LBS makes Barry its 26th branch

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South Wales independent builders’ merchant LBS Builders Merchants opened its 26th branch yesterday (June 15). The branch, on the Ty Verlon Trading Estate in Barry, is the family-run company’s furthest east branch in Wales. The fully-refurbished site, off Cardiff Road, will consist of a builders’ merchant, a Total Plumbing outlet …

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Industry takes action to tackle plaster shortage

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A cross-industry collaboration to support the sector’s road to recovery is keeping an eye on issues such as the current plaster shortage. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Construction Products Association (CPA) are working to pinpoint and address the key issues as more builders return to site. As the joint leaders …

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Brick jobs to go as Covid-19 close-down bites

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Brick manufacterers Ibstock and Forterra are to lose 600 jobs as a result of lower forecast demand following the Covid-19 pandemic. With despatches around half what they were this time last year both businesses said selective sites may close and the size and structure of support functions will change. Forterra …

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Blanco sinks the black

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The SILGRANIT® range of sinks from BLANCO has a granite surface that means it can be kept clean without hours of scrubbing with harmful cleaning products. With SILGRANIT®, often just running the tap will be enough to clean the sink. For anything more stubborn and marks that have already dried, …

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Fundamental changes required to keep building sites open

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A number of fundamental changes will be required to ensure that building sites can remain open and safe for their workers in the Covid-19 era, says Brendan Sharkey, head of construction and real estate at accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson. Following the prime minister’s active encouragement for construction workers to …

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Trade bodies monitor construction supplies to iron out demand and production

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members in order to meet the needs of housebuilders, contractors and SME builders as sites re-open. They are heading up the Product Availability Group, set-up by the Construction …

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Merchants report lacklustre February before Covid-19

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The Covid-19 pandemic and the UK lockdown came on top of a February that was already lacklustre for builders merchants. That’s according to figures released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI). February trading is unlikely to have been much affected by the emerging Coronavirus pandemic, pre-dating social distancing, …

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Baxi teams up with MENTalk

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Heating product manufacturer Baxi has announced a new partnership with MENTalk, an online community that encourages men to open up and support each other with mental health issues, to help raise awareness of personal wellbeing and provide support for plumbing and heating engineers. MENTalk was founded by three Expert Trades …

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Secretary of State thanks merchants for critical support

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The BMF has circulated to members a letter from The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience …

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Appeal to builders’ merchants to provide vital PPE to the NHS

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With intense supply chain pressures affecting the ability of healthcare professionals to source the equipment, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is appealing to builders’ merchants across the UK to provide much-needed personal protective equipment for NHS staff. The move is part of a national initiative coordinated by the Construction Leadership …

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