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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Editor-in-Chief across the BMJ portfolio.

From little acorns do mighty oaks grow

Fiona Russell-Horne

And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, I’m gonna get you, too Another one bites the dust Once upon a time, barely two decades ago, a little builder’s merchant was set up in Wales. Because that was the sort of thing that someone …

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BMF bags Trade Association Award

Builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation picked up two awards at the Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website. The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and …

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Encon makes it onto Sunday Times list

The insulation distributor Encon Group has been ranked 98th in the 14th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table. The prestigious index lists the top 250 private mid-market growth companies in Britain who have achieved the biggest sales by managing risk and choosing the right strategic options. …

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IG celebrates diamond anniversary

Lintel manufacturer IG Lintels  has celebrated its 60th birthday with a gala dinner in Cardiff. The evening started with a champagne reception followed by a dinner hosted by David Meade. One highlight of the evening was a special video, made in the style of the Back to the Future films, …

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James Burrell to expand Yorkshire reach

Independent builders’ merchant, James Burrell, has announced the development of a new £2m branch in Yorkshire, set to open in Rotherham early next year. The new site will be the tenth for the family-owned company and is expected to open in spring 2019. The announcement follows a wave of investment by …

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Huws Gray buys Ridgeons

Aquisitive Angeley-based independent builders merchant Huws Gray has made its biggest purchase to date with the acquisition of East Anglian independent Ridgeons.   The purchase of the family-owned Ridgeons adds 40 branches to Huws Gray’s 62-branch empire which stretches across Wales and the north west of England, as far down …

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Rowlinson Timber expands to south-east

Rowlinson Timber Ltd is a main distribution hub in the South East, on the back of   large/sustained and successful growth over the last few years. From 1st January 2019 its main operations  will be based from the Port of Sheerness, Kent, working in collaboration with Peel Ports. “Due to our …

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LRBM renovates gallery space

Reclaimed bricks supplier London Reclaimed Brick Merchants has announced that thousands of its Plain Gault Bricks were used to renovate a new space belonging to the South London Gallery at Peckham Road Fire Station. The Victorian Gothic-style building, reopened over the weekend of 22nd-23rd September as a new area for …

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Dance like no-one is watching

Fiona Russell-Horne

You can dance, you can jive Having the time of your life Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I’m slightly, (only slightly, mind you) warming to Teresa May. It’s not that I think the Chequers deal is the right one for the UK post-Brexit, rather that I’m …

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BMJ Industry Awards 2019 – Nominate Now!!

Nominations are open for the BMJ Industry Awards 2019 . Click HERE to nominate your favourite merchants, supplier brands, trainees, showrooms and industry people. The awards celebrate the very best brands, merchants and people at the heart of the builders’ merchants sector. This year the Showroom category has been split into two: Merchant Kitchen …

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