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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Parker Building Supplies tees off £20,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust

Parker Building Supplies raised £20,000 for its longstanding charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Sussex builders merchant’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Day  on 26th October at Dale Hill Golf Club and Hotel in Ticehurst. With over 100 customers and 26 suppliers present, the charity event began with a ‘Chip the Skip’ …

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner

Fiona Russell-Horne

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort There’s been a lot of celebrating excellence over the past few months.  In September we highlighted the best of the industry trainees at the BMF Members day Awards, …

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Huws Gray adds Audley Builders Merchants

The ink barely dry on its purchase of Ridgeons, acquisitive builders merchant group Huws Gray have bought another: Stoke on Trent based Audley Builders Merchants Ltd. This acquisition will see Huws Gray opening its third site in Staffordshire further strengthening their presence in the area. Audley Builders Merchants (Company) Ltd …

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Institute AGM vetos BMF merger

The Institute Builders Merchants, the organisation that represents individuals working in the merchant industry, has decided not to merge with the Builders Merchants Federation. The decision was taken at the IoBM’s Annual General Meeting on November 7. A proposal had been put to the meeting by President Allan Durning and …

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Plus Ça Change

Fiona Russell-Horne

‘Twas ever thus—from childhood’s hour I’ve seen my fondest hopes decay Once upon a time, our news pages were full of stories of builders merchants selling up to national merchant chains, of companies hawking the family jewels off to the highest bidder. Its how Travis Perkins, Wolseley, Jewson and Grafton …

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Cairngorm buys Arnold Laver

Arnold Laver & Co. Limited and The National Timber Group are pleased to announce that they have merged, to create the largest independent timber distribution business in the UK. With combined revenue approaching £250 million, the new enlarged Group has 52 distribution and processing sites extending from the north of …

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Williamson paves the way to Digby Trading

Stone and porcelain landscaping supplier Digby Trading has appointed Andy Williamson as director, to work alongside owners Claire Digby and Darren Digby. Williamson was previously managing director at IKO plc and, prior to that, worked at Yale Security Products and Henkel, is a Trustee of the Rainy Day Trust and …

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Parker joins Pavestone as non-exec

Landscaping specialist Pavestone has announced that it has appointed Tom Parker as a non-executive director with effect from 5 November 2018. In a career spanning 46 years, Parker started his builders’ merchant career at the age of 17, working for MP Harris at the Bexhill on Sea branch. In 1984 …

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NMBS celebrates Dinner Dance with 1200 people

Builders merchant buying group NMBS held its 55th annual Dinner Dance in London last  month. The UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, timber, hardware, and plumbing and heating merchants held the event on 27 October 2018 in the Great Room at London’s exclusive Grosvenor House Hotel, in Mayfair. Guests …

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