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BMJ Industry Awards 2019 – Nominate Now!!

Nominations close for the BMJ Industry Awards 2019 on January 14 2019. Click HERE to nominate your favourite merchants, supplier brands, trainees, showrooms and industry people. The awards celebrate the very best brands, merchants and people at the heart of the builders’ merchants sector. More and more heavyweight industry names have been signing up …

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A new generation of training from Hamilton

With an eye on the next generation of professional painters and decorators, leading professional decorating sundries company, Hamilton, has unveiled its brand-new training platform, designed exclusively for students, at this year’s National Painting & Decorating Show. New Hamilton Training Platform Building on the solid relationships with colleges of further education …

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Cricklewood Builders Merchant On The Move

The Cricklewood branch of Selco Builders Warehouse will be in its new home for Christmas, located on the JVC Business Park, Priestley Way, Staples Corner from Monday December 17 onwards. The existing branch has been based on Geron Way since it first opened 11 years ago. Howard Luft, Selco chief executive, …

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Warning signs as construction output flat-lines, says FMB

Rising costs and continued uncertainty over Brexit are to blame for the slight drop in construction output, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the construction output figures for October 2018, published by the Office for National Statistics, Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs at the FMB, …

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Scott Parnell donates hampers to local primary school

Homefield Church of England Primary School in Great Yarmouth has received a donation of hampers from groundworks and civil engineering supplier, Scott Parnell. The business, which delivers to companies across Norfolk, didn’t hesitate to help after one of its drivers, Mark Simpkins, whose mum, Pat, works at the school as …

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IoD boss to speak at BMF All Industry Conference

Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Britain’s longest-running organisation for business leaders, is the latest speaker confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June 2019. Martin, who took over the top role at the IoD in 2017, is no stranger to the building …

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Sugar House Island developer Vastint joins Considerate Constructors Scheme

Vastint UK has an impressive portfolio of large-scale mixed-use projects in the UK including Sugar House Island in east London, the Brewery Site in Leeds and The Embankment in Cardiff. By becoming a Client Partner, Vastint UK is making a commitment to demonstrating its passion to improve the image of …

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Apprenticeships are plummeting because of Apprenticeship Levy, says FMB

Apprenticeship starts are falling because of the Apprenticeship Levy which needs to be made more flexible, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s reaction is in response to statistics published today by the Department for Education, which show that there has been a 24% fall in apprenticeship …

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Midland Lead committed to developing future skills in construction

Derbyshire based lead sheet manufacturer, Midland Lead, supports seventeen colleges throughout the UK to help develop future skills within the construction and roofing industry. Midland Lead is a market leader in supplying premium cast and rolled lead sheet to the construction industry, and they are fully aware of the challenges …

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Research identifies reasons behind lack of apprentices

92% of sole traders have never employed an apprentice 47% of respondents working in the building services engineering sector had experience of hiring an apprentice Of those, only 23% currently employ an apprentice A third showed concern around the time commitment involved and needed a clearer understanding of how much …

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