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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Never give up

Fiona Russell-Horne

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield   A picture tells a thousand words, and some things are worth fighting for. Beijing 2008 age 14 London 2012 🥉 Rio 2016 🥉 TOKYO 2020 🥇age 27 Fiona Russell Horne is away

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Supplies affected by Pingdemic isolation calls

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federtion is among the consruction indusry groups warning that supply chain shortages are being exacerbated by the NHS Covid app ‘pingdemic’. The latest problems were highlighted in a statement from the  Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group. Its update warned that “labour …

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Plumbing the depths. And the heights

Fiona Russell-Horne

If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber. Back in the olden days – before Covid,  the credit-crunch and the 2008-financial-crash, it was a truth, universally acknowledged, that one of the easiest things to do in this industry was set up a plumber’s merchant. All …

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Buttle’s adds HSS Hire in Leighton Buzzard branch

Buttle’s builders’ merchants in Leighton Buzzard has partnering with HSS Hire to deliver a ‘one-stop’ shop for customers. The branch in Grovebury Road becomes the first of two Buttle’s sites to launch HSS Hire, with Enfield due to follow in August. Managing director Ian Church said: “We’re delighted to partner …

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Knauf Insulation nets CO2nstructZero Business Champion status

Insulation supplier Knauf Insulation has been named as a net zero ‘Business Champion’ by the Construction Leadership Council and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the CO2nstructZero initiative. “Net zero is a colossal challenge, and to achieve it will require unprecedented collaboration” said Neil Hargreaves, managing director, Knauf …

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Actis supports Jewson’s fundraising Monster Walk

Insulation specialist Actis joined dozens of Jewson staff from branches across the North of England this month as they walked 130 miles from Widnes to Hull – and raised £30,000 for charity. It was one of a number of Jewson suppliers which provided activities and information along the route. Actis …

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So close, so close

Fiona Russell-Horne

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Else, what’s a heav’n for? It was great while it lasted. The England football team’s gallant quest for a huge shiny piece of bling for the St George’s Park trophy cabinet. They will win one. They surely will. Just not this year. Just …

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BMF raises concerns over driver shortage

Transport issues are hitting builders’ merchants’ ability to meet their customers’ needs, mainly thanks to a shortage of drivers, the Builders Merchants Federation has reported. BMF members have reported widespread disruption and delays, with a shortfall in drivers able to transport goods across the country. Across the BMF membership, companies …

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Thompson & Parkes makes fleet investment

Family-run builders’ merchants Thompson & Parkes have added to their fleet in response to growing business demand from across the area to allow it to develop its local trade and retail offer from its Kidderminster, Stourport and Oreton branches. Thompson & Parkes director Jean Morris said: “Thompson & Parkes has …

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Covers covers Horsham FC sponsorship for a further year

The Horsham branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has renewed its sponsorship of a Horsham FC youth team for the 2021/2022 season. The team has been supported by the builders merchant for the last eight years as they have progressed through the age groups. This season the team will move …

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