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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021: NEW DATE

The BMJ Industry Awards 2021 is moving dates to November 26 2021. The only industry awards scheme that is voted for by the industry itself, the 2021 edition will be the same high quality networking opportunity that the sector has come to love but with a new date. The venue …

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Williams adds two

Trade-only plumbers merchant Williams has promoted Patrick Skilton to the role of Head of Commercial and Louise Kelly to the role of HR Manager. Formerly Senior Commercial Manager, Skilton, who joined the company’s Guildford branch in 2007, takes on responsibility for product and pricing, as well as the marketing and …

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Pre-fabs could build a quarter of new homes by 2030

A new policy paper estimates that pre-fabricated housing could account for up to a quarter of new homes by 2030. The report Build Homes, Build Jobs, Build Innovation proposes a fast-track investment to construct 75,000 modular homes off-site a year by 2030. The paper is co-authored by Mark Farmer, who was appointed …

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TG brings the outdoors in at Northwich

Independent builders’ merchants TG Builders merchants, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group, has opened a new indoor patio showroom at its Northwich branch. The branch in Manchester Road has unveiled over 40 different patios laid out across the showroom floor. As well as the layouts in situ, there are over …

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Darlaston makes plans for new branch

Planning permission is being sought by independent builders merchant Darlaston Builders Merchants for a new site in Birmingham.   The 4.2-acre site at Warwick Road and Wharfdale Road in Tyseley is currently vacant and overgrown and was formally used for scrap yard and metal reprocessing. If approved, 27,103 sq ft of …

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Outdoor workers at risk from UV over-exposure: How merchants can help

Builders’ merchants have a crucial role to play in ensuring their employees and customers are protecting themselves against UV overexposure, even those who do not spend the whole working day outdoors. That’s according to a survey by SC Johnson Professional amongst construction health & safety professionals and employees which found …

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BMF extends auto-membership to h&b Development Group

Builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation and independent builders merchant buying group h&b Buying Group have extended their group membership agreement to include the 24 smaller merchants comprising the h&b Development Group. Five merchants in the h&b Development Group are already BMF Members and the remaining 19, together …

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Government must provide a clear roadmap to recovery, says Logistics UK

Business group Logistics UK is warning the government it needs to do more to stimulate economic activity and restore consumer confidence after the COVID-19 pandemic, after the group’s research indicated that the nation’s businesses are stagnating, after two months’ of cautious re-opening. David Wells, the group’s Chief Executive says that …

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Beedon’s Cemex move comes under CMA spotlight

The Competition and Markets Authority has raised concerns about the purchase by Breedon Group of certain Cemex assets in some parts of the UK. Breedon announced in January 2020 that it had agreed a £178 million deal to buy approximately 100 Cemex sites, including aggregates quarries, ready-mixed concrete facilities, asphalt …

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h&B members report growth despite Covid

Although ‘Because Covid’ is currently the default excuse for inaction, three partners of independent builders merchant buying group h&b have announced growth and expansion strategies. “h&b merchant partners are typically entrepreneurial businesses with a strong presence in their local communities. In many cases that place in the community has been …

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