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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Bathstore goes home to Homebase

DIY chain Homebase has bought ailing bathroom specialist retailer Bathstore, to strengthen its bathroom offer to customers. The purchase of 44 Bathstore stores, website, intellectual property and stock was made by Homebase Rooms Ltd – a company which was formed on July 10 with Homebase CEO Damian McGloughlin and Homebase …

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Snows increases Mansfield hours to meet demand

Four months in from its management buyout, national timber distributor Snows Timber has increased its operational hours at its Mansfield primary distribution hub to pick and mill more products, via a new shift pattern where the team start earlier and finish later. The changes mean increased the capacity to pick …

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Young takes on BMF south west role

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) South West region, taking over from Julian Milligan, managing director of Kellaway. Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company …

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Selco carpets north west expansion

Selco Builders Warehouse, the fast growing builders’ merchant, has acquired a former Carpetright warehouse in Salford, as part of its ongoing expansion plans. The company has taken a 15-year lease on the 19,671 sq ft former Carpetright premises with car parking on Regent Road, Salford.  When the trade centre opens …

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BMF hunts out prospective PMs’ plans

Under a Government led by Jeremy Hunt MP, there would be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, the Foreign Secretary has told the BMF. Hunt, alongside his Prime Ministerial rival Boris Johnson …

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Cairngorm Capital adds Fairalls to Parkers and Stamco haul

The largest independent builders’ merchant group in the south east has been created with the purchase of Godstone-based Fairalls by Cairngorm Capital. Fairalls joins Cairngorm Capital’s other builders’ merchant brands, Parkers Building Supplies and Stamco, to create a group with 24 branches across Surrey, Sussex and Kent. The combined turnover …

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New roles announced at Sydenhams

Sydenhams Timber & Builders Merchants has announced the following appointments: Lee Wright will take up the role as group managing director, Kevin Clarke becomes operations director, and Jeremy Clark finance director. Wright has over 27 years’ experience within the industry working for national and independent merchants, 18 of those years …

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Frank Key backs Nottingham anti-knife crime campaign

A campaign to tackle the growing problem of knife crime in Nottingham is being supported by the independent builders merchant Frank Key for the sixth year.    The ‘Taken Too Soon’ campaign works with local communities to help disadvantaged young people with the aim to tackle the increasing number of …

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