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In a reciprocal membership promotion, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is offering a 10% discount on its current subscription year membership to any member of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) that joins the BMF between 1 September 2013 and 31 March 2014.

George Prentice (centre) is one of the lucky recipients of the Paslode IM90i power tools.

The winners of a UK-wide competition run by BSW Timber and power-tool manufacturer, Paslode, have been selected.

Stax Trade Centres is hoping to attract more garden centres, as it aims to increase its penetration of the gardening market.

SSQ Slate has acquired the business of specialist slate supplier Slate Northern Ireland (SNI). The acquisition will permit SSQ’s range of natural slate products, including the Del Carmen, Sarria and Riverstone brands, to be available direct to the market both in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

PTS and CPS are playing a key role in the government’s ECO initiative by launching schemes with Toriga, Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), and City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), both part of the Travis Perkins Group, are playing a key role in the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative by launching schemes with assessment provider Toriga and boiler manufacturers Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Ridgeons is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Royston branch.

Ridgeons’ Royston branch held a celebratory customer event last week to mark its first anniversary. The branch, which opened its doors for trading last August, hosted the trade day on Thursday 15 August from 2pm until 6pm.

Utilising its delivery fleet, BSS Industrial can ensure that products are with customers by the next morning.

Following an initial launch in 2012, BSS Industrial has opened a further five Hire-It trade counters in Liverpool, Brentford, Birmingham, Sheffield and Gloucester.

Two-man delivery specialist Arrow XL has launched a new and improved 48-hour delivery service for retailers.

An attendee learns about property assessment on the Bostik EWI course.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is now offering an installer and surveyor training course for External Wall Insulation (EWI) after working with its official training partner PPL to secure a relationship with Bostik.

Managing director Phil Clark.

British wetroom designer and manufacturer On The Level is looking forward to expansion and the recruitment of new staff.

Plumb Center has devised an online showroom featuring its new Theatre range, as Ofcom research suggests that families are returning to the living room with autumn on the approach.

Successful lobbying and extensive technical and business services are attracting large numbers of joinery manufacturing firms to join the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

A Pathway to Construction scaled house.

Jewson recently supported Pathway to Construction, a free family event showcasing opportunities within the construction industry and the built environment.

Anglesey-based building materials company Huws Gray has added two new branches to its portfolio this August.

A team in action.

For the second year in succession a team from Simpson & Allinson was crowned BMF Master Merchant champions, following two days of closely contested physical and mental challenges in the Lake District.

The DIY and housewares industry charity the Rainy Day Trust has welcomed another partner, IKO, in its 170th birthday year.

A new study from the Energy Saving Trust has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved, following recommendations made in 2010 regarding design, installation and operation.

Rob Leslie, a construction expert at Robert Gordon University, is warning of a ‘skills time bomb’ in the industry.

A construction expert has warned of a ‘skills time bomb’ waiting to explode if the industry does not start looking to the future.

Catnic has invested in an academic study of the thermal performance of steel lintels at The University of Glamorgan.

Catnic has invested in an academic study of the thermal performance of steel lintels.

Martyn Bridges believes the changes are "a step in the right direction".

Livis, the UK-based civil engineering and construction specialist, has consolidated its supplier base with a new agreement with Keyline.

Culligan UK recently announced that its extensive range of water treatment products will be made available through builders’ merchants for the first time in three years.

Left to right: Charles Law - managing director of Cement & Lime, Peter Lennon - recipient of long service award, and Nigel Blair - former Dunbar plant manager.

Lafarge Tarmac has celebrated a milestone anniversary at its landmark Dunbar Plant.

The National Buying Group (NBG) has announced that all of its partners will become members of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) following a landmark group membership agreement between the two organisations.

The Construction Products Association has published its latest forecasts and anticipates construction output growth of 2.2% in 2014 and 4.5% in 2015. The recovery will be led primarily by private housing in the short-term, with infrastructure expected to further boost activity in the medium-term.

Representatives from across the building, plumbing, heating, hardware and timber industries recently assembled for the 2013 NMBS Golf Day, which was held on the 25 July, 2013, at the Forest of Arden course.

