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Building software specialist company HBXL has linked up with Jewson to offer a streamlined estimating service for its customers.

An example of a SUDS installation.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has partnered with Geo Environmental Sciences Limited (GESL) to offer a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) design and installation service which is already garnering positive reviews.

Left to right: Mark Burrows, head of repairs & maintenance for Golden Gates Housing Trust, Paul Mulville, Jewson branch manager and Paul Lowe, assistant renewable energy manager for GGHT.

Jewson has been developing its long-term relationship with Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) through the supply of solar systems and the creation of a new training academy.

The Barlo radiator brand from Quinn Radiators is proving to be a hit with independent merchants as sales soar.

The relaunch of the retro radiator brand Barlo has proved so successful for independent merchants that sales are 50% ahead of its own manufacturer targets in the first year alone.

Marcus Sampson, general manager of Valvestock.

Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has moved to new premises and significantly expanded its offering following a major investment.

Dunlop has launched a Refer a Friend scheme to thank customers for their support.

Dunlop Adhesives has revealed that its major re-brand – which included the launch of a contemporary and bold new look across its website, logos and packaging – has been a triumph amongst the trade, with a subequent 86% increase in new Trade Zone registrants.

Nu-way’s recent move to new premises in Droitwich has given it the opportunity to further increase its stock of spares.

Ridgeons has unveiled new kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons has opened a dedicated heating and plumbing centre and counter at its Nuffield Road and Rocklands branches, respectively, as well as new kitchen and bathroom showrooms at its Norwich and Rocklands branches.

Kirby Sebastian is showing its support to Carvers in Wolverhampton, which was devastated by a fire in 2012.

Parker Merchanting, a brand of Rexel, has been awarded PPE supplier to all Scotland Excel members after receiving the highest ranking in multiple categories.

Entrants are in for a chance of winning a VIP trip to the final race of the MotoGP season in Valencia, Spain.

Following the success of last year’s event, Stanley will again be hosting its Big Hit Challenge at the upcoming British MotoGP at Silverstone, granting one lucky winner the chance to go on a VIP trip to the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

All four of Knauf Insulation’s UK manufacturing plants will be sending zero waste to landfill from August.

Knauf Insulation has announced that from August 2013, all four of its UK manufacturing plants will be sending zero waste to landfill.

Industry has reacted with disappointment as the government decided to “water down” and delay the requirements for newly built homes to meet more ambitious energy standards.

Hope Construction Materials, the independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalt has become the UK’s first construction firm to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies (GGC) community.

A new DIY store is to open in Ross-on-Wye on the site of the former Focus store.

Lords Builders Merchants' logo could be seen at the Lords Cricket ground for the second Ashes test match in June.

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants was recently asked to take a prime banner site on the Lords Cricket ground for the second Ashes test match on 18 to 21 June.

Minster Royston along with some of the industry’s leading suppliers held an open day for local customers, giving them an opportunity to view product showcases and gain a practical insight on product application methods.

A team including contractor Wates has won the contract to deliver the £200m Green Deal scheme for local authorities in Newcastle.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is offering customers the opportunity to fast track their Green Deal PAS 2030 accreditation for gas and oil heating.

As the government drops plans to implement changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in 2013, Knauf Insulation is warning that there will be grave implications for the drive towards zero carbon homes.

A £20m Green Deal Communities scheme to help local authorities drive street-by-street delivery of the Green Deal has been announced.

Norburys Building & Landscape Supplies.

Independent merchants buying group h&b has welcomed four new associate members this summer, and is still looking for suitable members – especially heating and plumbing merchants – to strengthen its numbers and buying power.

Jewson has been shortlisted in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Sustainable Business category at this year’s National Business Awards.

Northamptonshire attendees complete on-site assessments.

A group of Northamptonshire builders, plumbers and contractors, all customers of merchant Travis Perkins, have completed an exclusive 10-day course to become New Entrant Green Deal Domestic Advisors (Assessors).

It’s never been easier for installers working in areas off the mains-gas network to find the solutions they need – thanks to Plumb and Parts Center’s new Off-Grid Guide.

