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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
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Rembrand merges with Thornbridge and NYTimber

Timber merchant Rembrand has merged with Thornbridge Sawmills to create the leading independent timber distribution company in Scotland and the North of England. The move follows the retirement of George Low, Rembrand Timber’s founder and managing director and is supported by further investment from Cairgorm Capital Partners, a specialist private …

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Scorchio!

Fiona Russell-Horne

At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun We’ve had the Solstice celebrations down at Stonehenge, the annual merchant industry conference, and the first of the book-your-Christmas-party-with-us emails so it means that Summer has well …

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April sales for merchants hold up

Total sales through general builders’ merchants rose by 8.8% in April compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Builders Merchant Building Index.  last year. The month was helped by two extra trading days and an earlier Easter. Overall, six categories did better than the previous year, …

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Travis Perkins teams up with Barclaycard over construction cash flow crisis concerns

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins has launched a commercial payment card in collaboration with its sister business Toolstation and Barclaycard to address some of the cash flow issues among small construction businesses. The new line of commercial cards targets small businesses in the construction sector with an extended interest-free period, …

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TP plans London mixed-use sites

Builders merchant Travis Perkins is looking to develop more multiple mixed-use schemes in London that incorporate residential properties as well as builders merchants. The company is reviewing options at a number of its 182 London branches and has four developments in the pipeline. Three are existing Travis Perkins sites that …

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Bio-mass boiler heats up at Snows

Snows Timber’s Glastonbury Distribution Centre has installed a bio-mass boiler to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency. The boiler runs on offcuts from the distribution centre’s sawmills and produces a fraction of the carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels. It runs at 90 per cent efficiency, causing significantly less waste …

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Minister opens Grant’s new showroom

Claire Perry MP and Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth has opened Grant UK’s new Showroom and Meeting Suite  at their Devizes headquarters. Perry, the Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency, said: “As the local MP and a local resident, I am proud to be on the Hopton …

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The Italian touch

Fiona Russell-Horne

In Italy under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. It’s sometimes hard to justify to the troops …

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W Howard joins BMF

MDF profile supplier, The W Howard Group has, this month, signed up to membership of the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF). W Howard’s group commercial director, Simon Fleet said: “The BMF provides great opportunities for networking, training and importantly, legislation lobbying, ensuring that the market’s best interests are upheld and communicated …

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