Encon’s Michael Beard welcomes the BMF’s call to government

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Michael Beard, merchant development director at Encon Insulation, has issued the following response to the BMF’s call to Government to support a national retrofit strategy. We welcome the BMF’s call to Government to support a national retrofit strategy, which is long overdue. Developing an effective long-term plan to save energy …

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Norbord Europe fined £2.1m for worker’s horrific death

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Wood-based panels manufacturer Norbord, part of  Canadian group West Fraser, has been fined £2.15m for health and safety failings leading to the death of an employee. Perth Sheriff Court found Norbord Europe Limited guilty of two charges under health and safety legislation for the accident on July 12 2016 at …

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PaintWell buys Kent Blaxill

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PaintWell Limited, the North West’s largest independent paint distributor and decorators merchant, has bought Kent Blaxill Group Limited (Kent Blaxill), the independent decorating, glass and builders merchant, based in Colchester. The acquisition of the 184 year old merchant means the enlarged group will have 46 branches stretching from Cumbria to …

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E&SW Knowles reveals expansion plans

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A specialist manufacturer of fire rated, acoustic and PAS 24 security doors and doorsets, is adding a second factory to boost its manufacturing capacity, ahead of its 100th anniversary next year. Birmingham-based E&SW Knowles employs 114 people and is expanding its manufacturing operation into a second building, adding 13,750 sq …

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Häfele launches new service

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Häfele UK is enhancing its bespoke timber drawers manufacturing offering with the launch of an online quotation and ordering service. Using the new system – which is accessible via My Häfele – customers can create quotations and place orders for bespoke timber drawers on demand, making the process easier and …

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HB Supplies branches out for Christmas

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HB Supplies has started selling real Christmas Trees to the general public for the first time, donating a portion of the profits to the Air Ambulance Charity. The business, which sells building, drainage and landscaping supplies from its River Sidings site in Narborough, will be sharing the festive spirit by …

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CRASH launches Christmas Card fundraising appeal

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Construction charity CRASH is calling on businesses to support its vital work with the launch of the annual Christmas Card fundraising appeal. CRASH helps people who are homeless and sleeping rough – and adults and children who need end-of-life care in a hospice – by constructing or rebuilding the hospices, …

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Leyland SDM employees complete 5km run for charity

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Colleagues at Leyland SDM have kickstarted a pre-Christmas fundraising push by completing a 5km run for charity. The 24-strong Leyland SDM team completed the RunThrough Hyde Park 5km to raise more than £3,500 for the company’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support. Leyland SDM has raised more than £120,000 for Macmillan …

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Selco donates materials for Birmingham skate park

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Selco Builders Warehouse has delivered tonnes of materials to help build the second phase of the country’s only DIY skateboard park to be given formal status. The builders merchant already donated materials for the first phase of the Birmingham DIY Skate Park, located in Bournbrook Recreation Ground, Selly Oak, last …

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The ‘WaVan’ sets off on merchant roadshow

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Leading plumbing and drainage manufacturer, Wavin has set off on a national roadshow, bringing its range of products and expertise to merchants and installers across the UK. Hitting the road in a custom mobile display vehicle, dubbed the ‘WaVan’, Wavin kicked off the tour partnering with Wolseley to visit 16 …

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