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Grafton Group’s UK merchant business saw its daily like-for-like sales grow 9.8% in January and February, continuing the uplift in performance in 2013.
Howdens looks to expand depot network as sales push £1bn
Howden Joinery UK has reported annual pre-tax profits of £138.4m (2012: £112.1m) and believes there is scope to increase its depot numbers from 559 currently to “at least 700”.
Scott Pallets recruits extra workers and expands Huntingdon capacity
The UK’s largest pallet manufacturer Scott Pallets has created 10 jobs at its Huntingdon site to meet growing demand for pallets.
TTF president urges new industry umbrella body
Greater unity is needed among UK timber industry organisations if the sector’s voice is going to be heard by government and other decision makers.
Swedish timber exports fall 2% in 2013
Sweden’s exports of sawn and planed timber fell 2% in 2013 to 11.6 million m3, according to new figures from the Swedish Forest Industries Federation.
There is major potential for increasing the use of home-grown timber in UK construction, but it needs work and commitment, says Simon Smith of structural engineers Smith+Wallwork
Businesses that don’t choose the right software will be left in the slow lane, says James Sweet
Fashion or function?
It’s worth reviewing your website to see how it fares against the competition and how emerging trends might further increase profitability. Marc Prior, a designer with website development agency Ecce Media, reports.
New product development is a key aim for Ten-25 Software’s new managing director, Ian Oldrey. Keren Fallwell reports.
A need for speed
As post-recession business picks up, companies want software that helps them to keep pace with the increasing demands on time and production. Keren Fallwell reports.
Business is improving but Stephen King, commercial director at SCA Timber Supply, has some concerns
Education is vital
Wood education should be an industry norm, says Andrew True, chairman of the Wood Technology Society
It’s time to show our resilience
Oh how I laughed a year or so ago when a Somerset-based friend of mine said her civil servant husband was now "head of resilience" for the Bristol area. It conjured up images of the spoof television programme Twenty Twelve, the mockumentary that followed the progress of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission in the run-up to the London Olympics.
Needless bureaucracy hampers business
Box-ticking is a time-consuming distraction for companies, says Keith Fryer, a director of T Brewer & Co
An across the board performer
First year of the EU Timber Regulation has run smoothly in the UK, says TTJ editor Mike Jeffree.