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Stoke business leader appointed to Livery company

17/05/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR The leader of a trade association, which represents a multi-billion pound slice of the UK construction industry, has been elected as a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Marketors. John Newcomb, the CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), joins the City Livery company following an extensive career in marketing and […]


BCGA Virtual Conference and Awards reflect the gas sector’s vital role in the UK

14/05/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR The value and significance of the nation’s compressed gases sector were reinforced in the British Compressed Gases Association’s (BCGA) digital conference and inaugural awards ceremony event. Over two days, delegates were kept up to speed with the latest industry developments, concluding with the BCGA Industry Recognition Awards, which celebrated members’ contributions […]


BCGA supports STEM projects with Primary Engineer

25/03/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA), has joined forces with Primary Engineer to ‘bridge the gap’ between education and industry. Primary Engineer is an educational not for profit organisation that supports primary and secondary schools across the UK with a range of programmes to inspire pupils and enable teachers to deliver […]


New report sets out the scale of opportunity for the Midlands in advanced ceramics

04/03/2021 A blueprint setting out the compelling opportunities for the Midlands to position itself as a world leader in advanced ceramics has been launched. Businesses and academics from across the region have collaborated on the Advanced Ceramics Sector Profile, commissioned by the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG) in partnership with the Midlands Engine Observatory. Highlighting […]


Free event gives insight into Austria’s expertise in Positive Energy Districts

12/02/2021 The concept of Positive Energy Districts is increasingly being considered as a means of powering clusters of the UK. Professionals and students with an interest in areas including energy, architecture and urban planning can tap into world-leading expertise in a free online event, the GBS Expert Talk Series – Positive Energy Districts. Organised by […]

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Make a sound career choice with new acoustics apprenticeship

10/02/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A pioneering apprenticeship, designed to train the acousticians of the future, is planning to take its first intake of students later this year. The Acoustics Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship has been developed as an employer-led, industry initiative, with support from the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Institute of Acoustics […]


Materials degree apprenticeship set to welcome first students

9/02/2021 A new degree apprenticeship targeting the next generation of materials scientists and engineers is welcoming its first students this year. Co-ordinated by the Applied Materials Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Company (AMRICC) in Stoke-on-Trent, the scheme is the first of its kind in the UK. More than fifty companies – employing around 40,000 staff nationwide […]

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Trade body sets out the building blocks to a successful apprenticeship for trainees

8/02/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A leading trade body is signposting the opportunities for a career in the building materials industry to mark National Apprenticeship Week. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is highlighting the apprenticeship route as a gateway to a wide variety of roles, which offer exciting future prospects. Although often under the radar when […]

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Supply issues impacting on construction sector

27/01/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A shortage of construction products including roofing materials and timber is starting to impact on the building industry, according to a leading industry trade body. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) – whose members represent a £38 billion slice of the construction industry supply chain – has received reports of August availability […]


Challenge in the short term, but hopes of swift recovery

26/01/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR The British Furniture Manufacturers’ latest Economic Review outlines the impact of a third COVID-19 lockdown and the challenges posed by Brexit – but pinpoints indications of a speedy recovery in the spring. Managing Director of the BFM, Nick Garratt, examined figures released by the Bank of England and the Office of […]