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Fiona Russell-Horne
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Wolseley highlights Pipe and Climate specialisms

Wolseley, the plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant, is evolving its brand to highlight and signpost its key specialisms, under the banners of Wolseley Pipe and Wolseley Climate. John Hancock, managing director of Wolseley Pipe and Wolseley Climate, says: “In January 2018 our business brought together its different units under …

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Etex acquires FSi fire-stopping business

Etex Group has bought FSi Limited, the UK manufacturer and supplier of firestopping products. With an annual turnover of around £20 million, FSi ‘s product portfolio includes intumescent sealants and ablative-coated stone wool batts. The move strengthens Etex’s ability to provide comprehensive lightweight construction solutions for clients through its Building …

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Chancellor announces Job Support Scheme to ease workers off furlough

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, has announced a raft of financial measures in the House of Common to help businesses as the Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme finishes at the end of October. The Job Support Scheme will directly support the wages of people in work, giving businesses …

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CCF believes Green Homes Grant needs strong supply chain

If the £2bn Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme is to work, it will need to be backed by a strong supply chain. That’s according to Janeeth Green, Insulation Category Manager at distributor CCF. The scheme, announced by the Chancellor earlier this Summer, aims to facilitate the energy efficiency upgrade the  …

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Fiona Russell-Horne

Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward to what they were before The six months thing was a bit of an ‘ouch’ moment, but part from that, the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night didn’t really tell us anything that we weren’t expecting. Those of …

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Bradfords celebrates 250th with new Ryder DAF investment

South West independent builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies, celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, has taken delivery of a new dropside DAF CF260 from Ryder. The new truck features a commemorative livery and a personalised licence plate: RIG 1770. Initially it was intended that the new truck work in a …

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Omnie heats up in heart of Cotswolds development

A bespoke development creating two new homes in the Cotswolds village of Long Compton, has used OMNIE building services packages featuring heat recovery ventilation and renewable heating. The brace of luxury four-bedroom properties has been developed by locally based DG Carpenter on land adjoining an existing bungalow, using a stock …

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James Burrell eyes FORS Silver with Mercedes investment

North-east independent builders’ merchant James Burrell has just ordered a further six new-generation Mercedes-Benz Arocs six-wheeler trucks. The Gateshead-based company operates from a network of 10 branches located throughout the North-East and Yorkshire. Each day its 36 trucks – the majority of them 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz dropsiders with cranes – deliver …

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Pre-fabs could build a quarter of new homes by 2030

A new policy paper estimates that pre-fabricated housing could account for up to a quarter of new homes by 2030. The report Build Homes, Build Jobs, Build Innovation proposes a fast-track investment to construct 75,000 modular homes off-site a year by 2030. The paper is co-authored by Mark Farmer, who was appointed …

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Covers continues Broadbridge Heath FC sponsorship

The Horsham branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is continuing to sponsor Broadbridge Heath FC for the 2020/2021 season. The season long support package provided by Covers will include the company’s logo featuring on perimeter boards at the club’s grounds on Wickhurst Lane. The club, which was founded in …

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