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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Builders’ bounce-back business booms

Output in the UK construction industry in March 2021 expanded at its fastest pace since September 2014. That’s according to the latest  IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index, which registered 61.7 in March, up sharply from 53.3 in February. Housebuilding (index at 64.0) was the best-performing category, with growth …

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Insulation market set for post-Covid bounce back

The building market for insulation products is likely to bounce-back from itsa pandemic-fuelled fall, according to the latest survey of the sector by AMA Research. The market is estimated to have fallen by around 16% to £1.4bn, mainly due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on newbuild and domestic retrofit …

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Celebrate good times, Come on

Fiona Russell-Horne

If an earthquake were to engulf England tomorrow, the English would meet and dine, somewhere among the rubbish, just to celebrate the event. I’m giving myself, and you, gentle readers, a bit of a break from the usual whining about politicians and the pandemic this week. Instead, allow me to …

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Lords buys Condell Ltd

Lords Builders Merchants have accquired the majority shareholding in independent builders merchant Condell Ltd. Condells currently operates from two branches – Sutton (South London), Horsham (West Sussex)  and has a strong on-line presence. The company was founded in 2006 by Ruth Condell & Jim McMeckan. Condell is retiring, however, McMecken …

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Travis Perkins plans erupt for new branch

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins is planning a new branch in Nottinghamshire, at the Vesuvius development in Worksop. The planning application details the construction of an approximately 20,000 sq ft builders’ merchant, a regeneration project on a current brownfield site. It is expected that the scheme would create 20 jobs …

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Construction moves to pre-lockdown levels

Construction starts are back to pre-lockdown levels, according to industry analysis of forthcoming projects. The Glenigen Index found that the value of underlying construction work (under £100 million) commencing on-site during the first quarter of 2021 was 5% higher than the previous year and 2% higher than the preceding quarter …

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BMF calls up the SAS for Members Day Conference

 Ollie Ollerton, one of the first former members of the UK Special Forces to talk about their experiences and turn them into a positive force for good, will be the headline speaker at the BMF Members’ Day Conference on 23 September 2021, which takes the theme “Reshape, Renew, Rebuild.” Ollerton, one …

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W.Howard Group renews FORS accreditation

W.Howard Group has passed the audits to achieve Bronze and Silver accreditation under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). W.Howard’s warehousing facility at Glazebury, Cheshire, has achieved the Silver FORS standard, while the London Distribution Centre in Thurrock has achieved the Bronze standard. FORS is a voluntary scheme for fleet …

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Grant UK staff take over 12 million steps fundraising for charity

Throughout March 2021 staff at Grant UK took part in Marching March, a step-count challenge raising funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. In total, the staff took over 12 million steps during March and raised a wonderful £320 for the local charity. Throughout the month, interest in Marching March heated …

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