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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Virus fears spark surge in online ordering for merchants

To better manage the surge in online sales since the coronavirus threat emerged, builders merchants have been  bringing forward their website launches.   Merchants’  online channels to market have seen an unprecedented surge in sales as many builders seek to minimise social contact while still wanting to carry on with …

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TG adds new face in Bridgnorth

Dave Poole has been appointed as branch manager at TG Builders’ Merchants at Chartwell Park in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, leading a team of 20. “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to take charge of the newest branch of TG Builders’ Merchants which is going from strength to strength,” he …

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Blanco targets residential market

BLANCO UK has launched a set of three brochures for the residential market; one is specifically for the trade and retailer, the other two are designed with the consumer in mind and will also prove invaluable to retail sales and design team. The “BLANCO à la Carte Collection 2020” is …

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A plague on all our houses

Fiona Russell-Horne

One sickly sheep infects the flock, And poisons all the rest   I feel quite sorry for poor old Rishi Sunak. There he was last week, our newly minted Chancellor of the Exchequer, all scrubbed and shiny at the despatch box like the head boy proudly standing up at his …

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NMBS CANCELS EXHIBITION

Independent builders merchant buying group  NMBS has cancelled its April gala dinner and exhibition due to the coronovirus pandemic. exhibition The NMBS Exhibition and Gala Dinner was due to take place on 21st & 22nd April 2020 The organisation said that, due to the ongoing focus to delay the spread …

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Brownfield beats green in Jenrick’s new planning proposals

Development on brownfield sites will be made easier under planning reforms set out by Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, today (March 12). Councils will be encouraged to take a more innovative approach to home building – by ensuring redevelopment of high streets is …

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BWF welcomes Budget commitment to building safety

Urgent work to make buildings safer can be undertaken now that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a £1bn building safety fund, says Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation. “We welcome the government’s commitment to a £1bn building safety fund which will allow urgent work to be …

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Chancellor disappoints BMF on new housing provision

The Budget yesterday could have contained more details on  investment in new buildings and existing properties to decarbonise homes on the road to a net zero carbon economy. That’s according to John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the Builders Merchants Federation. Rishi Sunak, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced his first …

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Pavestone rallies the troops for 2021

Landscaping supplier Pavestone has officially launched the 2021 version of its famed Pavestone Rally, which sees builders merchants and building material manufacturers driving through Europe to raise money for charity. The 2021 Rally will see teams travelling from Amsterdam to Prague, via Mannheim, Innsbruck and Bratislava. Entries to the 2021 …

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National building show postponed over Coronavirus fears

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is postponed due to concerns about Coronavirus. The event was due to take place from 26-29 March at the NEC Birmingham but has been put off until  July 2020 The decision has been based on several factors, aligned with the Government’s advice, to safeguard …

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