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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
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Travis Perkins appoints new managing director

Builders and plumbers merchant group Travis Perkins has appointed Kieran Griffin as managing director for its Travis Perkins builders’ merchant business with immediate effect, following the retirement of Paul Tallentire. Griffin joined Travis Perkins 24 years ago as a management apprentice; in his time he has been branch manager,  regional …

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Tick, tock, tick, tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

These are the times that try men’s souls. The Summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country I know from experience that there is no inspiration like that born of a looming deadline. Maybe that is Teresa May’s current hope regarding …

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Online builders merchant sales rise 46%

Construction Materials Online, the online-only supplier of building materials, saw sales rise 46% to £38.6million in 2018. CMO supplies a range of over 70,000 construction materials to the trade user and the DIY market, via its websites: roofingsuperstore.co.uk, drainagesuperstore.co.uk, insulationsuperstore.co.uk, and doorsuperstore.co.uk. CMO chief financial officer Sue Packer commented: “Responding …

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Epicor connects e-commerce for merchants

The next-generation software solutions from softer supplier Epicor are set to make it easy for builders’ merchants to establish an online storefront and serve customers more efficiently and effectively. Epicor Commerce Connect (ECC) for BisTrack enables builders’ merchants to create unique e-Commerce stores quickly—providing all the tools needed to facilitate …

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Jewson plan for Cheltenham branch

Approval has been given for a new branch of builders merchant chain Jewson in Cheltenham. Planners have given the OK for an industrial unit on Kingsditch Trading Estate in Cheltenham, to be demolished, according to Pipeline Gloucester. Jewson’s parent company Saint Gobain Building Distribution submitted the application in October 2018 …

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BMJ LEAGUE TABLES CORRECTION

In the 2019 edition of the BMJ League Tables, it incorrectly stated that Parker Building Supplies had left the NBG buying group. This is not the case, Parker Building Supplies are still members of NBG. BMJ would like to apologise to Parkers and NBG for the error. The corrected league …

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Landscaper paves the way to BMF Members’ Conference

TV broadcaster and garden designer David Domoney is hosting the 2019 BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards, which takes the theme Together we are Stronger. Domoney, who has won 30 Royal Horticultural Society Medals and two Best in Show category trophies, presents landscaping and construction on ITV1’sgardening show, Love Your …

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Cometh the hour; cometh the man

Fiona Russell-Horne

To have the respect of your peers is the best thing As a sports fan, a tennis fan and a mahoosive Andy Murray fan, obviously I was glued to Five Live on Monday, listening to his final match in the Australian Open. Non-tennis fans bear with me, I’ll get to …

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Grafton update shows turnover growth

Grafton Group plc, the international builders merchanting and DIY Group, saw turnover increase by 8.7%, according to a trading update for the year ended 31 December 2018. The update, issued in advance of the announcement of the group’s Final Results for 2018 on 28 February 2019, shows group revenue for …

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Timber specialist joins H&B group

Independent merchant buying group H&B has recruited leading London timber specialist Fulham Timber to its ranks. Fulham Timber is a family-owned builders merchant based in Brixton and established in 1984. It turns over more than £12m per annum from a branch network in Balham, Brixton, Colliers Wood and Croydon, supplying …

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