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Builders' merchant Jewson has launched a new points-based rewards programme for its customers.

Construction projects across the South East of England will benefit from new operations being opened by cement, concrete and aggregates supplier Hope Construction Materials.

Mike Chaldecott, general delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK & Ireland.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland will invest £20m in a new production facility for Celotex.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new Legal Helpline to support its members. Operating on a new telephone number, 0870 420 7373, the first 15 minutes of the service is completely free of charge.

Markovitz has raised £21,000 for local charity #ChallengeDerbyshire at a charity dinner

The government will now directly commission some newbuild properties as part of a major change in policy.

FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF All-Industry Conference in 2017.

Huws Gray has announced its first-ever acquisition in the south Manchester area, having recently completed the purchase of Stockport-based Brick Market (trading as Woodford Building and Plumbing Supplies).

Toolbank has announced the winners of its annual Real Deals for You promotion, which took place in the run up to the Christmas period.

Builders' merchant The Markovitz Group has embarked on an unusual new venture, with the opening of a new restaurant and wine bar in the vilage of Tideswell, Derbyshire.

Ridgeons, the timber and builders’ merchant in the East of England is boosting employment in the region at its new central distribution warehouse in Mildenhall.

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has smashed its £1m fundraising target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Steve Saunders, senior technical manager at Triton.

Formed to provide an independent forum for bathroom manufacturers in the UK to properly discuss matters of mutual interest, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) has targeted thermostatic temperature control for electric showers as one area in need of clarity.

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot continues expansion

Gibbs & Dandy managing director Neil Lawrence with Comfort Mmoledi from the Bournemouth branch.

Fourteen Gibbs & Dandy employees have officially completed their apprenticeships after graduating from the builders’ merchant’s tailor-made training course.

Rebecca Galyer (left).

The Construction Marketing Awards have recognised the achievement of Howarth Timber’s Rebecca Galyer, who was highly commended in the Emerging Talent category at the annual gala event.

The PHG buying group has announced that the John Nicholls Group, including J&B Plumbing Supplies, will join the membership from 1 January, 2016.

A campaign to engage with its customers and increase sales has led to Gibbs & Dandy winning an award at the Construction Marketing Awards 2015.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants’ premises are doubling in size.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) is expanding its premises to meet growing demand from tradespeople across the capital.

The Jewson Contractor Sales team have donned their trainers to walk the London Marathon Route for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Staff at Sovini Trade Supplies have been spreading festive cheer across Sefton, Merseyside, by donating Christmas trees to local schools.

MRA Marketing has won the 2015 Construction Marketing Award (CMA) for Strategic Planning & Management for its work with Deceuninck.

Output from the Scottish construction industry has risen to a record £14bn in the 12 months to September 2015, according to new figures published by the Office of National Statistics.

Stonemarket took its new products for 2016 on the road this year to see as many builders' merchants, garden designers and contractor customers as possible.

Martyn Bridges believes that the oil market looks promising for 2016.

Worcester, Bosch Group has urged installers working in off-mains gas areas to stick with oil as the market looks set for a promising time.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new service to help members stay up to date with employment law and to provide support managing difficult employment issues.

Chandlers Building Supplies has acquired Traceway, which operates as Banstead Builders Merchants in Surrey.

Hope Construction Materials and Wincanton staff with one of the new Christmas tankers.

Take a photo of one of Hope’s special festive cement lorries, tweet it and you could win an Apple TV!

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the date, theme and venue for BMF Members Day 2016.

BDR Thermea, a Dutch heating products group with its global headquarters in Apeldoorn, has announced the acquisition of US-based ECR International.

Peter Burton (centre) with colleagues at the new supercentre in Sheffield.

Sheffield's construction sector has been given a major boost with the opening of a specialist roofing supercentre.

Fetim Group UK, which owns the Aqualux and Haceka brands, has been appointed approved suppliers to the Fortis independent mixed merchant buying group.

One of Pipe Center and Climate Center's longest-standing branch managers has assumed a new part-time coaching role for his peers across the UK following his recent retirement.

Dennis Roberts from Ty Croes on Anglesey has won a brand-new Vauxhall Vivaro van in the Huws Gray 25th anniversary raffle.

The Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) continues to grow, adding nine new Liverymen and 10 new Freemen to its membership this year.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in the UK Associations Awards, organised by Associations Network.

Jack Cook who works at Gibbs & Dandy’s Luton branch recently helped England win the Home Nations Championship in powerlifting.

A Luton HGV driver is celebrating helping England win the 2015 Home Nations Championship in powerlifting, beating teams from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Paul Merson entertains guests at Huws Gray’s charity evening on Anglesey.

Huws Gray marked its final 25th anniversary event of 2015 with a special charity fundraising evening at Tre-Ysgawen Hall on Anglesey, which was supported by key suppliers, employees and charity representatives.

Italian boiler manufacturer Ferroli has announced that the final negotiations of the company’s restructure are due to be completed at the end of this year and that boiler production is back to full strength.

Selco opens in Southampton with a visit from Gilbert the Zebra.

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its growth strategy by opening branches in Southampton and Weybridge, taking the total number of outlets around the UK to 40.

A third of small construction firms are being put off from taking on apprentices because of the bureaucracy involved, according to a new research report called: “Defusing the skills time bomb” published by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The new chairman of the UK's largest fire door certification scheme has sounded a stark warning about fire safety in UK buildings.

The Chancellor's vision of building 400,000 new affordable homes could be derailed by the current skills shortage in the construction industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant in Northern Ireland, has recently opened a new 'Simply Bathrooms' showroom within the heart of the Boucher Road retail area in Belfast, as well as expanding the showrooms in two of its County Londonderry branches.

NMBS has been announced as a Finalist in the Best Sales & Marketing Assessment Tool category at the upcoming British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards (BESMA).

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released on 27 November by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q3 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up on both the last quarter and the same quarter in 2014.

The Barnstaple, Penzance and Holsworthy branches of RGB Building Supplies are hosting festive breakfast mornings in December offering the perfect opportunity to pick up a Christmas present for those DIY lovers.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has shared its surprise and concern with the Committee on Climate Change, following reports that the government intends to build 400,000 new homes in the next few years, which may have to be retro-fitted with insulation and other energy saving measures to meet the UK’s carbon saving targets.

Bosch Commercial and Industrial has announced a new supplier partnership with Heat Merchants in Ireland to supply its range of commercial products.

The construction industry is broadly in favour of the changes announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement, which was announced on Wednesday 25 November.

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