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Net zero: redefining the sustainable future of construction
9 February, 2024
Following a 136% rise in online interest in 'sustainable business practices' in the last six months, asset disposal specialist BPI worked with a range of experts to illustrate actionable strategies for construction businesses to champion sustainability in 2024.
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A win for the top and bottom line
Lara Gilman, Co-lead iwocaPay, explains how alternative trade credit options can help builders’ merchants thrive in 2024.
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Building a greener tomorrow: Construction's race to decarbonisation
One of Britain’s largest contributors to climate change is at a turning point. The construction industry, responsible for 18% of the country’s large particle pollution, is now taking steps towards sustainability. But how soon can the industry realistically achieve this?
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Upholding and extending plumbing excellence
Tom Reynolds, Chief Executive at the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, outlines the urgent measures required to address plumbing skills.
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From struggling student to thriving construction apprentice
For 18-year-old Ollie Harper Nash, living with an undiagnosed learning difficulty made for a rather challenging journey through secondary school.
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Why having a reliable HVAC supply chain is a must
Jane Marsh, Editor-in-Chief of Environment.co, highlights how the residential building Industry can address the HVAC supply chain.
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Stock up on heating season essentials
Suggestions to help merchants stock up and be ready for the specific demands the heating season brings.
Lauren Haines reflects on 50 years working for Elliotts Builders Merchants image
Lauren Haines reflects on 50 years working for Elliotts Builders Merchants
Typing pools, stencilling price sheets by hand and making phone calls from a phone box – just some of the things that were the norm when Lauren Haines started working as a typist for Elliotts Builders Merchant in December 1973.
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Job hunting when facing redundancy
Have you just been made redundant? Or fear you might be at risk of redundancy? Stirling Warrington, specialists in recruiting specialists, offers some extremely useful tips and advice on what to do for your next steps.
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Apprenticeships deliver double benefits in learning and life experience
Sixteen-year-old Rory McAinsh shares his journey from school to the world of work.
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Keeping homes cool is vital
With climate scientists predicting that this year could be even hotter than record-breaking 2023, ensuring our homes stay cool is essential for our health and comfort, says insulation specialist Actis.
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January blues: mental health and silent discrimination in the construction industry
Mark Coleman, Chief Executive at Colemans, shares his own experiences when it comes to mental health, and reveals how the company is implementing mental health education and procedures.
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A positive outlook for the UK construction industry heading into 2024?
Ellis Osborn, Ecommerce Manager at IronmongeryDirect, has looked at the latest government data to highlight recent successes and challenges for the sector.
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Six tips for understanding the 2024 B2B buyer
ECI Software dives into the six key characteristics defining today's business-to-business buyers to help you build stronger relationships and boost profits.
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Regulation without enforcement is an empty gesture
Tom Reynolds, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, advocates that regulation and rigorous enforcement action are two sides of the same coin.
Builders' merchants and suppliers raise a staggering £218k through Pavestone Rally image
Builders' merchants and suppliers raise a staggering £218k through Pavestone Rally
Pavestone shares a few highlights of the mad five days in September for the 2023.
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Transforming builders' merchants for the future
Chris Fisher, VP of EMEA, LBMH Division at ECI Software Solutions, explains why builders' merchants who embrace and adapt to the digital era will thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape.
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Overcoming delays on construction sites with on-time deliveries
Andrew Tavener, Head of Marketing for Fleet Solutions at Descartes Systems, explains how merchants can take advantage of proven software solutions, ensuring that the delivery of building products take place on-time and in full
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Addressing the construction industry skills gap
Graham Mercer, Managing Director of Rearo*, looks at the skills gap in the construction and manufacturing industries and suggests what needs to be done to ensure those sectors are properly resourced to fulfill future, large-scale infrastructure projects.
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Pressure mounting to bridge gender skill gap in the construction industry
In collaboration with construction ERP software supplier, RedSky IT, discusses the gender skill gap in the construction industry and what initiatives can be taken to drive female talent into the industry.


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