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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Thompstone goes to Huws Gray

Independent builders merchant Huws Gray has appointed Stephen Thompstone as non-executive director. Thompstone has over 35 years industry experience and is currently the CEO of Crendon Timber Engineering and MD of Wyckham Blackwell. Previously he was managing director of Buildbase, guiding the company through a successful acquisition-led growth strategy that …

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Elliotts celebrates heritage with limited edition ale

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based builders merchant, has teamed up with Tap It Brewing Co to launch an exclusive pale ale to celebrate their beer-brewing heritage. Founder Thomas Elliott owned a brewery and four pubs in Southampton in the 1870s, so Elliotts has gone back to their roots to create a pale ale …

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Singing the DIY blues

Fiona Russell-Horne

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. I have had very little occasion in the last 25 years (how has it been that long?)  to write anything like the following sentence, “Travis Perkins posts pre-tax loss of £123m.” But last week I did, courtesy of the merchanting …

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London mayor launches new clean heat boiler initiative

The announcement by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to encourage London’s SMEs to replace their old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation. The  £10 million Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme is designed to help London’s smaller companies save money on their energy …

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DIY does for Travis Perkins’ first half results

Builders and plumbers merchant group Travis Perkins posted a £123m pre-tax loss for the first half of 2018, thanks to its DIY-chain Wickes. Across the group as a whole revenue grew by 4.4% to £3.36bn in the six months to June 30 2018, compared with the same period a year …

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SCA Timber grows new name

Timber importer and supplier SCA Timber is changing its name to SCA Wood The SCA Group has six business areas: wood products, forestry, pulp, paper, energy and logistics. The common name ‘SCA’ clearly integrates all business areas into a unified SCA Group. The company name change from SCA Timber Supply …

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Bear (non) necessities

Fiona Russell-Horne

I mean the bare necessities That’s why a bear can rest at ease With just the bare necessities of life It’s all too easy to just focus on one’s own industry but, as numerous BMF and NMBS conferences have shown us, there are lessons to be picked up from outside …

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Local MP on emissions at EH Smith

Independent Birmingham-based builders’ merchant EH Smith has told its local MP that reducing emissions and easing traffic congestion drove the decision to open a new branch in Birmingham city centre. Chairman John Parker told Roger Godsiff MP for Birmingham Hall Green that the new store in Brighton Road, Balsall Heath …

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BMF warns of £1bn VAT Brexit-bombshell

Builders merchants could have to pay £1bn extra VAT post-Brexit if a suitable customs agreement is not reached. That was the warning issued today (July 19) by builders merchants trade association, the Builders Merchants Federation. The BMF says that, if builders merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on …

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Expansion fuels Bradfords’ turnover growth

Independent builders and plumbers merchant group Bradfords saw turnover rise by 19% in the 2017 to 2018 financial year, taking it over the £150m mark for the first time. The company puts the rise down to its expansion and continued investment in staff. It now has 42 builders merchant businesses, …

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