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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

ECi spruces up with software acquisition

ECi Software Solutions  has acquired Spruce Computer Systems Limited, the UK-based reseller of ECi’s Spruce software for managing timber, hardware and building materials businesses in the United Kingdom. Spruce Computer Systems Ltd. will become part of ECi’s LBM and Hardlines (LBMH) division.   ECi has been selling its merchant software solutions in the United …

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Brymec get top marks at Bournemouth

Building services specialist merchant Brymec has helped to supply product and technical expertise on the construction of the landmark Bailey Point development, Bournemouth University’s new £31 million student accommodation project. The modern student accommodation, located at the heart of the university’s Lansdowne Campus, will home 550 students in ensuite bedroom …

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99 days and counting. Tick tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into, Stanley So, in the week’s least surprising news, the flaxen-haired one has achieved his long-held ambition and succeed to the highest post in the land on the back of persuading 92,000 members of the Conservative Party that his is the way that …

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Fraud warning as merchant is scammed by supplier’s hacked email

An independent builders merchant has issued a warning to others to be vigilant when accepting suppliers’ bank details by email after being caught out by a fraudulent email. Tony Sharkey, managing director of JTD Building Supplies in Holmfirth, paid a new supplier after receiving an email with bank details that …

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Bathstore goes home to Homebase

DIY chain Homebase has bought ailing bathroom specialist retailer Bathstore, to strengthen its bathroom offer to customers. The purchase of 44 Bathstore stores, website, intellectual property and stock was made by Homebase Rooms Ltd – a company which was formed on July 10 with Homebase CEO Damian McGloughlin and Homebase …

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Snows increases Mansfield hours to meet demand

Four months in from its management buyout, national timber distributor Snows Timber has increased its operational hours at its Mansfield primary distribution hub to pick and mill more products, via a new shift pattern where the team start earlier and finish later. The changes mean increased the capacity to pick …

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Young takes on BMF south west role

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) South West region, taking over from Julian Milligan, managing director of Kellaway. Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company …

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Selco carpets north west expansion

Selco Builders Warehouse, the fast growing builders’ merchant, has acquired a former Carpetright warehouse in Salford, as part of its ongoing expansion plans. The company has taken a 15-year lease on the 19,671 sq ft former Carpetright premises with car parking on Regent Road, Salford.  When the trade centre opens …

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