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Chancellor announces Job Support Scheme to ease workers off furlough

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, has announced a raft of financial measures in the House of Common to help businesses as the Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme finishes at the end of October. The Job Support Scheme will directly support the wages of people in work, giving businesses …

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CCF believes Green Homes Grant needs strong supply chain

If the £2bn Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme is to work, it will need to be backed by a strong supply chain. That’s according to Janeeth Green, Insulation Category Manager at distributor CCF. The scheme, announced by the Chancellor earlier this Summer, aims to facilitate the energy efficiency upgrade the  …

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Bradfords celebrates 250th with new Ryder DAF investment

South West independent builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies, celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, has taken delivery of a new dropside DAF CF260 from Ryder. The new truck features a commemorative livery and a personalised licence plate: RIG 1770. Initially it was intended that the new truck work in a …

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James Burrell eyes FORS Silver with Mercedes investment

North-east independent builders’ merchant James Burrell has just ordered a further six new-generation Mercedes-Benz Arocs six-wheeler trucks. The Gateshead-based company operates from a network of 10 branches located throughout the North-East and Yorkshire. Each day its 36 trucks – the majority of them 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz dropsiders with cranes – deliver …

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Covers continues Broadbridge Heath FC sponsorship

The Horsham branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is continuing to sponsor Broadbridge Heath FC for the 2020/2021 season. The season long support package provided by Covers will include the company’s logo featuring on perimeter boards at the club’s grounds on Wickhurst Lane. The club, which was founded in …

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Gills PLumbing & Heating meets pandemic challenges head-on

Independent plumbers merchant Gills Plumbing & Heating in Welwyn Garden City completed a rebrand in early-March and had planned to invite customers in to show-off the new look store. However, the Covid-19 pandemic caused the country lockdown and the proved impossible. The merchant, a member of the IPG buying group, …

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Stelrad sponsors ‘behind closed doors’ Montagu Cup Final

Radiator manufacturer Stelrad has continued its support for a locally based charity through its support for the Montagu Cup – a football tournament that is entered each year by teams across South Yorkshire and one which can trace its history back more than a century. The Final usually takes place …

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Builders’ merchants sales to July confirm V-shaped recovery

Builders’ merchants sales bounced back strongly in the three months May to July, rising 38.9% compared with February to April, according to the latest Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report. Compared with the same three months of 2019 sales were down 13.4% overall, but July sales were only 1.3% below …

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Sustainability takes centre stage at BMF Virtual Conference

Climate change and the merchant industry’s part in combating it was the major thread running through the Builders Merchants Federation’s first Virtual AGM and Conference, held last Thursday (September 17th). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the usual live event could not take place, so the AGM and conference were held …

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BMF grows to 751 members

Builders merchants trade association, the Builders Merchants Federation now has 751 members, its highest number since the early 1990s. That’s according to figures revealed at the BMF’s first Virtual AGM and Conference, held online on Thursday September 17th. BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Your support means that we now have …

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