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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

MKM Building Supplies buys Richard Williams (Deganwy)

Independent builder’s merchant MKM Building Supplies is moving into North Wales with the acquisition of Richard Williams (Deganwy) Limited. The transaction, completed on 1st April, brings the company two branches based in Llandudno Junction and Ruthin. Originally set-up at J Parr, a builders merchant, in Deganwy, North Wales, in 1917, …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021: OPEN FOR ENTRY NOW

The BMJ Industry Awards 2021, the industry’s only awards event that is decided by merchants and suppliers, is now open for entry. The past year has thrown so many obstacles and difficulties in the way of merchants and suppliers and they have risen to the chalkenges phenomenally. So now it …

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Marley buys Viridian Solar

Roof systems manufacturer, Marley has bought roof integrated solar panels supplier Viridian Solar Ltd, to ensure Marley can provide a single-source supply for a fully integrated solar roof system. Viridian Solar was established in 2003 and its Clearline Fusion PV technology is behind Marley SolarTile®, a roof-integrated solar panel solution …

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Selco steps up at Easter for Liverpool charity

Builders mercgant Selco Builders warehouse sent a selection of Easter treats to a charity which supports children with cerebral palsy across the north west of England and Wales to celebrate the opening of its new branch in Liverpool. More than 100 youngsters and young adults attend Stick ‘n’ Step’s classes …

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Bradfords reveal cheeky new advertising campaign

South west independent builder’s merchant Bradfords Building Supplies has revealed  a bold new advertising strategy as they continue to push the envelope in attracting trade audiences. The company is saying goodbye to traditional billboard advertising, and hello to targeted media space on site. The most prominent part of many of …

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Brett Landscaping launches Invicta with new AggTech

Concrete paving manufacturer, Brett Landscaping, has introduced a high performance Invicta range, its first block paving product to use the new AggTech surface technology developed by the company. The Invicta range has a specially formulated surface layer creating a hard-wearing paving block with a durable but vibrant finish which shimmers …

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Polypipe pipes in greener heating to historic home

A Grade I listed stately home can have a green energy heating system, thanks to help from Polypipe Building Products plastic piping systems manufacturer. The Doncaster-based manufacturer has donated more than 160 metres of structured wall pipe and fittings to Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham. The donation means Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation …

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BMF elects two new board members

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has appointesd two new Board members. Frank Elkins, Chief Operating Officer at Travis Perkins plc and Lee Harwood, Group Finance Director at Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd have been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation. Elkins takes up his position …

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Topps Tiles sales slide through 2021 lockdown

Tile specialist Topps Tiles has posted a 17.% drop in revenue for the second quarter of 2021, blaming the sales slide on the third lockdown. For the 26 weeks up to March 27, total revenues were £103.6m, up 2%. The first quarter grew 19.9%, then sales dropped by 17.3%. Rob …

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James Hargreaves supplies supporters for Burnley FC

An independent plumbing and heating firms  has figured out a novel way to get football fans back into the main stand at Turf Moor, home of Premier League team Burnley FC. An imaginative community project, instigated by James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot, has resulted in a new generation of ‘supporter’ – …

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