Government to investigate combustible cladding ban


The Government is to consult on the possible prohibition of combustible cladding systems being used on high-rise buildings like the Grenfell Tower, housing minister James Brokenshire has announced. His statement to Parliament is despite the official review of building regulations, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, not recommending such a ban. …

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Kent Blaxill packs up backpacks for Mary’s Meals

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East Anglian builders’ merchants Kent Blaxill gathered together 14 backpacks for the charity, Mary’s Meals to probide one good meal every school day to some of the world’s poorest children. Statistics show that children learn better when eating regularly and by providing a much-needed daily meal in school, Mary’s Meals meet the immediate needs …

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PHG annual event raises thousands for charity


Merchant lightside buying group PHG presented its 2018 supplier awards at Carden Park Hotel following a day of golfing and track driving. Over 240 guests attended the awards dinner and collectively raised £3,335 for WaterAid, a charity they have supported for the last three years. PHG chairman, David Pochin said: …

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Construction stumbles in first quarter

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The UK construction industry reported a mixed performance in the first quarter of 2018 according to the Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey. The slide in output was partly due to the bad weather in February and march and partly due to the demise of construction giant Carillion. The latest research …

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BMF adds to policy and public affairs function

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed Perspectiva Consultants to act as Government Relations Consultants in Scotland and Northern Ireland. An established consultancy with experience and contacts with both the Scottish and Northern Irish devolved legislatures, the Perspectiva team is headed up by Karen Freel, who will be the Account Manager …

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Material stock shortages not an issue for merchants


Members of the Federation of Master Builders have reported shortages of a variety of building materials, with some – notably bricks, windows and roof tiles – having lead times of up to and including a year. However, builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation, says it is “not aware” …

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