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The new-look TradePoint website.

TradePoint’s new transactional website offers over 18,000 products available to buy online.

Wolseley's new training programme gives graduates the opportunity to become part of the next generation of managers.

A new Management Training programme has been launched by Wolseley UK in order to attract the very best graduates to the construction industry.

Following the recent departure of a number of CBA companies to join Cemco, the CBA buying group is set to continue, according to remaining members AW Lumb, Beesley and Fildes, James Burrell, John A Stephens, Robert Price, and Tippers.

Radiators with high output and low water content are the perfect emitters for low-temperature systems, according to Quinn Radiators’ managing director Nick Whitwell, who recently welcomed the defeat of a European proposal to label radiators as unsuitable for use with heat pumps.

PTS' Spares call-centre has seen a 30-percent increase in calls.

PTS’ Spares hotline team has seen an increase in calls of 30 percent during the 2012-2013 heating season.

Leisure Sink's Linear XS.

Leisure Sinks has signed an agreement with specialist plumbing and heating buying group PHG, which will allow the company’s wide range of sinks and taps to be supplied to a growing UK merchant network.

Wolseley's new training course for Pipe Center and Climate Center staff covers low-carbon and sustainable technology.

Wolseley UK has set up a national training course on green technology for staff at Pipe Center and Climate Center.

Wolseley UK is now a ‘Standard Bearer’ for the Carbon Trust.

Wolseley UK has achieved Carbon Trust Standard recertification in recognition of its work to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions.

Ceram's video discusses CE-marking of construction products.

International materials technology company Ceram has released a video which discusses how it can test products to the relevant standards and help guide manufacturers through the process of CE-marking their construction products.

Jewson has hosted a series of seminars entitled ‘Closing the Performance Gap’.

Jewson has hosted a series of CPD events with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) at its Newbury, Sunderland, Stockport, Birkenhead, Lincoln and Peterborough branches.

Industry figures have revealed that installations of cavity wall insulation were down by 97 percent in April compared with the same month last year, signalling a blow to the Coalition’s Green Deal scheme.

Tudor Griffiths is further expanding its network to Mid and North Wales.

Tudor Griffiths has acquired four established ready-mix concrete plants in Mid and North Wales from CEMEX UK.

Wayne David and Jeff Cuthbert cut the ribbon.

Plumbers and installers have welcomed the launch of a dedicated resource for expert advice and easy access to renewable energy products.

Green Deal provider Enact Energy Renewables has gone into administration.

Dave Sowden of the Micropower Council has commended the proposed tariff increase.

Office blocks, factories and community centres could be among a number of buildings across Great Britain to benefit from more cash for renewable heat under proposals recently set out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Cementone has launched a new Cortexa online training module for its Plasterer’s Stabilising Primer.

Selco Builders Warehouse is set to continue its growth by opening a new branch in Wimbledon and has secured the ‘signing’ of a local football hero to cut the ribbon.

Merchants with substantial retail sales will not be encouraged by analysts’ prediction of another fall in sales when B&Q owner Kingfisher reports on trading for the past three months this week.

A builders’ merchant in land-locked mid-Devon helped rescue a yachtsman who went overboard off the French coast.

Covers' logo is featured on the back of the Portsmouth FC shirt.

As a proud supporter of all things local, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the new Portsmouth FC shirt.

Mairead Golding accepted the award on behalf of Wolseley UK for Employer of the Year.

Wolseley UK has been presented with the prestigious New Employer of the Year award by the National Mentoring Consortium, following its involvement in the organisation’s Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Scheme (EMUS).

Stricter energy targets are pushing air leakage down to ever-lower levels. Carrying out remediation work and retests when a building fails can be a serious problem, leading to delays to the project. BSRIA’s new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve air-tightness targets.

JOSB Done has finalised the last two dates for its Points on the Board tour.

