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Ideal Standard opens new Clerkenwell showroom

Ideal Standard International, the bathroom solutions manufacturer, has opened a new £1 million showroom in the architectural hub of Clerkenwell, in London. The  four-storey London Design and Specification Centre was created to bring together a variety of industry professionals, from architects and designers to project developers and specifiers. Group CEO …

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Mental health takes centre stage at BMF Conference 2019

Merchants and suppliers learned of the importance of focusing on their employees – and their own – mental health at the  opening session of the BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 last weekend (June 13 – 16). TV presenter Nick Knowles, mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Layborne, security expert …

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Keyline Inverness takes on Hepworth Premier Plus Clay status

The Inverness branch of civils, drainage and heavy building materials supplier, Keyline, has become a Hepworth Clay Premier Plus stockist. This means the branch can offer a broader portfolio of products to its customers and enjoy a range of benefits. The scheme rewards committed stockists of Hepworth Clay products and …

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Bradfords refocuses on merchant business

The UK’s oldest builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies, has unveiled its new focus on its builders merchant business, having sold off two businesses – Snows Timber and Crendon in the last year. CEO David Young is leading the reinvestment in the core business which is due to report the highest …

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Grafton sees sales rise in first quarter

Grafton Group plc, the international builders merchant and DIY Group, saw group revenue rise 6.1 per cent to £962 million (four months to 30 April 2018 £907 million) and by 6.5 per cent in constant currency.  Group like-for-like revenue increased by 6.4 per cent. The group has issued a trading …

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Travis Perkins: positive start despite conditions

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins saw group like-for-like sales growth of 7.3% and total sales growth of 5.4% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period a year previously. A trading update issued this morning (May 8) showed strong merchanting like-for-like sales growth of 10.6%, the continued …

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IBC Group appoints new Commercial Director

The IBC Buying Group has announced the appointment of Dave Robertson as its new Commercial Director. Robertson has more than 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, including time spent as Commercial Director of a leading national merchant chain within Grafton Group. More recently, he played a fundamental role in the …

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Merchants ahead of gender pay gap game

Builders merchanting is better than most other sectors in paying men and women equally, research has found. By law, all companies, charities and public sector departments of 250 employees or more must publish their gender pay gap figures. Figures obtained by the BBC showed overall, the median pay gap in …

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