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Students welcomed onto major construction sites

Twenty ambitious construction and trade students from in and around Leicestershire have been welcomed onsite at five high-profile building projects. Stepnell is delivering several multi-million-pound projects across the county within the commercial, conservation, education and health sectors and has been offering hands-on work experience to college students. Working in partnership …

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Ideal benefits from Scottish hub

Bathroom distributor Ideal Bathrooms has seen a huge growth in sales following its investment in a new Scottish distribution hub. The company moved to a new 33,000ft2 warehouse in Glasgow, which provides over 1,500 pallet spaces, ensuring the firm has the best possible stock holding and delivery capability, since the …

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Wolseley parent taxes back to UK

Ferguson plc, parent company of UK plumbing heating and civils merchants Wolseley UK, is to move its headquarters back to the UK for tax purposes, it announced in its interim results yesterday (March 26). The group, which renamed itself Ferguson plc to match 83% of its revenue that comes from …

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WCoBM recognises achievement at annual awards event

Builders Merchant Livery Company the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants held its annual City & Awards lunch at Grocers’ Hall in the City of London on Monday March 18. The merchanting prizewinners were: Georgina Bennett of Pochins, BMF Trade Supplier Apprentice of the Year, Ryan Edwards of Kellaway, Best Student …

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Sales of water-borne paints surge in 2018, says Dulux Trade

Dulux Trade is reporting a significant shift in buying behavior from trade professionals with sales of water-borne paint up and solvent-borne paints down across the total paint market in 2018. The latest market data to the end of 2018 shows a rise of 13 per cent in the sales of …

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Jewson helps build new Community at Heyford Park

Builders’ merchant Jewson is working with Dorchester Living to support the construction of over 700 new homes at a former US Air Base in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. Heyford Park, which is set within 1,231 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, was once the largest airfield in Europe. Home to 15,000 American servicemen …

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Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

Michael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclay’s Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June. …

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Coastal funding is an opportunity to invest in local business

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced the fifth round of the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), which will see £36 million of funding to help develop tourist attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth. The Government selected 26 projects, which are forecast to create 15,000 jobs and attract £40 million …

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Emerys joins H&B group

Midlands-based independent merchant Emerys Timber and Builders Merchant has joined H&B buying group. Part of the Joseph Parr Group, established in 1883, Emerys is based in the north west Midlands and last year turned over £14m from its two depots, one in Stoke on Trent and one in Telford. The …

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