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Public Accounts Committee criticises Green Homes Grants scheme in damning report

A report from the Public Accounts Committee said the Green Homes Grant Scheme “underperformed badly”, delivering only a small fraction of the expected job and accounting for just £314 million out of the original £1.5 billion budget.

Bristol builders’ merchant move brings jobs boost

Selco Builders Warehouse will move into a new 140,000 sq ft site on Cater Road in Bishopsworth on December 14. It will make it the largest branch in the company’s 69-strong UK network.

Industry calls for 12-month extension on red diesel ban

The Federation of Master Builders has joined other industry associations in calling for the deadline for red diesel use within the construction industry to be extended by 12 months.

Housing Diversification group calls on the government to unlock 130,000 homes

The government’s housing ambitions cannot only rely upon volume housebuilders, says ‘Housing Diversification’, a new action group, which is made up of the Federation...

Construction Minister learns the importance of builders’ merchants

Construction Minister Lee Rowley MP has visited Lords Builders Merchants in Park Royal, West London to understand the merchant's essential role in the supply chain.

New training toolkit offered on COVID-19 protocols

In its latest initiative to help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work, the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum has created a digital learning toolkit to promote best practice.

BMF report predicts uncertainty for 2022

The Builders Merchants Federation’s latest industry forecast has shed light on a more uncertain outlook for 2022 despite highlighting the strength of the building materials market throughout the past year.

Builders’ merchant sales slow in Q4 2021

Latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index finds that sales through UK builders’ merchants slowed slightly in Q4 2021, following two record quarters.

Vocational training reforms will benefit building industry, says the FMB

Improvements to the vocational education system will help address skills gaps in construction and support local builders to train, says the Federation of Master Builders, following the government’s publication of the ‘Skills for Jobs’ White Paper.

West Frasers tackles youth unemployment

West Fraser has partnered up with Youth Employment UK in efforts to tackle youth unemployment.