Bosworth MP returns to Forterra’s Desford site

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Forterra has welcomed back Member of Parliament for Bosworth, Dr Luke Evans, to its Desford site recently which is currently undergoing a £95 million expansion. Once complete, it is set to be the largest and most efficient brick facility in Europe. During the visit, Dr Evans was given a tour …

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Hughes Forest welcomes Shadow Environment Minister

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As part of its industry and parliament programme, the BMF arranged a constituency visit with Ruth Jones MP. The focus of the visit was how the building materials’ supply chain is evolving to support environmental responsibility in construction, and how they are responding to the net zero carbon challenge. The …

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Russell Roof Tiles specified for affordable housing project

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Lovell Partnerships recently specified Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) for an affordable housing project in one of Scotland’s most affluent areas. The local people of Callander, (near Stirling in Central Scotland) are finding it harder to live in the town due to the skyrocketing house prices.  In the last 10 years …

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Sika shortlisted for Quality Team of the Year Award


Sika has been shortlisted for the Quality Team of the Year Award at the International Quality Awards which is due to take place on June 23. Spanning eight major categories and now in its fifth year, the International Quality Awards are designed to recognise and reward the contribution of quality …

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Knauf joins Planet Mark

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Knauf has joined Planet Mark, a widely recognised organisation that offers sustainability certification to businesses via the independent verification of social and carbon data. In doing this, Knauf has also committed to an annual carbon emissions reduction of at least 2.5%. Planet Mark is in the process of verifying data …

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Smartroof celebrates 20th anniversary

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Smartroof, UK manufacturer of panelised roofing systems, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Established in 2002, Smartroof has gone from strength-to-strength and is now supplying over 300 roofs every month, aided in part by the recent £1.5 million investment in its Swadlincote production facility to meet the growing demand …

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Fall in construction output is a worry for small builders, says FMB


The 0.4% fall in construction output in April is bad news for the whole construction sector, but is especially concerning for small builders given repair, maintenance and improvement work (RMI) fell by 2.4%, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to recently released ONS Construction Output data. Brian …

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BMF announces Supplier and Service shortlists for awards

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Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has announced separate shortlists for two Awards that will be presented at its Annual Members Day Conference and Awards in September – the BMF Supplier Member Engagement Award 2022 and the BMF Service Member Engagement Award 2022. The finalists are: BMF Supplier …

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Bradfords gets sports stars’ help to get men talking


For Men’s Health Week (13-19 June 2022), builders merchants Bradfords Building Supplies has teamed up with Premiership rugby team Exeter Chiefs and Somerset County Cricket Club to encourage people to check in on their friends. Sports stars including Exeter Chiefs RFC and England player, Henry Slade, plus Somerset County Cricket …

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ECI Software Solution launches first showcase

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ECI is hosting its first showcase, a free event promoting business growth and resilience while sharing a wealth of industry knowledge across the distribution, field service and LBMH sectors. Taking place on July 14 at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Manchester Airport, the inaugural ECI Showcase will feature guest speakers, …

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The BMJ Industry Awards goes yellow in support of the Maddie Rose foundation.

At our awards this year we raised an amazing £4,000.