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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Travis Perkins’ recovery prompts Covid-19 payback

  Strength in DIY sales during October and November has helped Travis Perkins to return £50m of UK government help. The Group says its Wickes and Toolstation brands benefited from the ‘surge in DIY trade’ during the first part of the Covid-19 pandemic and that it would return business rates …

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BMF responds to Brexit Trade Deal

The Builders Merchants Federation welcomed the announcement, just before Christmas, that the UK and the EU have agreed a free trade agreement achieving widespread market access with no tariffs or quotas because it will provide the construction sector with much needed reassurance in respect of the cost and availability of building …

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Sydenhams buys Staverton Building Supplies

Builders merchant group Sydenhams has acquired Staverton Building Supplies based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Staverton’s, a single branch merchant, will begin trading as Sydenhams from  January 4. Sydenhams managing director Lee Wright said the company is delighted to welcome Staverton Building Supplies to the Sydenhams group. “Stavertons are a fantastic well-run …

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Ferguson sells Wolseley UK

Global plumbers merchant chain Ferguson plc has sold its Wolseley UK heating and plumbing distribution business, to private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice today (January 4 2021) for approximately £308 million. In the year ended July 31, 2020 Wolseley UK’s revenue was £1,403 million, with operating profits at £2.2million. …

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2020 vision

Fiona Russell-Horne

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; There is no view so clear, so perfect, so sharp as that of hindsight, of looking back  on something and pronouncing what should have happened, instead of what did …

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Bradfords supports women’s rugby with Exeter Chiefs sponsorship

South West builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies is expanding its partnership with the Exeter Chiefs for 2020/2021 season, making it now one of the club’s main sponsors. As part of the new agreement, Bradfords will provide player sponsorship from Chiefs Fly Half and England international Henry Slade, and Women’s Captain …

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Deals and deadlines

Fiona Russell-Horne

 It was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, When is a deadline not a deadline? When it’s a Brexit negotiation deadline it seems. Last Sunday was the deadline. …

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Ferguson ponders pulling the plug on Wolseley float amid revenue fall

Specialist plumbing and drainage merchant Wolseley UK saw turnover fall from £1.6bn to £1.4bn for the year to July 31 2020,. At the same time, parent company Ferguson plc says demerger plans “remain uncertain in the current economic environment” and that the board is looking at other ways of separating …

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Norgrove wins best building supplies West Midlands accolade

Independent builders merchant Norgrove Building Supplies has been named the ‘Best Building Materials Supplier’ in the West Midlands in the 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards. Norgrove director, Jack Norgrove, said: “It’s great to be presented this award, as there’s a lot of builders merchants in the West Midlands, but since we …

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Mongan to take up Bristan CEO post

Bristan Group has announced the appointment of Martin Mongan, as CEO. Mongan, who was formerly managing director of  Hansgrohe MD, will take up his post in February 2021. He succeeds former CEO, Darius Padler, who will leave the business at the end of 2020.  Padler says: “Martin is a well-known …

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