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LG virtual conference talks up heat pumps

A Virtual Conference held by heat pump supplier LG highlighted the strange fact that heat pumps – in particular air to water heat pumps – are still lagging behind fossil fuelled heating systems across Europe. One of the reasons for this could be love affair this country in particular still …

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Merchants and manufacturers triumph at BMJ Industry Awards online event

Hundreds of builders merchants and building material manufacturers watched and took part in the BMJ Industry Awards Virtual Event on Friday afternoon to find out who had won the various category trophies. The online event was hosted by TV announcer Alan Dedicoat and introduced by BMJ Editor-in-Chef Fiona Russell Horne …

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Lockdown lads pay homage to Parker Building Supplies

Two young boys from Haywards Heath have become construction wizards over the lockdown period. Daniel and Matthew Silk, aged 10 and 7,  respectively, built a crane in their back garden and decided to dedicate it to their local builders merchant, Parker Building Supplies. The boys filming their completed project, and …

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Williams & Co launch social distancing video

Trade-only plumbers merchant Williams & Co, based in Fareham, Hampshire, has launched a You Tube video for its customers, letting the know about the measures that it has put in place to allow its branches to open as the Government eases the lockdown restrictions. The video tells customers that Williams …

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BMF launches video to support Covid-19

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has produced a video info-graphic outlining the key elements of the practical advice provided in their Branch Operating Guidelines during Covid-19 document published last week. Like the full document, the video provides safe operating guidelines for builders’ merchants branch operations while Covid-19 restrictions continue.  The …

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Civils & Lintels gets crafty to encourage the younger generation

Civils & Lintels gets crafty to encourage the younger generation Specialist civils merchant Civils and Lintels has launched a competition to inspire children to think about engineering and help parents trying to juggle working from home and childcare during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The #GetCrafty competition challenges children to build …

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Runaway train goes down the tracks at Clitheroe

A loaded cement wagon from the Hanson cement works in Clitheroe, Lancashire escaped from a siding and continued to run away down the line towards Horrocksford Junction, where it connects to the main railway line. The wagon broke through the gates at the exit from the cement works, went over …

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Bradfords celebrates 250th birthday

Bradfords Building Supplies, the oldest builders’ merchants in the UK and number one builders’ merchant in the South West is celebrating its 250th birthday in 2020.  The company had a turnover of £150 million in 2019 and currently employs 700 staff across 42 branches. David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building …

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Introduction of the new Tool Angel service at Williams & Co

Tool theft was a huge topic for Tradespeople in 2019, with one insurer estimating that a third of tradespeople have had their tools stolen – plumbing, heating and ventilation contractors being the 4th most impacted trade. Williams & Co began to listen to what their customers had to say, and …

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RGB goes social

RGB, the Devon-headquartered independent builders merchant chain, has taken to You Tube and social media with a video highlighting the benefits of dealing with locally, run, locally-owned builders merchants. The video includes pieces to camera from RGB employees and directors, including chief executive Kevin Fenlon and finance director Paul Turner …

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