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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
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Brewers buys Fred Williamson

North east decorators’ merchant Fred Williamson & Sons Ltd has been acquired by growing independent company, C. Brewer & Sons Ltd. The acquisition marks Brewers’ entry into the North East market and is the culmination of a long-term relationship between the two businesses. Founded in 1884 by Fred Williamson in …

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West Midlands Mayor backs BMF young merchant plans

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, has praised the commitment of the Builders Merchants Federation for encouraging more young people to enter the building materials industry. During a visit to the BMF headquarters, the Mayor met with apprentices and discussed the career prospects for young people in the sector. …

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It’s all change again

Fiona Russell-Horne

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile. Here’s a new game to try while you’re waiting for the train or for that stupidly big file to download or even for the kettle to boil: how many Housing Ministers from the last 20 years can …

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Grant & Stone ramp up expansion

Buckingham-shire based independent builders and plumbers merchant Grant & Stone has opened three branches in the last five months. The new Reading plumbers merchant and bathroom showroom opened in December on the Stadium Trade and Business Park. Showroom Supervisor Matt Claridge says: “We feel Reading was crying out for a top …

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Material stock shortages not an issue for merchants

Members of the Federation of Master Builders have reported shortages of a variety of building materials, with some – notably bricks, windows and roof tiles – having lead times of up to and including a year. However, builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation, says it is “not aware” …

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Fire in the hold

Fiona Russell-Horne

For want of a nail the shoe was lost, For want of a shoe the horse was lost For want of the horse the rider was lost, For want of the rider the battle was lost For want of the battle the kingdom was lost And all for the want …

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BMJ AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The final shortlist for the inaugural BMJ Industry Awards has been announced. The actual winners will be announced at the Awards Lunch on Friday May 18th at the Brewery in Chiswell Street, London. The companies and brands on the final list are: Best Bathroom Brand Methven, Lakes Bathrooms, Roca, Bristan Best …

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Get your votes out for the industry

Fiona Russell-Horne

Nothing in life gives a man so much courage as the attainment or renewal of the conviction that other people regard him with favor; Not long now!! There’s only three more days for you to vote for your favourites in the BMJ Industry Awards. It’s been really amazing to see …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS THREE DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!!!!

The window to vote for your favourite merchant, supplier or industry personality in the BMJ Industry Awards closes this Friday. BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS Online Merchant of the Year BUILT www.built.co.uk Chandler Material Supplies Ltd www.chandlermaterials.co.uk Mypaintbrush www.mypaintbrush.co.uk Parker Building Supplies www.helpmebuildit.co.uk/ Porcelain Outdoors www.porcelainoutdoors.co.uk     New Merchant of …

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H&B announce formal launch of the TBG Development Group

Independent builders merchant buying group H&B formally launched its TBG Development Group today (April 9th).   The TBG Development Group offers small to medium-sized merchants the opportunity to join a buying group where traditionally they may have been considered too small to participate.   The group offers a range of …

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