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SIG sees sales dip  

Construction materials distributor SIG plc saw a drop in like-for-like sales for the first half of 2019. Revenue fell to £1.26 bn, down from £1.32 bn compared with the year before. Operating profit for the same period was down from £27.9 million to £17.8 million. Meinie Oldersma, chief executive officer, …

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Elliotts to Cycle Across France for Local Children’s Hospice 

A team of 11 from Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s leading independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, is getting ready to tackle a 640-mile cycle ride across France to raise money for Naomi’s House and Jacksplace. Starting on 2nd October, Team Elliotts will cycle the gruelling ride from Ouistrehm to Mont Ventoux over 4 days. The team are hoping to …

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NYEs puts new roof over Guides in Horsham

Girlguiding Horsham has received £500 of funding to help renovate its hall roof after winning a community fund campaign run by locally based builders’ merchant NYEs Building Supplies.   The girlguiding division has been part of the town for well over 100 years and was gifted a campsite over 60 …

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What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

For the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent. The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other …

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Worcester Bosch Survey reveals that the UK fails its boilers

Worcester Bosch today reveals the lack of regular maintenance and servicing by much of the nation with their boilers. The alarming survey reveals that half of the nation has never asked for the service history of a boiler upon moving into a new house, with 18% believing that servicing is unnecessary …

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Morpeth Merchants celebrates 1st Anniversary

James Burrell Builders Merchant marked the first-year anniversary of their Morpeth branch by holding a celebratory customer event last week. Exclusive on the day deals were on offer, as well as merchandise, product advice and free food! A number of key suppliers also joined the celebrations including: Stonemarket, Birtley Group …

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FTA Response to the Yellowhammer Document

The FTA has worked closely with government over the past three years to develop new trading processes for the UK’s businesses to use after Brexit, but the Yellowhammer document shows that there is still much that could go wrong and still has to be done to keep Britain trading effectively. …

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Brick fan makes arresting collection

Over 3,500 bricks have been collected over a decade by former police sergeant Mark Cranston, who is storing them in is garden shed. Mark Cranston from Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders was looking for a doorstop for the shed and  found a white painted brick from a former Ayrshire colliery …

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JT Dove turnover heads to £60m

Revenue at north east independent builders merchant JT Dove hit £58.8m in the 12 months to December 31 2018, new accounts have revealed. Turnover at the merchant, which stocks timber, plumbing products and building materials was up from £52.5m 12 months earlier. Pre-tax profits also increased to £2.4m from £2.3m. …

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NMBS issues fraudulent bank email warning to merchants

Independent builders merchant buying group NMBS is warning its members and suppliers to beware of fake emails claiming to be from the Buying Society, following an attempt to trick builders’ merchants into sending payments intended for NMBS into a fake account. In early September a number of NMBS members received …

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