Building software specialist company HBXL has linked up with Jewson to offer a streamlined estimating service for its customers.

An example of a SUDS installation.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has partnered with Geo Environmental Sciences Limited (GESL) to offer a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) design and installation service which is already garnering positive reviews.

Left to right: Mark Burrows, head of repairs & maintenance for Golden Gates Housing Trust, Paul Mulville, Jewson branch manager and Paul Lowe, assistant renewable energy manager for GGHT.

Jewson has been developing its long-term relationship with Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) through the supply of solar systems and the creation of a new training academy.

The Barlo radiator brand from Quinn Radiators is proving to be a hit with independent merchants as sales soar.

The relaunch of the retro radiator brand Barlo has proved so successful for independent merchants that sales are 50% ahead of its own manufacturer targets in the first year alone.

Marcus Sampson, general manager of Valvestock.

Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has moved to new premises and significantly expanded its offering following a major investment.

Dunlop has launched a Refer a Friend scheme to thank customers for their support.

Dunlop Adhesives has revealed that its major re-brand – which included the launch of a contemporary and bold new look across its website, logos and packaging – has been a triumph amongst the trade, with a subequent 86% increase in new Trade Zone registrants.

Nu-way’s recent move to new premises in Droitwich has given it the opportunity to further increase its stock of spares.

Ridgeons has unveiled new kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons has opened a dedicated heating and plumbing centre and counter at its Nuffield Road and Rocklands branches, respectively, as well as new kitchen and bathroom showrooms at its Norwich and Rocklands branches.

Kirby Sebastian is showing its support to Carvers in Wolverhampton, which was devastated by a fire in 2012.

Parker Merchanting, a brand of Rexel, has been awarded PPE supplier to all Scotland Excel members after receiving the highest ranking in multiple categories.

Entrants are in for a chance of winning a VIP trip to the final race of the MotoGP season in Valencia, Spain.

Following the success of last year’s event, Stanley will again be hosting its Big Hit Challenge at the upcoming British MotoGP at Silverstone, granting one lucky winner the chance to go on a VIP trip to the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

All four of Knauf Insulation’s UK manufacturing plants will be sending zero waste to landfill from August.

Knauf Insulation has announced that from August 2013, all four of its UK manufacturing plants will be sending zero waste to landfill.

Industry has reacted with disappointment as the government decided to “water down” and delay the requirements for newly built homes to meet more ambitious energy standards.

Hope Construction Materials, the independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalt has become the UK’s first construction firm to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies (GGC) community.

A new DIY store is to open in Ross-on-Wye on the site of the former Focus store.

Lords Builders Merchants' logo could be seen at the Lords Cricket ground for the second Ashes test match in June.

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants was recently asked to take a prime banner site on the Lords Cricket ground for the second Ashes test match on 18 to 21 June.

Minster Royston along with some of the industry’s leading suppliers held an open day for local customers, giving them an opportunity to view product showcases and gain a practical insight on product application methods.

A team including contractor Wates has won the contract to deliver the £200m Green Deal scheme for local authorities in Newcastle.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is offering customers the opportunity to fast track their Green Deal PAS 2030 accreditation for gas and oil heating.

As the government drops plans to implement changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in 2013, Knauf Insulation is warning that there will be grave implications for the drive towards zero carbon homes.

A £20m Green Deal Communities scheme to help local authorities drive street-by-street delivery of the Green Deal has been announced.

Norburys Building & Landscape Supplies.

Independent merchants buying group h&b has welcomed four new associate members this summer, and is still looking for suitable members – especially heating and plumbing merchants – to strengthen its numbers and buying power.

Jewson has been shortlisted in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Sustainable Business category at this year’s National Business Awards.

Northamptonshire attendees complete on-site assessments.

A group of Northamptonshire builders, plumbers and contractors, all customers of merchant Travis Perkins, have completed an exclusive 10-day course to become New Entrant Green Deal Domestic Advisors (Assessors).

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