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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

BMF Members call for Brexit renegotiation

Members of the Builders Merchants Federation want to see Prime Minister Teresa May renegotiate the deal for the UK leaving the European Union. Over 80 delegates from merchant and supplier companies attended the BMF Brexit Forum on 23 January and they had a clear message for Mrs May – go …

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Lord Mayor of Leeds steels up at Pland

Sink manufacturer Pland Stainless welcomed The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, to its Leeds today (January 24) to mark the start of the company’s centenary celebrations. The Lord Mayor toured the factory watching each process of a Stainless Steel kitchen sink being made, a volume …

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LAST CHANCE!! BMJ Industry Awards Entries CLOSE TODAY!!!!

IT’s TODAY: – the deadline for entries and nominations into the BMJ Industry Awards is Wednesday 23rd January. This is a final call for all who wish to nominate a merchant, brand or individual who they believe deserves to be recognised by the newest and most personal industry awards of 2019. Enter …

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Pinnacle launches new careers website

Pinnacle Consulting has launched its new website aimed at helping Sales and Marketing professionals in the building products industry to develop their careers and employers to find the right people to grow their businesses.  To mark the launch, visitors to the revamped site have the chance to win the new …

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Rainstop adds accessibility

Door seal specialist Norseal is launching RainStop, a seal which delivers total protection against rain and weather combined with completely zero-threshold, barrier-free access. RainStop’s seal   self-adjusts, coping automatically with frame gaps.thus eliminating wind and rain penetration around doors, improving thermal efficiency, increasing comfort, and reducing energy bills. This is achieved while …

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Travis Perkins appoints new managing director

Builders and plumbers merchant group Travis Perkins has appointed Kieran Griffin as managing director for its Travis Perkins builders’ merchant business with immediate effect, following the retirement of Paul Tallentire. Griffin joined Travis Perkins 24 years ago as a management apprentice; in his time he has been branch manager,  regional …

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Tick, tock, tick, tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

These are the times that try men’s souls. The Summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country I know from experience that there is no inspiration like that born of a looming deadline. Maybe that is Teresa May’s current hope regarding …

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Online builders merchant sales rise 46%

Construction Materials Online, the online-only supplier of building materials, saw sales rise 46% to £38.6million in 2018. CMO supplies a range of over 70,000 construction materials to the trade user and the DIY market, via its websites: roofingsuperstore.co.uk, drainagesuperstore.co.uk, insulationsuperstore.co.uk, and doorsuperstore.co.uk. CMO chief financial officer Sue Packer commented: “Responding …

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Epicor connects e-commerce for merchants

The next-generation software solutions from softer supplier Epicor are set to make it easy for builders’ merchants to establish an online storefront and serve customers more efficiently and effectively. Epicor Commerce Connect (ECC) for BisTrack enables builders’ merchants to create unique e-Commerce stores quickly—providing all the tools needed to facilitate …

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Jewson plan for Cheltenham branch

Approval has been given for a new branch of builders merchant chain Jewson in Cheltenham. Planners have given the OK for an industrial unit on Kingsditch Trading Estate in Cheltenham, to be demolished, according to Pipeline Gloucester. Jewson’s parent company Saint Gobain Building Distribution submitted the application in October 2018 …

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