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Simon Bicknell, group sales director at Toolbank with John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) demonstrated its intent to make it the “go to” trade body for every sector of the merchanting industry while exhibiting at the Totally Tools show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this month.

Mike Leeming and Nick Lander of Bradstone, and Ben Shephard.

Bradstone announced significant 2014 investment plans at its first national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent this month.

Darren Newbury collecting his award from Kieran Griffin and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

Keyline has named its Milton Keynes site as Branch of the Year, after it recorded a huge year-on-year growth in sales for 2013.

Selco's Deepesh Makwana is planning a holiday after winning vouchers in the Selco Predictor competition.

A trade counter sales advisor from Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating after winning £1,000 worth of holiday vouchers.

David Pochin, Lord Newby, John Newcomb and Zaffar Haq at the Pochin showroom.

Lord Newby, the government’s Treasury spokesman, recently visited Pochin’s Leicester showroom.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has called on the government to tackle poor payment practices between businesses by enforcing the Late Payment Code.

NIBE’s full range of heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems will now be available from Travis Perkins.

NIBE Energy Systems has significantly increased its distribution of renewable heating technologies, following a new agreement with the Travis Perkins Group.

The Exeter branch of RGB Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople to its free demonstration morning on Thursday 27 February.

Ru Butler, Peppard's sales and marketing director.

Peppard Building Supplies is strengthening its web presence after reporting a sharp rise in traffic.

Paul Wakefield, Greg Barker and Claire Perry.

Greg Barker, Minister of Energy & Climate Change, recently toured Grant Engineering UK, where he also announced an additional £150,000 of funding for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) voucher training scheme.

Yeovil Buildbase yardman Ryan Stanley fills sandbags with branch manager Kyle Chesterman.

Builders’ merchant Buildbase is working with its network of suppliers and customers to donate urgent flood relief to Somerset residents.

Princess Anne will be visiting Kent Blaxill in Colchester on 20 March, it has been confirmed in the Royal Diary.

Lafarge Tarmac took home a prize last night at the Marketing Excellence Awards, hosted by the Chartered Institute for Marketing.

Left to right: Paul Read, John Brett and John Newcomb.

Six months after agreeing its first group membership scheme with IBC, the Builders Merchants Federation celebrated the 50th IBC member – Highland Industrial Supplies – joining the Federation, by presenting the buying group with a framed British Lions rugby shirt signed by Austin Healey.

Assistant manager John Wickwar (left) with manager Jon Griffiths from TG Builders Merchants, Oswestry.

With the threat of more severe flooding in the Welshpool and Oswestry areas, the Tudor Griffiths Group is offering 40 tonnes of free sand to local householders so that they may try to protect their properties with sandbags.

Spring is the traditional time for having a clear-out, and Steve Clarke, marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, has said that builders’ merchants should begin with their old fuel cards.

L-r: John Stevenson, George Osborne and Tony Hackney.

BSW Timber is to create up to 60 new operational jobs at its sawmills in Carlisle and Dalbeattie as demand for UK timber rises.

Baxi’s warranty terms and conditions have been given the Crystal Mark seal of approval.

New for 2014, Ridgeons is offering the new bathroom collection from Laura Ashley.

Mike Rigby, managing director of MRA Marketing.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has invited MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a masterclass on marketing and merchandising at its first Branch Managers’ Forum.

Following approval from the Belgium Competition Authority, Grafton Group has acquired Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders’ merchanting business.

Jay Pickup of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing to invest in sustainability, having trained ‘Green Champions’ in each of its 28 branches across England.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to "overhaul" the way the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme is administered.

Knauf Insulation has joined the Sustainable Energy Association to take an active role in developing the policies that matter to the energy-efficiency and low-carbon sectors.

Independent brickmaker Edenhall has stepped up production of its Engineering Quality concrete bricks as clay brick makers struggle to satisfy demand for Class B engineering bricks from merchants, housebuilders and groundworkers in the civils sector.

The Norbord Inverness plant in Scotland.

Norbord has submitted a notice of intent for a planning application to Highland Council for a major investment in its OSB (oriented strand board) manufacturing site at Morayhill, near Inverness, Scotland.

Last month (16 January) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited Triton – The Great British Shower Company in Nuneaton.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has announced the merchant teams that will be taking part in this year’s Practical Skills Challenge Event.

Burge & Gunson has become a member of Fortis Merchants with effect from 1 February 2014.

RGB Building Supplies is inviting those interested in finding out about new ways to cut household energy bills to visit some of its branches for demonstrations of the new iT500 internet enabled thermostat from Salus representatives.

Ted Tugwell, tool sales manager at Elliotts Builders' Merchants in Hampshire, is working to raise awareness of cervical cancer after his wife, Angela, passed away from the disease. 

Michelmersh Brick Holdings is expecting to report a profit from continuing activities for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Peter Buttle, chairman of builders' merchant Buttle's, has spoken of his "shock and sadness" at the death of Kevin Middleton, who died recently following a short illness.

Installers need to get up to speed on the rules of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to ensure new and existing customers aren’t left out of pocket when the scheme is introduced in the spring, says Simon Osborne, head of product and channel management at Baxi.

Wickes is moving its support centre from Harrow to a new state-of the-art facility at Vision House in Watford, bringing its team of 200 employees to the south west Hertfordshire town.

L-R: Housing Minister Kris Hopkins with MP Eric Ollerenshaw, Hanson building products MD Stephen Harrison, Hanson CEO Patrick O’Shea and brick works manager Graham Longhorn.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins recently visited Hanson’s re-opened Claughton Manor brick works, to see bricks being produced there for the first time in four years.

Peter Hindle MBE will take up the position as chairman of the BMF in April.

Peter Hindle MBE will be the next chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), taking up the position on 2 April.

Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the ‘bumper summer’ continuing through the autumn and winter.

Some of the aggregates currently stocked in readiness.

Kelkay has opened up another 10 acres of its land bank.

Leading names from the Travis Perkins Group, including merchants Travis Perkins, CCF, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), backed by the expertise of Sustainable Building Supplies (SBS) and Solfex, have announced they are “RHI ready” thanks to a combination of services which have been developed to support installers and builders.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Scottish region celebrated in style on 24 January, with over 200 members and suppliers attending a Burns supper at Glasgow’s Trades Hall.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has re-launched its basic U-value calculation service to bring it in line with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has rejected claims by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors that a fall in UK construction output is partly due to a brick shortage.

Alex Stephenson has shared why he thinks progress is slow when it comes to SuDs.

Experts have warned that the overly idealistic interpretation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as natural above-ground drainage is holding back progress.

Deco-Pak has confirmed that the company recently acquired the Living Stone national sales team, following the announcement that Living Stone had gone into administration.

Fergus Ewing MSP (centre) opens the event with Plumb Center's head of sustainability Tim Pollard (right), and regional trading director for Scotland Robert Beagley (left).

Fergus Ewing MSP - the Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism – officially opened Scotland’s first HETAS-accredited renewables training academy on 22 January.

The Green Deal has scored just two out of five in a one-year anniversary ‘report card’ from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which says the government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship policy.

Fernox has released its new training dates and venues for 2014.

Grange Fencing is the latest home and garden improvement company to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

Williams & Co., the independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, has been identified in a report by London’s Stock Exchange as making an extraordinary contribution to economic growth and employment.

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