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Latest Covid-19 lockdown to last until mid-February
05 January, 2021
The UK’s latest national lockdown, announced yesterday, looks likely to stay in place until mid-February at least, the Government says.
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Timber users and buyers warned on stock shortages
Friday, December 11, 2020 The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is advising all timber users and buyers to be proactive in their purchasing strategies against a background of continuing tight wood supply conditions.
BSW acquires the Building and Supply Solutions division of SCA Wood UK
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 BSW has today acquired the Building and Supply Solutions division of SCA Wood UK, which includes the manufacture and distribution of timber and associated products to the home improvement and builders merchant sectors.
National Timber Group launches timber systems division
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 The National Timber Group has launched a new brand - National Timber Systems - that will support the UK’s housebuilding and construction industries.
Travis Perkins reports strong RMI demand in Q3
Thursday, October 22, 2020 Travis Perkins has reported strong domestic RMI demand through Q3, driving a strong performance in its Wickes and Toolstation businesses.
Grant & Stone acquires 3Counties Timber & Building Supplies
Thursday, October 01, 2020 High Wycombe-based builders’ merchant group Grant & Stone Limited has announced its acquisition of 3Counties Timber & Building Supplies Limited (3Counties), marking a key step in its strategy to expand through a combination of acquisitions, new site development and organic growth.
New TimberWorld branch opens
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 Arnold Laver TimberWorld has announced the opening of its new branch in Milton Keynes.
TTJ webinar on Covid-19 crisis to air this Thursday
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 TTJ’s first webinar Coming out of Covid-19: Timber industry adapting for the Future will be aired on Thursday May 21 at 3pm UK time.
TTJ Awards 2020 voting underway
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 The digital voting process for the TTJ Awards voted categories is now underway.
New TTF report finds timber supply chain well stocked for return to construction
Friday, May 01, 2020 A new report by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has found that the UK timber supply chain is well stocked and ready to support a return to construction.
Travis Perkins re-opens more branches
Thursday, April 30, 2020 UK builders merchanting giant Travis Perkins (TP) is re-opening more of its branch network to give greater support to large construction firms and subcontractors as they restart construction sites.
ETTF and EOS take stock of Covid-19 impact on European timber industry
Monday, April 20, 2020 Construction sectors in Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia have been performing better than the UK, Spain, Italy and France during the coronavirus crisis, says the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS).
Grafton bosses volunteer to reduce base salaries by 20%
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Top bosses at nationwide merchanting giant Grafton Group plc have volunteered to reduce their salaries in response to the Covid-19 situation.
Furloughing of staff in UK timber industry now widespread – TTF survey
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 More than 60% of Timber Trade Federation (TTF) members who responded to the federation’s coronavirus survey are now accessing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
Merchants look for clarification after latest Government coronavirus statement
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Builders merchants and DIY stores are currently assessing their positions following the government’s latest coronavirus update which seems to keep the door open for their continued operation.
Mid-Sussex Timber Christmas tree tradition continues
Friday, December 20, 2019 In its 90th anniversary year, Mid-Sussex Timber has now supplied East Grinstead’s town centre Christmas tree for over 35 years.
Odds Timber named in MegaGrowth 50 list
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Odds Timber of Sittingbourne has been named in the top 50 of Kent’s fastest growing companies.
Cairngorm Capital acquires £100m turnover merchant
Monday, November 18, 2019 Investment company Cairngorm Capital Partners has continued on the merchant acquisition trail by announcing it has acquired independent builders’ merchant group Grant & Stone Ltd.
Travis Perkins delivers solid Q3, will demerge Wickes by Q2, 2020
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Travis Perkins has delivered a “solid” Q3 performance, despite trading conditions becoming incrementally more challenging through the course of the summer as a result of the on-going market uncertainty.
Cairngorm Capital acquires Chandlers and forms Independent Builders’ Merchant Group
Friday, October 11, 2019 Cairngorm Capital has continued its acquisition strategy in the builders merchant sector by acquiring southeast-based Chandlers Building Supplies Ltd.

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