Mark Pougatch to host 2023 BMF Members Conference & Awards

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Award-winning sports presenter, Mark Pougatch, will host the 2023 BMF Conference and Awards in September, which this year takes the theme Building Momentum for the Future. Today, Mark is best known as ITV’s Chief Sports presenter, anchoring live football and rugby coverage, including the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last …

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TG Lynes continues diversity drive

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TG Lynes managing director, Andrew Ingram has spoken of the importance of equality, diversion, and inclusion within the business – and the goals for the next seven years. Leading heating, plumbing and air movement supplier, TG Lynes has made significant strides towards building a more diverse workforce, particularly since becoming …

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Travis Perkins adds ambitious apprenticeship target for 2030

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Travis Perkins plc plans to train 10,000 apprentices by 2030, it was announced today (March 8). The target was unveiled at the company’s inaugural apprenticeship graduation ceremony, held at Franklin’s Gardens stadium, home of Northampton Saints Rugby Club, which celebrated the successes of this year’s 382 apprentice graduates. Over 250 …

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The New National Retrofit Hub to Propel Greener Homes

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Construction industry organisations have joined forces to create a new National Retrofit Hub to help propel retrofit rollout in the UK’s existing homes. The initiative, launched at the Building Centre in central London on 1st March, is a response from industry to the growing need to make our building stock greener …

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Beesley & Fildes launch Plumbing and Heating Counter in Widnes

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Beesley & Fildes, the independent builder’s merchant with 11 branches across the North West, has opened a dedicated, one stop plumbing and heating department at its Widnes branch, the first of its kind to serve the area’s trade needs. The new facility incorporates clearly branded and signposted displays that easily …

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MKM U-Value Calculator Launches to Support with Regulation Compliance 

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 MKM, the independent builder’s merchant, is putting power to proactively improve a building’s energy performance into the hands of installers and consumers with the release of its own U-Value Calculator.    Users of the MKM U-Value Calculator, which helps to determine the rate of heat loss through a building’s envelope, …

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Russell Roof Tiles invests £750,000 in time-saving innovation

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Pitched roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, has invested over £3 million in the last two years in projects at its Lochmaben site that aim to increase its operational efficiencies, with a new ridge tile plant becoming the latest investment. The £750,000 major upgrade is taking place at the firm’s …

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Forterra builds equitable opportunities for women

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Forterra, is celebrating International Women’s Day (8th March) with HR Director, Shahbaz Idriss, who recently appeared in the Cranfield School of Management Women to Watch list. International Women’s Day recognises the achievements already made and the continued need to support women and underrepresented groups to have fairer opportunities. This year …

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Encon Insulation & Nevill Long grow Fire Protection Centres

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The Fareham branch of the independent distributor Encon and Nevill Long, is the latest to become a Fire Protection Centre, adding to the business’s growing network of fire protection branches. This latest development means nearly half of Encon’s nationwide branches are now dedicated centres, supporting customers on projects across the …

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Builders are still buoyant despite inflation & cost of living fears, survey finds

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Builders reveal a very limited impact of consumer price inflation and rising cost of living on their current and future workload according to a survey by largest group of independent builders merchants in Southern England. The extensive survey by the Independent Builders Merchant Group, IBMG, of small to medium sized  builders reveals continued …

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