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Jewson appoints new management trainees 29-Jan-2015
Builders merchant Jewson has appointed 50 new management trainees as part of its focus to bring new talent into the business.

Covers opens hardwood shed after strong sales 29-Jan-2015
Independent builders and timber merchant Covers has unveiled a new 14,000 square foot hardwood shed at its depot on Quarry Lane, Chichester.

Hiab wins contract with Travis Perkins 29-Jan-2015
Hiab, part of Cargotec, has won an extensive order to supply loader cranes to Travis Perkins plc.

Gibbs & Dandy wins preferred supplier contract in Luton 29-Jan-2015
Builders merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a contract to be a preferred materials supplier for the trading arm of Luton Borough Council - Building and Technical Services (BTS).

Windows and doors market strengthens due to rising construction output 28-Jan-2015
The UK windows and doors market grew by 3.8% in 2014 and is set to grow even further thanks to rising output from the country's construction industry, new research has suggested.

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Mira breathes new life into Vie 27-Jan-2015
The latest generation of Vie electric showers from Mira Showers - the UK's leading manufacturer of showering products and accessories - features a wholly redesigned shower engine and casing that simplifies installation.

Bradstone launches porcelain paving collection 27-Jan-2015
Bradstone has launched Mode, a new porcelain paving collection available in large 600mm x 600mm pavers in two finishes; textured, or profiled, a stone-like appearance with added crystals for additional visual appeal.

Marshalls unveils new products for 2015 20-Jan-2015
Landscaping specialist Marshalls has unveiled its new products for 2015 with a solution for every garden or driveway project.

JELD-WEN gets top marks 20-Jan-2015
JELD-WEN, manufacturer of timber windows, doors and stairs, has been awarded the top A+ rating for its Stormsure casement window range, in compliance with the BFRC Window Energy Rating scheme.

Long Rake Spar launches trade only website 19-Jan-2015
Decorative aggregates supplier Long Rake Spar has launched a new trade only website, providing an online portfolio of products, whilst serving as a sales tool for merchants to tap into.

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OSB’s benefits – from the tradesmen themselves 22-Jan-2015
JOSB Done, the campaign to promote to use of OSB (oriented strand board) went out onto building sites and merchant yards to ask the trade what it thinks of the product.

Parkers comes to the rescue of Jack and Jill 10-Nov-2014
Independent builders merchant Parker Building Supplies was featured on local TV news after coming to the aid of a local Sussex landmark.

On the JOSB video series goes live 16-Sep-2014
JOSB Done, the industry wide campaign to promote the use of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), has partnered with celebrity builder Roger Bisby to create a series of practical videos to demonstrate the uses of OSB in construction.

Actis launches "How to" guides on new YouTube channel 16-Sep-2014
Actis Insulation has launched its own English YouTube channel containing step-by-step videos showing how to install its insulation products in a variety of scenarios.

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Fully integrated systems for builders' merchants deliver best results
Fully integrated systems have become the norm for many builders merchants, especially with applications such as CRM, warehouse and electronic trading coming on stream. Integrated functionality has also made it possible to manage complex branch, location and company structures more successfully when using the builders merchants software. In short with or without some sort of interface, stand-alone alternatives for accounts, stock control and marketing, do not address merchants needs particularly successfully. Bespoke applications have also become increasingly less appealing and practical. More and more merchants have appreciated the value of transactional data being recorded once at the point of entry, then flowing automatically through to the accounting functions and other system modules. No re-keying, the risk of errors much reduced and improved operational efficiency being the obvious benefits. MKM, the UK s largest independent builders merchant, needed a fully integrated and scalable system that would help the business develop. Implementing K8 in 2008, they found that one of the major benefits was that they could have all the requisite functionality without bespoke modifications.

TBS goes live with new K8 Web Builder eCommerce solution
12th January 2015: TBS Building Supplies, the Daventry-based builders merchants, has launched a new, fully integrated online trading system. The Kerridge Commercial Systems Web Builder platform, an integral part of class-leading K8 system used by TBS, means that customers are now able to look up product information, place orders and view account information on a 24/7 basis.

MKM Building Supplies success with K8 system
One of the potentially most rewarding aspects of a modern, fully integrated trading system such as KCS K8 is that it provides something of a blank canvas for builders merchants to work with. Comprehensive, flexible and adaptable, K8 has the capabilities for users to fine tune the system to suit their own requirements and achieve long term aspirations. Results Branch roll-out template Recommended order facility Excellent stock control tools Supports customer service goals Effective financial controls Robust credit chase processes Tailored workplace dashboards K8 electronic forms and documentation Scalable platform for future development

Stuart Turner improves customer service with Wesupply
COVENTRY, 19th January 2015: Stuart Turner Ltd, a leading water pump manufacturer, has outsourced its EDI requirements to Wesupply, to improve the efficiency and reliability of its order to cash processes.

FUSION® – Modern Style with Minimal Effort
FUSION is the ultimate DIY stair balustrade system, designed to create a stairway with a fresh and stylish look in a just day or two.

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