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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Parker Building Supplies buys Stamco

Parker Building Supplies, the Sussex-based independent builders’ merchant, has acquired fellow NBG member Stamco, based in Hastings. The acquisition, funded by Parkers’ strategic partner, Cairngorm Capital, is a key step in Parkers’ strategy to expand its business through a combination of acquisitions, new site development and organic growth. Established in …

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Heather Small to take the stage at BMF Conference gala event

The centerpiece performance of the gala dinner at the closing night of the BMF All-Industry Conference this Saturday (June 15th) will be by British singer Heather Small. Small, whose iconic solo track “Proud” became the soundtrack to London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar …

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Developer collapse leaves merchant out of pocket

A Weksh developer collapsed into administration leaving more than 200 creditors and 40 workers yet to be paid, when it lost a contract worth 34% of its business. GM Jones, in Llanrwst, had been carrying out commercial and public sector schemes across the Conway region. Yet the end of the …

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Construction in sharpest decline since March 2018

A continuing increase in UK housebuilding was not enough to offset a decline in UK construction companies’ output during May, according to the latest monthly statistics from the  IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index. A renewed decline in total business activity during May included lower volumes of commercial work …

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Fire in the hold

Fiona Russell-Horne

No creature in the Jungle will call fire by its proper name. Every beast lives in deadly fear of it, and invents a hundred ways of describing it Almost exactly two years to the day after the devastating fire that befell the Grenfell Tower in Kensington, the flames tore through …

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Smartply road trip pops into Parkers

Timber panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY is taking its products on a road trip around the UK and Ireland and visited two Parker Building Supplies branches in Tonbridge and Maidstone on Friday.   The tour gives merchants and their customers the chance to meet with product experts and see the products …

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Page Group hosts latest BMF Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group, this time in Birmingham. The network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the UK and Ireland. The latest centre, based in …

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PHG crowns Polypipe as overall winner at awards dinner

Independent heating and plumbing  merchants buying group PHG presented its annual supplier awards at a celebration dinner in Cheshire last month. Held at the Carden Park Hotel near Chester, the awards were presented by PHG chairman David Pochin. Nominees for the Bathroom Award were: JJO, Ideal Standard, Vado and Pura. …

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Marsh acts on noise reduction

Marsh Industries’s new acoustic vibration reduction unit significantly reduces noise and vibration caused by diaphragm compressors. Called the ‘Whisspurr, the unit aims to solve the worldwide problem in the water and wastewater treatment sectors,  , of excess noise. Designed to fit inline between the compressor and air diffuser, the Whisspurr …

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In, Out, shake it all about

Fiona Russell-Horne

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley Two years ago, if you’d said anything about the UK’s possible performance in the 2019 European Elections, many people would have scoffed at you. The Government had triggered Article 50 and kick-started the process of the UK divorcing from the EU. The deadline had …

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