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Boris’ New Deal welcomed by BMF

The New Deal for Britain speech by the Prime Minster Boris Johnson today (June 30) has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation. The speech promised a greater commitment to creating jobs, skills and infrastructure as the Government looks to build the UK back to economic health in the aftermath …

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Selco opens all branches

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has finished re-opening its entire branch network and online services. The final three branches in St Albans, Orpington and Mitcham reopened their doors to tradespeople today (June 22), meaning all 68 branches – as well as Click & Collect and Click & Deliver – are …

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Investment in construction can kick start the UK economy say experts

An £11.27bn investment in construction and a series of strategic decisions around new home building can kick start the UK’s economic recovery and deliver a £33bn return for the Government, according to experts at Birmingham City University. The Build Back Better: Covid-19 Economy Recovery Plan features a blueprint for a …

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Cummings, not goings

Fiona Russell-Horne

 “Yond Cassius hath a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous” Well, that was excruciating. Yesterday we were treated to a prime-time TV spectacle of the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor Dominic Cummings sitting at a picnic table in the Downing Street Rose Garden trying to …

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Normal people

Fiona Russell-Horne

I dreamed that as I wandered by the way Bare Winter suddenly was changed to Spring It may not be what we recognise as normal, but it’s definitely an improvement of sorts. Slowly but surely, things are changing. It was only in November that the first case of coronavirus was …

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Selco enters phase two of branch re-opening

Builders merchant chain Selco Builders Warehouse will have all 68 branches open again in some form by next week. Last week, 42 branches reopened 42 of its branches to support the delivery of online orders – through Click & Collect from branch car parks and Click & Deliver. This will …

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JCB gets back to work at five UK factories

Five of JCB’s UK factories are starting production again, following the manufacturing giant’s implementation of safety measures to protect factory workers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The majority of JCB’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April, although some at the Uttoxeter factory have been making ventilators. …

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NMBS postpones 2020 conference

The builders metchant industry confetence for 2020, the NMBS All Industry Conference, has been postponed due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally due to take place in Sorrento from 18th – 21st June,  the event will be rescheduled for 16th-19th June 2022. NMBS managing director Chris Hayward …

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Ibstock restarts brick production

With house builders Taylor Wimpy, Persimmon and Vistry beginning to restart their building sites, Ibstock Brick has said it will join fellow brick maker Michelmersh in resuming production. Ibstock plans to bring back factory staff from Monday 27th April for a phased reopening of some factories. Ibstock says it intends …

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Naylor makes ventilation ducts for Covid-19 field hospitals

Yorkshire based drainage manufacturer Naylor Industries has switched some of its capacity at its Wombwell plant, near Barnsley, to produce ventilation duct for emergency hospitals. The temporary facilities, including the Nightingale Hospital in London’s Excel Exhibition Centre, are being commissioned in exhibition halls and sports facilities across the country. Naylor’s …

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