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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

TP plans London mixed-use sites

Builders merchant Travis Perkins is looking to develop more multiple mixed-use schemes in London that incorporate residential properties as well as builders merchants. The company is reviewing options at a number of its 182 London branches and has four developments in the pipeline. Three are existing Travis Perkins sites that …

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Bio-mass boiler heats up at Snows

Snows Timber’s Glastonbury Distribution Centre has installed a bio-mass boiler to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency. The boiler runs on offcuts from the distribution centre’s sawmills and produces a fraction of the carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels. It runs at 90 per cent efficiency, causing significantly less waste …

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Minister opens Grant’s new showroom

Claire Perry MP and Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth has opened Grant UK’s new Showroom and Meeting Suite  at their Devizes headquarters. Perry, the Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency, said: “As the local MP and a local resident, I am proud to be on the Hopton …

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The Italian touch

Fiona Russell-Horne

In Italy under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. It’s sometimes hard to justify to the troops …

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W Howard joins BMF

MDF profile supplier, The W Howard Group has, this month, signed up to membership of the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF). W Howard’s group commercial director, Simon Fleet said: “The BMF provides great opportunities for networking, training and importantly, legislation lobbying, ensuring that the market’s best interests are upheld and communicated …

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Welsh builders merchant’s fire causes £50k damage

A fire at a builders merchant in Risca, Gwent, caused damage worth up to £50,000, police have said. While the cause of the fire at T G Howell and Sons on Clifton Street is still being investigated, Gwent Police have appealed for information to help with enquiries. The fire is …

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Cemex heads back to rugby in HQ move

CEMEX UK is moving its headquarters to Rugby from Thorpe, Surrey, next month. The new HQ was the global head offices of Rugby Group until 2000 and the Rugby offices have been a regional centre for CEMEX UK but from 1 July the senior leadership team and all back-office functions …

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Toolbank parent buys in Ireland

Dormole (the privately-owned business that owns Toolbank) has acquired the share capital of Tucks O’Brien Ltd (TOB) and Tucks Fasteners & Fixings Ltd (QFF ) – the leading tools and fixings distributors based in Dublin. Dormole chairman Andrew Strong said: “We are proud to have developed our business in Ireland …

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Anyone got a long spoon?

Fiona Russell-Horne

We shall fight them on the beaches Is anyone else made slightly uncomfortable by the sight of two of the world’s biggest bullies sitting down together with big cheesy grins plastered over their mugs? It can’t just be me surely? There is an argument that runs like this: “Say what …

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