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Taylor Maxwell named Timber Trader of the Year in TTJ Awards 2023
18 September, 2023
Taylor Maxwell has been voted Timber Trader of the Year in this year’s TTJ Awards.
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TTJ Awards prepares for lift-off
Thursday, September 14, 2023 The TTJ Awards 2023 is preparing for lift-off in central London on Friday September 15.
Bulmor Lancer signs up as TTJ Awards sponsor
Monday, August 21, 2023 Bulmor Lancer has joined the sponsors of the TTJ Awards 2023, supporting the long established Structural Timber Systems of the Year voted category.
TTJ Awards 2023 host is actor and comedian Hal Cruttenden
Friday, July 07, 2023 The host and guest speaker for this year’s TTJ Awards is actor, writer and comedian Hal Cruttenden.
TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award entry deadline nears
Monday, June 26, 2023 There is still time to enter the TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award. The merchanting award, which is organised in association with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), forms part of the annual TTJ Awards – the UK timber industry’s leading annual awards event.
IBMG acquires builders merchant operations of Kent Blaxhill
Monday, June 12, 2023 Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) has acquired the Colchester and Bury St Edmunds builders merchant operations of Kent Blaxill.
Final chance to vote in UK’s TTJ timber industry awards
Friday, June 09, 2023 Who is going to be crowned this year’s TTJ Awards’ Timber Trader of the Year 2023?
Vote and enter TTJ Awards 2023!
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Voting for this year’s TTJ Awards is firmly underway and the votes are rolling in across the wood product industry categories.
TTBS marks end of era as Ivan Savage steps down
Friday, May 05, 2023 The timber trades’ own charity – the TTBS – held a memorable AGM on May 4 when long-serving CEO Ivan Savage stepped down to retire and Tony Shelton was voted in as the TTBS president.
Alsford announces major new branding investment
Thursday, April 20, 2023 South East based timber and builder’s merchant Alsford has announced a major investment in its branding, which includes a new logo, website address, marketing materials plus fleet and service updates.
Voting is open in TTJ Awards 2023
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 Voting for this year’s TTJ Awards is firmly underway and the votes are rolling in across the wood product industry categories.
TTJ Awards voting goes live on April 5
Tuesday, April 04, 2023 The voting for this year’s TTJ Awards gets underway on April 5 and will run until June 19.
Travis Perkins reports strong merchanting results but anticipates challenging year ahead
Friday, March 03, 2023 Travis Perkins plc (TP) has reported strong profits in its merchanting division but has warned that as a group it is planning for a decline in overall market volumes in the mid to high single digit range in 2023.
Working group reports improved supply and demand balance
Friday, February 24, 2023 Improvements in the balance of product demand and supply have been seen in the past month, according to the latest statement from the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group
Q4 builders merchant sales figures confirm slowdown
Friday, February 24, 2023 Figures for the final quarter of 2022 published yesterday (23 February) in the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF’s) Builders Merchants Building Index (BMB() found sales through UK builders’ merchants slowing during the final quarter of the year.
W Howard launches new website in anniversary year
Thursday, February 23, 2023 W Howard has launched a new company website as part of celebrations to mark 2023 as the company’s 65th anniversary year.
BMF forecasts downturn in building material sales in 2023
Thursday, February 09, 2023 The Builders Merchants Federation’s latest (BMF) winter forecast predicts negative building materials sales growth of -1.6% in 2023 compared to 2022.
Net Zero roadmap for timber sector debuts
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 A new timber industry net zero roadmap shows the timber supply chain is responsible for 1,575,356 tonnes CO2 equivalent (e) territorial emissions – which is about 0.35% of the UK total.
TDUK charts the shift in UK timber imports patterns
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 The latest timber import statistics from Timber Development UK (TDUK) chart a “considerable” shift in timber trading patterns in 2022, with the Republic of Ireland, Latvia, and China supplying significant volumes to the UK.
Danish group enters UK builders merchant market with acquisition of Jewson and International Timber
Friday, December 16, 2022 Denmark’s Stark Group A/S has signed a £740m agreement to acquire Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Ltd – including builders merchant giant Jewson – which operates more than 600 branches and distribution centres in the UK.

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