful evening at the recent Brick Awards 2013, taking home one third of the awards.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association.

A report published by the National Audit Office has predicted that consumers will face 20 years of price increases in household utility bills to pay for new infrastructure.

The Grant Spira condensing wood pellet boiler, available from Plumb Center.

Condensing biomass boilers are now to be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when it launches in spring 2014, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria of the scheme.

Sektor training is now offered at CCF Heathrow.

Sektor, the own-brand range of interior solutions from CCF, is now offering free product training at its showroom in Heathrow.

Kilsaran International has partnered with Beatsons Building Supplies.

Kilsaran International has signed an agreement with Beatsons Building Supplies as the latest addition to the paving company’s growing distribution network.

Wolseley has launched online training courses for its employees.

Wolseley UK has launched a new suite of IT training courses for its employees as part of an expansion of its Online Training Academy.

Front left to right: Mark Fitzhenry, Ken Miller, Amanda Smith, Kieth Bane, John Young, David Coates. Middle left to right: Danny Timmons, Steve Arnold, Annette Wait, Stephan Wait, Gareth Percival, Johnnie Sam. Rear: Gordon Ridgeon.

Ridgeons recently welcomed 10 employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

A bird's-eye view of Athlete's Village, courtesy of City Legacy.

Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) is celebrating the completion of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow, after successfully supplying a range of essential heating and plumbing products to the City Legacy consortium over a two-year period.

After trading for over 140 years in the town of Wellingborough, Higgins Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Irthlingborough.

A new Lytag lightweight aggregate (LWA) manufacturing facility has been opened in the Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire, significantly increasing access to the material for project teams throughout the UK.

The Chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement is an opportunity for government to address key challenges facing the construction products industry, said chairman Geoff Cooper at the Construction Products Association’s Autumn Lunch.

Yet another successful awards lunch was held in London on 6 November to celebrate the success of the new Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Diploma holders and other special award winners resulting from this year’s examinations.

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of employers see vocational qualifications (VQs) as essential for improving the skills of young people and preparing them for work, with over half (53%) rating VQs as more valuable than academic qualifications.

Last year's awards.

With just under two weeks to go, there are now only a few places available for the 2013 Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence annual luncheon.

Gary Wilde from Xylem Water Solutions UK.

Pump industry lobbying has forced a U-turn by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) with circulator pumps set to be finally included in the government’s Green Deal programme.

Sprue Safety Products has welcomed the news that there will be a government review of current regulations on carbon monoxide.

Sprue Safety Products has welcomed the recent announcement in the House of Lords that there will be a government review of current regulations on carbon monoxide (CO), with particular focus on the safety of tenants in rented accommodation.

The 'Wise Owl' is the face of Norbord's latest initiative.

Norbord recently sent a soft toy owl to each MP and Lord in Westminster as part of its Use Wood Wisely initiative.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant started an extensive research programme in October 2011 resulting in feedback from 40,000 customer surveys and the overall results were extremely positive.

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has welcomed another partner as its 170th birthday year draws to a close.

A 1950s Calor Gas truck will be part of the WCoBM's eye-catching float show.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WcoBM) has been investing time and money into promoting the industry, to get the ‘Get Britain Building’ message on to BBC TV.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is inviting training professionals from the merchant industry to a forum event on 28 November 2013.

Ridgeons’ Newmarket branch is bringing together a number of leading industry suppliers to host a dedicated weeks’ worth of activities and deals, as part of its November Trade Week.

NMBS has successfully achieved ISO 9001 certification after a rigorous and in-depth assessment process carried out by a team of independent auditors.

Representatives from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers line up on stage at Pipe Center and Climate Center’s national conference and roadshow.

Representatives from more than 50 leading suppliers to the heating and cooling industry joined Lee Newman, recently appointed managing director of Pipe Center and Climate Center, on stage at the distributor’s annual conference.

(Middle four l-r) – Phil Divall, Paul Flanagan, Lance Blackburn and Neil Stead.

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has beaten off stiff competition to be named Supplier of the Year by Pipe Center.

L-r: Martin Lake, commercial director at Graham, Steve Lister, Worcester's sales and marketing director, and Dan Williams, produrement director at Graham.

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been named Supplier of the Year by Graham Plumbers’ Merchant.

Tim Pollard, Plumb Center's head of sustainability, with Laura Sandys MP.

Plumb Center has launched its manifesto at the House of Commons, which sets out a series of policy recommendations with the aim of creating a more energy conscious society.

NMBS, the buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants, has marked its 50th anniversary with its 'best ever' Dinner Dance. Almost 1,000 people attended this year's event, which took place on the 26 October 2013 in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Chris Jones, chief executive officer and director-general at City & Guilds, has responded to government's reform to apprenticeships.

Mark Tudor (second from left) and Michelle Wright from Uponor accepting the Graham award for Supplier of the Year - Contribution to The Knowledge.

Uponor has been recognised for its outstanding training and development support by Graham Plumbers’ Merchant.

Students benefit from hands on training from Chandlers Building Supplies.

Chandlers Building Supplies recently gave hands on training to City College Brighton students who were helping to construct a WC in Brighton’s Waste House out of environmentally friendly Porotherm Bricks.

Builders’ merchants wanting to improve profitability by offering speedy and accurate quotes for their customers can make the most of a new service that has proved popular across the residential building sector.

The Manufacturers' Association of Radiators & Convectors (MARC) has welcomed advice from Public Health England advising homeowners to vary the temperatures at which they heat different rooms.

“Any merchant not currently selling commercial spare parts is missing out on revenue,” Nu-way’s trading director Rick Crees has warned.

Winners of Norbord's competition received an iPad.

Builders’ merchant staff across the UK recently swotted up on Norbord’s product range as part of an awareness-raising exercise.

Grafton Group has reached an agreement to acquire Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders’ merchanting business based in Brussels and trading under the MPRO brand.

David Young, trading director at Drain Center.

Drain Center warns that collaboration across the whole supply chain is essential to avoid the recent materials shortage threat becoming a reality and stalling the marketplace.

Load Builder from Wienerberger is a new service for builders’ merchant customers that has been designed to help them address two of their most important challenges – maximising their product offering with limited space and minimising capital costs of stock.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps MP has said the Help to Buy scheme is benefitting all parts of the UK housebuilding industry as the government prepares to roll out the second phase.

Next year's International Hardware Fair (Eisenwarenmesse) in Cologne will be showcasing the latest offerings from the European tools, fasteners and fixings sector.

Altecnic is reporting an increase in the number of non-compliant products flooding the UK and Irish market.

A new scheme launched by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will provide a welcome credit lifeline to smaller companies in the building trade by enabling them to secure additional credit from their local builders’ merchant and bypass the need for bank lending.

Knauf Insulation is warning the government not to ignore the long-term picture, amid claims that it is planning to extend the deadline for energy companies to fulfil their responsibilities under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), in a bid to lower fuel bills.

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