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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

TTF offers timely advice on storing wood for merchants

In the present uncertain times, it seems only sensible for merchants to protect their investment in timber and wood products by making sure they are stored in good condition until business perks up again. The key points are to: Keep it dry Keep it clean Keep it flat Avoid outdoor …

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Wolseley increases spares availability

Plumbers merchant group Wolseley has increased the availability of heating spares to support installers as they complete essential repairs and maintenance during the Coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Wolseley has seen demand for such products remain high. As a result, the company has made a stock of …

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Border adds two to CounterAct clan

Merchant software provider Border Merchant Systems has added two new users of its CounterAct system: Alliance Sanitary Products Ltd and Talbot Block Ltd. Designed as a tailor-made system for merchants, ranging from small family-run single sites, to large multi-branch companies, CounterAct is designed to be one of the most user …

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Civils & Lintels gets crafty to encourage the younger generation

Civils & Lintels gets crafty to encourage the younger generation Specialist civils merchant Civils and Lintels has launched a competition to inspire children to think about engineering and help parents trying to juggle working from home and childcare during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The #GetCrafty competition challenges children to build …

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Construction output locked-down by Covid-19 pandemic

The UK construction industry saw output drop in March to its lowest level since April 2009, according to the latest IHS Markit / CIPS construction PMI® The March report recorded the fastest downturn in UK construction output for almost eleven years as emergency public health measures to halt the spread …

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BMF opens two new regional centres with Marshalls

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation  is launching two further Regional Training Centres in conjuncction with hard landscaping suppliers Marshalls.  The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London.  They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. …

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BMJ Industry Awards: 2020 Finalists Revealed!

The votes have been counted and verified for the BMJ Industry Awards 2020. The only awards programme in the merchant calendar that is voted for by the industry, the event is now in its third year. Sponsored by heavyweight industry names including: Brett Martin Building Products, Hanson Cement, Knauf Insulation, …

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Secretary of State thanks merchants for critical support

The BMF has circulated to members a letter from The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience …

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Marshalls donates to new Manchester hospital build

The building of the new Nightingale Hospital Manchester is being helped by the donation of 100 tonnes of screed by Marshalls Premier Mortars & Screeds. The hospital will have 1000 beds and is being built at the Manchester Central Conference Centre (formerly the GMEX Centre). The floor of the hospital …

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Merchants and the Coronavirus crisis

Having been classed as ‘essential’ by the government, builders’ merchants are leading the fight to carry on trading and protect their staff and customers during the current coronavirus pandemic. As the Coronavirus crisis escalates, many builders’ merchants are rightly worried about the future and how it will affect their business …

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