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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2019: Enter by January 14

The deadline for entries for the 2019 BMJ Industry Awards is Monday 14 January. So all innovative brands, outstanding merchants and incredible individuals from across the builders’ merchants sector are encouraged to submit an entry and make sure they are in the running for a prestigious accolade at the 2019 BMJ Industry …

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Ariston’s new Aures water heater

 Ariston has added the Aures Slim Multi to its portfolio of electric water heaters. Suitable for a wide range of applications, from bathrooms and kitchens to loft conversions and utility rooms, each compact unit can simultaneously supply multiple outlets – such as a sink and a shower – with instantaneous …

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Dunlop RX-3000 Waterproof Wall Tile Adhesive

New from Dunlop is the  RX-3000 Waterproof Wall Tile Adhesive, a high performance D2 ceramic wall tile adhesive that can be used in several wet environments including bathrooms, power showers and wetrooms. RX-3000 comes ready-mixed for instant use and its benefits include ease of use and instant grab, as well …

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Construction sees “disappointing end” to 2018

Construction business activity growth was at a three-month low with new orders coming in at a relatively subdued pace. That’s according to the MARKIT / CIPS UK CONSTRUCTION PMI® UK, whose only real bright spot was a sustained rebound in civil engineering activity, which rose at the fastest pace since …

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Make it stop, someone, please

Fiona Russell-Horne

My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.   There’s a part of me that thinks March 29th can’t come round quickly enough. At least then, once the Brexit deadline has passed, we will know what we’ve got. Or …

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Vitra adds in south

International bathroom manufacturer VitrA has expanded its UK sales team with the appointment of Paul Cook as contract sales manager for the South. Cook has worked for several leading bathroom manufacturers including VitrA in his earlier career. He will be working primarily with housebuilders as well as government property developers and …

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BMF and MPs work to support smaller housebuilders

MP Andrew Lewer

The Builders Merchants Federation has welcomed the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for SME Housebuilders, on the grounds that the interests of smaller housebuilders are not properly understood nor advanced at Westminster – and that this must improve if England is to build anywhere near 300,000 new homes per …

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Marshalls’ marketing director gets OBE

Chris Harrop, the group marketing director of hard landscaping manufacturer Marshalls plc, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the prevention of modern slavery and exploitation in the Queen’s new year’s honours list. Stretching back to 2005, Harrop spearheaded Marshalls’ efforts to eliminate child labour …

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Kent Blaxill sells Global Stone

East Anglian builders merchant group Kent Blaxill has sold its subsidiary company, Global Stone (Colchester) Ltd to its key supplier, Shree Agencies of India. Global Stone was established as a wholesaler of natural stone paving 16 years ago to supply the domestic paving market.  From the outset, Global Stone has …

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Bekstone appoint commercial director

Bekstone has appointed Matt Keslake as commercial director responsible for the sales & marketing of all Bekstone products. With a commercial background in the specification and sales of concrete products, Keslake brings strategic focus to significantly grow the revenue of the Oxfordshire based structural building products business. He said: “The …

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