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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Ironmongery Direct expands distribution

Online and catalogue ironomongery merchant IronmongeryDirect, and sister company ElectricalDirect have completed a new 100,000 sq ft warehouse, which is the equivalent of two football pitches, to house over 30,000 products for both brands all available for next day delivery. The new facilities will also have 2,000 pallet storage locations. Managing Director …

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Same old same old

Fiona Russell-Horne

 Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. So, as of yesterday’s announcement, we won’t, in all probability, be seeing lettuces piled up at the Port of Dover because they don’t have the correct post-Brexit paperwork. Instead, we are told that – in the increasingly likely event of a …

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BMCo set sights on Goole

Independent builders merchant Builders’ Merchant Company Ltd is opening a new Branch in Goole . Set to be completed in May, the development will be BMCo’s fourth branch. The new Goole branch follows on from the successful opening of the Hull and Rotherham branches, and will be the fourth of …

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UK construction loses momentum

Growth in construction work in January eased to its weakest for ten months, according to the IHS Markit / CIPS UK Construction PMI®. New orders increased only marginally at the start of 2019, which contributed to the slowest expansion of employment numbers for two-and-a-half years. Uncertainty over what will happen …

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RDT steps in with cold weather payments

With the winter weather setting in, industry charity The Rainy Day Trust has launched its 2019 Emergency Winter Fuel Campaign. The government runs a cold weather payment scheme that pays £25 to those on means-tested welfare benefits when the average temperature is below zero for 7 consecutive days.  However, RDT …

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NBG adds new member

Independent merchant buying group has announced that Alloway Timber & Putney Builders Merchants (PBM) has joined as a new partner. Founded in 1971, Alloway Timber supplies traders in London and Surrey from its locations in Putney, Fulham, Kingston, Cheam, Mitcham and Byfleet with premium timber products. In 2003, PBM Builders …

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Two steps forward (one step back?)

Fiona Russell-Horne

I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member Well. It’s something I suppose. Teresa May appears to have moved us a step closer to getting a deal on Thatwhichmustnotbenamed (cf: last week’s blog). By now I’m a bit confused about all the various amendments and …

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BMF Members call for Brexit renegotiation

Members of the Builders Merchants Federation want to see Prime Minister Teresa May renegotiate the deal for the UK leaving the European Union. Over 80 delegates from merchant and supplier companies attended the BMF Brexit Forum on 23 January and they had a clear message for Mrs May – go …

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Lord Mayor of Leeds steels up at Pland

Sink manufacturer Pland Stainless welcomed The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, to its Leeds today (January 24) to mark the start of the company’s centenary celebrations. The Lord Mayor toured the factory watching each process of a Stainless Steel kitchen sink being made, a volume …

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LAST CHANCE!! BMJ Industry Awards Entries CLOSE TODAY!!!!

IT’s TODAY: – the deadline for entries and nominations into the BMJ Industry Awards is Wednesday 23rd January. This is a final call for all who wish to nominate a merchant, brand or individual who they believe deserves to be recognised by the newest and most personal industry awards of 2019. Enter …

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