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Catrin Jones

Catrin Jones
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The impact the UK lockdown has on builders’ merchants and stockists

Adrian Buttress, managing director at Permaroof, said: “There has been lots of confusion among the construction industry after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered people to stay at home unless ‘absolutely necessary’ in his statement addressing the nation last night (23 March). “Ministers have today been working to provide clarity, with …

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Builders merchants are “essential service providers” says BEIS

During yesterday’s (March 24) Construction Leadership Council Taskforce briefing with BEIS, the Builders Merchants Federation requested and received clarification on builders’ merchants’ operational status following the additional restrictions announced last night by the Government. This confirmed that merchants are a vital part of the construction supply chain and that it …

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Selco to close for three weeks

Selco Builders Warehouse has announced its branch network will close for the next three weeks due to the Covid-19 situation. Chief executive Howard Luft cited the welfare of customers, colleagues and suppliers as paramount after reaching the decision to suspend trading at the company’s 68 branches until mid-April. In the …

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40 prizes to mark 40 years of Polypipe

Polypipe Building Products is giving away 40 prizes to tradespeople and merchants as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations. Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage and plastic plumbing systems, has 40 Virgin Experience Day vouchers to give away to customers who follow them on social media. These vouchers can …

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CEMEX signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

CEMEX announced its commitment to gender equality by becoming a signatory to the UN Women and UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (“WEPs”). The WEPs, along with the company’s existing diversity and inclusion guidelines, serve as further guidance for CEMEX to promote equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community. CEMEX …

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Selco gives backing to Swansea women’s group

A Swansea charity which helps create a brighter future for women in the city has been given a helping hand by a local builders merchant. Selco Builders Warehouse’s Swansea branch, based on Upper Fforest Way in Llansamlet,  has provided Growing Real Opportunities for Women (GROW) Cymru with sand and cement …

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Heating Installer Awards announces 2020 regional winners and finalists

The Heating Installer Awards has announced its 2020 regional winners as well as the finalists for its first-ever Rising Star and Most Sustainable Installer categories. Below are those who have been chosen: Yorkshire – Grant Gundelfinger from Mayfly Group Ltd Midlands – Daljit Singh Rasouda from Heat Mania – Dynamic …

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Hemsec appoints a new sales manager

Hemsec, the Merseyside based family-owned business, has demonstrated its appetite for further growth with the appointment of a new sales manager: Sarah Gazzola. Gazzola is experienced in helping businesses to explore new markets and build customer relationships. Her new role at Hemsec has a similar objective: to ensure that the …

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Builders’ merchants unite to support those during COVID-19 crisis

Members of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) across the UK have joined forces to offer a united front in response to the COVOID-19 crisis. ‘Trades Against The Virus’ has been set-up to give tradespeople a recognised route to support vulnerable people in need, using the extensive merchant network to help …

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BMF welcomes Government support package

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the Government’s plans to protect wages, announced last Friday by Government. According to the national trade body, the move from chancellor Rishi Sunak could ensure the UK’s vital building materials supply chain – which represents a large proportion of the national economy – …

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