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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Politics and Paralympics combined at BMF Conference second day

Industry focus was the main part of the second day of the Builders Merchants Federation conference in Dubrovnik last weekend (June 13 to 16 2019). The session opened with presentations from a national merchant, a major independent, and manufacturer, followed by the opportunity to attend two of four break-out sessions …

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NMBS heads to Sorrento in 2020

Builders merchants buying organisation the National Merchant Buying Society has announced the venue and dates for its 2020 bienniel conference. Revealed by NMBS commercial director Andy Hextall, during the 2019 BMF All Industry Conference, the conference will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Hilton Sorrento Palace. The …

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Mental health takes centre stage at BMF Conference 2019

Merchants and suppliers learned of the importance of focusing on their employees – and their own – mental health at the  opening session of the BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 last weekend (June 13 – 16). TV presenter Nick Knowles, mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Layborne, security expert …

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Parker Building Supplies buys Stamco

Parker Building Supplies, the Sussex-based independent builders’ merchant, has acquired fellow NBG member Stamco, based in Hastings. The acquisition, funded by Parkers’ strategic partner, Cairngorm Capital, is a key step in Parkers’ strategy to expand its business through a combination of acquisitions, new site development and organic growth. Established in …

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Heather Small to take the stage at BMF Conference gala event

The centerpiece performance of the gala dinner at the closing night of the BMF All-Industry Conference this Saturday (June 15th) will be by British singer Heather Small. Small, whose iconic solo track “Proud” became the soundtrack to London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar …

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Developer collapse leaves merchant out of pocket

A Weksh developer collapsed into administration leaving more than 200 creditors and 40 workers yet to be paid, when it lost a contract worth 34% of its business. GM Jones, in Llanrwst, had been carrying out commercial and public sector schemes across the Conway region. Yet the end of the …

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Construction in sharpest decline since March 2018

A continuing increase in UK housebuilding was not enough to offset a decline in UK construction companies’ output during May, according to the latest monthly statistics from the  IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index. A renewed decline in total business activity during May included lower volumes of commercial work …

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Fire in the hold

Fiona Russell-Horne

No creature in the Jungle will call fire by its proper name. Every beast lives in deadly fear of it, and invents a hundred ways of describing it Almost exactly two years to the day after the devastating fire that befell the Grenfell Tower in Kensington, the flames tore through …

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Smartply road trip pops into Parkers

Timber panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY is taking its products on a road trip around the UK and Ireland and visited two Parker Building Supplies branches in Tonbridge and Maidstone on Friday.   The tour gives merchants and their customers the chance to meet with product experts and see the products …

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Page Group hosts latest BMF Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group, this time in Birmingham. The network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the UK and Ireland. The latest centre, based in …

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