Inta colours up for Coronation plumbing

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Plumbing equipment manufacturer Inta, the company behind the pioneering colour coded filter for heat pump installations is celebrating the King’s Coronation with a special limited edition filter in Royal Purple, complete with gold plated fittings. The standard heat pump filter from Inta has a finer mesh and a grey body to …

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Lignacite Fuels Its Bid For Net Zero With HVO

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Sustainable block manufacturer, Lignacite, has taken the initiative to fast-track its journey to net zero by switching its on-site plant vehicles to HVO fuel. With diesel being the company’s biggest source of carbon emissions, it is estimated that this move will slash its carbon footprint by an impressive 440 tonnes …

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UK’s first net zero cement works one step closer

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Hanson UK has progressed to the due diligence and negotiation phase in its bid to install carbon capture technology at its Padeswood cement works in Flintshire through the Government’s Phase-2 cluster sequencing programme. The announcement represents another important step forward for the construction sector in its ambition to reach net …

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Polypipe celebrates Anniversary alongside Staff Retention strength


Polypipe Building Services celebrates combined 500 years of experience under one roof as staff retention helps combat labour market shortages As an employment trends survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reveals, three-quarters of UK businesses are experiencing difficulties filling vacancies, Kent-based drainage system company Polypipe Building Services is …

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Ibstock plc’s CEO awarded ‘Green Leader’ at East Midlands Leaders Awards


The Chief Executive Officer of Ibstock plc has been recognised for championing sustainability at this year’s East Midlands Leaders Awards (EMLA). The EMLA category of Green Leader recognises regional business figures who are committed to being a ‘force for good’ and use their position to respond positively to climate change …

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Merchants win spots on £1.42bn materials deal for social landlords

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City Electrical Factors, Huws Gray, Jewson, NMBS, Travis Perkins and Wolseley are among 13 merchants to have secured spots on a large-scale materials framework for UK housing associations and local authorities, worth up to £1.42bn over four years. Launched by Procurement for Housing (PfH), the sixth generation of this framework …

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Travis Perkins launches housebuilding platform

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Builders merchant Travis Perkins has launched its WholeHouse® platform, that means SME housebuilders can plan and design a bespoke digital model of a house before they build it. From start to finish, the process can be completed in under an hour, saving weeks of work. Based on the BIM process, …

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Plumbing & Heating merchants see double digit year-on-year growth driven mainly by inflation

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The latest figures from the Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) report show total value sales for January 2023 through specialist plumbing and heating merchants were +13.4% higher than January last year. Price inflation rose +11.6% over the same period, while volumes increased just +1.7%. With one more trading day …

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WCoBM celebrates the next generation at City & Awards luncheon

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The next generation of builders’ merchants and construction industry professionals were celebrated at a prestigious City & Awards luncheon on 21st March, 2023, organised by Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM). The event took place at the magnificent Grade II-listed Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London, where Liverymen and …

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IBMG’s Merchant Mission Team Wins Charity Challenge

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A team from the Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) was crowned the winners of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Mission Unstoppable challenge. The Merchant Mission team, comprised of Chandlers Building Supplies, Parker Building Supplies and Fairalls, raised almost £15,000 for the charity in just 10 weeks of dedicated fundraising. Competing against five other teams to raise the …

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