RGB launches 2017 Christmas Present Appeal

RGB launches 2017 Christmas Present Appeal

Following the success of RGB Building Supplies’ Christmas Present Appeal last year, the builders merchant is delighted to bring it back and is once again inviting the local community to donate gifts that will be given to families being supported by Children’s Hospice South West over the festive period.

Until Friday 1st December, RGB’s branches in will be displaying Christmas Trees and inviting people to place a gift suitable for a child of any age, or their parents, underneath them. The hospice will then distribute the presents to families in time for Christmas Day.

Four join Fabdec as manufacturer launches new apprenticeship programme

apprenticeship programme

Heating and cooling specialist Fabdec has kickstarted a new apprenticeship programme with four talented young people joining the business.


Fabdec, which manufactures heating and cooling products, is looking to support a new generation of engineers and commercial leaders as part of its long-term growth plans.


The business will be working local colleges and training providers to develop the apprentices, who are: Tom Rowlands, 19, and Sophie Tyrer 19, (welding apprentices); Daniel Fullerton, 21(engineering Apprentice) and Sophie Jones, 23  (commercial apprentice).


All four live within eight miles of Fabdec’s headquarters in Ellesmere, which is home to all of the business’s manufacturing, engineering, commercial and R&D divisions.

Easily overcoming common kitchen installation issues

The average homeowner in the UK will spend more than £4,000 on a fitted kitchen. Here Donald Miller, general sales manager at power tool accessories and hand tool specialist, Starrett, explains how contractors can make the most of the boom. 


With such a rise in demand, kitchen installers are increasingly faced with challenging design requirements and materials that can often feel like an impossible jigsaw puzzle. Choosing the right jig saw blade can be the missing piece to improve installation methods and quality of finish.


Wolseley Plumb Center announces top Zombie Boiler hunter

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Wolseley Plumb Center has announced London Gas Services as the winner of its 2017 Zombie Boiler competition.


Zombie Boilers were being targeted by the plumbing and heating specialist during October to raise awareness of inefficient boilers and their costs to homeowners, as well as the effects they can have on the environment.


Taking out the warming dead with the most zombie boiler slays, London Gas Services has won four tickets to its very own Zombie Infection experience. Their chosen team will be tasked with exterminating a zombie apocalypse using only instinct and intellect for survival.


Professional body warns of rise in Legionnaires’ cases as outbreak claims grandmother of four


The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has issued a warning on the growing number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease, in the wake of the death of Elaine Brown, a 69 year-old grandmother of four, from Liverpool.

Mrs Brown died in August, following a fatal stroke triggered by Legionnaires’ disease (LD). She had contracted the illness while staying at The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire. It has now come to light that another guest, a woman in her 70’s, had also contracted LD from the same establishment back in April. It is estimated some 10% of those contracting LD die from related complications.

Wolseley ramps up heating stock for winter


Wolseley Plumb Center is supporting the industry by ensuring it has all the essential heating products and support needed to see installers through this heating season.


To cope with the increased demand during the season, Wolseley Plumb Center has increased its range profile with over 500 heating products and over 200 of the most requested spare parts available across all branches. What’s more, when ordered before 5:00pm a further 50,000 products are available for next-day delivery from as early as 7:30am.


Whether installers are located in inner cities or rural areas, there are over 500branches to choose from; as far north as Thurso in Scotland, and as far south as Truro in Cornwall.


Bond It launches new and highly versatile waterproofing system

Bond It

Bond It is building on its track record of developing innovative, value adding products.

The business, which ranks as one of the UK's leading manufacturers of sealants, adhesives and building chemicals, has launched EasiSeal Pro - a one-part, cold applied liquid waterproofing system which offers impressive ease of use and enormous versatility.

The latest addition to the company's PRO range of sealants and adhesives, which utilise advanced, hybrid polymer technology, EasiSeal PRO is an exciting alternative to traditional waterproofing products like bitumen.

The Tools Awards 2017


Our eagerly anticipated annual ‘On the Tools Awards’ took place last Friday the 20th October and wow, what a night it was. 2017 is the second year the awards have been held - and it was definitely one to remember.


The awards were conceived by On the Tools to recognise the hard working and dedicated tradespeople that make up the construction industry. Alongside the construction community, the awards also honour construction based companies and construction brands.


GRAF UK grows team by a quarter in line with business success

Banbury office

Market-leading European water management specialist GRAF UK has grown its team by more than quarter in response to steadily rising demand for its top-quality stormwater, wastewater, and rainwater harvesting ranges.


The company has made a series of 12 new appointments across its customer service, installations, logistics and finance departments – bolstering its previously 24-strong team to 31. Among the 12 new recruits are four distribution centre operatives, two customer service reps, two accounts specialists, two installations experts, one logistics manager and one technical assistant. The move comes just months after GRAF upsized its UK headquarters to accommodate rapid business growth, relocating to the 10,000 sq ft Regen House premises in Banbury, Oxfordshire.