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Find creative solutions to ease supply chain issues
10 September, 2021
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.
Should merchants consider electric vehicles? image
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
BMF Supplier & Service Forum: engaging and communicating key to success image
BMF Supplier & Service Forum: engaging and communicating key to success
The BMF Supplier & Service Forum, which took place on 14 April 2020, was the highest attended virtual forum hosted to date with 101 participants.
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BMF Marketing Forum - Spring 2021
The spring 2021 edition of the BMF's Marketing Forum was chaired by Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith, and took place on 31 March 2021.
The top three causes of flooring installation failure image
The top three causes of flooring installation failure
Setcrete has revealed the top three reasons for flooring installation failures when using floor levelling compounds and adhesives to install textile, resilient or wooden floorcoverings.
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Maximising timber sales
International Timber, the UK's leading importer and distributor of bespoke and sustainable timber, highlights effective ways that builders’ merchants can increase timber sales.
Weather records call for more robust roofing components image
Weather records call for more robust roofing components
The unpredictability of the UK climate is highlighting the need for safer and more breathable roofing solutions, advises roofing and ventilation components manufacturer, Klober.
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Klober looks at what is next for the roofing industry
According to the National Federation for Roofing Contractors, in the final quarter of 2020 41% of roofing contractors reported a strong recovery in workload and 29% of firms confirmed a rise in enquiries. Stuart Stockley, Managing Director at Klober Group, shares how the business plans to help the industry succeed, as the country edges closer to a post-pandemic future, despite the fact all manufacturers have struggled to meet demand due to worldwide materials shortages.
Budget 2021: The construction industry reacts image
Budget 2021: The construction industry reacts
Organisations from the industry comment on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget Statement 2021 to the House of Commons.


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