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Civils professional prepares for London Marathon

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Dave Rudd. National Sales Director for Keyline Civils Specialist, is due to complete the 26-mile run on October 3. Rudd signed up for the London Marathon to fundraise for the company’s charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK (PCUK). “I’m full of anticipation and can’t wait to get stuck into the challenge,” …

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MKM opens 100th branch

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Builders merchant chain MKM has opened its 100th branch, with the opening ceremony at the branch in Bromsgrove performed by David Kilburn, the joint founder of MKM and Kate Tinsley, MKM’s CEO, watched by special guests ex-Aston Villa and England footballer Dion Dublin, along with Kevin Ward, Bromsgrove’s Town Crier. …

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Rowley named fourth housing minister in 2022

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The thirteenth housing minister in 12 years, and the fourth in 2022, has been named as Lee Rowley, who ran, unsuccessfully, Kemi Badenoch’s campaign to be Prime Minister. The MP for North East Derbyshire, he replaces Marcus Jones, who lasted just two months, after taking over from Stuart Andrew.

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Ibstock goes low with carbon

Ibstock and Earth Friendly Concrete form partnership to support ESG ambitions

Ibstock, the manufacturer of clay and concrete building products, and Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) has entered into a new partnership to create ultra-low carbon concrete products. The partnership will see EFC’s ultra-low carbon, zero cement technology integrated into Ibstock’s diverse portfolio of high-performance building products for the construction industry, including …

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Robert Price pumps up investment in Newport

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Welsh builders merchant Robert Price is opening of a new, state-of-the-art air source heat pump showroom in Newport tomorrow (Wednesday 28th), to help people across Wales make a confident and successful transition to sustainable home heating. Teaming up with heat pump manufacturer, Daikin, the Sustainable Energy Centre is being opened …

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Property guru to speak at IoBM conference

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Property expert, writer and broadcaster, Kunle Barker is to speak at the first Institute of Builders Merchants  conference next week. Barker, who is a regular host and speaker at Grand Designs and UK Construction Week, will be joining keynote speaker Lt Col (Retd) Stewart Hill and David Kilburn, founder of …

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Volumes down and inflation rising, according to July BMBI

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The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals that builders’ merchants’ value sales were virtually flat (+0.2%) in July 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. As in previous months, volume sales were down (-12.8%) yet price inflation remained high (+15.0%). 10 of the 12 categories sold more …

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BMF responds to new Government Growth Plan

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Responding to newly appointed Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng MP’s speech on the UK Government’s Growth Plan. John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said: “In the fortnight since coming to power, the new UK Government has acted quickly to put Liz Truss’s leadership election campaign pledges into action. “Today’s …

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RRT continues to invest in machinery

Russell Roof Tiles invests in New Manufacturing Equipment

Russell Roof Tiles has invested a further £75,000 into machinery, with a new 1+1 injection moulding tool that is set to increase its production capacity. That takes its 2022 investment to almost £2.25 million, following the recent capital investment which the manufacturer made to its utility plant in Lochmaben, plus …

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The Pallet LOOP wins BMF Sustainability Award

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The Pallet LOOP is celebrating after winning a top Sustainability Award from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The Pallet LOOP beat off stiff competition from long-established industry players to win the BMF’s 2022 Sustainability Award at the BMF Annual Members Conference and Awards. The 2022 BMF Sustainability Award was presented …

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