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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Editor-in-Chief across the BMJ portfolio.

Bradfords supports Mental Health UK

Independent builders’ merchant Bradfords Building Supplies will be working with the charity Mental Health UK to offer support for tradespeople. The oldest builders’ merchants in the UK, celebrating its 250th birthday this year, aims to help promote the support available for those working in the industry. News of this new …

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Obituary: Paul Sexton, md Lawsons

It is with enormous sadness, that we report that Paul Sexton, Managing Director of Lawsons Timber, Building & Fencing Merchants, sadly passed away on Friday 8th May 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Paul’s parents emigrated from Cork City in Ireland and he was the youngest of …

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Selco enters phase two of branch re-opening

Builders merchant chain Selco Builders Warehouse will have all 68 branches open again in some form by next week. Last week, 42 branches reopened 42 of its branches to support the delivery of online orders – through Click & Collect from branch car parks and Click & Deliver. This will …

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JCB gets back to work at five UK factories

Five of JCB’s UK factories are starting production again, following the manufacturing giant’s implementation of safety measures to protect factory workers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The majority of JCB’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April, although some at the Uttoxeter factory have been making ventilators. …

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Covid-19 impact could cost 400 Marshalls jobs

Restructuring at paving and landscaping manufacturer Marshalls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic could see up to 400 people made redundant, a trading statement said today (May 13). Sales in the first four months through to 30 April were down 27% at £131 million (2019: £180 million). However, in …

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Calls for new Boiler Scrappage Scheme to help economy

A new Boiler Scrappage Scheme can stimulate the local economy and generate higher tax receipts, according to the CEO of leading trade body the Energy and Utilities Alliance, who has written to the Chancellor, following the Bank of England’s latest forecast, that Covid19 will result in a 14 per cent …

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Permaroof makes new appointment

Permaroof, the importer and distributor of Firestone RubberCover roofing products, has appointed Lily Chadwick as marketing co-ordinator as it continues to grow the number of brands and services it offers to merchants as well as direct to trade. With the addition of The Skylight Company, Permalawn and Permafence names to …

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Lockdown lingo

Fiona Russell-Horne

For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, To stir men’s blood: I only speak right on; I tell you that which you yourselves do know. So, from today (May 13) the construction industry is encouraged to get back to work …

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Furlough job scheme extension welcomed by BMF

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today (May 12) of an extension to the furlough scheme until October. As a member of the Construction Leadership Council, which is co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis the BMF …

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Arson-struck Jewson Civils helps with Covid-19 projects

Less than two years after it was nearly destroyed by arsonists, the Leeds branch of Jewson Civils Frazer has been rebuilt and is helping with essential projects across the region, providing materials for essential repair and maintenance and more broadly for Essential projects including the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate, Sunderland …

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