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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Quinn rebrands as Mannok

Quinn Industrial Holdings is to rebrand as Mannok , a move which will also affect the Quinn Building Products and Quinn Packaging  brands. The company issued a statement which said that the rebrand to Mannok marks the culmination of a 5-year transformation and investment programme that has repositioned the business …

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BMF publishes Covid-19 special Builders Merchants Industry Forecast

Builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has published its first Builders Merchants Industry Forecast Report to take account of the Covid-19 pandemic. Interrupted and unsettling trading patterns during the first six months of 2020 made the second half of the year more difficult to predict.  Initial forecasts expected …

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Premier Forest gets Sunday Times PWC recognition

UK timber company Premier Forest Group has been listed in the annual Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league table which ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies. The inclusion of the Newport-based company reflects its strong financial performance, and also its work supporting the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly …

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Wolseley highlights Pipe and Climate specialisms

Wolseley, the plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant, is evolving its brand to highlight and signpost its key specialisms, under the banners of Wolseley Pipe and Wolseley Climate. John Hancock, managing director of Wolseley Pipe and Wolseley Climate, says: “In January 2018 our business brought together its different units under …

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Etex acquires FSi fire-stopping business

Etex Group has bought FSi Limited, the UK manufacturer and supplier of firestopping products. With an annual turnover of around £20 million, FSi ‘s product portfolio includes intumescent sealants and ablative-coated stone wool batts. The move strengthens Etex’s ability to provide comprehensive lightweight construction solutions for clients through its Building …

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Chancellor announces Job Support Scheme to ease workers off furlough

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, has announced a raft of financial measures in the House of Common to help businesses as the Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme finishes at the end of October. The Job Support Scheme will directly support the wages of people in work, giving businesses …

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CCF believes Green Homes Grant needs strong supply chain

If the £2bn Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme is to work, it will need to be backed by a strong supply chain. That’s according to Janeeth Green, Insulation Category Manager at distributor CCF. The scheme, announced by the Chancellor earlier this Summer, aims to facilitate the energy efficiency upgrade the  …

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Fiona Russell-Horne

Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward to what they were before The six months thing was a bit of an ‘ouch’ moment, but part from that, the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night didn’t really tell us anything that we weren’t expecting. Those of …

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Bradfords celebrates 250th with new Ryder DAF investment

South West independent builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies, celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, has taken delivery of a new dropside DAF CF260 from Ryder. The new truck features a commemorative livery and a personalised licence plate: RIG 1770. Initially it was intended that the new truck work in a …

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Omnie heats up in heart of Cotswolds development

A bespoke development creating two new homes in the Cotswolds village of Long Compton, has used OMNIE building services packages featuring heat recovery ventilation and renewable heating. The brace of luxury four-bedroom properties has been developed by locally based DG Carpenter on land adjoining an existing bungalow, using a stock …

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