The Builders Merchants Federation has a new venue and a new format for its Members’ Day event on 17 and 18 September.

Lighting merchant National Lighting is expanding its network of branches with the opening of three new trade counters.

Clark-Drain has signed a dual supply agreement with the National Buying Group (NBG) for its linear channel series of products, further reinforcing a relationship that has continued for over 10 years.

Darts legend Eric Bristow, five-times World Champion darts player and former I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! contestant, recently visited plumbers’ merchant Farr & Harris in Shrewsbury.

Gorenje, the Slovenian home appliance manufacturer, has appointed Sprint Deliveries GB as its new distribution partner.

Twyford Bathrooms and Plumb Center are giving customers the chance to own a football shirt of their choice if they spend £350 or more.

Following on from last year’s success, Twyford Bathrooms has teamed up with Plumb Center once again to offer its customers the opportunity to claim a free football shirt.

IGEM's 'Carbon Monoxide – Ignorance can be fatal' conference drove home the importance of CO alarms in homes.

One death from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is one too many – this was the clear message from a major conference recently staged by the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM).

Ian Monk, chief executive and founder of bathrooms.com.

Bathrooms.com is to start manufacturing 25% of its products in the UK. The decision to move to domestic manufacturing means the online company can now take products from design through to production in just six weeks.

Over 60 firms have been disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year, the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body has reported.

Shuttleworth Business Systems has announced the acquisition of Border Merchant Systems, specialist supplier of computer software for builders’ and plumbers’ merchants.

Inverurie-based GPH Builders Merchants is sponsoring the appearance of TV builder Tommy Walsh at this year’s Scottish Home Show.

A judge has rejected a legal challenge against the government’s decision to scrap plans for a “conservatory tax”, which would have boosted the retrofit market.

Travis Perkins has signed up as sponsor of a new Novus Logistics and Supply Chain BSc degree, joining companies such as B&Q, Sainsbury’s and DHL.

Re:allies has awarded its first merchant framework agreement to Integrated Services, a division of Wolseley UK.

John Colling, chairman of MARC.

Inflated heat outputs on product packaging are defrauding resellers, installers and consumers, the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) has warned.

The number of Green Deal plans signed has reached 36, but virtually all cash-back incentives paid are for boiler replacements, according to the latest Green Deal statistics published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Travis Perkins has automatically enrolled around 9,000 of its employees into a pension scheme, contributing to the millionth UK employee that has been auto-enrolled to date.

Following an extensive selection process, Melin Homes in Wales has appointed Graham to supply plumbing and heating materials as well as a range of renewable technologies.

The new presses at Pegler Yorkshire.

Pegler Yorkshire has invested millions into its two Yorkshire sites in order to double production capacity to cope with the expected demand in its range of metal push-fit fittings.

The top prize is a VW Caddy Van worth over £14,000.

Knauf is reprising its popular Golden Ticket competition from last year with another prize promotion worth over £20,000. Top of the prize list is a VW Caddy Van, which retails at over £14,000. Runner up prizes include Fein Drywall Guns – worth £400 each – Stanley trowels and dozens of Knauf measuring tapes.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has recruited nine new merchant members since the All Industry Conference at the end of June.

Ours Sanitary Ware has closed its Chinese production facility.

Ours Sanitary Ware has now closed its Chinese production facility, transferring all manufacturing to Middlewich.

The Ecodan van will be visiting various fairs and exhibitions across the UK to spread the renewable message.

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new mobile display vehicle to help carry the renewable message to the furthest reaches of the country, and bring the benefits of low running costs and reduced emissions to even more off-gas households.

Centurion Europe, the DIY and hardware expert, is making its free delivery on all orders placed online a permanent offer across its whole range. And, there is no minimum order value required.

Ridgeons keeps in touch with retired employees via its Link Scheme.

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons recently held its biannual luncheon to celebrate the work of the Ridgeons Link Scheme volunteers, who help the company to stay in touch with retired employees.

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