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It’s never been easier for installers working in areas off the mains-gas network to find the solutions they need – thanks to Plumb and Parts Center’s new Off-Grid Guide.

The Builders Merchants Federation has a new venue and a new format for its Members’ Day event on 17 and 18 September.

Lighting merchant National Lighting is expanding its network of branches with the opening of three new trade counters.

Clark-Drain has signed a dual supply agreement with the National Buying Group (NBG) for its linear channel series of products, further reinforcing a relationship that has continued for over 10 years.

Darts legend Eric Bristow, five-times World Champion darts player and former I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! contestant, recently visited plumbers’ merchant Farr & Harris in Shrewsbury.

Gorenje, the Slovenian home appliance manufacturer, has appointed Sprint Deliveries GB as its new distribution partner.

Twyford Bathrooms and Plumb Center are giving customers the chance to own a football shirt of their choice if they spend £350 or more.

Following on from last year’s success, Twyford Bathrooms has teamed up with Plumb Center once again to offer its customers the opportunity to claim a free football shirt.

IGEM's 'Carbon Monoxide – Ignorance can be fatal' conference drove home the importance of CO alarms in homes.

One death from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is one too many – this was the clear message from a major conference recently staged by the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM).

Ian Monk, chief executive and founder of bathrooms.com.

Bathrooms.com is to start manufacturing 25% of its products in the UK. The decision to move to domestic manufacturing means the online company can now take products from design through to production in just six weeks.

Over 60 firms have been disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year, the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body has reported.

Shuttleworth Business Systems has announced the acquisition of Border Merchant Systems, specialist supplier of computer software for builders’ and plumbers’ merchants.

Inverurie-based GPH Builders Merchants is sponsoring the appearance of TV builder Tommy Walsh at this year’s Scottish Home Show.

A judge has rejected a legal challenge against the government’s decision to scrap plans for a “conservatory tax”, which would have boosted the retrofit market.

Travis Perkins has signed up as sponsor of a new Novus Logistics and Supply Chain BSc degree, joining companies such as B&Q, Sainsbury’s and DHL.

Re:allies has awarded its first merchant framework agreement to Integrated Services, a division of Wolseley UK.

John Colling, chairman of MARC.

Inflated heat outputs on product packaging are defrauding resellers, installers and consumers, the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) has warned.

The number of Green Deal plans signed has reached 36, but virtually all cash-back incentives paid are for boiler replacements, according to the latest Green Deal statistics published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Travis Perkins has automatically enrolled around 9,000 of its employees into a pension scheme, contributing to the millionth UK employee that has been auto-enrolled to date.

Following an extensive selection process, Melin Homes in Wales has appointed Graham to supply plumbing and heating materials as well as a range of renewable technologies.

The new presses at Pegler Yorkshire.

Pegler Yorkshire has invested millions into its two Yorkshire sites in order to double production capacity to cope with the expected demand in its range of metal push-fit fittings.

The top prize is a VW Caddy Van worth over £14,000.

Knauf is reprising its popular Golden Ticket competition from last year with another prize promotion worth over £20,000. Top of the prize list is a VW Caddy Van, which retails at over £14,000. Runner up prizes include Fein Drywall Guns – worth £400 each – Stanley trowels and dozens of Knauf measuring tapes.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has recruited nine new merchant members since the All Industry Conference at the end of June.

Ours Sanitary Ware has closed its Chinese production facility.

Ours Sanitary Ware has now closed its Chinese production facility, transferring all manufacturing to Middlewich.

The Ecodan van will be visiting various fairs and exhibitions across the UK to spread the renewable message.

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new mobile display vehicle to help carry the renewable message to the furthest reaches of the country, and bring the benefits of low running costs and reduced emissions to even more off-gas households.

Centurion Europe, the DIY and hardware expert, is making its free delivery on all orders placed online a permanent offer across its whole range. And, there is no minimum order value required.

Ridgeons keeps in touch with retired employees via its Link Scheme.

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons recently held its biannual luncheon to celebrate the work of the Ridgeons Link Scheme volunteers, who help the company to stay in touch with retired employees.

