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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

MP Moran heads to Cambridge

London-based builders merchant MP Moran took to the road last week, entering a team in the London to Cambridge Charity Cycle in aid of the Gaucher’s Association. Gaucher disease is an autosomal recessive disease that is caused by a deficiency of a specific enzyme in the body. MP Moran aim …

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Generation games

Fiona Russell-Horne

“You are old, Father William,” the young man said, “And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head – Do you think, at your age, it is right?” Here’s something that will send a bit of a shudder through those of us born in …

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Vaillant switches on the TV campaign

Boiler maker Vaillant has launched its latest homeowner-targeted TV advert, designed to increase awareness of the brand and, therefore, sales for its merchant and installer customers. Featuring a luxurious comforting bathroom scene, the new advert hones in on the fact that homeowners can save 30% on their energy bills with …

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Russell Roof Tiles adds business support

Jade Hugill  has joined Russell Roof Tiles as a Business Support Administrator in Burton, having completed a Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University and gained administration experience. Since joining, Hugill has shadowed members of the senior management team to get a hands-on approach into how the business operates and has …

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NMBS highlights women in industry

Independent builders’ merchant buying group NMBS brought together a selection of women from the merchanting industry at its first Women in Industry Conference last Friday (September 13). The brainchild of NMBS finance director Julie Langford, the invitation-only event, held at the London Stock Exchange, was designed to encourage women in the …

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Sex and the Stock Exchange

Fiona Russell-Horne

Laurence, we are going to need considerably more buns When I joined BMJ, I was told by my then boss that it was an “industry run by and for and populated with middle-aged men, usually in glasses, often balding or grey”.  It was meant neither as commendation nor condemnation; he …

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SIG sees sales dip  

Construction materials distributor SIG plc saw a drop in like-for-like sales for the first half of 2019. Revenue fell to £1.26 bn, down from £1.32 bn compared with the year before. Operating profit for the same period was down from £27.9 million to £17.8 million. Meinie Oldersma, chief executive officer, …

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Brick fan makes arresting collection

Over 3,500 bricks have been collected over a decade by former police sergeant Mark Cranston, who is storing them in is garden shed. Mark Cranston from Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders was looking for a doorstop for the shed and  found a white painted brick from a former Ayrshire colliery …

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JT Dove turnover heads to £60m

Revenue at north east independent builders merchant JT Dove hit £58.8m in the 12 months to December 31 2018, new accounts have revealed. Turnover at the merchant, which stocks timber, plumbing products and building materials was up from £52.5m 12 months earlier. Pre-tax profits also increased to £2.4m from £2.3m. …

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