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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Keyline opens new Leeds branch

Civils and engineering specialist merchant, Keyline, part of the Travis Perkins group,  has opened a new specialist branch in Leeds. The 3.5-acre site will provide an increased product range to customers in the surrounding area, from small tools to 1.5 tonne diggers. The company investment of over £1m to date …

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Wienerberger loads service offer for merchants

Wienerberger, the wall, roof, and landscaping supplier, has launched Load Builder, designed to help builders’ merchants manage their brick stock and storage space with a quick and easy to use online tool. Using Load Builder, merchants can create a bespoke load by mixing and matching products from a wide selection …

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Summer’s lease hath all too short a stay

Fiona Russell-Horne

Cry God, for England, Harry and St George  Gareth Well, that was fun. For a few short, glorious days, it looked as though the unthinkable was about to happen. Ahh those sweet few weeks. The sun was shining, the wheel had yet to fully come off the Government’s Brexit plans, …

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NBG adds to buying power for Partners

Independent builders merchants buying group NBG has signed major new buying deals with some of the building industry’s premium brands including Bond It, Forgefix, Gorilla, Imperial Bricks and Wykamol. “Every new NBG Supplier undergoes an extensive period of in-depth and robust negotiations, says NBG’s managing director Nick Oates. “They must …

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Elliotts wins big at family business awards

Hampshire based independent builders merchant Elliotts has won two awards at the National Family Business Awards 2018. The merchant won the Family Business of the Year award for the South-East region at the ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Saturday July 14, while chairman Stuart Mason-Elliott was presented with a Lifetime …

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Howarth Timber talks VAT and customs union with Hilary Benn MP

Independent timber and builders merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies welcomed  Leeds Central MP, Hilary Benn, to its branch on Pontefract Lane, Leeds, to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider West Yorkshire economy. Benn, who chairs the House of Commons Brexit Committee, met Howarth area manager Ian …

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Builders merchants GPH welcomes Colin Clark MP

Colin Clark, the  MP for Gordon, visited the Inverurie premises of builders merchant GPH on Friday 6 July. He was shown around by  chairman Mike Macauley  and managing director Grant Shewan and directors Ken Findlay and John Glover. The group discussed a number of issues relating to the merchanting industry, …

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Chandlers supports manager’s 42-mile ride

Family-owned Sussex independent builders merchant company, Chandlers Building Supplies, is helping its Petworth branch manager, Jason Austin to raise money for its 2018 charity partner, the Construction Industry Helpline. Austin is organising a fun 42-mile bike ride across Sussex on August 18. The cycle route starts at the company’s Petworth …

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War on plastic waste boosts Composite Prime sales

Composite Prime® says demand for its decking and fencing ranges made from the latest composite technology has soared as consumers shun plastic.   The company’s  HD Deck ® Dual and HD Deck ® XS products combine Forest Stewardship Council FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber from well managed, sustainable sources and recycled plastics, seen …

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Plumbase md takes over BMF Forum chair

Mark Bradley, managing director of plumbers merchant Plumbase, is taking  over as Chair of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum in November. Bradley’s background in sales and operations included early roles in retail before moving into the trade sector, with roles at Dulux Decorator Centres, BSS Group, Buck …

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