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Fiona Russell-Horne
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John Sinfield to join BMI Group as Regional President North

BMI Group has announced that John Sinfield will join the roofing giant as Regional President North on 1 March 2019. Reporting directly to BMI Group Chief Commercial Officer Mark Andrews, Sinfield will be responsible for the BMI businesses in the UK & Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Sinfield brings …

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Hargreaves warms to Knauf top job

Knauf Insulation has announced that Neil Hargreaves, the company’s former finance director, has been appointed managing director. In his new role, Hargreaves will be responsible for strengthening the company’s leading position in the mineral wool insulation industry. He takes over from John Sinfield, who is leaving to pursue a new …

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Obituary: David Caulfield BA Components

Kitchen component manufacturer BA Components has announced the death  of sales and marketing director, David Caulfield after a short illness. Caulfield had been diagnosed with a brain tumour just over three months ago. He had spent more than 12 years at the company. Brian and Kieran McCracken, BA’s founders, said: …

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Ironmongery Direct expands distribution

Online and catalogue ironomongery merchant IronmongeryDirect, and sister company ElectricalDirect have completed a new 100,000 sq ft warehouse, which is the equivalent of two football pitches, to house over 30,000 products for both brands all available for next day delivery. The new facilities will also have 2,000 pallet storage locations. Managing Director …

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Same old same old

Fiona Russell-Horne

 Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. So, as of yesterday’s announcement, we won’t, in all probability, be seeing lettuces piled up at the Port of Dover because they don’t have the correct post-Brexit paperwork. Instead, we are told that – in the increasingly likely event of a …

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BMCo set sights on Goole

Independent builders merchant Builders’ Merchant Company Ltd is opening a new Branch in Goole . Set to be completed in May, the development will be BMCo’s fourth branch. The new Goole branch follows on from the successful opening of the Hull and Rotherham branches, and will be the fourth of …

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UK construction loses momentum

Growth in construction work in January eased to its weakest for ten months, according to the IHS Markit / CIPS UK Construction PMI®. New orders increased only marginally at the start of 2019, which contributed to the slowest expansion of employment numbers for two-and-a-half years. Uncertainty over what will happen …

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RDT steps in with cold weather payments

With the winter weather setting in, industry charity The Rainy Day Trust has launched its 2019 Emergency Winter Fuel Campaign. The government runs a cold weather payment scheme that pays £25 to those on means-tested welfare benefits when the average temperature is below zero for 7 consecutive days.  However, RDT …

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NBG adds new member

Independent merchant buying group has announced that Alloway Timber & Putney Builders Merchants (PBM) has joined as a new partner. Founded in 1971, Alloway Timber supplies traders in London and Surrey from its locations in Putney, Fulham, Kingston, Cheam, Mitcham and Byfleet with premium timber products. In 2003, PBM Builders …

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Two steps forward (one step back?)

Fiona Russell-Horne

I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member Well. It’s something I suppose. Teresa May appears to have moved us a step closer to getting a deal on Thatwhichmustnotbenamed (cf: last week’s blog). By now I’m a bit confused about all the various amendments and …

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