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The 2023 edition of BMJ’s Trailblazers will be published with the April edition. Once again, it will feature the top UK builders merchants, those turning over more than £28m in their last financial year. Trailblazers has long been used to benchmark the industry, comparing the performance, size and structure of …

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Elliotts gives staff salary increase

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Elliotts Builders Merchants has announced that all of its 330 employees will be receiving a record-breaking pay increase, despite the current and ongoing economic challenges and uncertainty. Commencing in January 2023, all staff employed by the Hampshire based, independently owned business, will benefit from a salary increase of £2,000 per …

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New research highlights potential demand of 150,000 heat pump installers

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The widely promoted 50,000 installers required to meet the Government’s ambitious annual heat pump installation target of 600,000 may be three times lower than the number required, research has revealed. Developing from discussions within the HHIC Systems Group, chaired by Steve Keeton, the organisation has conducted extensive investigations of working …

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Construction industry unites to support CRASH charity

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Construction industry charity CRASH has offered heartfelt thanks to the construction companies who helped raise more than £85,000 in the CRASH Christmas card appeal. Over 80 businesses pledged their support for the 2022 Christmas card appeal, which will help CRASH continue to construct buildings that care for people who have …

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Robert Price makes donation to Bridgend Community Centre

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Robert Price builders’ merchants has donated decorating supplies to the KPC Youth and Community Centre in Pyle. Providing training, recreation, advice and support to help improve the wellbeing of people living in Bridgend County, the KPC cares about youth, their community and change. Robert Price made the donation as part …

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Jewson Largs community branch undergoes major development

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Jewson has invested more than £600k in its Largs branch, to increase stock availability and reduce its carbon footprint. The renovation has allowed for more space for more products, ensuring greater stock capacity in the branch. Open to both trade and the general public, this will significantly improve availability of …

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BMF issues advice on Energy Bill Discount Scheme

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Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement regarding changes to government support for business energy costs from 1 April 2023, the BMF is advising members to check whether they should apply for the higher level of financial assistance available to energy-intensive industries. The UK-wide Energy Bill Discount Scheme (EBDS), which …

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JT Dove’s fundraising hits £200,000


Chuf’s long-time friends at JT Dove finished 2022 on a high having raised £23,000 throughout the year for the charity. This brings the total to an impressive £200,000 since the charitable partnership began. In 2015 the company’s 15 branches began working to raise funds for Chuf’s Scott House (parent accomodation) …

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UP Building Products announces 2023 expansion plans

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UP Building Products, the UK builders’ merchants and suppliers, is set to open two new branches in early 2023 to add to its current branches in Ipswich, Newmarket, Maidenhead and Enfield. The business has increased its revenue from £8 million to £17 million over the past three years and doubled …

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Actis welcomes 2023 £1 billion home insulation scheme

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A nationwide insulation funding scheme aimed at middle income householders living in energy inefficient properties has been welcomed by insulation specialist Actis – and is set to see merchants being busy when it launches in 2023. The £1 billion ECO+ scheme, which launches in the spring and will run for …

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