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FORT joins h&b

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Berkshire-based builders merchant, FORT is the latest recruit to buying group h&b. Formed just before the start of the pandemic, FORT has grown rapidly and is now looking forward to the buying deals and other services that h&b offers to continue its success. FORT Builders Merchant was established in January …

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Travis Perkins launches new safety handover videos

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Travis Perkins Hire is refreshing its plant safety handover videos. The refresh is being done to support the introduction of new machinery that will be available from Travis Perkins Hire. The videos will be available on Travis Perkins Hire drivers’ handsets, and after being transported to site, it is a …

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McGovern & Co celebrates milestone

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McGovern & Co. is celebrating reaching a milestone of eight million bricks supplied in the two years since its acquisition by a growth strategy firm. Established in the North-East for more than 70 years, McGovern & Co. was acquired in September 2020 by Yorkshire-based growth specialists, Alpaca. Since then, the …

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Russell Roof Tiles invests in equipment

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Following the almost £2.25 million investment in the past 12 months, Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) has invested a further £250K in equipment. The firm has recently taken delivery of two new heavy-duty vehicles to help improve efficiencies at both its Burton and Lochmaben sites. The two Doosan DL280 wheel loaders, …

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TIMCO to launch 1,000 new product lines in 50th Anniversary year

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TIMCO is on track to launch 1,000 new product lines in 2022. This range expansion comes in the landmark 50th anniversary year for the Nantwich-based company, which now supplies a total of more than 8,000 products for the construction and industrial sectors. The latest product launches include the addition of …

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HB Supplies adds construction boards to offering

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Independent Leicester-based Building Supplier, HB Supplies, has further strengthened its offering for builders, plasterers and plumbers with the introduction of construction boards to its product line. HB Supplies now stocks a wide range of A1 fire rated construction and backer boards, which can be used across multiple trades for a …

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Value sales up but volume sales down, according to August BMBI

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The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals that builders’ merchants’ value sales were +10.0% up in August 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. But volume sales were down -4.2% with +14.8% price inflation driving growth. All bar one category sold more in August 2022 compared to …

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Travis Perkins sees demand slide begin

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Travis Perkins, the UK’s biggest builders merchant, delivered a resilient third quarter trading performance with total sales growth of 10.7%* and like-for-like sales growth of 7.4%. The Merchanting businesses saw total sales growth of 11.5%* with trading performance remaining consistent throughout the quarter.  Travis Perkins General Merchant, saw some slowing of …

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British Gypsum supports vital local bus service

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Plaster and plasterboard manufacturer British Gypsum has made its second donation to a volunteer-run bus service  in the Lake District that helps local communities stay connected. The Fellrunner Village Bus service supports vulnerable people who have limited transport options. Offering routes between Penrith and Carlisle, it’s a lifeline for those in remote and …

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Best product availability in two years, 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 accessibility and availability of products as we move into the fourth …

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