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Low temperature heating - everyone’s a winner
7 December, 2021
Shane Oxberry, MD of Renewable Equipment Solutions, explains how low temperature heating system upgrades act as an opportunity for merchants to sell more while also supporting the low carbon movement.
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Plastic packaging: aqdopting a proactive approach to sustainability
Chris Burrows, ERA’s Head of Sales for Distribution and Smart Security, discusses the fast approaching deadline for the new Plastic Packaging Tax and answers key questions on the implications for distributors and manufacturers.
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LIXIL makes a splash with UNICEF
LIXIL, maker of water and housing products, and UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, have announced the expansion of their ‘Make a Splash!’ partnership.
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Methven praises the spotlight on water at COP26
Following COP26, the designer and manufacturer of premium showers and taps, Methven, is urging businesses to act now to get ahead of anticipated net zero targets for water.
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Research reveals true extent of building supplies crisis
ONS data reveals which building materials are seeing the biggest rises in price and delivery time.
NBG Partners revisited – are they reaping the Buying Group benefits? image
NBG Partners revisited – are they reaping the Buying Group benefits?
Over the last year, National Buying Group (NBG) welcomed multiple companies to its growing community of independent merchants and is hailing their early successes.
What is happening with material prices? image
What is happening with material prices?
It’s been over 18 months since Boris Johnson announced the first COVID-induced UK lockdown, yet material prices continue to rise.
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Find creative solutions to ease supply chain issues
Intatec, leading supplier and manufacturer of plumbing products, has made a significant investment in tech as it looks to combat the impact of wider supply chain issues.
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Should merchants consider electric vehicles?
Is it time for merchants to follow the trend and see if a change of direction in the make-up of their fleet of vehicles could help them become more sustainable businesses?
Covid-19 and Brexit create ‘perfect storm’ in timber industry image
Covid-19 and Brexit create ‘perfect storm’ in timber industry
Archwood Group met with the Timber Trade Federation and CBI Wales for an in-depth webinar discussing two of the biggest issues facing the timber sector right now: Covid-19 and Brexit. Archwood Group – the North Wales-based business behind two leading UK brands – held the event to explore how the pandemic and Brexit have affected the timber industry, including the challenges to supply and logistics.
Construction growing at record pace while supply chains are failing UK trade and construction firms image
Construction growing at record pace while supply chains are failing UK trade and construction firms
Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now, discusses the storm brewing for small firms while order books and confidence is sky high.
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The war for talent
As the UK and the rest of the world recover from the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic employers are finding it increasingly harder to find the talent they are seeking to fill vacancies. Mark Hall, MD of SRS Recruitment, sponsor of the Supplier Account Manager of the Year at the BM awards, explains.
UK construction job vacancies rise to highest figure in 20 years  image
UK construction job vacancies rise to highest figure in 20 years
Marco Verdonkschot, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, explains why the future looks bright for the construction industry.
How construction industry employers can help safeguard men's mental health image
How construction industry employers can help safeguard men's mental health
As Men's Health Week gets underway, industrial tool supplier Zoro shares actionable tips for employers to protect the wellbeing of their staff. 
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Building professionals urged to visualise landscaping opportunity
Consumers are more likely to spend disposable income on ambitious house moves or home renovations.
Supply chain crisis. What supply chain crisis? image
Supply chain crisis. What supply chain crisis?
Dan Grimshaw, design and construction specialist at Beam Development, argues that the current supply chain crisis could ultimately hasten the modernisation of the construction sector.
With 25% of Europe’s greenhouse emissions coming from buildings, EU scientists suggest fundamental policy changes  image
With 25% of Europe’s greenhouse emissions coming from buildings, EU scientists suggest fundamental policy changes
To live up to their climate pledge under the Paris agreement, EU lawmakers must ensure all 250 million existing as well as all new buildings in the EU become nearly zero greenhouse gas emitters. In a new report, experts nominated by EASAC’s member science academies call for far-reaching policy action.
UK housebuilding under pressure from global timber shortage image
UK housebuilding under pressure from global timber shortage
Global timber shortages have put the UK housebuilding industry’s supply chain in the eye of a perfect storm – with faltering availability and rapidly rising costs of basic materials such as roofing batten.
You’ve missed a bit: CMO identifies most common project pitfalls image
You’ve missed a bit: CMO identifies most common project pitfalls
CMO is keen to work with its customers to help them get their projects off to the best start and keep them on track.
Expert tips on soundproofing your WFH space on a budget image
Expert tips on soundproofing your WFH space on a budget
With searches for ‘soundproofing home’ going up 128% from last April to now, Johnpaul Manning, MD of Insulation4Less, offers his insights into the best ways to soundproof a home office space on a budget.


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