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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Pasquill scores FORS with three

Pasquill, the  manufacturer of roof trusses and engineered timber solutions, has achieved Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accreditation at three sites. Pasquill Redhill has secured the silver standard this year, while Chorley and Stoney Stanton achieved bronze in June last year. FORS is a voluntary accreditation encompassing all aspects of …

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Selco makes some noise for children’s charity

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse raised more than £13,500 for its chosen charity in the space of 48 hours. The annual golf day, pitting Selco colleagues against suppliers at West Midlands Golf Club, was followed by members of the marketing team participating in the Cotswold Way Challenge. Combined, the events …

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Digby Stone adds in north

Andy Maxwell has joined paving supplier joins Digby Stone as area sales manager North, to be part of the external sales team. Bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the landscaping sector, Maxwell says: “I am delighted to be joining a company with so much potential and one …

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NBG adds support to IoBM

Independent builders merchant buying group National Buying Group has joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as a Corporate Supplier member. NBG managing director Nick Oates, said: “NBG are supportive of raising standards within the industry and view the IoBM developments as a positive step. The Executive Board of NBG …

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Forterra invests in bricks but closes precast factory

Building materials manufacturer Forterra is to close its general precast facility at Swadlincote, Derbyshire, but will spend £27m on upgrading its Wilnecote brick factory allow for the production of more high-end brick products. Having conducted a review of its Bison pre-cast business, Forterra has concluded that better returns are to …

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Never give up

Fiona Russell-Horne

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield   A picture tells a thousand words, and some things are worth fighting for. Beijing 2008 age 14 London 2012 🥉 Rio 2016 🥉 TOKYO 2020 🥇age 27 Fiona Russell Horne is away

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Supplies affected by Pingdemic isolation calls

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federtion is among the consruction indusry groups warning that supply chain shortages are being exacerbated by the NHS Covid app ‘pingdemic’. The latest problems were highlighted in a statement from the  Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group. Its update warned that “labour …

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Plumbing the depths. And the heights

Fiona Russell-Horne

If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber. Back in the olden days – before Covid,  the credit-crunch and the 2008-financial-crash, it was a truth, universally acknowledged, that one of the easiest things to do in this industry was set up a plumber’s merchant. All …

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Buttle’s adds HSS Hire in Leighton Buzzard branch

Buttle’s builders’ merchants in Leighton Buzzard has partnering with HSS Hire to deliver a ‘one-stop’ shop for customers. The branch in Grovebury Road becomes the first of two Buttle’s sites to launch HSS Hire, with Enfield due to follow in August. Managing director Ian Church said: “We’re delighted to partner …

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Knauf Insulation nets CO2nstructZero Business Champion status

Insulation supplier Knauf Insulation has been named as a net zero ‘Business Champion’ by the Construction Leadership Council and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the CO2nstructZero initiative. “Net zero is a colossal challenge, and to achieve it will require unprecedented collaboration” said Neil Hargreaves, managing director, Knauf …

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