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Following an intensive programme to develop a forecasting model specifically aligned to the UK merchant sector, the Builders Merchants Federation has published the first edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast, covering the period 2019-2021.

Aggregate Industries has become the first construction materials supplier to achieve PAS 2080 verification after demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supplying low carbon solutions to infrastructure projects.

W. Howard has introduced 100% biodegradable wrapping for all its delivered products.

SR Timber’s Trading Director joined business leaders to tell Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues.

Chandler Building Supplies has announced its sponsorship of this year’s Seven Port Challenge, with six of its staff members taking part.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon this year at Grocers’ Hall in London.

John Carter has stepped down at CEO of Travis Perkins, with Nick Roberts, currently CEO of Atkins, succeeding him.

The Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating the construction skills shortage and must be reformed urgently, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Cmostores.com has launched a new trade arm offering rewards for customers of its specialist online superstores.

MAM, TIMco and HB42 will all be appearing at the NMBS Exhibition on 10 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Three National Buying Group partners from across the UK have expanded their offerings with new sites, extended showrooms and new website features.

Isleworth merchant Seccombe is holding a breakfast event to meet landscaping suppliers on 25 April.

Michael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclay’s Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

A long-standing joinery customer is getting set to swap joists for Jamaica after being selected as the winner for Gibbs & Dandy’s seasonal getaway giveaway promotion.

NMBS has updated the NMBS Creative website to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly for independent merchants.

Door distributor JB Kind is throwing its weight behind a charity providing support for families affected by dementia.

Flame Heating Group has announced the launch of its first outlet in the North West, with the opening of its Carlisle branch.

More than a thousand tradespeople and members of the public are set to descend on The Barn at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, for the Huws Gray Giant Trade Event on April 17.

Midlands-based independent merchant Emerys Timber and Builders Merchant is the latest recruit to H&B buying group.

The Timber Trade Federation and the Wood Protection Association are joining forces under a strategic partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the UK market for treated wood.

Snows Timber, previously part of The Bradfords Group, has announced the completion of a management buyout.

Kingsfold-based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed as NYEs Building Supplies.

CRASH is thrilled to announce that the CRASH Charity Sailing Cup will return for a fourth year on Friday 12 July 2019 at the stunning Portsmouth Marina, PO6 4TJ.

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.

JT Dove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion bosses have set themselves and the team a challenge.

The team at Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester donned an array of silly socks to raise funds for local charity Aldingbourne Trust.

Brexit dominated the agenda as Snows Timber hosted Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero at its Huthwaite distribution centre this week.

If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the Builders Merchants’ Federation - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

Natural Cement has become a supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation.

James Burrell Builders Merchants’ turnover has exceeded £64m for the year to October 2018.

Lakes has introduced new fully-recyclable packaging, designed to reduce its impact on the environment.

New biodiversity measures will result in more costs and more delays for the nation’s SME house builders, worsening the housing crisis, warns the Federation of Master Builders.

Keyline has been invited to help coordinate the modernisation of the Rothera Research Station, the largest British Antarctic facility.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has expanded its nationwide network with the recent launch of its new branch in Chester, bringing the total to 32.

XL Joinery has been officially recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to its sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

The BMF has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his Spring Statement to Parliament to lobby for more flexibility in the rules governing the Apprenticeship Levy.

A strong order book and sustained growth has seen leading independent doorway solutions company, Denleigh, make a move to larger new offices in Amesbury.

The BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will offer a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions.

Swarfega’s Tough-O-Meter has handed out the Toughest Trade 2019 title to mechanics, following a hard-fought battle of the trades on social media over the past two months.

Knauf’s Earthwool RainScreen Slab has been certified by the British Board of Agrément for use in high-rise residential applications, giving merchants more options in the rainscreen market.

Almost 70% of Travis Perkins’ apprentices have achieved a merit or better since it became the first ever builders’ merchant to achieve Employer Provider status.

Three generations of the Luton-based Smith family have racked up almost 150 years of service for Gibbs & Dandy.

At an awards ceremony in Battersea Park last week, Williams and Co. was announced as number 76 on The Sunday Times "100 best companies to work for" competition.

Dulux Academy is proud to support National Apprenticeship Week for the third consecutive year.

Russell Roof Tiles has joined the Royal Institute of British Architects CPD Providers Network, investing in the development and training of architects and specifiers.

Hull-based MKM Building Supplies has officially cut the ribbon on a new branch in Mansfield - a milestone 60th nationally.

More parents in the UK want to see their child undertake an apprenticeship than a university degree, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders.

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship week, Pasquill, the largest manufacturer and supplier of Roof Trusses in the UK, is looking to tackle the industry’s skills shortage with the launch of its new apprenticeship scheme, funded by the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

The Builders Merchants Federation has introduced a new sales talent development programme, accredited by the Institute of Sales Management, to support individuals looking to successfully develop and manage a portfolio of customers. 

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