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After the success of the ‘Accidents – Zero Tolerance (AZT)’ safety campaign at the three UK Norbord plants in 2007, a "rebranding" exercise has been completed so that employees are reminded of the message.

The government’s new £525m Builders Finance Fund will improve access to finance for some small housebuilders, but the minimum threshold of 15 units will exclude many small and micro-housebuilders, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The team at Travis Perkins Harvey Reeves Road branch launch the 7am until 7pm opening times.

Two Northamptonshire branches of Travis Perkins have broken with tradition to open from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

Independent buying group IBC has launched the 2014/15 Supplier of the Year initiative.

Andy McEwan: "By stocking the most popular sizes, we can offer customers immediate availability for CHP units."

Pipe Center has announced plans to become a major player in the combined heat and power (CHP) sector.

Travis Perkins Group’s Environmental Improvement Scheme has seen positive results, with £5m saved in waste disposal costs.

L-r: James Kelly MSP, Graham Bolton (BMF) and Gordon Banks MP.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) met the Scottish Labour Party to hear direct from representatives about ideas they are formulating ahead of important elections and to explain the role of merchants and the Federation itself in the building materials’ supply chain.

Gibbs & Dandy is hosting a free half-day event for self-build enthusiasts next month.

JCB is the latest member of the Builders Merchants Federation.

JCB has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), becoming its 450th member.

The bureaucracy associated with MCS – both for a manufacturer and its products, and the installer – is astonishing, says Worcester, Bosch Group.

Worcester, Bosch Group has criticised the number of barriers now in place for those looking to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation.

IBD has been appointed by several plumbers' merchants to provide their trade customers with Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) project design, commissioning and sign-off services.

Rudridge has supplied buff sandstone to the Horse Guards Parade.

Rudridge’s Brentford branch has assisted in the renovation of Horse Guards Parade in central London.

Charlie Mullins will be speaking at the BMF Members Day in September.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has added Britain’s richest plumber, Charlie Mullins, to a powerful line-up of speakers for BMF Members Day in September.

Will Davies of argues that the government should focus on building affordable housing.

Will Davies, managing director of property maintenance firm, has criticised the government for not taking the ‘Get Britain Building’ fund seriously.

Now is the time for industry and political parties to address challenges facing the entire supply chain through the creation of a new manufacturing strategy, according to John Sinfield, new chairman of the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Eddy Hall will help launch a new awards scheme for RGB Building Supplies.

Britain’s ‘strongest man’ Eddy Hall is to join RGB Building Supplies at this month’s Toolfair event, to help launch a new awards scheme for RGB’s customers.

Talis UK, the valve, meterbox and water fitting specialist, has announced ambitious new plans to see it become the leading supplier in the industry.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has launched Watershed Issues, a channel that will share industry expertise and enable people to discuss matters challenging the water and building industries.

Hundreds of independent merchants headed to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 9 April for the 2014 NMBS Exhibition.

(L to r): TV presenter Pollyanna Woodward, Paul Gallacher, sales director at Pop-Up Products, Paul Rogers, product manager at Pop-Up Products and Mark Rogerson MBE, CEO of Speedy Services.

Speedy celebrated its leading suppliers and praised their ongoing support and commitment at The Speedy Supplier Awards 2014.

The Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest forecasts predict activity in the construction sector will grow 18% by 2017.

Ebac's Tony Hird.

The long-term savings offered by the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has the potential to revolutionise home efficiency, says Ebac.

Viessmann Photovoltaik GmbH has come to an agreement with Schüco International KG to take over Schüco's photovoltaics business, subject to consent from supervisory authorities.

Site waste from all Jewson branches is now converted to energy.

Jewson has released its annual Sustainable Development Review for 2013, detailing the merchant’s proactive approach to its environmental, economic and social agenda.

Global cement manufacturing businesses Lafarge and Holcim have announced their intentions to merge, creating a global business with combined sales amounting to EUR 32bn (£26.4bn).

Travis Perkins has united with Recipro to support the online exchange company’s efforts to direct surplus stock and any re-usable materials from customer sites to worthy causes.

Interior building products distributor CCF has opened a new 38,000 sq ft branch in Newcastle-under-Lyme in response to growing demand from contractors within the Staffordshire area.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has greeted news of a new construction payment charter proposed by members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) as a welcome first step, but fears it is unlikely to work unless it is backed by enforcement and mandatory disclosure of corporate payment practices.

Kelkay has seen a 76% increase in its aggregate sales.

Dedicated to providing quality aggregates, Kelkay’s offering has never been better. The proof is in the pudding as like for like sales for the October to April period are up 76% on the same period the previous season.

The long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is officially launching today, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed.

Merchants and suppliers from across the industry met last night (8 April) at a Gala Dinner event ahead of today's annual National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) exhibition for independent merchants.

BSW Timber’s customers across London and the South-East can now benefit from next day delivery, following the opening of a new distribution centre in Tilbury, Essex.

Worcester, Bosch Group is now offering a more flexible way for installers to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, ahead of the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch.

The Chancellor’s decision to exempt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) from the “carbon floor price” as part of the 2014 Budget review has been welcomed by a commercial and industrial heating manufacturer.

The UK’s construction industry and its supply base is walking a tightrope over CE markings for construction products, according to an industry supplier.

Ariston has moved to a new UK headquarters in High Wycombe.

Following a sustained period of growth and success, Ariston moved to a brand new UK headquarters on 4 April.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced ACO Academy as the main sponsor for Members Day, and confirmed 'Accelerating Growth' as the theme for this year's event, which takes place on 16 and 17 September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.

Having opened a year ago this month, Chandlers Bathrooms’ Villeroy & Boch showroom in Lewes has already generated in excess of £100,000 worth of sales, exceeding all targets that were set.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has announced the launch of NFB Business & Skills, its dedicated skills and development arm.

npower has announced a strategic partnership with Greenworks, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, together with its sister brands, Jewson, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, Minster and Gibbs and Dandy, for the delivery of external wall insulation, part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

VADO, the bathroom brassware manufacturer, has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA).

After an extensive tender process, Graham and Jewson have been appointed by the Places for People Group, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

Bence Roofing Supplies has opened a new company in Cheltenham, with its official opening taking place on 20 March. The new site was opened by Martin Horwood MP.

The St Neots branch of Ridgeons will be holding a two-day power tool trade event starting from Wednesday 16 April.

Amersham Dec has thanked Crown Paints for a successful year at its new site.

Amersham Decorating Supplies has seen record sales during its first year at its new site on the Corinium Industrial Estate in Amersham.

Door hardware manufacturer PC Henderson has stressed the importance of considering the interior detail of a project to cater for all generations.

RFU star Tom Croft with EH Smith Leicester staff.

The latest £100,000 redevelopment at EH Smith’s Enderby, Leicester branch was launched last week by John Parker, company chief executive officer and chair of the Fortis buying group.

The new Travis Perkins Regional Distribution Centre in Warrington.

Travis Perkins has begun operations from its brand new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in the Appleton area of Warrington.

Wolseley UK has bought Fusion Provida and Utility Power Systems (UPS), two trading businesses of Fusion Group, it was announced today (1 April 2014).

Suggestions that Scotland's Green Homes Cashback Scheme will not be extended beyond today (31 March) have been met with concern by the National Insulation Association (NIA).

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