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Saint-Gobain under pressure to hive off distribution

Building materials giant has come under pressure from hedge fund Bluebell to restructure with the sale of the building distribution operations, in order to focus more fully on its core building materials business. The fund is also angling for long-time leader and current chairman Pierre Andre de Chalander to be …

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A tale of two Victory Days

We won then. We will win again here May 9, Victory in Europe Day, was a time to look back and celebrate the liberation of Europe, the end of the war against Nazi Germany, but also a point from which to look forward, the plan and to rebuild Europe and …

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MKM buys Woodrow Timber

Independent builders’ merchant MKM has announced further expansion of its branch network in Scotland with the purchase of Woodrow Timber & Supplies. Founded in 1979 as Rowan Timber Supplies, the business officially rebranded to Woodrow Timber & Supplies in 2021 and operates across three branches in Airdrie, Ayr, and Dunfermline. …

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Construction workload rises but optimism falls

According to the S&P Global / CIPS UK Construction PMI for March data UK construction output has risen again, helped by the fastest increase in new work for seven months. That said, escalating inflationary pressures and concerns about the economic impact of the war in Ukraine contributed to a sharp drop in business optimism. And overall, …

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Forterra jump-starts Jamboree fundraiser

Forterra has donated £1000 from its Community Fund to two Whittlesey Scouts, to help them attend the upcoming 2023 World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. Selected from among 125 scouts, Peter Easterbrook age 13, and Thomas Cox age 16, have made it through the tough selection process to represent Cambridgeshire …

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Wolseley buys back Irish businesses

Plumbers merchant Wolseley UK has bought Irish heating, plumbing, tiling and bathroom businesses The Heat Merchants, and Hevac Group, and their subsidiaries. The Heat Merchants business comes with Tubs & Tiles, the largest tile and bathroom retailer in Ireland, with 12 showrooms nationwide plus established ecommerce an commercial channels. Heat …

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CPA hits back at Gove accusations

 The Construction Products Association (CPA) has defended itself and its members against  Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove, who had accused materials manufacturers of using the scale of the cladding crisis as an “excuse to do nothing”. A statement by the association said that there was “uncertainty and …

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Marshalls makes leadership changes

Marshalls plc, the landscaping and concrete products manufacturer, has announced a number of significant leadership changes. which demonstrate its commitment to growth, development and innovation. Simon Bourne has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer. Now appointed to the Marshalls plc board, Bourne has worked for the business for …

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BMF Conference to look at MMC opportunities and threats

Are Modern Methods of Construction a threat to builders merchants’ business, or do they present untapped opportunities? That’s a question that the Builders Merchants Federation’s Annual Members Conference in September will take a closer look at answering. MMC is high on the Government’s agenda to fast-tracking energy efficient new homes, …

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The horrible cost

But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart’s desire, their dream… But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted. It was International Women’s Day last week and it rather passed me by. I was busy …

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