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One year on from Carillion’s collapse, Unite warns of Government inaction

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, has warned that a year after Carillion’s collapse the government’s inaction is putting jobs at risk and could result in future corporate meltdowns. Carillion went into compulsory liquidation on 15 January 2018, with £7 billion of liabilities and just £29 million left in the …

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Construction output rises despite Brexit uncertainty, says FMB

The Government must not be complacent about the damage a ‘no deal’ Brexit would cause amid positive signs of growth in the UK construction industry, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the construction output figures for November 2018, published by the Office for National Statistics, Sarah McMonagle, …

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Heatrae Sadia to leave Norwich for Preston

Electric water heating manufacturer, Heatrae Sadia is to close its factory in Norwich,  leading to the loss of up to 200 jobs. The move is part of parent company Baxi Heating UK’s proposals to reorganise its UK operations and would see the Heatrae Sadia operation move to the Baxi facilities in Preston. The …

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BMF Training receives CPD Accreditation

In line with its ambition to encourage life-long learning throughout the building materials industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is gaining independent accreditation for its training courses through the globally recognised CPD Certification Service. Three BMF courses, How a House is Built, Managing for Success and Measuring Building Quantities, have …

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Beesley & Fildes buys CCS

North west independent builders merchants Beesley & Fildes have bought CSS (North West ) Ltd .   The acquisition means that Beesley & Fildes inherits the customers of the 21 year-old business and increases their branch number to ten. CSS has been established since 1998 and trades from a single site in Walkden …

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Offsite would help with Shelter’s three million social homes vision, says Actis

A report published this week by housing charity Shelter stating that three million new social homes are required in England over the next 20 years to solve the housing crisis will require practical as well as economic and political assistance, says insulation specialist Actis. Shelter’s 220 report “Building for our …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2019: Enter by January 14

The deadline for entries for the 2019 BMJ Industry Awards is Monday 14 January. So all innovative brands, outstanding merchants and incredible individuals from across the builders’ merchants sector are encouraged to submit an entry and make sure they are in the running for a prestigious accolade at the 2019 BMJ Industry …

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Multi-skilled and profitable in 2019

According to a new survey by Logic4training, becoming multi-skilled could be a good move for building services installers looking for a more profitable 2019 – over 75% of survey respondents stated increased profits as a result of upskilling. The survey, which set-out to discover how trades people developed their skillsets …

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Construction sees “disappointing end” to 2018

Construction business activity growth was at a three-month low with new orders coming in at a relatively subdued pace. That’s according to the MARKIT / CIPS UK CONSTRUCTION PMI® UK, whose only real bright spot was a sustained rebound in civil engineering activity, which rose at the fastest pace since …

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OX Tools UK joins the BMF

OX Tools UK is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The company’s hand tool range was born in 1974 in Australia and launched under the OX brand in the UK in 2012.  With extremely high quality products, a strong brand and competitive pricing, the range has …

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