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The Fire Door Safety Week campaign has hit a five-year high in delivering its messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property, and landlords’ legal responsibilities for managing fire door safety.

Lakes Bathrooms has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

Breedon delivered another solid performance in the 10 months to 31 October. Both volumes and revenues were ahead of the prior year, including a full 10-month contribution from the former Hope Construction Materials business, which was part of the Group for only three months in the corresponding period of 2016.

After a positive summer for housebuilding with more than £7 billion of housing contracts awarded between June and August, the sector experienced a cooler autumn with figures decreasing by 10% and falling for the second month in a row.

The government and the construction sector, through the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), have agreed a sector deal to transform the productivity of the sector benefiting the wider economy.

The BMN Awards winners and sponsors celebrate at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

The builders’ merchant industry came together on 24 November to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Picot has been crowned the 2017 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in a three-day practical competition at The Skills Show.

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants raised just over £265 for Children in Need on Friday 17 November.

Knauf Insulation has taken home the roofing and insulation industry’s Supplier of the Year award at the National Buying Group (NBG) Conference Awards, for the fifth year running.

An expanding national builders’ merchant has chosen York as its destination to open its latest branch – creating 50 jobs in the city.

The Autumn Budget was delivered to the House of Commons on 22 November, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, described the economy as: “continuing to grow, create jobs and confound expectations”.

Data released in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders' merchants Q3 2017 sales performed strongly for the quarter.

Over 1,000 people streamed through the doors of the Leeds United Conference Centre on Friday 10 November for the third annual Howarth Timber Trade Day – the biggest and best event to date.

RGB Building Supplies raised £2,150 for Children’s Hospice South West during its charity breakfast morning on Friday 3rd November.

The National Buying Group (NBG) Awards evening saw TIMco take the coveted title of ‘Brand of the Year’ for the company’s dedication to extending product ranges, investing in technology to improve customer service operations as well as implementing innovative marketing support to raise awareness of new product ranges.

Plans to create an accreditation to protect and support the growth of the roofing industry were announced at the annual National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Suppliers Conference.

Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has announced the appointment of architect George Clarke as its first Brand Ambassador.

Fibo UK is now an approved supplier to all members of the FORTIS independent merchant buying group.

Wolseley has launched a new customer feedback system to improve the overall customer experience across the Wolseley UK-wide branch network.

Workloads in UK Construction and Infrastructure continued to rise in Q3 2017, according to the latest RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey, with 22% more respondents seeing a rise in workloads of the quarter, with a steady pace of growth.

The Ridgeons 25 Club, which was established nearly 60 years ago as a network and support group for the company’s retired employees and to recognise colleagues who have been employed for 25 years or more with the company, has welcomed and presented awards to three new 25 Club members at an annual 25 Club dinner.

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has invested in ten new delivery vans to join its fleet in a bid to meet demand from customers for quick and reliable product delivery.

Keyline has recently recognised a number of employees who have a combined 105 years of service to the company.

Sajid Javid announced that the number of houses built in England had increased from 189,650 in 2015/16 to 217,000 in 2016/17.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is supporting the construction industry’s younger generation by offering an apprenticeship scheme that provides their first steps into the business. The 12-month scheme allows the apprentices to engage in various different tasks to gain valuable skills for the future.

Knauf has achieved third party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for the Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System.

Ragubir Hargun, Trade Marketing Manager at GROHE UK, and her daughter Parveen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Travis Perkins has teamed up with Let’s Get Healthy to create a three-year, tailored and holistic approach to safety at work, that goes beyond the traditional, as they recognise the emotional and mental health of their employees is critical to their overall wellbeing and safety at work.

This year’s National Buying Group (NBG) Conference was held in Liverpool and was a two-day event of exhibitions, talks, networking, and celebrating the last year of NBG.

The House of Common’s Home Affairs’ Select Committee has released a report that says the UK Government has insufficient resources to deal with millions more customs’ checks that will be necessary when the UK leaves the EU Customs’ Union.

Innovative Build Aviator services, available from builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy, have been praised by a luxury house builder following an award win.

Ridgeons has contributed building materials, plumbing goods, and kitchen and bathroom supplies to a DIY SOS project in Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Makita UK has opened their first regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) and Training Academy in Glasgow’s Govan commercial district to support its business.

ONS figures published today show that construction output contracted 0.9% in the third quarter of 2017. This is a downward revision from the preliminary estimate of a 0.7% decline released in October and follows the 0.5% fall in output recorded in Q2.

Civil engineering and groundwork material specialist Rudridge is celebrating 15 years of being part of the Gravesend business community.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is supporting the construction industry’s younger generation by offering an apprenticeship scheme that provides people with their first steps into the business.

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) claimed that the number of customs declarations made by traders, which HM Revenue & Customs must process could increase five-fold to 255 million after the UK leaves the European Union.

Ibstock Brick once again triumphed at the Brick Awards winning seven categories at the prestigious event.

Jewson may have been targeted by hackers trying to steal its customers' account details.

Builders' merchant Jewson has taken its store offline and warned customers that its data may have been stolen by hackers.

Aggregate Industries is urging housebuilders to look more closely at the technical considerations before installing block and beam flooring, as the 1 January 2018, deadline for the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Technical Extra 20 standard draws closer.

Kevin Kelsey with his Great South Run medal.

Kevin Kelsey, who works at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants’ Chichester depot, completed the Great South Run in Southsea on 22 October, and raised £195 for Brain Tumour Research.

Timber window and door specialist Dale is lending real support to its UK merchant network with the launch of a mini-showroom display campaign.

Fernox has opened its new chemical water treatment manufacturing facility in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

Following the success of RGB Building Supplies’ Christmas Present Appeal last year, the builders’ merchant is delighted to bring it back and is once again inviting the local community to donate gifts that will be given to families being supported by Children’s Hospice South West over the festive period.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester, Bosch Group. 

A quirky toilet seat art exhibition in Lewes raised an impressive £620 for charity.

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “cheers” to its loyal customers this month with a pub voucher for those who spend on orders collected from branch in November.

We all know that Christmas is the time for giving, and in the run up to this year’s festive season, Worcester is giving installers even more reasons to register for its Greenstar Rewards.

The Portsmouth depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate supplies to Highbury College students to help them build bunks for The Rucksack Project’s bus renovation.

Roper Rhodes, whose brands comprise Roper Rhodes, Laura Ashley, R2, Tavistock and Trade, is experiencing record-breaking service speeds after investing in its operational infrastructure and consolidating its warehouse space into a single, state-of-the-art facility.

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