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Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Construction workload rises but optimism falls

According to the S&P Global / CIPS UK Construction PMI for March data UK construction output has risen again, helped by the fastest increase in new work for seven months. That said, escalating inflationary pressures and concerns about the economic impact of the war in Ukraine contributed to a sharp drop in business optimism. And overall, …

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MAKITA PUTS THE POWER IN YOUR HANDS

Makita UK has expanded its powerful XGT 40VMax range of machines The new LS003G 40VMax 305mm Brushless Slide Compound Mitre Saw has an LED lamp that casts a helpful shadow of the saw blade onto the workpiece, acting as an accurate cutting line. The LS003G delivers a no-load speed of …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS: NOMINATIONS CLOSE NEXT WEEK

You have until  NEXT WEEK  (May 1st) to get your nominations and entries in for the 2022 BMJ Industry Awards.   Click HERE to nominate your favourite merchants, supplier brands, trainees, showrooms and industry people. The awards celebrate the very best brands, merchants and people at the heart of the builders’ merchants …

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IBMG lights up Grant & Stone in Brentwood

Independent Builders Merchant Group’s electrical division has opened a new Grant & Stone electrical wholesaler, in Brentwood, Essex. The 3,500 ft site, IMBG’s 24th specialist electrical branch,  will be the exclusive Site Supplies specialist in the Brentwood area, providing lighting and power distribution solutions for Site Temporary Installers.  The new store, …

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Forterra jump-starts Jamboree fundraiser

Forterra has donated £1000 from its Community Fund to two Whittlesey Scouts, to help them attend the upcoming 2023 World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. Selected from among 125 scouts, Peter Easterbrook age 13, and Thomas Cox age 16, have made it through the tough selection process to represent Cambridgeshire …

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Time’s up for Boris, surely?

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.   On balance, I think I have changed my mind. Last week, I wrote a piece which looked at the issue from both …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2022: NOMINATIONS CLOSE NEXT WEEK

You have until  NEXT WEEK  (May 1st) to get your nominations and entries in for the 2022 BMJ Industry Awards.   Click HERE to nominate your favourite merchants, supplier brands, trainees, showrooms and industry people. The awards celebrate the very best brands, merchants and people at the heart of the builders’ merchants …

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Wolseley buys back Irish businesses

Plumbers merchant Wolseley UK has bought Irish heating, plumbing, tiling and bathroom businesses The Heat Merchants, and Hevac Group, and their subsidiaries. The Heat Merchants business comes with Tubs & Tiles, the largest tile and bathroom retailer in Ireland, with 12 showrooms nationwide plus established ecommerce an commercial channels. Heat …

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CPA hits back at Gove accusations

 The Construction Products Association (CPA) has defended itself and its members against  Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove, who had accused materials manufacturers of using the scale of the cladding crisis as an “excuse to do nothing”. A statement by the association said that there was “uncertainty and …

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Southern Sheeting sleep out to support homeless charity

Building materials supplier Southern Sheeting has raised £800 for homeless charity Crawley Open House during a Big Sleep Out earlier this month, tripling the original target of £250. A total of 10 employees, including managers, drivers, sales, administrative and yard staff slept outside in the yard at the East Grinstead …

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