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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Covers Portsmouth commits to Horndean sponsorship

The Portsmouth branch of builders merchant Covers Timber & Builders Merchants will be sponsoring Horndean FC for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons. The builders’ merchant has supported the club for many years, but has now confirmed an official sponsorship agreement. This will include the company’s logo on perimeter boards around …

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BMF opens 32nd Centre of Excellence with SIG

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence, which is being hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London. Meeting facilities at the 169,000 sq.ft. site, opened last May,  can now be used by BMF members for …

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Harrison takes up Lords role

Lords Group Trading Ltd, parent company of Lords Builders Merchants  has announced the appointment of Andrew Harrison as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1st March 2021. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Plumbing and Heating division of Travis Perkins PLC, Harrison has held many senior positions within the Travis …

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Stelrad gets heavy duty with Deco range

Radiator manufacturer Stelrad Radiators has added a new Heavy Duty Deco radiator to its Heavy Duty radiator family. It joins the Heavy Duty Planar and will provide additional choice to the commercial marketplace providing a designer option, as the fascia of the Deco feature’s attractive horizontal lines. This robust version …

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Travis Perkins heads to the cloud

Buildes merchant group Travis Perkins has signed a five-year contract with Cloud Technology Solutions to help improve its use of Google Workspace and drive further tech adoption. The partnership will see CTS, Europe’s largest dedicated Google Cloud partner, work alongside a small internal team to drive value from Travis Perkins’ Google …

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CMOstores.com buys Total Tiles

Online merchat CMOStores.com has bought online tile retailer Total Tiles. The transaction is the second acquisition by the CMOStores group, following that of DoorWeb in 2018. CMO intends to continue its acquisition strategy to expand the group in the coming years, supported by private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) …

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Grafton trades ahead of expectations

Both sales and profits were better than expected in the two months to 31 December 2020 at builders merchant chain Grafton Group.  The group announced this morning (January 12) that average daily like-for-like revenue was up by 7.2 per cent, with total revenue for the period ahead by 10.8 per cent …

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Bradfords opens new Glastonbury branch

Indepdent builders merchant group Bradford Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Glastonbury, which includes one of the first Sustainable Home Centre showrooms in the UK. The in-branch Sustainable Home Centre has been created in collaboration with Renewable Equipment Solutions (RES), a local Somerset provider of sustainable energy efficient …

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OMG. USA. WTF: Part 2

Fiona Russell-Horne

I fear your voice has lost its charm, Sauruman Well. This has been an interesting week.  I make no apologies for re-using the headline I used on the morning of November 9 2016 when it became clear that the United States had become so disenfranchised with politics that it elected …

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Buildbase adds support for non-league football clubs

Builders merchant chain Buildbase has launched its Community Club Award for non-league football clubs that have gone above and beyond to support their local community through the pandemic. Two top prizes of £25,000 worth of building materials will go to the clubs that can best demonstrate support for their community …

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