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Largest self and custom build report reveals six per cent industry growth


A new market report, that is the largest of its kind, has revealed that the self and custom build industry is growing at a rate of 6.25 per cent year on year, marking its third consecutive annual spike. At its current pace, the sector is estimated to reach 16,500 housing completions by 2020.

Permeable Driveways are no longer just an option @NewDrivewayCo


After 10 years of confusion over Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), 2015 saw an amendment in the Flood and Water Management Act of 2010 requiring the implementation of sustainable drainage systems in all major developments of 10 dwellings or more. That means on all new building and home improvement projects, the responsibility of ensuring a sustainable drainage system lies with the planning authorities, designers and developers.

Armstrong and Nevill Long team up to celebrate 55 years @ArmstrongCeilin


The ceiling systems manufacturer and distributor mark their 55th anniversary.

Over half a century ago Nevill Long took delivery of its first shipment from America of mineral tiles from the Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong Ceiling Solutions). They were transported on barges from docks on the Thames to the interior systems specialist’s warehouse in Southall.


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Accessibility to Midlands leisure is being taken to new heights with the opening of a further two assisted, accessible toilet facilities in Leicester. The city is now perhaps the most accessible in the UK in terms of the toilet facilities- known as Changing Places: it has 15 in the city with a further seven across the county, in venues ranging from community centres to major new developments such as the city’s new Haymarket Bus Station.


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Leading north-west roofing contractor Range Roofing is seeing red with its latest project- a new hotel at Emirates Old Trafford.

The £12million, 150-bedroomed, five storey four star hotel at the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club is being made weathertight with some 1000m2 of mechanically-fixed Protan SE1.6mm single ply membrane, in red, to reflect the corporate colours of the Club.

Smoked Select Grade UV Oiled Oak Flooring


Over the years, we have worked with contractors, architects, fitters and interior designers to continually grow our range of wood flooring.

Today we have one of the largest ranges of engineered wooden flooring on the UK market, with almost 150 different styles to choose from. Using timber from well-managed forests, only the best and oldest wood is selected, allowing younger trees to prosper for future use.

“Specials” drive Swedish Success for Howe Green

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With Article 50 triggered the countdown to Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) has begun in earnest.

UK businesses could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed and unsettled by our imminent departure from the EU. In reality many are seizing the opportunity presented by the low value of sterling to drive their export strategy.  January 2017 was a record breaking month for UK exports, with reported sales of £49,404 million.

Kärcher redefines the most important control element @Karcheruk


New trigger gun for pressure washers

Kärcher is introducing the “EASY!Force” trigger gun for its range of commercial cold and hot water pressure washers. The most exciting innovation is the trigger, which is pushed into the handle with the ball of the hand. When the trigger is operated, the recoil of the water jet automatically presses the trigger into the hand, which contributes to effortless use. The reduced force action prevents hand and finger strain and in turn muscle cramps. Accidental operation is prevented by a yellow safety lever in the handle. This can be released again after briefly operating the trigger.