Ibstock raises over £170,000 for Shelter

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Brick manufacturer Ibstock plc, has raised an impressive £170,000 over the last three years to support its charity partner Shelter. Colleagues across multiple Ibstock sites have undertaken a series of fundraising activities, including team sleep outs and cycle-a-thons covering over 2000km. All funds have been matched by the business to …

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Tears and cheers at the BMJ Industry Awards 2022

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The winners and runners-up in the 2022 BMJ Industry Awards were announced at the Awards Lunch in London on Friday September 9th. Being held less than 24 hours after the announcement of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth ll, the event was tinged with sadness as well as celebration. A …

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BMF highlights long-term action needed for energy costs


The BMF has welcomed the Prime Minister’s plan to freeze average energy bills for households but believes more should be done to protect businesses from spiralling energy costs. John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “While we are pleased that the new PM has acted swiftly to protect consumers from escalating energy …

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h&b Development Group adds new recruit

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Yorkshire-base independent builders merchant Woods of Hornsea has become the latest recruit to the h&b Development Group. Woods of Hornsea is a single branch mixed merchant based in the Yorkshire coastal town of Hornsea run by husband-and-wife team Nick and Mandy Tudor. The Tudors took over Woods in 2016 when …

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Gavin Slark to take up SIG CEO role

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The outgoing CEO of Grafton Group, Gavin Slark, is to take over as CEO of building distribution giant SIG from February 1 2023. Slark, who is announced his departure from Grafton in July, is stepping down at the end of this year after 11 years in the post. Steve Francis, …

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Lords extends Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club sponsorship

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Lords Builders Merchants’ long-standing partnership with Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club has been extended for the seventh consecutive season. For the forthcoming 2022/23 Championship Rugby campaign, Lords will remain the club’s key partner and as such, will continue to have their branding on the home and away kits and on a …

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Bradfords renews partnership with Cornish Pirates

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Bradfords Building Supplies has renewed its partnership with the Cornish Pirates for the new rugby union season, as part of its ongoing support for regional sports. Last season’s inaugural Bradfords Community Cup saw some 250 school children participate in a festival of rugby at the Cornish Pirates’ ground in Penzance, …

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CEMEX invests in Swinderby Quarry

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CEMEX has completed a sizable investment into a new conveyor system at its quarry in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, which will make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and fuel use at the site. Supplied by Canning Conveyor, Swinderby’s new conveyor reaches one mile in length and will bring sand and …

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UK merchants head to Lisbon

FEST Congress 2022

NMBS is supporting the 57th FEST Congress, attracting record numbers of UK merchants making it one of the largest country groups attending the two-day event. The FEST Congress will take place on September 22-24 in Lisbon. The main theme for the business session, held in the Portuguese capital, is “Transformation …

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Saint-Gobain puts Jewson on the market

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Builders merchant Jewson, is being put up for sale by its parent company Saint-Gobain, the Paris-listed global conglomerate.  JP Morgan has been tasked with looking into the possibility of hiving off the merchant business. The 400 branch builders merchant was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 2000, when it bought Meyer International. …

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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.