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December 2017


GiB presents Woodland Hero award to TTJ’s Sally Spencer
14 December 2017 Grown in Britain (GiB) presented its annual Woodland Hero award to Sally Spencer, Contributing Editor on the Timber Trades Journal, at a gathering in London today (Dec 14).

TRADA creates Urban Buzz
13 December 2017 TRADA’s University Challenge 2017/18
 - Urban Buzz – is gearing up for action.

Final decision on US-Canada softwood lumber dispute favours US
08 December 2017 A final ruling in the US-Canada softwood lumber dispute has seen the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) uphold tariffs on Canadian softwood imports to the US.

German sawmilling association outlines further development plans
06 December 2017 The German Sawmill & Timber Industry Association (DeSH) is to continue expansion of its remit.

UK sees 40% increase in forest sales
04 December 2017 More than £111m of forestry was sold in the UK in the past year, 40% more than in 2016, according to the latest forestry investment report.

November 2017


Clarks Wood Company relocates to Newport
30 November 2017 Longstanding timber firm Clarks Wood Company, established in 1793, will be relocating to parent company Premier Forest Products’ Newport hub.

UK joinery sector gathers in London
27 November 2017 The UK’s largest gathering of joinery manufacturers took place last Friday for the British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) annual dinner.

Devon refurb wins Gold Award at Wood Awards
23 November 2017 A refurbished house in Devon that makes extensive interior use of timber has won this year’s Wood Awards Gold Award.

Groups welcome Budget housing sector boost
23 November 2017 The Construction Products Association (CPA) and Timber Trade Federation are among groups welcoming the government’s Budget moves to help the construction sector.

UK timber import slowdown predicted
21 November 2017 The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is predicting a slowdown in the UK’s softwood imports for 2018.

Plaut races to 90th anniversary party
20 November 2017 Timber import agent Plaut International celebrated its 90th anniversary with a day at Doncaster Races for customers and suppliers.

Management buyout at Mildands window company
20 November 2017 Joinery industry figure Roy Wakeman has led a buy-in management buyout deal of the New Window Company, a supplier and installer of contemporary and period windows and doors.

Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe
16 November 2017 Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe Limited, accelerating its involvement in the offsite manufacturing and closed panel construction market.

Grafton revenue up, demand softened in October
09 November 2017 International merchanting and DIY business Grafton Group recorded a 9.1% increase in revenue to £2.3bn for the 10 months to October 31, 2017.

Thornbridge in new investor partnership for growth
09 November 2017 Scottish timber processor and distributor Thornbridge Sawmills Ltd has entered into a partnership with investor Cairngorm Capital LLP.

Timber merchant fined £14,000 after employee death
08 November 2017 Hampshire timber merchant J F Goodwillie Ltd has been fined after the death of a 48-year old employee.

UK’s oldest timber yard set to close
06 November 2017 A judicial review has upheld a council’s decision to develop what is believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving timber yard dating from early Victorian times.

Wood for Good timber industry campaign appoints new ambassador
03 November 2017 Design for Homes’ chief executive David Birkbeck has been appointed as new ambassador and committee chairman for timber industry promotional campaign Wood for Good.

London furniture retailer first to be fined in UK under EUTR
01 November 2017 Designer furniture retailer Lombok has become the first UK business to be fined for breaching regulations introduced in 2013 to prohibit the importing and sale of illegally harvested timber.

October 2017


Lavers in North London expansion
30 October 2017 Arnold Laver has expanded its presence in North London after opening a large new depot in Borehamwood as part of a £1.5m investment.

Lords acquires majority stake in Hevey Building Supplies
27 October 2017 West London based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the majority share capital in Hevey Building Supplies Ltd.