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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Pavestone picks Parker and Williams for new roles

Landscaping supplier Pavestone Group, which includes the businesses, Pavestone, Paving Direct and Bekstone businesses, has made three major appointments, effectively immediately. Tom Parker has been appointed as Pavestone Group chairman, replacing Peter Smythe who is retiring after 17 years’ service. The founder and former managing director of Parker Building Supplies …

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Travis Perkins plugs plumbing side sale

Merchanting group Travis Perkins has put the sale of its plumbing and heating division on hold “given the current unprecedented level of uncertainty”, a trading update said yesterday (October 22). The update reported that the merchanting businesses continued to outperform expectations in challenging market conditions. Travis Perkins, the general mixed …

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Architectural dreamers

Fiona Russell-Horne

A man’s grasp should exceed his reach, Else what’s a heaven for? Call me Ishmael. So begins one of the English language’s greatest stories. (Bear with me gentle reader, there is a point to this.) As most of you know, I am a fan of architecture done well and loath it …

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Forterra colleagues tackle Mont Ventoux

Staff at building products manufacturer Forterra have successfully completed a Challenge Adventure Charities’ four-day, 620-mile cycle relay through France The eight team members set off from Ouistreham on the Channel coast on 2nd October and arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine, at the foot of the challenging Mont Ventoux Tour de France route, …

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O’Hare joins Permaroof

Firestone RubberCover roofing products importer and distributor, Permaroof has appointed Terry  O’Hare as regional sales manager, covering the south of England to help cement and further develop the firm’s presence in the region through strong relationships with both merchant stockists and installers. Permaroof, which has its head office in Alfreton, …

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Stelrad adds new brand ambassador

Rebecca Williams has joined the Stelrad Radiators Brand Specialists team looking after the Midlands territory. “I’m really enjoying the role and getting to know the teams at the national merchants in my area,” she said. “I’m enjoying working in the heating sector and getting to know more each day about …

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You always remember your first…

Fiona Russell-Horne

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes Just gonna have to be a different man Time may change me But I can’t trace time When I joined BMJ as an assistant editor, way, way back as the industry emerged from the last recession-but one, I was, like most magazine newbies, …

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H&B welcomes Noble graduate

h&b Development Group member Wilf Noble, a builders merchant based in Whitby, has graduated to the independent builders merchant buying group’s primary group. Using h&b’s buying deals and support from fellow merchants, Wilf Noble has grown its turnover and proved its compliance. The h&b Development Group was conceived as a …

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Encon adds construction products

Insulation distributor Encon Group has launched a new division, Encon Construction Products, to service the infrastructure sector. The company aims become the UK’s ‘distributor of choice’ for six key product categories: masonry components, concrete and reinforcement, waterproofing, construction chemicals, geotechnical, and groundworking products. The new division will offer tailored solutions …

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Selco to open Oxford distribution centre

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has announced the opening of a Lightside Distribution Centre. Work has begun on the new 60,000 sq ft centre, which is based in Cowley in Oxford and will service all 66 branches across England and Wales when it officially opens in January 2020.   Materials and …

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