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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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MKM makes plans for Corby branch

National independent builders’ merchant MKM is to take space at an East Midlands business park. The company has agreed a lease for a 19,100 sq ft stand-alone unit at Centrix Park, in Corby, Northamptonshire. The site features a large open plan warehouse, trade counter and office space to the ground …

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CCF celebrates Class of 2020

Nationwide distributor of insulation and interior building products, CCF, is celebrating the 31 colleagues who will be graduating with industry recognised diplomas following completion of the existing programme this year. Hand in hand with this is the launch of the company’s new ‘Our Pursuit of Better Apprenticeship’, course, designed to …

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Investment boosts Russell’s dry fix capacity

Pitched roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles has invested £35,000 in upgrading its dry fix machinery to enable the business to increase capacity of its roofing accessories. The firm has purchased a new injection moulding machine from Borche, to assist with the production of dry fix system components at Russell Roof Tiles …

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Carl Kammerling boosts marketing strength

Hand tools, tools storage, power tool accessories and security solutions provider Carl Kammerling International has announced the appointment of Mark Raines as head of marketing. Raines joins from Bosch Power Tool Accessories where he was a head of product management at its headquarters in Switzerland, with responsibility for one of …

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Industry leaders talk collaboration in the face of Covid disruption

The Covid 19 pandemic  has left the UK construction industry facing unparalleled disruption with continually changing situations and shifting guidance leaving businesses juggling the need to protect employees and customers with that of keeping the business functioning.  Consultancy GCS Associates interviewed a number of leaders to get insights into how they …

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Heavyside sees second-quarter slump

Sales of heavy-side building materials slumped in second quarter as the economy and construction slowed. The latest statistics from the Mineral Products Association (MPA) show that sales of heavy-side building materials, including aggregates, ready-mixed concrete (RMC), asphalt and mortar saw unprecedented declines during the second quarter of the year. Aggregates …

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Makita adds four to XGT range

Power tool manufacturer Makita has expanded its XGT 40V Max range of cordless power tools with the launch of four new brushless angle grinders and the CF001GZ 40V Max ‘Swing Fan’. To maximise on-site productivity, the GA022GZ, GA023GZ, GA028GZ and GA029Z brushless angle grinders have been designed to withstand frequent …

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