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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

GPH Builders Merchants to score for Maggie’s Centres

Cancer support charity Maggie’s Centres is hoping for plenty of goal action in the Highland League this season after sponsors GPH Builders Merchants pledged to donate £40 for every goal scored in this season’s Highland League Cup. GPH Builders Merchants has made the commitment ahead of the competition’s first round …

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Minster adds to fire protection strength

Minster has appointed Carrie Blackshaw as Fire Protection Sales Director, to focus on driving Minster’s fire protection product proposition, heightening its solutions offering and bringing her knowledge and expertise to develop the capabilities of the entire Minster team. Blackshaw has spent the last 15 years at Rockwool in a variety …

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Jewson heads back to NEC for Jewson Live

 Jewson Live, the exhibition run by builders merchant Jewson for builders and tradespeople, is returning to the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 9th December, after a year off.  The day will feature exclusive offers, events, speakers, competitions, product demonstrations and giveaways, as well as goodie bags to all attendees and …

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Grenfell Tower documentary looks behind the cladding

A groundbreaking film which explores the UK construction industry’s response to the Grenfell Tower disaster has been launched to encourage more open debate within the UK construction industry. Funded by Vivalda Group and produced award-winning filmmaker Hamlett Films, the 25-minute documentary is entitled ‘Behind the Façade’ and includes contributions from …

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Timber importers react to high demand

Imported volumes of timber and panel products rose to record levels of over 3.2 million cu m in the three Summer months alone, according to figures released by the Timber Trade Federation. August was the third consecutive month when import volumes exceeded one million cu m. Softwood imports in June, July …

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Stelrad goes public

Radiator manufacturer Stelrad made its initial public offering, at 215 pence per Ordinary Share and dealings commenced on Friday November 5th. Based on this Offer Price, the Company’s total market capitalisation at the start of conditional dealings on the main market of the London Stock Exchange was approximately £274 million. …

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Bradfords launches susatinability events

Bradfords Building Supplies is launching ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ – a new series of events aimed at inspiring, informing and engaging the South West on achieving long term environmental and social sustainability for the built environment. Created in partnership with TrustMark, the inaugural event will take place on 24 November at …

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Travis Perkins buys all of Staircraft

Travis Perkins plc, has fully acquired Staircraft; a company that provides integrated stair, floor and door solutions. This development adds digital component design, timber engineering and production capability to the merchant’s portfolio. Travis Perkins first acquired a 15% in Staircraft in 2015, and announced its intention to fully acquire the remaining …

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IBMG appoints new group chief commercial officer

Builders merchant group Independent Builders Merchant Group has appointed ex-Saint Gobain Building Distribution director Martin Stables as its Group Chief Commercial Officer. Formerly commercial director at Saint-Gobain’s £300m national plumbing merchant Graham, Stables’ years of experience cover leadership roles in procurement, category, merchandising, supply chain and pricing with Saint-Gobain and …

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Two lines on a stick?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Positive men are, indeed, the most credulous I have spent every day for the last week doing something I haven’t done for some years. 15 years if I’m being precise. Namely, staring at a little white stick, waiting for lines to appear. The taking of the Lateral Flow Test has …

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