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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

BMF Apprenticeship provision takes a leap forward

The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed LEAP as new full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeships Plus service with effect from 1 January 2022. LEAP stands for Learn as you Earn Apprenticeship Programmes and they work exclusively in the construction supply sector, including being the Apprenticeship delivery team to the Travis …

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Merchant sales show second best quarter on record amid slowdown signs

Britain’s builders’ merchants recorded the second-highest quarterly BMBI sales ever, just 2.4% behind Q2’s record breaking figures. However, there are signs of a slowdown as volume growth gives way to value growth, driven by price increases.   That’s according to figures released by the BMBI , the monthly index of …

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Re-used materials idea wins CLC Dragons’ Den prize

A system to allow the re-use of surplus building materials by DIYers won  a Dragons’ Den competition, launched by the Construction Leadership council and BEIS, sponsored by the Builders Merchants Federation, targeted at young professionals in the industry, to accelerate the sector’s drive to net zero. The panel, chaired by …

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Silly Daddy Pig

Fiona Russell-Horne

Peppa: “What’s an attic?” Grandpa Pig: “It’s where we keep all our old things.” Peppa: “Like YOU Grandpa?” There’s a common recurring nightmare amongst the sort of people who have to stand up in front of an audience and speak. It’s the sort of nightmare that has you sitting bolt upright …

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Materials costs soar to 40-year high

The rise in the cot of building materials is high than at any time in the last 40 years, according to the latest Building Cost Information Service Materials Cost Index. Between January and September 2021 the biggest rises were for steel and timber and the increases are unlikely to stop …

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NBG announces winners of 2021 Supplier Awards at gala night

Last night National Buying Group (NBG) was back for its first physical event since 2019. The Partner and Supplier Event culminated with the famous Gala Dinner and 2021 Supplier Awards, which had a new category for this year as well as some Highly Commended Suppliers being named alongside the category …

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A tale of two lockdowns

Fiona Russell-Horne

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times Pandemic Studies, GCSE. Question 1: Covid was the best thing to happen to your business. Discuss. The last 18 months have been bizarre, peculiar, tough, testing and, at times, pretty blooming horrible. But for some businesses, the pandemic …

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Marketing matters

Fiona Russell-Horne

The things that make me different are the things that make me, me When you’ve been to as many conferences and presentations as I have over the years, they can all roll into one. Some presenters are interesting to listen to at the time, but by the lunch break you’ve …

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PHG rides for environmental change

Merchant buying group PHG Plumbing Heating Group, held the PHG Revolution 150 Charity Cycle Ride at the beginning of October 2021 to raise vital funds for the Surfers Against Sewage and The Woodland Trust charities.  The event saw over 70 riders from the plumbing, heating & bathroom sector  raise over …

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Merchants first to sign up to new pallet re-use scheme

Builders merchants Bradfords Building Supplies and MKM, along with distributor SIG, are among the first to sign up to a new sustainable solution to the problem of the lack of pallet reuse in the UK construction industry. The Pallet LOOP™ is the sector’s first circular economy, carbon net zero, pallet …

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