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2022 NMBS Conference almost sold out

The 2022 NMBS All-Industry Conference is almost sold out just a few weeks after being announced. The NMBS Conference will take place in Sorrento, Italy, between June 16 and 19, 2022. The All-Industry Conference will be held at the Hilton Sorrento Palace Hotel. This year’s theme is ‘The Future Matters’, …

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Marley donates £1,000 to The British Skin Foundation

Marley has raised £1,000 for The British Skin Foundation charity as a result of their ‘Safe in the Sun’ campaign. The initiative sought to highlight the negative effects of damaging sunrays such as premature skin ageing, heat exhaustion and deadly malignant melanoma, particularly for those in the construction industry working …

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Jewson Civils Frazer and Minster awarded FORS Gold accreditation

Jewson Civils Frazer and Minster have been awarded FORS Gold accreditation for the logistics operation at their dual-branded Croydon branch. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators …

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Grant UK sponsors local grassroots mini and junior rugby teams

Grant UK announced its sponsorship of Melksham RFC’s mini and junior section rugby teams. For the 2021/22 season, Grant UK will be the main sponsor of these teams, supporting them at all their fixtures. During this season, Grant UK’s logo will be positioned on the shirt fronts and shorts of …

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Grant UK launches #SnapThatHat

Following on from last winter’s #ShowUsYourSnood campaign that saw installers and merchants nationwide posing in their iconic red Grant snoods, Grant UK is giving away thousands of bobble hats with its #SnapThatHat campaign. The campaign is being rolled out across all the @mygrantuk social media platforms – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook …

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BMF Apprenticeship provision takes a leap forward

The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed LEAP as new full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeships Plus service with effect from 1 January 2022. LEAP stands for Learn as you Earn Apprenticeship Programmes and they work exclusively in the construction supply sector, including being the Apprenticeship delivery team to the Travis …

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Merchant sales show second best quarter on record amid slowdown signs

Britain’s builders’ merchants recorded the second-highest quarterly BMBI sales ever, just 2.4% behind Q2’s record breaking figures. However, there are signs of a slowdown as volume growth gives way to value growth, driven by price increases.   That’s according to figures released by the BMBI , the monthly index of …

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Re-used materials idea wins CLC Dragons’ Den prize

A system to allow the re-use of surplus building materials by DIYers won  a Dragons’ Den competition, launched by the Construction Leadership council and BEIS, sponsored by the Builders Merchants Federation, targeted at young professionals in the industry, to accelerate the sector’s drive to net zero. The panel, chaired by …

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New Grant & Stone plumbers’ merchant for Abingdon

IBMG’s plumbing and heating division announced the opening of its latest Grant & Stone plumbers’ merchant and bathroom showroom located on Nuffield Way, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The 10,000 ft site includes a plumbing and heating trade counter offering an extensive range of plumbing and heating supplies supported by specialist advice, and …

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Materials costs soar to 40-year high

The rise in the cot of building materials is high than at any time in the last 40 years, according to the latest Building Cost Information Service Materials Cost Index. Between January and September 2021 the biggest rises were for steel and timber and the increases are unlikely to stop …

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