Hanson Building Products is opening its Claughton brickworks after mothballing the Lancashire plant three years ago.

Major certification body BM TRADA has undergone a global corporate rebrand that will, for the first time, unite its different divisions under a shared name and visual identity.

L-r: David Costello; Max Martin; Elliott Bench and Jamie Cook.

Kestrel is helping to tackle youth unemployment in Scunthorpe by recruiting four new apprentices at its head office and manufacturing facility based in the town.

Duncan Lewis, managing director for Xylem Water Solutions UK.

Xylem Water Solutions UK, Lowara and Flow Control have merged to become one single business in the UK.

Travis Perkins has announced that it will open a new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Cardiff. The investment supports the strategy of making its service available to even more customers, from the larger contractors down to the smaller tradesmen.

Actis UK's David Curtis says the right type of insulation keeps a house warm in winter and cool in summer.

Insulation firm Actis has welcomed the fact that a recent report issuing a Green Deal warning has been taken on board by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

IronmongeryDirect has been acquired by Manutan Group, a European mail-order supplier to business and local authorities.

Jewson's vehicles are being fitted with Safe-T-Drop barriers to act as fall restraints and guards.

Jewson is rolling out a new health and safety system across its fleet of heavy commercial vehicles.

Uponor UK has launched a new website with improved accessibility and a wider array of information on Uponor’s product ranges and heating and plumbing solutions.

Ian Greenfield of Deepings and Helen Jones of Larkfleet Homes at Larkfleet Group's walk-in information display at Waterside Garden Centre.

Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies is making its landscaping products available to the public via a third-party stockist.

A recent blaze at Edwards Buildbase in Elm Road, Wisbech has been described as an accident by the fire brigade.

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

Last updated: 17 July 2013

Last week’s announcement from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), confirming tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), has been largely welcomed by industry.

From left: Graham Toomey from PGR Timber with Paul Rogers from NatWest at the new site in Egham.

PGR Timber & Builders Merchants has opened a new site in Egham, Surrey, thanks to funding from NatWest and the bank’s asset finance division, Lombard.

NMBS has joined forces with Your Green Deal Provider (Your GDP) to help NMBS members engage with trade customers by offering a Green Deal and ECO facility.

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has revamped and relaunched its online presence. Officially unveiled on 4 July, the new site promises members and suppliers more information, more features and more ways to interact.

Stax Trade Centres' new Leeds showroom.

Stax Trade Centres has recently unveiled its new kitchen and bathroom showroom at its 80,000sq ft branch in Leeds.

Neil Marshall, NIA's chief executive.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA), has commented on the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recently published ‘Meeting Carbon Budgets Annual Progress Report’, and the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) statistics, which were published by DECC at the end of June.

Phil Warren, managing director of Warmer Energy Services, with Steve Selfe, head of sales operations – north at Integrated Services.

Warmer Energy Services has appointed supply chain and procurement specialist Integrated Services – a division of Wolseley UK – to provide a dedicated stores management facility at the company’s head office in Liverpool.

Debbie Coley, general manager UK for Firebird Heating Solutions.

Firebird UK has altered its name to Firebird Heating Solutions, to reflect the growing product portfolio as the heating market adapts to change and embraces new technologies to provide a coordinated and economical solution to home heating.

Franke Washroom Systems, also known as Franke Sissons, Chesterfield, is one of the first manufacturers to conform to the latest round of CE compliance legislation.

HPS sales are up 16.2% in the first half of 2013 (1 January to 30 June) against the same period in 2012. Encouragingly, excluding the new branches, the existing branches were up 8.8% in the same period.

A joint strategy named Construction 2025 was launched last week, setting out how industry and government will work together to put Britain at the forefront of global construction over the coming years.

SIG Roofing Supplies warns of rust-risk slates that are being badged and sold as T1 slate.

An increase in incorrectly marked, inferior slate coming into the UK market poses a worrying threat to merchants and contractors, SIG Roofing Supplies has warned.

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