Lords leaves At Home subsidiary with management

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Builders merchant group Lords has sold its original business, the Lords At Home homewares subsidiary,  to Tilik Patel, the current managing director.  Lords at Home sells high quality homewares through five branches across West London and first opened in 1985.  Employing 31 people, it is now considered non-core to the …

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Travis perkins celebrates 1,000th apprentice

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 With National Apprenticeship Week starting yesterday (February 6), Travis Perkins Group,has celebrated its 1,000th apprentice graduate following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and reforms in 2017. Travis Perkins plc is committed to developing the next generation of the UK construction workforce, through LEAP, its “Learn and Earn” Apprenticeship Programme, which …

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James Burrell opening gives Filstorage its biggest contract

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Independent builders merchant James Burrell opened its biggest depot with the help of design and fitout specialist Filstorage, providing the latter with its biggest single job in its 30-year history. The development – on Whitehouse Innovation Park in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees – sits on a four-acre site and consists of a …

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Marsh passes on material price reductions

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The Make It Marsh campaign from family-run off-mains drainage specialist supplier Marsh Industries, offers substantial price reductions on key product ranges. Thanks to a positive trend in raw material prices, the company has been able to reduce prices on its domestic pump stations, Hydroil® oil separators, and Ensign® (the UK …

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MKM plugs industry skills gap with apprentice program

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Builders merchant MKM is using National Apprenticeship Week, which starts today (February 6th) to highlight how important apprenticeships are to combatting the construction industry’s widening skills gap. One area in which the merchant has identified a skills gap is in kitchen and bathroom design, so the merchant has invested in …

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New generation of professionals will be crucial to a net zero future, says Baxi MD

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As National Apprenticeship Week begins, a heating and hot water industry leader is highlighting the progress that must be made to encourage more young people into the industry. Karen Boswell, managing director of Baxi UK and Ireland, explains: “We know that low carbon technologies like heat pumps, heat networks, hybrid …

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Heavy material sales slide on housing slow-up

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Heavy side building material producers have reported falling sales due to a slow-up in project starts for a second quarter. That’s according to the latest Construction Products Association’s State of Trade Survey for the last quarter of 2022, which found that, conversely, light side product sales have held up supported …

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DK Tools Limited slashes prices on Amtech products

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Amtech trade customers will now save up to 50% on selected lines as the company revisits its pricing structure for the first time in over a year. DK Tools last reviewed pricing across the entire Amtech catalogue back in September 2021 when freight and materials costs had spiralled out of …

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BMJ Industry Awards 2023: Entry now open

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The BMJ Industry Awards is the merchant awards programme that truly reflects the opinions of the industry, because it’s voted for by the people who work in the sector day in day. Merchants, their customers and their suppliers are the ones who really, truly understand what good looks like in …

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Selco cements jobs boost in Peterborough

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More than 30 jobs are set to be created when Selco Builders Warehouse opens its new branch in Peterborough later this year. The branch will be situated on Padholme Road East and it will be Selco’s 75th in the UK. Recruitment will cover a wide variety of positions, with virtually …

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