JOSB Done has announced the dates of the final two stops of its Points on the Board tour, which sees builders from across the country pit their football skills against an 8ft by 4ft oriented strand board (OSB) panel.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently responded to the latest UK economic assessment report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The new website is designed to showcase what IBC is, what it does and where it has come from.

Buying group IBC recently marked its fourth birthday by launching a brand new website.

Householders across the UK will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating products, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) recently announced.

Plumb Center's Tim Pollard has commented on the fuel poverty annual report and statistics for 2011, recently released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

The NMBS team was presented with a birthday cake in the shape of NMBS' Leicester HQ by Eamon Allen of Pavestone.

With 2013 marking its 50th trading anniversary, it is perhaps befitting that this year's NMBS Gala Dinner proved to be one of the most successful yet for the independent merchants' buying society.

This year’s NMBS exhibition had record-breaking attendance figures.

This year’s NMBS exhibition for independent merchants saw members and suppliers come together to make the day a huge success.

Left to right: Mark Riordan, Primera Eco sustainability manager, Martin Horwood, MP and Carlwyn Coombes, George Bence commercial director.

Gloucestershire-based builders' merchant George Bence has opened a new showroom, giving installers and the general public the opportunity to experience some of the latest energy-saving products and technologies.

Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal (GD) market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

The number of Green Deal assessments carried out in April rose 28 percent to 9,522, the Government has said. Since the launch, 18,816 assessments have been made.

The Jewson logo features on the front of York Acorn’s rugby jerseys under a new sponsorship deal.

Research conducted by CareerStructure.com has found that 78 percent of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth.

HSS Hire recently announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Carey Group as preferred suppliers of small tools and access equipment, following a competitive tender process.

Jewson's online account management service has been well received so far.

Jewson has responded to customer feedback and is now offering an online account management service to all its account holders.

The demo house has been retrofitted with Green Deal and ECO measures.

Larkfleet has retrofitted a house with Green Deal and ECO measures to showcase the technologies and applications available through the Government's flagship scheme.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the National Merchant Buying Society’s (NMBS) 50th Anniversary pledge to bring at least 50 new apprentices into the industry.

Greenworks is helping plasterers and renderers gain their PAS 2030 qualification.

Greenworks is one of the first merchant training providers to offer trade professionals an EWI (External Wall Insulation) Upskill course, giving existing plasterers and renderers the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and reach the minimum standards required for PAS 2030.

Wakefield-based supplier BC Profiles is among the latest stockists of high-quality roofline products from PVC-U and PVC-UE-manufacturer Kestrel.

The updated bathroom showroom at local plumbers’ merchant Graham in Eastbourne has opened its doors to customers.

Following the sale of other branches, the sale of the Redruth, Penrith and Sittingbourne WTB Trading depots was finally completed on 12 April 2013 to Civils Store.

Manufacturer TENMAT is the proud winner of this year's International Trade award.

Manchester-based TENMAT has won the Queen's Award for the second year running.

The Wise up to CO campaign is designed to save lives through raised awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Stopping the silent killer in its tracks is the aim of a nationwide campaign in more than 500 Plumb Center and Parts Center branches throughout May.

PTS has launched a Renewables Design Service to aid installers.

To meet the needs of a fast-paced and complex market, PTS has launched a brand new Renewables Design Service. A dedicated team is now on hand to provide support from design to delivery for installers across the UK.

Lack of funding is proving the real killer in the construction industry as the main lenders continue to fail one of the most important contributors to the UK economy.

The Government is “under-promising and over-delivering” on its Green Deal, according to Energy Minister Greg Barker.

Ridgeons is working with West Suffolk College to provide training about sustainable technologies.

The Irish High Court has approved the examiner's recommendations for DIY chain B&Q Ireland. Under the scheme, which sees over EUR2.4m in new investment by parent company Kingfisher, B&Q Ireland will continue to trade at eight stores.

Benchmark Building Supplies has launched a series of roadshows to aid unemployed young people.

Benchmark Building Supplies has launched a new initiative, designed to introduce unemployed young people from deprived areas into the world of construction.

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