TG Lynes offers helping hand to London charities

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  Friends of Firs Farm in Enfield and Teens Unite Fighting Cancer in Hoddesdon have been awarded £7,500 worth of product each from TG Lynes, the heating, plumbing and air movement supplier, to breathe fresh life into their facilities, having been chosen via the company’s inaugural Helping Hands competition. Hearts …

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Construction recession on the cards, says CPA

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The construction industry is expected to see a recession this year after two strong years, according to the latest Construction Products Association’s Construction Industry Forecasts. Construction output is expected to fall by 4.7% in 2023 before recovering slowly in 2024 with growth of just 0.6%. Private housing new build, the …

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James Burrell clocks up new transport accreditation

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Independent north-east based builders merchant James Burrell has achieved bronze and silver accreditation under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Champion at all of its 11 branches. The investment is part of the company’s proactive role in adhering to the accreditation requirements with …

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Trade helps Band of Builders complete 29th project

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A group of volunteer tradespeople, along with building material suppliers and merchants have completed a project at the home of a Herefordshire builder left paralysed after a fall in a bid to help him gain greater independence. Band of Builders (BoB) finished the first phase of the project in October …

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Obituary: Howard Broomby

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It is with great sadness that BMJ reports that  Howard Broomby, former managing director of Broombys, died last week on January 23, at the age of 81. Howard joined the family business, Broomby’s, in 1961, when it was trading from depots in Sandside and Ulverston. In 1969 he relocated to …

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It’s that time again: Swarfega is on the hunt for the UK’s Toughest Trade

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Skin care experts Swarfega have begun their annual hunt for the UK’s toughest trade! It was mechanics who took the crown in 2019, followed by farmers in 2020, fishermen in 2021, and farmers once again in 2022, with agricultural superstar Eleanor Gilbert championing a hard-fought battle on social media against …

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Last chance to enter for the Pavestone Rally 2023

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On September 6-11, the third Pavestone Rally will raise money for four well deserving charities as well as plant hundreds of trees. To offset the carbon produced by the Rally, Pavestone need to plant 125 trees, however the organisers of the rally have pledged to plant 1500. This is more …

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Sales growth driven by inflation, according to November BMBI

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The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals that builders’ merchants’ value sales were up +1.4% in November 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. This was inflation-led growth as volume sales tumbled -13.6% while prices climbed +17.3%. Nine of the twelve categories sold more in November compared …

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November Plumbing & Heating sales up +6.9% year-on-year

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The latest figures from the Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) report show total value sales for November 2022 through specialist plumbing and heating merchants were +6.9% higher than November 2021. Price inflation (+9.8%) was again the driving factor behind year-on-year growth with volumes falling -2.7%. Month-on-month November value sales …

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MPs visit Grant UK’s new HQ in Swindon

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The local Members of Parliament for the two Swindon constituencies both visited Grant UK’s new Head Quarters in January to tour the facilities and to learn more about what Grant UK is doing in the local community and in the field of sustainable home heating products. In September 2022, Grant …

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