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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021: OPEN FOR ENTRY NOW

The BMJ Industry Awards 2021, the industry’s only awards event that is decided by merchants and suppliers, is now open for entry. The past year has thrown so many obstacles and difficulties in the way of merchants and suppliers and they have risen to the chalkenges phenomenally. So now it …

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Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation hits H&S high at Loughborough and Horncastle

Integrated water management, green asset and network systems solutions supplier Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation  has been awarded the ISO 45001 accreditation at its Loughborough and Horncastle sites, for high standards of occupational health and safety throughout the business. As part of the application process, the business developed and implemented …

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Buildbase launches Scottish insulation specialism

Builders merchant Buildbase has launched its first specialist insulation and drywall materials offering in Scotland, via its Aberdeen branch. The branch of sister Grafton company NDI (Nationwide Drylining a & Insulation) will offer Buildbase Aberdeen customers a comprehensive range of products and systems including drywall, insulation, partitions, renders and ceiling …

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E Tupling invests for future growth

E Tupling, the heating and plumbing distributor to independent builders and plumbers merchants, has invested in a range of new initiatives designed to improve its customer service and to take advantage of recent growth. The improvements were driven by the company’s growing market position and ever evolving customer requirements, and …

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Travis Perkins posts 11% drop in 2020 revenue, thanks to Covid-19

Revenue at builders merchant group Travis Perkins fell 11.5% in 2020, thanks to the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the group’s year end results revealed this morning (March 2). Total group revenue for the year ending December 31 2020 were £6,158m, down from £ 6,956m at the same point …

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BMF reschedules All Industry Conference to November 2021

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has rescheduled its annual conference from June to November this year due to the UK coronavirus lockdown. The conference was due to take place in Harrogate and York from June 17th to 20th. Unfortunately, 21st June has been announced as the date …

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Grant & Stone buys RGB Building Supplies

Buckinghamshire-based Grant & Stone has created the largest independent builders’ merchant group in southern England with the purchase of RGB Building Supplies, based in the West Country. The group will have 74 branches stretching from West London to Cornwall, with over 1,000 employees and revenues approaching £250m. RGB’s Chief Executive, …

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Grant & Stone buys BuildIt

Acquisitive Buckinghamshire-based builders merchant group Grant & Stone has bought BuildIt Gloster Limited as part of its strategy to expand through a combination of acquisition, new site development and organic growth. Established in 2009, with its headquarters in Gloucester, the three  BuildIt branches provide a broad range of building materials …

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Grant & Stone completes Total Plumbing acquisition

Grant & Stone Group, the builders’ merchant group in the Thames Valley and the South West, is pleased to announce its acquisition of independent plumbers’ and heating merchant Total Plumbing Supplies Limited (TPS).   With its headquarters in Honiton, TPA was established in 2001, and supplies trade and retail customers across …

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Builders merchants sales continue rising to end of 2020

Builders merchants’ sales continued to bounce back from the April lockdown through the final quarter of 2020, figures published today (25 February 2021) in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirm. A strong performance in Q3 saw sales returning to near normal levels and the continuing positive trend took …

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