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Travis Perkins sets its stall out again

Fiona Russell-Horne

I pray you bear me henceforth from the noise and rumour of the field, where I may think the remnant of my thoughts in peace, Were Travis Perkins’ eyes bigger than its stomach back in May 2010 when it bought the BSS group and became the building and plumbing merchanting …

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A very peculiar practice

Fiona Russell-Horne

Lord what fools these mortals be Reading a certain story in the paper this morning, (Friday 23rd) I found myself struck by a very curious, unsettling feeling. It took me a while and two cups of tea to work out what it was and when I did I was really …

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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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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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Some tricks, not many treats

Fiona Russell-Horne

And at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot drawing near So it’s the end of austerity is it? Hmmm. I’ll believe that when I see it. Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s latest Budget on Monday was, on the surface, full of treats rather than tricks. Apparently they moved it from its traditional …

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From little acorns do mighty oaks grow

Fiona Russell-Horne

And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, I’m gonna get you, too Another one bites the dust Once upon a time, barely two decades ago, a little builder’s merchant was set up in Wales. Because that was the sort of thing that someone …

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Dance like no-one is watching

Fiona Russell-Horne

You can dance, you can jive Having the time of your life Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I’m slightly, (only slightly, mind you) warming to Teresa May. It’s not that I think the Chequers deal is the right one for the UK post-Brexit, rather that I’m …

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Scary cyber-stuff

Fiona Russell-Horne

The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past. Hands-up who listened to Dr David Day at the BMF Members’ Day event with an increasing sense of trepidation an, by the end, downright terror? Surely I wasn’t …

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If we build it, will they come?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. It’s Party Conference season again, so the papers and the Twitter timelines are full of keynote speeches and new policies that may or not be implemented, depending on whether they are announced by the incumbents or the wannabes. Plus, …

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