Buttle’s unveils outdoor living and landscaping display

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Buttle’s Timber and Builders’ Merchant has opened a dedicated outdoor living and landscaping display in Leighton Buzzard with the help of former World Heavyweight Champion of the World, Frank Bruno. Ian Church, managing director of Buttle’s, said: “Landscaping has become a big part of our business in recent years, and …

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Product availability continues to improve, says CLC

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A statement was released by the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability Group. The group is co-chaired by John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products Association. The statement outlines the current situation in the construction industry regarding the accessibility and availability of …

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Bradfords renews partnership with Exeter Chiefs

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Bradfords Building Supplies has extended its partnership with the Exeter Chiefs for the 2022/2023 season, including its under-8s tag rugby festival. As a Key Club Partner, Bradfords will continue its support of the Exeter Chiefs women’s team and its player sponsorship for Chiefs and England international, Henry Slade, as well …

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ROCKWOOL launches NyRock technology

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As pressure mounts on the construction industry to deliver more thermally efficient buildings while preserving standards of fire and acoustic performance, ROCKWOOL has launched NyRock technology, an evolution in stone wool composition that delivers the lowest lambda stone wool insulation available in the UK. Created using a new patented production …

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Lords grows first half-year turnover by 75%

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Lords, the growing builders merchant group, has issued a trading update for the six-month period ended 30 June 2022, ahead of the publication of its interim results on 6 September 2022.   Group total revenue for the period increased by 19.9% to £214.7m, from £179.0m. Within that, the builders merchant …

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Project-starts back on downward spiral as materials inflation continues

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Glenigan has released the July 2022 edition of its Construction Review. This Review focuses on the three months to the end of June 2022 (Q.2), covering all major (>£100m) and underlying (<£100m) projects, with all underlying figures seasonally adjusted. The central finding of the July Review is that project-starts returned …

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Construction growth expected to slow, says CPA

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Construction output is forecast to rise by 2.5% in 2022 and 1.6% in 2023. According to the latest CPA construction forecasts as strong growth in warehouses and infrastructure offsets, a slowdown in private housing and a fall in private housing repair, maintenance and improvement (rm&i) from historic high levels. The …

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Kick It With Keylite returns to raise mental health awareness

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Following the success of last year’s initiative, Kick It With Keylite returns for 2022 – bigger and better than before. This year, Keylite Roof Windows (Keylite) is challenging merchants and their customers to ‘Keep It Up’ in the name of raising money for Mates in Mind, a leading charity addressing …

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MKM King’s Lynn raises £2,233 for cancer charity

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The team at MKM King’s Lynn have raised £2,233 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation as tribute to a former branch customer who died of the disease. The sum was raised via a cake morning and raffle held at the branch, which saw suppliers to the builder’s merchant donate …

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Sales up but volume down, according to May BMBI

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The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals that builders’ merchants’ value sales were up +14.8% in May 2022 compared to the same month in 2021, driven more by rising prices (+17.8%) than volume sales (-2.5%) year-on-year. All categories sold more in May 2022 compared to the previous year, …

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