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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

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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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Travis Perkins raises £55,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Travis Perkins has raised £55,000 through the hire of its cement mixers over the last 12 months. The initiative is part of Travis Perkins’ wider support for Macmillan Cancer Support. Since the launch of their partnership in 2015, Travis Perkins and Benchmarx have raised over £4 million for Macmillan. For …

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Jewson opens new showroom in Kilmarnock

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Jewson has opened a new kitchen and bathroom showroom in Kilmarnock supporting the Ayrshire area. Located on Queens Drive, the branch is the largest of its kind in Scotland and will be open to trade customers and members of the public from September 5. The new showroom will display Jewson’s …

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Big Red Construction joins forces with the Big Brew

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Huddersfield-based Big Red Construction has become the headline sponsor of this year’s Big Brew campaign. The campaign encourages construction industry workers and tradespeople to come together to support one another, and remove the taboo around mental health in the sector. Big Red Construction was only founded just over five years …

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First keynote speaker confirmed for BMF All Industry Conference

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The BMF has announced Alan Johnson, the former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister, as the first keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2023, which takes place in Istanbul next June. Alan Johnson was General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as Labour MP for Hull …

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