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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

NMBS boosts marketing function by two

Independent builders merchant buying group NMBS has recruited two new marketing assistants to join its growing team. Megan Scott and Abigail MacDonald joined NMBS in early June. They will be working closely with sales and marketing manager Dean Hayward, and marketing communications manager Nicola Harley, developing creative marketing and communications …

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Travis Perkins upgrades full year forecast

A strong performance continuing through the second quarter has encouraged builders merchant group Travis Perkins to announce that its full year earnings are expected to be materially ahead of current market expectations A trading update issued this morning  (June 22) reveals that, following a robust start to 2021, the high …

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Grafton makes Finnish distributor acquisition

Grafton Group plc  has purchased IKH, one of the largest workwear and personal protective equipment tools, spare parts and accessories technical wholesalers and distributors in Finland.   The consideration payable for IKH is €199.3 million on a cash and debt free basis.  It will be paid in cash on completion and …

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Murdock Builders Merchants acquires Brooks Group

Murdock Builders Merchants, the Newry headquartered timber suppliers and builders’ merchants, has bought the oldest builders merchant in Ireland, the Brooks Group, comprising Brooks Builders Merchants and Dublin Plywood and Veneer, from Wales-based Premier Forest Products Group. The transaction will lead to the return to Irish ownership, after a forty …

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Elite fastens onto new premises

Walsall-based construction industry fastener and fixings supplier Elite Fasteners has moved to a new facility in the north-east of the city. The new site on Kingsway South has a larger office and warehouse to support the company’s commitment to customer care. The new warehouse allows Elite Fasteners to hold more …

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Aggregate Industries opens new Colsehill RMX plant

Aggregate Industries has opened a new ready mix concrete plant in Coleshill, Warwickshire. The new state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to produce 110m3/h and uses a recycled water system – enabling it to reprocess most of the water used during concrete production. The facility will also produce ECOPact, Aggregate Industries’ …

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Buttles gets in the ring with Frank Bruno for mental health charity

St Albans based independent builders’ merchant’s, Buttle’s is teaming up with mental health charity the Frank Bruno Foundation. Launched by the British boxing legend earlier this year, the Frank Bruno Foundation aims to provide a safe environment for young people aged 13 and above to improve their mental wellbeing and …

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Vaillant works with UK Plumbing Supplies to help local communities

Boiler maker Vaillant has partnered with the UK Plumbing Supplies brands, in a bid to support local communities. Until 30th September every purchase of an ecoTEC plus boiler will see a donation from GB Willbond, HPS, Plumbcity, Plumbstop, Plumbstore, UK-PS, MDS, Plumbase, Gas Centre or Michael Pavis Ltd, matched by …

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Bostik invests in summer of sporting sponsorship

Adhesives, sealants and building chemicals manufacturer Bostik has announced a range of TV and digital sponsorship across several major sporting events during 2021, including the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tour de France. The campaign kicked-off with 600 six-second sponsorship idents being broadcast during the French Open on Eurosport TV …

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