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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Sustainability takes centre stage at BMF Virtual Conference

Climate change and the merchant industry’s part in combating it was the major thread running through the Builders Merchants Federation’s first Virtual AGM and Conference, held last Thursday (September 17th). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the usual live event could not take place, so the AGM and conference were held …

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BMF grows to 751 members

Builders merchants trade association, the Builders Merchants Federation now has 751 members, its highest number since the early 1990s. That’s according to figures revealed at the BMF’s first Virtual AGM and Conference, held online on Thursday September 17th. BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Your support means that we now have …

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TG brings the outdoors in at Northwich

Independent builders’ merchants TG Builders merchants, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group, has opened a new indoor patio showroom at its Northwich branch. The branch in Manchester Road has unveiled over 40 different patios laid out across the showroom floor. As well as the layouts in situ, there are over …

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Russell Roof Tiles takes on Brewers’ sponsorship

 Burton-based, Russell Roof Tiles is to become League One Burton Albion Football Club’s shirt sponsors. The roof tile manufacturer  is sponsoring both Burton Albion’s home and away jerseys for the season – which will also be featured on all shirts purchased by supporters. The company has supported the club – known …

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Keylite appoints new managing director

Keylite Roof Windows, part of The Keystone Group, has appointed Jim Blanthorne as managing director, with effect 1st September 2020. Blanthorne, Keylite’s former operations director, has over 18 years’ experience in operations and senior management roles within the building products market. He says: “In my new role I’m looking forward …

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BREAKING NEWS: BMF Conference 2021 heads to York and Harrogate

The Builder Merchants Federation is taking delegates to the cities of York and Harrogate for its Annual All Industry Conference in 2021. The dates are June 17-20th 2021. In the year that the UK begins a new relationship with the European Union, the Conference theme Building Beyond Boundaries could not be more …

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NMBS evolves OnePlace to enable easier online ordering

Independent builders merchants’ buying group NMBS has updated its OneePlace B2B  in order to more effectively meet the industry’s trading requirements, now and in the future. The NMBS Order Portal was originally developed to allow Members to send electronic orders to boiler-maker Worcester Bosch, and was extremely well received. On …

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City Plumbing offers free Green Homes Grant webinars for customers

Plumbing and heating merchant City Plumbing is helping its customers by offering a free  30 minute webinar to help guide them through the government’s new Green Homes Grants scheme. Running from September until November 2020,  the webinars will be led by Steve Alldritt, technical director of City Plumbing’s Energy Efficiency Team. …

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Covers donates to pandemic charities

Independent Sussex-based builders and timber merchant Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated £50,000 to five charities across the South East helping to support those struggling during the pandemic. The charities include Sussex Crisis Fund, Stonepillow Homeless Centre, Chichester Information Shop, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, and 13 …

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