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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Grenfell inquiry hears of Kingspan’s insurance threat

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has heard how one of the manufacturers of the insulation used on the tower threatened the NHBC with legal action after the Council suggested it would not insure high-rise buildings using Kingspan’s K15 insulation, as it had not been proved it was fire …

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Mannok voted hero of the NBG’s lockdown Supplier Awards

Irish cement and building materials brand Mannok has swept the board for the second year in a row at the National Buying Group Supplier of the Year Awards. Though its annual conference and awards could not go ahead as planned, NBG held a virtual event tonight (Wednesday November 25th) which …

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All change at Travis Perkins leadership team

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins has announced a number of senior leadership team appointments. Paul Beaman has moved from Keyline to become Regional Managing Director – Scotland & Northern England at Travis Perkins. Dean Pinner replaces Beaman as Managing Director of Keyline Civils Specialist and is in turn replaced as …

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EH Smith leads the way with Accident Plaster

EH Smith is the first builders merchant to stock Dr Weils Accident Plaster (First Aid For Tough Trades) Developed by entrepreneur and former Special Forces medic Hadrian Garner, Accident Plaster is a product that helps trades protect themselves against life threatening infections like Covid 19, Weils Disease and Sepsis while …

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Marsh mascot raises £20,000 for UK children’s hospital charities

Marsh Industries have raised £20,000 for children’s hospice charities by sending its festive mascot, Sooey Marsh, along the highways and byways of Britain. Sooey was recruited by Marsh to lead their ‘Miles for Smiles’ Christmas fundraising campaign from November 16 to 20. His mission was to travel 20,000 miles across …

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Remeha launches new Gas 320/620 Ace range

Heating manufacturer Remeha has unveiled the new Gas 320/620 Ace, a next-generation boiler series with decades of technical knowledge built in. The new Gas 320/620 Ace builds on the success of its predecessor, the Gas 310/610 Eco Pro, combining engineered new features with class-leading compact dimensions to deliver the enhanced …

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The power of three

Fiona Russell-Horne

When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain Eventually, all the coronavirus hurly-burly will be done and the Covid-19 battle won. Thanks to Pfizer, to Moderna, to the science boffins at Oxford University and AstraZeneca, it looks as though there is some sort of end in …

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GAI gets new chief executive

 The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers has appointed Simon Forrester as its new Chief Executive. Forrester’s career began in the NHS, moving into senior management roles in professional institutions and trade associations more than 25 years ago. He has held leadership roles in the healthcare, business tourism, jewellery and construction sectors, including …

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Merchants and suppliers recognised as inspirational by Stock Exchange

Builders merchants, distributors and building supplies manufacturers have been identified as some of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2020. The report recognises the UK’s fastest growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), highlighting the regional and sector diversity of the UK’s SMEs and …

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Arbor Forest earmarks £12m for expansion plans

Timber importer and timber products manufacturer Arbor Forest Products is investing £6 million in expanding its North Lincolnshire premises to one of the most advanced sawmill planing lines in the UK.  The new facility, which is an expansion of the company’s New Holland HQ, is currently undergoing internal fit-out; production …

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