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BMF launches Merchant Industry Forecast with special Brexit Report

Following an intensive programme to develop a forecasting model specifically aligned to the UK merchant sector, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published the first edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast, covering the period 2019-2021. The BMF’s new forecast model has been developed to support members in future planning …

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SR Timber boss tells MP about impact of Brexit on importing

SR Timber Trading Director Shaun Revill joined business leaders to tell prominent Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues. The group – which included the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), a high street bank and leading business figures – …

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No-Deal Comment from the FTA

Comments from Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy, FTA on the rejection of EU withdrawal agreement by parliament: “The risk of a no deal departure from the EU is heightened after today’s rejection of the government’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement by Parliament.  FTA therefore continues to advise its members to keep …

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Logistics Industry Warns PM of No Deal Threat

Ahead of Parliament’s meaningful vote this evening on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal with the EU, the UK’s logistics industry has reminded politicians that a No Deal Brexit would break her promise made in January 2017 to keep trade as frictionless as possible. Representatives of the UK’s leading logistics …

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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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Make it stop, someone, please

Fiona Russell-Horne

My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.   There’s a part of me that thinks March 29th can’t come round quickly enough. At least then, once the Brexit deadline has passed, we will know what we’ve got. Or …

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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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BMF Lobbying success over Post-Brexit VAT payments

The Builders Merchants’ Federation has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time. The Department for Exiting the European Union announced this …

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Logistics Industry tells Govenment: “Give us the tools to keep Britain trading”

Britain’s logistics industry has issued a stark call to the government today – give us the information we need to keep the nation’s trade moving efficiently post-Brexit or face delays and shortages of the products and services the UK relies on. Speaking at the Keep Britain Trading conference in London …

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Timber out and Concrete in?

Cost and supply issues in the timber industry are turning the tide in favour of concrete fencing products, according to Supreme Concrete’s Sales Director Tim Wright. The leading manufacturer of high performance precast and prestressed concrete, part of Ibstock plc, says that with timber prices continuing to increase and the …

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