James Burrell adds defibrillators in branches

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Independent builders merchant James Burrell Builders Merchant has installed a defibrillator in each of its branches across the North East and Yorkshire. The company have also invested time into training as many members of staff as possible, with the aim of eventually having each employee trained on how to use …

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Time is running out for the UK’s top builders merchants to get their most up-to-date details into BMJ’s 2023 edition of Trailblazers. The 2023 edition of BMJ’s Trailblazers will be published with the April edition. Once again, it will feature the top UK builders merchants, those turning over more than …

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CPA welcomes positives in Spring Budget

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The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has positioned his Spring Budget as a plan to remove obstacles to investment, tackle labour shortages, break barriers to work and harness science and technology for growth, according to CPA Economics Director, Noble Francis. “There were a few positives for the construction industry and wider supply …

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Travis Perkins given top rating for engaging with suppliers on climate change

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Travis Perkins plc has been recognised by CDP for their work to engage with suppliers to jointly tackle climate change. This means the Group is amongst the 8% of companies globally which have been recognised for supplier engagement within its 2022 disclosure of climate change information to CDP; a not-for-profit charity …

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Keylite raises £20,000 for construction mental health charity

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Last year saw the return of Keylite Roof Windows (Keylite)’s ‘Kick it with Keylite’ initiative, which challenged the UK construction industry to ‘keep it up’ for Mates in Mind, a leading charity addressing the stigma of poor mental health within the construction sector. The initiative encouraged merchants, trades and all …

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BMF responds to Budget announcement

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The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the raft of measures to support employees in the Budget, but is concerned that a lack of commitment to infrastructure projects, the construction of new properties and introduction of home energy-retrofitting measures could impact on the economic outlook for the industry. With the …

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Ideal Bathrooms launched its annual rewards programme

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The bathroom distributor has launched its annual rewards programme with a host of prizes, including top of the range tech and short getaways, up for grabs. Ideal Bathrooms is offering all of its customers the chance to win a prize every time they spend £1,500 with them. In a new …

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h&B group appoints Peter Fletcher as CEO

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Independent merchant buying group h&b has appointed a new CEO, Peter Fletcher. Although he joined a plumbing & heating merchant in Nottingham at 16, he has spent the majority of his career on the manufacturing sector. Recently he was Divisional sales director with Genuit Group Residential Division, aka Polypipe. That, …

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IoBM partners with BMJ Industry Awards

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The BMJ Industry Awards is the only merchant award programme that is decided by a public vote amongst industry participants. This year, it has partnered with the Institute of Builders Merchants, as a way of highlighting the importance of young people to the future of merchanting. The IoBM, which is …

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PaintWell brings Kent Blaxill and Promain under one new board


A new Executive Board has been established to drive growth for the PaintWell group, bringing together the group’s Kent Blaxill, PaintWell and Promain businesses. The PaintWell Group bought Kent Blaxill in November 2022. Keith Reville is appointed chief executive officer of Paintwell, Kent Blaxill and Promain. He joins from Rubix, …

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