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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Solar power shines on TG Group

A Shropshire builders merchant has turned to solar power at its newest site. TG Group is committed to operating in a sustainable and responsible manner at all its locations, and now its Bridgnorth operation is to get 152 photovoltaic panels on its roof. The project is a partnership between TG …

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Merchants commit to net zero carbon

Builders merchants Bradford Building Supplies and Travis Perkins are among four members of the Builders Merchants Federation to  declare their commitment to supportCO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.     The four are among the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to be …

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Sika Everbuild hits the road again

Sika Everbuild is rolling out its popular roadshow to builders’ merchants across the UK, giving tradespeople a chance to take a closer look at its expansive range of products. Headed by the company’s applications team, the roadshow will appear at merchants throughout the year and across the country to offer …

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CMOStores adds customer experience director

South West-based e-commerce merchant CMOStores.com has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Alan Edmondson as customer experience director. Edmondson, has joined the building products and DIY retailer as it looks to cement its ambitious growth plans following a  successful year in 2020, which saw the group acquire Ipswich-based …

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IBC Buying Group apoints new joint managing directors

IBC Buying Group has promoted Dave Robertson and Paul Read to the positions of Joint Managing Directors with immediate effect. Both were previously Joint Commercial Directors of the group, which has enjoyed significant growth over the past few years. Vick Patel, CEO of Allneeds Group, said: “I am immensely proud …

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New appointment to boost Kinedo brand

Shower brand, Kinedo, has announced the appointment of Nicola Lees to the position of Business Development Manager. Prior to joining the team at Kinedo, Lees worked for City Plumbing Supplies for five years as a Senior Account Manager.  She was involved with new build plumbing contractors and housebuilders and prior …

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H+H UK wins health & safety award

Aircrete manufacturer H+H has won the Best Health & Safety in Manufacturing category at The Safety & Health Excellence Awards 2020 for an innovative programme to improve safety in its yards and transportation. There are two elements to the safety programme introduced during 2019: the first saw a complete reorganisation …

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Kilwaughter Minerals ramps up focus on R&D

Building materials company Kilwaughter Minerals is extending their investment in R&D, to drive their core markets. The £40m revenue business includes core brands K Rend, K Systems and Kilwaughter Lime. The company has already made significant annual investment in production plants, most recently, the completion of a new business centre at …

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Plumbing pushes back to pre-pandemic proportions

Plumbers merchants are as busy as they were before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, according to the latest Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) report, based on data from GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchant Panel. Specialist plumbing & heating merchants’ sales in February were up 1.2% on February 2020, on an …

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Roofing reports positive 2021 start, but skill shortages start to bite

Roofing contractors reported a significant growth in workloads during the first quarter of 2021 but were hampered by recruitment difficulties and continued material shortages and price rises, according to the Q1 State of the Roofing Industry survey produced by Glenigan for roofing contractors’ association, NFRC. Over half of  contractors surveyed …

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