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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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FMB Calls for Long Term Plans to Improve Homes

Green home upgrades, that would improve the warmth and comfort of the nation’s homes, are being held back by the lack of a clear long-term plan from the Government, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found. When builders were asked to identify the biggest barrier to …

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Roofing Megastore doubles growth in 2020

 An online roofing merchant has seen a 100% increase in revenue in 2020. Roofing Megastore, founded in 2017 by Banbury-based entrepreneur Gian-Carlo Grossi,  says it benefitted from “an explosion in demand” during the first COVID-19 lockdown, rapidly scaling up its team, adopting new processes, and making targeted investment in response …

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RGB’s Launceston branch marks 30 years since opening

The Launceston branch of RGB Building Supplies recently celebrated 30 years since it opened its doors. As well as giving away goody bags to thank visitors for their custom, the branch team held a raffle in aid of RGB’s chosen charity, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, where one lucky person won a signed Exeter Chiefs shirt. The raffle raised £107 for the …

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Chandlers and Parkers launch charity tea-bag throwing challenge

Can you throw a tea-bag into a mug from a distance of at least one metre? That’s the challenge that Chandlers Building Supplies and Parkers Building Supplies have laid down for customers, suppliers, and other merchants, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Set to rival the Ice Bucket Challenge …

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BMF confirms first Conference Forum speakers

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has announced its first speakers in the Industry Forum debate at the BMF All-Industry Conference 2021, which takes place next June in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Andy Mitchell, CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Tideway and Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, …

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EH Smith leads the way with Accident Plaster

EH Smith is the first builders merchant to stock Dr Weils Accident Plaster (First Aid For Tough Trades) Developed by entrepreneur and former Special Forces medic Hadrian Garner, Accident Plaster is a product that helps trades protect themselves against life threatening infections like Covid 19, Weils Disease and Sepsis while …

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Merritt & Fryers hits 85th milestone

Independent builders merchant Merritt & Fryers is celebrating 85 years of service to the professional trades in Skipton. Founded in 1935, the family-run timber, building, plumbing, hardware and decorators’ merchants is being run by its third generation and is still located among former mill buildings near the centre of Skipton. …

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Brett Martin cascades into Harry Potter author village

The Cascade Cast Iron Style Rainwater System from Brett Martin has been used on a new housing development in Tutshill, Gloucestershire, the village where Harry Potter author JK Rowling spent her childhood. The Birch Grove development in the Forest of Dean includes 45 new three, four and five-bedroom family homes. The …

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