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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Barber makes Ideal move

Ideal Standard International, the manufacturer of bathroom and washroom solutions, has appointed David Barber as UK and Ireland managing director. Barber joined the company in 2006, most recently serving as UK finance director. He takes over from Stephen Ewer who is leaving the business after more than two years. Jan …

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HAMILTON ROLLS ON

Hamilton, the decorating tools manufacturer, has developed three different roller ranges – Perfection, Prestige and Performance. The Perfection range delivers a perfect, fine finish with enhanced paint pick up, coverage and spreading rates. The Prestige middle tier delivers high quality results for a job that professional decorators can be proud …

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VELUX’s STUDIO Three-in-one roof window

Roof window manufacturer VELUX® has launched its new STUDIO window, which is the first roof window to boast three sashes in one frame. The one-frame design features two VELUX centre-pivot roof windows on either side of a fixed unit to bring in even more daylight and offer a wider view. …

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The Easter Rising

Fiona Russell-Horne

O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells; “He is risen”. According to the Times, that was the first response of a member (it doesn’t say which) of Boris Johnson’s family, on being told by an aide that the Prime Minister had been moved out of intensive care …

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Baxi teams up with MENTalk

Heating product manufacturer Baxi has announced a new partnership with MENTalk, an online community that encourages men to open up and support each other with mental health issues, to help raise awareness of personal wellbeing and provide support for plumbing and heating engineers. MENTalk was founded by three Expert Trades …

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Housing industry calls for stamp duty holiday

The National Federation of Builders and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in calling for a temporary stamp duty holiday in order to protect the industry from the worst of the coronavirus lockdown effects. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “A temporary stamp duty holiday would encourage …

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Construction was struggling even before the coronavirus effects took hold

New construction figures published by the ONS show a fall in output, which decreased by 1.7% in February – the largest fall in monthly growth since October 2019. New housing was 7.7% down on the previous month, the second largest monthly fall since 2010. Private housing repair and maintenance showed …

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Graham adds new website

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new website – Graham Direct. With an emphasis on providing transparency of pricing, Graham Direct lists the price excluding VAT of all products in Graham’s Always Available range, with new products being added regularly. Once they’ve found the product they want online, users can …

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Hounsfield supports training with boiler donation

Oil boiler specialist Hounsfield Boilers, has donated a 12/19 Kitchen Model to a leading electrical, oil and water training centre in East Anglia. Norwich Gas, Electrical and Oil, known as NGEO, has been training and assessing heating professionals and apprentices since 2000. The company is the hub for OFTEC’s ‘Competent …

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BMF boosts member Covid-19 support

Builders merchants trade association, the Builders Merchants Federation has increased its support services to help its members meet the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. These new services include regular updates from the BMF’s daily briefings with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, specialist Forums in the form …

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