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Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Lords posts record revenues in first year since IPO

Builders merchant group Lords saw sales rise 26% for the year ended December 31 2021 to £363.3m, generating gross profits that, at £62.7m were 32.8% ahead of the previous year. Like-for-like revenue grew by 18.1% and was 20.8% ahead of 2019, following a swift rebound post pandemic. EBITDA was up …

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Supply chain issues dampen Forterra factory plans

Brick and block manufacturer Forterra has put the brakes on its £27m refurbishment of the Wilnecote brick factory. The company has blamed global supply chain issues, which mean things like semi-conductors and chips used in the robotic equipment are in short supply. “The factory is now expected to close at …

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Patrick Keilty to host BMJ Industry Awards

BMJ is excited to announce that the host for the 2022 BMJ Industry Awards is the Irish comedian, tv and radio presenter Patrick Keilty. Keilty became a household name when he presented the Channel 4 show Last Chance Lottery, which he followed with The National Lottery Big Ticket (BBC1). His …

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The end of the beginning? Or just the end of the prologue?

There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. What do you get the person who has everything? More of what they have? Another, slightly related question – what was Vladimir Putin trying to achieve with his invasion of Ukraine? There are people well-versed in the Russian psyche, …

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Fortis rewards Supplier Commitment

During the 2022 Building and Timber Conference, held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport at the end of April, merchant buying group Fortis presented Supplier of the Year Awards to suppliers in its various categories. The awards were decided by the member companies and presented at the awards dinner, …

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Saint-Gobain under pressure to hive off distribution

Building materials giant has come under pressure from hedge fund Bluebell to restructure with the sale of the building distribution operations, in order to focus more fully on its core building materials business. The fund is also angling for long-time leader and current chairman Pierre Andre de Chalander to be …

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Stelrad performs ahead of expectations

Stelrad Group plc, the manufacturer and distributor of steel panel radiators in the UK, Europe and Turkey, has performed slightly ahead of management expectations so far this year, and the outlook for the Group remains unchanged. A trading update ahead of the AGM yesterday (May 16th), reported that, while overall …

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A tale of two Victory Days

We won then. We will win again here May 9, Victory in Europe Day, was a time to look back and celebrate the liberation of Europe, the end of the war against Nazi Germany, but also a point from which to look forward, the plan and to rebuild Europe and …

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MKM buys Woodrow Timber

Independent builders’ merchant MKM has announced further expansion of its branch network in Scotland with the purchase of Woodrow Timber & Supplies. Founded in 1979 as Rowan Timber Supplies, the business officially rebranded to Woodrow Timber & Supplies in 2021 and operates across three branches in Airdrie, Ayr, and Dunfermline. …

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OLFA removes three risks with the SK-16

OLFA’s new SK-16, is a cutting tool that’s safe and efficient. Materials pass through two cutting channels, each protected by a plastic blade guard. Blade exposure is wide enough to cut thick materials, such as heavy paperboard, carpet tiles or corrugated surface protection. Materials can be trimmed in situ without …

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