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TTJ webinar on Covid-19 crisis to air this Thursday
19 May, 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.
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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.
Latest builders merchant sales stats show increased sales
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Total builders merchants sales in July were up 2.9% in value compared with the same month last year, according to the latest update from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI).
Last chance to enter TTJ Awards 2019 judged categories!
Friday, July 19, 2019 Judged entries for the TTJ Awards 2019 need to be submitted by close of play on Monday July 22.
Parkers buys Stamco to create larger Kent and Sussex merchanting group
Monday, June 17, 2019 Long-established Sussex merchant group Stamco has been acquired by Parker Building supplies for an undisclosed sum.
Premier Forest Group posts another record year
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Premier Forest Group Ltd has posted another record financial year, with annual turnover growth of 12% to £141m in the year ending April 2019.
TTJ Awards voting under way!
Monday, April 29, 2019 Voting has got under way in the TTJ Awards 2019 voted categories.
Travis Perkins and Grafton results “solid” despite mixed market backdrop
Thursday, March 07, 2019 Merchanting giants Travis Perkins (TP) and Grafton Group have reported solid annual results despite acknowledging a weaker market backdrop.
Cairngorm acquires Sentry Doors
Monday, February 25, 2019 Cairngorm Capital has made further moves in the timber products sector with the acquisition of fire and security door manufacturer Sentry Doors.

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