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Construction product manufacturers ended 2014 with continued sales growth, according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the CPA.

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100 sq ft office for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park, which is also home to a new 2,000 sq ft training centre.

Brands within the Travis Perkins Group, including Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), Direct Heating Spares (DHS), and City Heating Spares (CHS), have continued to invest in its range of spares services by launching its first dedicated spares apprenticeship.

New government plans will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that don't meet minimum efficiency standards.

L-r: New Zealand rugby team's former captain Sean Fitzpatrick, Andy Wighton, Steve Ashmore.

Pipe Center has officially opened its new distribution centre in Measham, Derbyshire. The site becomes the most technologically advanced distribution facility in the company's supply chain.

It is set to be a landmark year for commercial property in the West Midlands, according to findings from Barbour ABI, a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government.

Finland’s oldest company, Fiskars, is the latest member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), bringing the total membership to 472.

Builders’ merchant Frazer – specialist in civils and utility supplies – kicked off 2015 with its annual award ceremony, celebrating last year’s achievements.

L to r: Ed Sturgess of 247 Power, Tom Elliott of Elliotts and Simon Smith and Ryan Berryman of 247 Power.

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent supplier of building supplies to the trade and public has acquired yet another local business as part of its drive to boost its sustainable offering.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed to provide a full secretariat service for the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM), in a move that further strengthens the relationship between the two organisations.

Johnstone’s Paints is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Heating expert Grant UK is bringing its new display van to a number of RGB Building Supplies branches in February, giving customers the opportunity to ask questions and see demonstrations of its oil and biomass boilers.

Selco Builders Warehouse has started 2015 with a bang by opening its 36th branch in the UK.

CEMEX Aggregates has secured a major contract with Wickes to supply their northern branches with bagged aggregates.

L-r: Terry Owen (managing director), Dafydd Hughes (marketing), Eluned Yaxley and Sarah Kearsley-Wooller (Hope House Children's Hospices), Chris Roberts (marketing), John Llewelyn Jones (chairman).

Huws Gray has marked its 25th birthday by donating £25,000 to children's hospices.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined the Trade Association Forum.

Insulation company Actis has launched a range of bite-size ‘how to’ video guides to help builders tackle specific installation issues in seconds.

Andy Hartshorn, Trevor and Ivet King.

J Kelsall Builders Merchants has launched its new website, showcasing its wide range of building supplies, kitchens and bathrooms.

Edward Naylor and Paul Parker, formerly of Raglan.

Naylor Drainage has acquired the business and assets of plastic raw material processor Raglan.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants unveiled its new 14,000sq ft hardwood shed on 16 January with the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor John Hughes, on hand to cut the ribbon.

Builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a contract to be a preferred materials supplier for Building and Technical Services (BTS), which is the trading arm of Luton Borough Council.

Government and industry must collaborate to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020 in order to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

As part of its strategy to connect its brand with the consumer, Ideal Standard is launching a cash back promotion aimed at generating consumer interest and driving footfall into their independent showroom network.

Velux has established a partnership with TrustMark to help consumers find trusted installers when looking to carry out installations on their properties.

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating saw significant growth last year, with its year-on-year sales increasing by 28% and six new industry specialists added to its national sales team.

British Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed another high profile supplier into membership, with Hanson Cement joining the Federation from 1 February.

Nicholas Howarth, managing director of Howarth Timber.

The Howarth Timber Group is celebrating its landmark 175th anniversary in 2015 and has got an exciting line-up of events, competitions and roadshows planned to mark the occasion in style.

An independent builders’ merchant in Nottinghamshire is celebrating success after being named sales champions by

Bradstone’s new Mode paving in textured beige.

Bradstone announced significant investment in a multi-media consumer strategy at its second national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at Mallory Park racing circuit in Leicestershire on 23 January.

Builders’ merchant Keyline has opened a national rail sales office for Scotland, dedicated to supporting customers working on all Scottish rail contracts including major improvement schemes currently underway.

Patrick McLoughlin MP with Andy Williamson.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport for the Derbyshire Dales, recently paid a visit to IKO PLC’s new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory at Grangemill Quarry, Derbyshire, which opened at the end of 2014.

L-r: Paul Turner, Matthew Hancock MP and Richard Jayne.

As part of a tour of the area looking at business growth, the Minister of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, made a visit to the Penzance branch of RGB Building Supplies on 9 January.

First load ready for delivery at DTE Warrington. Left to right: Andy Kennedy, Mick Hart, Mike Carruthers, Billy Gibbons, Karl O’Neill, Dave Laff, Paul Marriot and Mark Rowbottom.

Truss manufacturer Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) has made a positive start to the year with the opening of a new branch in the north west of England.

Roger Hastie is divisional director at Deborah.

Deborah Services Limited (Deborah) – a specialist in the provision of non-mechanical construction equipment – is investing £6m in its hire and sales division to re-model its 28 branches and open four new branches across the UK and Ireland over the next two years.

William Sinclair Holdings PLC has released its audited preliminary results for the past year.

Saint-Gobain is marking its 350th anniversary with a series of events and activities to celebrate the company’s history and confidence in the future.

In an upbeat British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) forum on 15 January, 2015, Ian Preedy, group commercial director at Travis Perkins entertained a sell out audience of BHETA members on the opportunities in the Group, outlining the different approaches to its brands – in particular Travis Perkins, Wickes and Toolstation.

L-r James Berry, managing director of Myers Group, Katie Berry, director Myers Group, Kris Hopkins MP.

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins visited Myers Building Supplies in Silsden on 16 January, 2015 to hear about the challenges facing the construction industry.

Roofers from across the UK and throughout Europe are invited to take part in the IFD FAKRO Winter Olympics, which are being held from 5 to 7 February in the picturesque ski resort of Muszyna in Poland.

British Gypsum is calling for all budding plasterers from across the country to submit examples of their best work to be in with a chance of winning one of five PS4s.

Wolseley UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme for large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers.

The Water Label has now launched and will start to be seen on bathroom fittings that are available at Chandlers’ Lewes branch.

The future of the construction industry hangs in the balance following today’s government announcement on apprenticeship funding reforms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jewson has been granted the right to supply Pinewood and Shepperton Studios with a range of building materials to service the studio's on-site requirements. 

Hitachi’s cordless tools enabled the caving team to climb steep walls and tunnels deep underground.

Hitachi Power Tools has provided its cordless power tools to a caving expedition team intent on exploring new underground systems in Spain.

Graham Plumbers' Merchant has taken on 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches.

Working with its partner - Intec Business colleges, Graham Plumbers' Merchant has recently appointed 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches across the UK.

The Scottish government's new £30m Small Developers Scheme, which will form part of Help to Buy (Scotland), will increase growth in the small housebuilding sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ecodhome, one of the UK's newest home automation providers, has agreed a deal with buying group IPG.

Richard Stewart, regional sales and operations manager at Wrekin Products.

With the Scottish construction industry’s latest output figures approaching pre-recession levels, keeping sufficient stocks of construction products in Scotland is vitally important according to Wrekin Products’ regional sales and operations manager Richard Stewart.

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