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Mental health takes centre stage at BMF Conference 2019

Merchants and suppliers learned of the importance of focusing on their employees – and their own – mental health at the  opening session of the BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 last weekend (June 13 – 16). TV presenter Nick Knowles, mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Layborne, security expert …

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The IPG peddle ahead

On Sunday 16th June 2019, The IPG team got in to gear to participate in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in aid of their chosen charity partner, Missing People #find every child; a charity that supports the families who are missing a loved one or struggling to keep a …

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Parker Building Supplies buys Stamco

Parker Building Supplies, the Sussex-based independent builders’ merchant, has acquired fellow NBG member Stamco, based in Hastings. The acquisition, funded by Parkers’ strategic partner, Cairngorm Capital, is a key step in Parkers’ strategy to expand its business through a combination of acquisitions, new site development and organic growth. Established in …

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Filplastic change name in rebrand for future growth

Racking and storage specialist, Filplastic, has undergone the first major rebrand in its 25-year history. The company, based near Howden in East Yorkshire, has changed its name to Fil to reflect the vastly expanded product and service range it has brought to market since launching in the 1990s. Along with …

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Actis’ new regional specification manager and U-value Simulator

A newly appointed regional specification manager for insulation specialist Actis has already managed to save a customer more than £2,000 thanks to using a combination of his technical expertise and the firm’s online U-value simulator. Jason Docherty, who has managed branches of B & Q and Jewson in his 25-year …

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Travis Perkins helps Miller Homes and Habitat for Humanity

Travis Perkins Group, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials, is supporting key customer Miller Homes with their commitment to Habitat for Humanity Great Britain by sending representative, Gemma Black, who is Inventory Manager for BSS, to help build new homes for orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi. BSS, which …

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Worcester Bosch and CEO of Committee on Climate Change discuss future of heating

Leading boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch have met with the CEO of the Committee on Climate Change to discuss the decarbonisation of heating and hot water. This was ahead of the recent announcement that the Government was committed to net zero UK carbon by 2050 – following recommendations from the CCC. …

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Covers Alresford helps hospice create sensory garden

  Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Alresford will be supporting Naomi House & Jacksplace by donating topsoil and compost to help the hospices grow sensory plants.   The plants have been added to the Jacksplace garden and aim to improve health, mood and cognition, as well as encourage the …

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CEMEX and GB Railfreight Launch New Branded Locomotive

Global building materials supplier CEMEX and GB Railfreight (GBRf), the UK’s fastest growing rail freight operator, presented the new CEMEX-liveried locomotive at a dedicated naming ceremony held at Dove Holes Quarry, Buxton. The new locomotive is called The CEMEX Express. The name was unveiled at the event by record producer …

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The IPG unveils its brand-new website

The IPG, the industry’s largest and fastest growing membership group for independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists, unveil its brand-new website, following five successful years in business. Founded in 2013 and based in Littlehampton, The IPG works closely with industry-leading suppliers to deliver unparalleled support to its members. Founded on …

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