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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Grafton sells Plumbase

Merchanting group Grafton has sold its UK plumbing and heating arm, Plumbase. On 1 October 2019 it sold the business, to Plumbing and Heating Investments Limited, for an enterprise value of £66.75 million.  After allowing for adjustments for debt-like items and working capital, net cash proceeds of £60.7m were received …

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Saint Gobain Abrasives opens new HQ centre

Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has relocated its head office and distribution centre from the old Universal Grinding Wheel Co. Ltd site in Doxey, to Unicorn House, on the Redhill Business Park, just off J14 of the M6. To celebrate the move, the company held an opening event for employees and invite …

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Primaflow F&P opens new distribution hub

Wholesaler Primaflow F&P has opened a new 100,000-square foot distribution centre in Birmingham. It replaces the company’s previous 40,000-square foot facility, and consolidates the Connections packaged plumbing and Primaflow teams, employing a total of 100 staff. Additional capacity to hold stock ‘buy-ins’ will improve stock range and availability to customers …

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Dakea launches new flat roof window

Dakea has expanded its range of roof windows and skylights with the addition of both fixed and openable windows for flat roofs. The simple to install windows feature a durable aluminium exterior, toughened external pane and laminated interior panes for longevity, safety and security. The new windows also deliver excellent …

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CCF appoints new national sales director

Craig Newman has joined CCF as national sales director. The role involves working closely with each of CCF’s 42 branches around the UK in order to drive insulation sales, communicating and implementing CCF’s national vision throughout the business. Dean Pinner, managing director at CCF, said: “We are very pleased to …

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Fil celebrates 25 years with charity success

Storage and store design specialist Fil has celebrated its 25th year in business by raising £15,000 for charity. Fil – formerly known as Filplastic – based near Howden, divided the proceedings between a number of local charities. The money was raised via a number of different events and individual challenges …

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SIG Roofing supports local teams

A duo of Welsh sports teams have been announced as the benefactors of a sponsorship scheme from SIG Roofing. Wattstown RFC and Pontyclun FC, will benefit from the sponsorship by SIG Roofing’s Cardiff Branch. Alex Crowther, SIG Roofing’s Cardiff branch manager, enjoys playing rugby for nearby Wattstown RFC and helped …

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BMF celebrates young achievements

Jayson Richards from City Plumbing Supplies and Jade Terry of Naylor Industries walked away with the top prizes at the BMF’s prestigious Young Achiever of the Year Awards last week. Richards was named as Young Merchant Achiever 2019 and Terry as Young Supplier Achiever 2019. Fergus Bell of Bradfords Building …

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CCF remembers for Hadrian’s Wall Walk

On 31st August, CCF employees donned their walking boots ready for a trek along the Hadrian’s Wall, in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. A total of 54 colleagues from CCF came together to begin their long journey in Chollerford, Northumberland. Stretching from east coast to west coast Britain, Hadrian’s Wall took …

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Cromar wins H&B Supplier award

Independent builders merchant buying group H&B has named Cromar Building Products as its 2019 Supplier of the Year. The award, presented at the group’s Annual Members Event at the Belfry, commended Cromar for its excellent service levels but for what it termed the independent, agile and innovative culture of the …

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