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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2019: Enter by January 14

The deadline for entries for the 2019 BMJ Industry Awards is Monday 14 January. So all innovative brands, outstanding merchants and incredible individuals from across the builders’ merchants sector are encouraged to submit an entry and make sure they are in the running for a prestigious accolade at the 2019 BMJ Industry …

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Out of the frying pan?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner How is it possible that we have made such a mess of things? Well I say “we” but of course what I mean is the government. And the …

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BMJ Industry Awards 2019 – Nominate Now!!

Nominations close for the BMJ Industry Awards 2019 on January 14 2019. Click HERE to nominate your favourite merchants, supplier brands, trainees, showrooms and industry people. The awards celebrate the very best brands, merchants and people at the heart of the builders’ merchants sector. More and more heavyweight industry names have been signing up …

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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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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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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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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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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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