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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Huws Gray buys another in Yorkshire

Independent  builders’ merchants Huws Gray has moved into east Yorkshire for the first time, with the acquisition of K.F. Supplies (Market Weighton), located between Hull and York. K.F. Supplies are a well-established builders’ merchants with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Founding director Jean Freeman said: “It was important to …

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Output stays low for second month in a row

The commercial new build sector is behind a continuing fall in construction output according to the latest monthly IHS Markit/cps index. Although the headline figure, at 49.7 was up fractionally from the 49.5 posted in February, it still falls below the crucial 50.0 no-change marker. Business activity dropped to its …

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The Finalists are here!: BMJ Industry Awards

The votes have been counted and verified by BMJ’s third-party auditors and the list of finalists for the BMJ Industry Awards 2019 can be revealed. The following companies are on the final list. To find out who the ultimate winners are book your tickets HERE to come to our top-flight …

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Bradfords hopes for more fragarant customers

Builders merchant group Bradfords have developed a new product line for its customers. Brad – the fragrance for Men is designed to target those Bradford customer who want to smell a bit nicer on site, the customers who look after their bodies and want the world to know it. Brad …

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Bradfords invest in latest Scottish paint trends

As part of its determination to keep on top of modern decorating trends, builders merchant group Bradfords have invested in a new decorating offer for customers. The range of tartan paint has been develop to enable customers in Bradfords’ south west heartland to emulate the decorating preferences of their Celtic …

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Ideal benefits from Scottish hub

Bathroom distributor Ideal Bathrooms has seen a huge growth in sales following its investment in a new Scottish distribution hub. The company moved to a new 33,000ft2 warehouse in Glasgow, which provides over 1,500 pallet spaces, ensuring the firm has the best possible stock holding and delivery capability, since the …

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Wolseley parent taxes back to UK

Ferguson plc, parent company of UK plumbing heating and civils merchants Wolseley UK, is to move its headquarters back to the UK for tax purposes, it announced in its interim results yesterday (March 26). The group, which renamed itself Ferguson plc to match 83% of its revenue that comes from …

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WCoBM recognises achievement at annual awards event

Builders Merchant Livery Company the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants held its annual City & Awards lunch at Grocers’ Hall in the City of London on Monday March 18. The merchanting prizewinners were: Georgina Bennett of Pochins, BMF Trade Supplier Apprentice of the Year, Ryan Edwards of Kellaway, Best Student …

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It’s the final countdown

Fiona Russell-Horne

There are lies. There are damned lies and there are statistics. I’d write something about what’s happening in Parliament at the moment and how it will or might affect the merchant and building material manufacturing industries….except I can’t. I can’t for the very simple reason that I have not the …

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