Turnbulls boosts profits and sales

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Hopkins group, parent company of independent builders and plumbers merchant Turnbull and Company in Lincolnshire has reported a rise in its turnover and pre-tax profits. The Sleaford-headquartered group saw turnover of £45.3m for the 12 months to 31 December 2019, up from £39.2m. Pre-tax profits rose from £1.9m to £1.95m …

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Lockdown aids CMOStores turnover

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Online construction products merchant CMOStores.com has posted turnover of £23m from January to June 2020, and profits up 126 per cent when compared to the same six month period in 2019. The uplift in sales in early 2020 meant that CMOStores.com not only retained all existing staff on full-time contracts …

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Williams adds two

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Trade-only plumbers merchant Williams has promoted Patrick Skilton to the role of Head of Commercial and Louise Kelly to the role of HR Manager. Formerly Senior Commercial Manager, Skilton, who joined the company’s Guildford branch in 2007, takes on responsibility for product and pricing, as well as the marketing and …

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Pre-fabs could build a quarter of new homes by 2030

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A new policy paper estimates that pre-fabricated housing could account for up to a quarter of new homes by 2030. The report Build Homes, Build Jobs, Build Innovation proposes a fast-track investment to construct 75,000 modular homes off-site a year by 2030. The paper is co-authored by Mark Farmer, who was appointed …

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TG brings the outdoors in at Northwich

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Independent builders’ merchants TG Builders merchants, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group, has opened a new indoor patio showroom at its Northwich branch. The branch in Manchester Road has unveiled over 40 different patios laid out across the showroom floor. As well as the layouts in situ, there are over …

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Darlaston makes plans for new branch

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Planning permission is being sought by independent builders merchant Darlaston Builders Merchants for a new site in Birmingham.   The 4.2-acre site at Warwick Road and Wharfdale Road in Tyseley is currently vacant and overgrown and was formally used for scrap yard and metal reprocessing. If approved, 27,103 sq ft of …

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Outdoor workers at risk from UV over-exposure: How merchants can help

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Builders’ merchants have a crucial role to play in ensuring their employees and customers are protecting themselves against UV overexposure, even those who do not spend the whole working day outdoors. That’s according to a survey by SC Johnson Professional amongst construction health & safety professionals and employees which found …

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BMF extends auto-membership to h&b Development Group

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Builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation and independent builders merchant buying group h&b Buying Group have extended their group membership agreement to include the 24 smaller merchants comprising the h&b Development Group. Five merchants in the h&b Development Group are already BMF Members and the remaining 19, together …

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Government must provide a clear roadmap to recovery, says Logistics UK

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Business group Logistics UK is warning the government it needs to do more to stimulate economic activity and restore consumer confidence after the COVID-19 pandemic, after the group’s research indicated that the nation’s businesses are stagnating, after two months’ of cautious re-opening. David Wells, the group’s Chief Executive says that …

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Beedon’s Cemex move comes under CMA spotlight

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The Competition and Markets Authority has raised concerns about the purchase by Breedon Group of certain Cemex assets in some parts of the UK. Breedon announced in January 2020 that it had agreed a £178 million deal to buy approximately 100 Cemex sites, including aggregates quarries, ready-mixed concrete facilities, asphalt …

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