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Andy Rummery, branch manager and Natalia Medina, showroom consultant at Drakes’ Uckfield branch.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ branch in Uckfield is celebrating its 25th birthday.

NMBS recently announced that its independent merchant members now have over 3,000 member branches within the UK and a combined sales value of over £6.5bn.

IBC sales & operations director John Brett with Alan Biggar.

In June 2013, Builders Store in Cheadle, Cheshire became IBC’s 150th member. IBC recently re-visited the family-run builders’ merchant to see how its first year of membership has gone.

Huws Gray has opened a new three-acre heavy-side branch at Llay in Wrexham to replace its previous base at Queensferry on Deeside.

L-r: Gary Riseborough and John Savage.

Flame Heating Spares is going from strength to strength after being appointed to the preferred suppliers list for Durham County Council.

Worcester, Bosch Group’s Martyn Bridges has backed plans laid out by the Liberal Democrats to reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes with a council tax discount.

Mark Woodworth, Speedy’s project manager (logistics).

Speedy claims to have become the first tool and equipment hire company in the UK to have its entire national depot portfolio accredited ‘silver’ under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The National House-Building Council’s chief executive Mike Quinton has welcomed Ed Miliband’s policy agenda, which was announced as part of his speech at the Labour Conference on Tuesday (23 September).

h&b's golf winners.

Arrows sped from bows and shotguns fired among the pinewoods at h&b’s annual Activity Day, held at Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, Brough.

Councillor Tony Austin (left) is welcomed to Drakes by chairman David Aisher.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies recently held an open evening to celebrate its acquisition of A&C Plumbing, creating its eighth branch.

The impact of a skills gap on the growth of the industry has become more apparent with the results of the latest Markit CIPS index.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) are once again challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event 2014.

Most organisations now avoid buying products made out of metal, according to workplace supplier Slingsby.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched its manifesto for the 2015 general election at this year’s party conferences. The manifesto outlines NFB members’ key priorities for the next government and proposals for how these can be achieved.

Triton Showers factory in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Triton, The Great British Shower Company has joined the Made In Britain Campaign.

Worcester, Bosch Group has scored the highest in both the reliability and customer satisfaction categories of the Which? boiler report 2014.

Worcester, Bosch Group has once again come out on top in the Which? boiler report, having been awarded Which? Best Buys for the fourth year running across its complete Greenstar gas fired boiler range.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated a broad spectrum of training and career development achievements at its annual Members Day Awards Dinner on 16 September, 2014.

Laurence Allison (right), of Dimplex Heatpumps, with a customer in MKM's new Glasgow ‘Green Room’.

MKM Building Supplies has invested a five-figure sum in launching a new Green Room that specialises in all forms of renewable energy and sustainable technology, aimed at the building trade and consumers alike.

Lorna Fellowes, managing director, Triton Showers.

The government’s ‘one solution fits all’ approach to its new Consumer Rights Bill has been criticised by a spokesperson for Triton Showers.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the first headline speaker for the All Industry Conference 2015.

BSS Industrial has invested in a dedicated BOSS training room to support customers wishing to become familiar with the brand’s solutions.

Chris Hayward with Steve Halford.

Crystal Direct and Active Products UK have both become suppliers for the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

NMBS now has over 3,000 member branches within the UK, which is more than any national merchant, twice as many as McDonalds and three times as many as Starbucks.

Founder John Savage (left) with Matt Lindley, who has been employed to help establish the new South Shields branch of Flame Heating Spares.

John Savage, the entrepreneur behind Flame Heating Spares, has chosen his hometown of South Shields as the site of his third heating trade counter.

Ridgeons has expanded its reach across the Eastern region with the launch of a branch in Hitchin, taking the group's merchant branch network to 26.

LBS Builders Merchants has opened its fifth plumbers’ merchant in Swansea, Wales.

Graham is hosting daily trade events in branch until 22 September to celebrate the launch of its new Croydon branch.

Viessmann celebrated 25 years in the UK with an event held at the company’s Telford headquarters on 9 September.

BSS Drainage has set up a branch at a new Park Royal location under the banner of BSS Drainage Winser.

Baxi has launched Baxi MainEco, a new range of combi, system and heat-only boilers available exclusively from independent merchants.

Velux is returning to the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show in Ireland on 12 to 14 September.

Ariston Thermo has announced the acquisition of ATAG Verwarming, the Dutch boiler manufacturer represented in the UK by ATAG Heating.

Companies from the construction industry are being invited to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution in a mock trial.

Work has begun on the Bexhill branch of Parker Building Supplies to demolish some of the older warehouse buildings, with the help of regular customer Best Demolition of Heathfield, East Sussex.

Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry’s leading organisations.

This autumn, Dulux Trade is holding a series of workshops across the country to help painters and decorators take their skills and knowledge to the next level.

Honeywell is the latest company to join the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

Independent business merchants, Mersey Building Supplies (MBS), has secured a two-year framework agreement with Heyrod Construction with a value of £1m.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 35th branch in the UK in Isleworth, creating more than 50 jobs in the process.

BS 5534, the code of practice for slating and tiling, has been revised to make UK roofs more secure in the face of increasingly extreme weather events, and will be mandatory from the end of February 2015.

Fortis Merchants has announced that Lawsons has joined the independent mixed merchant buying group as of 1 September, 2014.

Creativity is the name of the game as Covers Timber and Builders’ Merchants, working in partnership with Spirit FM, have launched a new competition in which entrants could win a Sheraton kitchen, worth £10,000.

Breedon Aggregates has acquired a 50% interest in H V Bowen & Sons (Holdings), the owner and operator of Tan-y-Foel quarry near Welshpool. The investment has been funded in cash from the group’s own resources.

Brent Nicholls, Wavin’s managing director for south west Europe.

Wavin has announced a multi-million pound investment programme to create two dedicated manufacturing facilities in Doncaster and Chippenham.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has announced the launch of a bespoke 'Select Order Process' for customers, due to the recent increase in demand for bricks.

Owlett-Jaton, UK supplier of fasteners and fixings to the distributor and merchant trade, has announced an agreement with PennEngineering to distribute the PEM Brand of products in the UK, supported by the launch of its new PEM brand self-clinch fasteners catalogue.

Grafton Group plc has completed the acquisition of Direct Builders' Merchants Ltd, a Kent-based general merchanting business.

HOLDON hand tools has been on a mission this year to test the sawing skills of the nation’s tradesmen, in a competition exclusive to Travis Perkins.

Baxi has announced the rebranding of heateam to ‘Baxi Customer Support’.

Lagan Cement Products is the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

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