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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2020: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

This year’s BMJ Industry Awards will take place on Friday May 15th at the prestigious Brewery venue in the City of London. The awards aim to highlight and celebrate the very best merchants and manufacturers operating in the UK today, combining the accolades with a top-notch networking event. The only …

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Panic stations

Fiona Russell-Horne

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall. What do aircrete blocks have in common with Andrex loo roll? Facing bricks with McDougall’s flour or PIR insulation board with rigatoni pasta and Dettol hand-wash? It’s not often you get to write all of those in a single paragraph, …

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Nick Knowles answers young merchants’ speaker SOS

Nick Knowles, presenter of BBC TV’s DIY SOS will be the keynote speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants Conference this year. The event takes place on Wednesday 7 October, during UK Construction Week at the NEC, Birmingham. Knowles, who spoke at the BMF’s All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik last …

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Merchants’ help sought for former tri-athlete

A crowd-funding campaign in Sussex is seeking help from builders and plumbers merchants to convert the home of a member of the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club who has developed multiple sclerosis. Nick Cook, was a keen amateur triathlete and cyclist, competing successfully in local races as a founding member of …

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HRH The Duke of Cambridge opens Tarmac training operation

Construction materials business, Tarmac, developed a National Skills and Safety Park near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, which was opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. The park will provide practical training for emerging industry talent – including apprentices, graduates and those retraining from other sectors. His Royal Highness met …

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AG adds in Scotland

UK and Ireland specialist building products company, AG (Acheson + Glover), has appointed David McCandlish as its new regional sales manager in Scotland. McCandlish worked in a key sales role for a brick manufacturer for four years before joining AG. As regional sales manager, David will be involved in developing …

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The boy who would be King

Fiona Russell-Horne

I think the king is but a man, as I am,: the violet smells to him as it does to me Once upon a time, there was a little boy called Alexander who really, really wanted to run the country. So, he went to a very expensive school and did …

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Grafton sees UK demand weaken

Builders merchant group Grafton saw a good performance from its Irish and Netherlands merchanting businesses but weaker demand for the UK operations to see an overall fall in revenue of 1% to £2,924m for the financial year ended December 31 2019. Average daily like-for-like Group revenue decreased by 0.4 per …

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Travis Perkins results inch ahead as recovery takes hold

Group revenue at builders and plumbers merchant group Travis Perkins rose 3.2% to £6.9bn for the financial year ended December 31 2019, the group announced this morning (March 3). Sales were 3.8% ahead on a like-for-like basis, driven by a good performance from the Merchant businesses despite the challenging market …

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