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Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Bradfords Building Supplies sponsors Cornish Pirates

Builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies is sponsoring the Cornish Pirates rugby team for the current season. A Rugby Union Championship team, the Cornish Pirates train and play at the Mennave Field in Penzance, just yards from Bradfords’ Penzance branch. The partnership also includes sponsorship of players Tommy Wyatt and Cory …

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Pavestone buys back shares

Pavestone UK Limited, the independent manufacturer and distributor of domestic hard landscaping & building materials, has completed a buyback of 54.8% of its issued shares. Following the death of Pavestone founder Kevin Fowler in July 2020, the Fowler Trustees (beneficiary), approved the sale and transfer of the shareholding back to …

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Brickability wins AIM award

Brickability Group plc, the construction materials distributor, won the AIM ‘Transaction of the Year Award’ at this year’s AIM Awards, on 14 October 2021. The AIM Awards celebrate companies that have made outstanding achievements on the world’s most successful growth market, recognising the quoted companies and entrepreneurs who have harnessed …

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Cement companies vow to cut carbon

Forty leading cement and concrete manufacturers have joined forces and are pledging to cut CO2 emissions by a further 25% by 2030. The Global Cement and Concrete Association includes counts companies such as CEMEX, CNBM, CRH, HeidelbergCement, Holcim and Votorantim as members, all of whom have signed up to a roadmap, detailing …

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Keylite kicks off new challenge

Keylite Roof Windows  is challenging its UK merchant partners and friends to #KickItWithKeylite, in the name of raising £30,000 for three children’s charities.  The Kick It With Keylite Challenge in Ireland has raised funds for Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. The challenge involves participants seeing how …

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IPG addresses change at biennial conference

Plumbing and heating buying group the IPG held its biennial conference at the Mermaid Theatre in London on October 1, with the theme The Changing World of Business. The conference focussed on facilitating the discussion of managing change while maintaining business as usual, with much emphasis placed on the underlying …

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BMF’s Covid response wins multiple Awards

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation’s Covid-19 support for members has won two prestigious Association Excellence Awards. The BMF’s entry covering “Getting Merchants Back to Business” won the overall Award for the Best Membership Support during Covid 19 (under 800 members) category, as well as a bronze award …

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It’s worse than that, Jim

I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand. years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars I don’t want to jinx anything, but a few …

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Construction output falls for fifth month

Supply chain issues saw construction output fall in August, according to the latest figures from ONS, the fifth month in a row that this has happened.  New work levels are now 3.7% below where they were in February 2020, just before the pandemic effects took hold. Although a small fall, …

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Coram Group UK adds new National Account Manager.

Caroline Borowski has joined Coram UK’s merchant sales team to build and develop relationships within the national merchant sector and look for new growth areas for Coram showers and Impey wetrooms. Borowski joins the company from luxury Italian taps, fittings and fixtures manufacturer Fantini, where she held the position of …

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