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Top rugby referee earns standing ovation at Bristol trade dinner
14 February, 2023
Former international rugby referee Nigel Owens received a standing ovation for an excellent and thoughtful speech and entertainment at the annual Western Timber Trade Association dinner in Bristol on February 10.
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Obituary – Richard Thick
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Richard Thick, formerly of Vida Wood UK, died peacefully at home on Thursday December 22, following a brave battle against prostate cancer.
Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)
Friday, September 09, 2022 TTJ would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her remarkable service extending 70 years on the British throne.
Paul Sinha to host TTJ Awards 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022 Comedian and quiz show supremo Paul Sinha is this year’s host and guest speaker at the TTJ Awards.
TTJ Awards 2022 will take place on September 30 at the InterContinental Park Lane
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 The 2022 TTJ Awards will take place at The InterContinental Park Lane, London on September 30.
Fagus GreCon researcher receives Wilhelm-Klauditz Award
Friday, January 07, 2022 The Wilhelm-Klauditz Award has been presented to Dr Torben Marhenke, Fagus GreCon’s team lead research and development for research that led to the successful development of a new non-destructive test procedure for recognition of defects with a diameter starting at 1mm.
Collaboration in forestry sector creates opportunity
Friday, January 07, 2022 The government’s targets for tree planting are ambitious. The strategic importance of woodland and forest management, the use of the best quality planting stock and engaging young foresters in the sector are becoming ever more critical. Tree improvement charity Future Trees Trust, with funding from the Patsy Wood Trust, and in collaboration with the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), are delivering the Patsy Wood Scholarship to provide a key career stepping stone for new entrants into the forestry sector.
Premier Forest Products makes senior appointment
Friday, January 07, 2022 Andrew Francis has joined Premier Forest Group as its new UK sales director to lead the sales team. As part of this new role, he will help grow both the scale and profitability of the business, across all of the group brands, with both new and existing customers and suppliers.
BMF expands team
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 The Builders Merchants Federation has further strengthened its in-house team with two key appointments.
Sussex shepherds’ hut business soars during pandemic
Thursday, November 18, 2021 A young Sussex man with no formal carpentry training has built a £400,000 turnover business building timber shepherds’ huts during the pandemic and been listed for two county business awards.
Obituary: Derek Fletcher
Friday, November 12, 2021 The timber trade has been paying tributes to one of its longest-serving members who died recently – Derek Fletcher of DHH Timber.
Obituary – John Smith
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 John Smith, former sales director of JJ Smith Woodworking Machinery Ltd, and a well-known figure in the industry, has died following a short illness.
Two new members elected to BMF board
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Frank Elkins, chief operating officer at Travis Perkins plc and Lee Harwood, group finance director at Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd have been elected to the board of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Mr Elkins takes up his position on April 1 and Mr Harwood begins his term of office on June 1.
NMITE appoints CATT founding director
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) has announced that Professor Robert Hairstans has joined as founding director of its Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT).
West Port recruits Nielsen as operations director
Monday, March 08, 2021 Arvid Nielsen has joined West Port Timber Windows & Doors as operations director. His focus will be on streamlining and improving a variety of processes and systems, which will ultimately deliver benefits to all existing and future customers.
Ryan joins WPA
Monday, March 08, 2021 Neil Ryan has joined the Wood Protection Association (WPA) team in the new role of regulatory affairs adviser. Mr Ryan is an independent consultant (and managing director) at Woodable and as part of his portfolio, he will be working with the WPA and its members in an advisory capacity.
SO Modular invests in new talent after uplift in demand
Friday, February 19, 2021 Timber frame construction specialist SO Modular has created two new jobs on the back of an uplift in demand, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Griffiths joins Lawsons
Friday, February 19, 2021 John Griffiths has joined the Lawsons Group as non-executive director.
Fryers appointed BMF board adviser
Friday, February 19, 2021 The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed Rachel Fryers, director of Merritt & Fryers in Skipton, as a board adviser with effect from April 1.
Director-general and WPIF notch up 25 years
Friday, February 12, 2021 Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) director-general, Alastair Kerr has been recognised for 25 years of distinguished service, which date back to the organisation's formation in 1996.

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