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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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BMF develops merchant-opening guide

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has published  an interactive list on its website of all its merchant members, showing those who are open, partially open or closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The guide uses a traffic light system to indicate which merchants are operating. Green means …

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BMF boosts member Covid-19 support

Builders merchants trade association, the Builders Merchants Federation has increased its support services to help its members meet the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. These new services include regular updates from the BMF’s daily briefings with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, specialist Forums in the form …

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Baxi Heating makes masks to help fight coronavirus

Employees at the Preston site of boiler manufacturer Baxi Heating are swapping the use of their 3D printers from making prototype boiler components to frames for protective face masks. It has been well publicised that the NHS is crying out for more PPE and, having seen an article about 3D …

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Secretary of State thanks merchants for critical support

The BMF has circulated to members a letter from The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience …

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Moran’s Murphy on PPE charity donation quest

Bart Murphy, operations director of London builders merchant MP Moran is collecting PPE for NHS staff at a north London hospital and he needs donations from merchants and suppliers to help. “My wife Marisa and I, are on an NHS mission,” he says. “We want to raise vital funds to …

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Bradfords supports front-line workers through pandemic

As well as continuing to service customers with deliveries, independent builders merchant Bradford Building Supplies has been working to support those on the front-line of the Covid-19 pandemic with priority works. This includes supplying NHS trusts across its area with much needed materials to allow them to create the temporary …

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The isolation blues

Fiona Russell-Horne

I myself am best When least in company. Well this is all very strange. Every time I start to write something about the situation we’re in and the effect that the coronavirus is having on the country, something changes. The speed at which things have changed is what’s so alarming. …

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