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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
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Whose fault is it anyway?

Fiona Russell-Horne

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves Let’s play a little game, I like to call the Blame Game. In these snowflake days where no-one ever seems to want to take responsibility for their actions, everything always has to be someone else’s fault. I blame …

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Travis Perkins pushes up half-year profits and sales

The sell-off of the Travis Perkins Plumbing and Heating division is likely to happen this year, and the Wickes DIY chain will spin-off to operate as a stand-alone business, the builders merchant group confirmed today (July 31). Travis Perkins plc made the announcements as part of its interim results presentation, …

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Unknown substance found at Parkers after break-in

Burglars spread an unknown substance after a break-in at Parker Building Supplies in Uckfield on Monday night (July 29). Police said the burglary happened at about 1.30am and a number of insulation panels worth around £6,000 to £8,000 were stolen. Having fled the scene, the suspects covered the area with …

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Mid-Sussex Timber celebrates its 90th anniversary

Sussex independent timber merchant Mid-Sussex Timber has celebrated its 90th year in business. Set up in 1929, MST has been supplying directly imported timber to the building trade & retail markets and is now one of the largest stockists in Sussex. From a first branch in East Grinstead, the business …

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Brett Martin adds Chartwell Green

Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage has added Chartwell Green to the mix of eight heritage colours in its Cascade Cast Iron Style Rainwater and Soil Systems range. Chartwell Green will bring a touch of country charm to homes. Other heritage colours include Classic Black, Anthracite Grey, Oxford Blue, Olive Green, …

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ECi spruces up with software acquisition

ECi Software Solutions  has acquired Spruce Computer Systems Limited, the UK-based reseller of ECi’s Spruce software for managing timber, hardware and building materials businesses in the United Kingdom. Spruce Computer Systems Ltd. will become part of ECi’s LBM and Hardlines (LBMH) division.   ECi has been selling its merchant software solutions in the United …

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Brymec get top marks at Bournemouth

Building services specialist merchant Brymec has helped to supply product and technical expertise on the construction of the landmark Bailey Point development, Bournemouth University’s new £31 million student accommodation project. The modern student accommodation, located at the heart of the university’s Lansdowne Campus, will home 550 students in ensuite bedroom …

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99 days and counting. Tick tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into, Stanley So, in the week’s least surprising news, the flaxen-haired one has achieved his long-held ambition and succeed to the highest post in the land on the back of persuading 92,000 members of the Conservative Party that his is the way that …

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Fraud warning as merchant is scammed by supplier’s hacked email

An independent builders merchant has issued a warning to others to be vigilant when accepting suppliers’ bank details by email after being caught out by a fraudulent email. Tony Sharkey, managing director of JTD Building Supplies in Holmfirth, paid a new supplier after receiving an email with bank details that …

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