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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Selling, selling, selling…Sold

Fiona Russell-Horne

Most people sell their souls, And live with a good conscience on the proceeds Almost 11 years to the day since Travis Perkins’ then CEO Geoff Cooper surprised the markets with a bid, subsequently successful, for the BSS Group, his successor bar one, Nick Roberts, has overseen the long-touted divestment …

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Graham Plumbers’ Merchant appoints new national contract sales director

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has appointed Asa Finnegan as its new national contract sales director. In his new role, Finnigan, who joined Garam in 2017 as an area director,  will oversee the contract sales team and support Graham’s current and new business opportunities within the new build, social housing and commercial …

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Huws Gray engineers investment in timber

Independent builders merchant Huws Gray has invested in a 40,000 sq. ft production site in Bangor, to complement its existing Timber Engineering plant in Welshpool. The investment will more than double the company’s operational capacity. Osian Jones, area manager for Huws Gray Timber Engineering says: “We are very optimistic about …

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Travis Perkins sells P&H division

Builders merchants group Travis Perkins has sold its plumbing & heating division, which includes PTS Plumbing Trade Supplies and City Plumbing Supplies to H.I.G Capital. The sale follows the demerger of Wickes, last month and the sale of plumbing & heating wholesaler Primaflow F & P in January 2020. Nick …

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Illingworth Ingham buys Waterloo Timber

North west timber specialist Illingworth Ingham has bought Waterloo Timber, a Clitheroe timber merchant with mill and machining facilities. Illingworth Ingham, a member of the h&B independent buying group, was founded over 90 years ago in Manchester and operates from a seven-acre site in Trafford Park Manchester plus depots in …

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Travis Perkins commits to disability inclusion

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins plc, has announced its commitment to disability inclusion after joining The Valuable 500 last year. Building a great place to work for people with disabilities is an integral part of the Group’s broader Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda, and this targeted disability inclusion commitment has been …

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Coves kicks off summer of football giveaway

Independent builders and timber merchant Covers Timber & Builders Merchants will celebrate the return of the Euros in June in style by giving one lucky football fan the chance to experience a home win with an ultimate giveaway worth £700. Covers’ competition will ask football fanatics to submit a photo …

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Thompson & Parkes continues driver sponsorship

Stock car driver Ollie Holford is once again being sponsored by his local independent builders merchant Thompson & Parkes after what was a difficult year for everyone due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said: “To have the backing of a local family run company is fantastic, having the sponsorship of …

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Tile Giant heads to TV

Tile retailer, Tile Giant, is aiming to drum up sales in the run up to the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend with a Summer sale TV advertising campaign, running across the Sky TV network until Monday 31st May. Focusing in on the summer sale, the tile retailer has devised a series of …

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Jewson Civils Frazer tools up with new hire offer

Jewson Civils Frazer has launched a new specialist Tool Hire service to meet increased demand from customers. The new direct to site offer, which is available via all the company’s branches, gives a fast four-hour delivery service on all in-stock equipment, so customers can get the right tools for their …

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