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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Actis supports Jewson’s fundraising Monster Walk

Insulation specialist Actis joined dozens of Jewson staff from branches across the North of England this month as they walked 130 miles from Widnes to Hull – and raised £30,000 for charity. It was one of a number of Jewson suppliers which provided activities and information along the route. Actis …

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So close, so close

Fiona Russell-Horne

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Else, what’s a heav’n for? It was great while it lasted. The England football team’s gallant quest for a huge shiny piece of bling for the St George’s Park trophy cabinet. They will win one. They surely will. Just not this year. Just …

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BMF raises concerns over driver shortage

Transport issues are hitting builders’ merchants’ ability to meet their customers’ needs, mainly thanks to a shortage of drivers, the Builders Merchants Federation has reported. BMF members have reported widespread disruption and delays, with a shortfall in drivers able to transport goods across the country. Across the BMF membership, companies …

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Thompson & Parkes makes fleet investment

Family-run builders’ merchants Thompson & Parkes have added to their fleet in response to growing business demand from across the area to allow it to develop its local trade and retail offer from its Kidderminster, Stourport and Oreton branches. Thompson & Parkes director Jean Morris said: “Thompson & Parkes has …

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Covers covers Horsham FC sponsorship for a further year

The Horsham branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has renewed its sponsorship of a Horsham FC youth team for the 2021/2022 season. The team has been supported by the builders merchant for the last eight years as they have progressed through the age groups. This season the team will move …

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Graham Plumbers Merchant sells to Wolseley and UK Plumbing Supplies

The UK plumbers merchant market contracted again with the sale of  Saint Gobain’s Graham Plumbers Merchant business to competitors Wolseley and UK Plumbing Supplies. The latter will take the majority of the Graham branches, as well as the Graham brand name and website, with a smaller number of branches will be …

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National Buying Group launches product management system

Independent builders and plumbers merchant buying group National Buying Group (NBG) has  officially launched its new Product Information Management service (PIM) to centrally collect high quality, accurate and timely product and pricing information from Suppliers before delivering it to Partners. The system is the first of its kind in the …

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James Hargreaves launches online clearance warehouse

Independent plumbers merchant James Hargreaves has launched a new national ‘clearance warehouse’ website  to sell items, including ex-contract and discontinued stock, from top manufacturers. Plumbing, heating and bathroom products from manufactyrers such as Hansgrohe, Jacuzzi and Villeroy & Boch – all new & unused – will be offered at www.jhclearance.com,  …

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Lords Trading Group aims to list on London Stock Exchange

Independent builders merchant group Lords Group Trading plc has announced its intention to list on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The company wishes to raise new equity to provide more flexibility and funds to continue its current and future growth ambitions, both organic and inorganic. The funding …

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SIG announces charity partnerships

Specialist building materials distributor SIG UK  is supporting Cancer Research UK and The Rainy Day Trust with its 2021/22 fundraising initiatives. Half of all money raised across the next year will be donated to Cancer Research UK, 25% of fundraising will go to the Rainy Day Trust, Britain’s only charity …

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