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BMF calls up the SAS for Members Day Conference

 Ollie Ollerton, one of the first former members of the UK Special Forces to talk about their experiences and turn them into a positive force for good, will be the headline speaker at the BMF Members’ Day Conference on 23 September 2021, which takes the theme “Reshape, Renew, Rebuild.” Ollerton, one …

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Merchant input needed for Code for Construction Product Information

The CPA’s new proposed Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) addresses the credibility challenge facing our industry following Grenfell. Catherine Fyfe, Marketing Director at Polypipe and Deputy Chair of the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group, explains how the Code was formed, its significance in rebuilding trust and why builders’ merchants need …

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Lords adds MAP Building & Civil Engineering Supplies to Hevey

Hevey Building Supplies, part of Lords Group Trading Ltd, has bought MAP Building & Civil Engineering Supplies Ltd. Established in 2003, the Ilkeston, Derbyshire, based MAP specialises in heavyside and civils, covering the East Midlands and Derbyshire. Owners Martin McCaul and Philip West will be staying on for the immediate …

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BMF: right notes struck in Budget Statement

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation said that the Chancellor of the Exchequer “largely struck the right notes” when announcing his second Budget, yesterday (March 3). “We were particularly pleased that the Chancellor sought to support smaller businesses by recognising the need for continued furlough support and business …

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James Burrell goes on recruitment path

Independent builders merchant, James Burrell is recruiting, despite the challenges laid down by the three UK lockdowns. In the past year, sales have remained on a par with the previous year, HR manager Alyson Hunter says, pointing out that those months that did fall behind, did so purely because of …

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N&C buys Norwich Tile Centre

Nicholls & Clarke Group has bought Norfolk based tile business, Norwich Tile Centre. The tile and bathroom retailer, run by Karen Seaman and husband Gary, who are now retiring, has been established as one of the premier tile outlets in Norwich for the past 30 years and will now benefit …

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BMA postpones bathroom conference to 2022

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has postponed its conference for a second time, in light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The event, which was scheduled to take place at the Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire  on June 7-8, 2021, has been moved to June 6-7,2022. The event was orginally planned for September …

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Grafton trades ahead of expectations

Both sales and profits were better than expected in the two months to 31 December 2020 at builders merchant chain Grafton Group.  The group announced this morning (January 12) that average daily like-for-like revenue was up by 7.2 per cent, with total revenue for the period ahead by 10.8 per cent …

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