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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Builders merchants sales continue rising to end of 2020

Builders merchants’ sales continued to bounce back from the April lockdown through the final quarter of 2020, figures published today (25 February 2021) in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirm. A strong performance in Q3 saw sales returning to near normal levels and the continuing positive trend took …

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TTF and WPA launch treated timber awareness campaign

The Timber Trade Federation and Wood Protection Association are mounting a major awareness campaign around the provision of accurate and specific information about treated timber. Leaflets and a poster demystifying treated timber and its applications will be available to merchants from 1st April as part of the campaign, which is …

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BMJ Industry Awards 2021: Entries open March 1st

Entries to The BMJ Industry Awards 2021 open on March 1st 2021. The only industry awards scheme that is voted for by the industry itself, entry to the categories can be made via our dedicated website www.bmjindustryawards.co.uk There are awards for merchants, for people and for suppliers. So now is the …

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Road to (nowhere) somewhere

Fiona Russell-Horne

Roads, Marty? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads Roadmap (noun) A plan or strategy intended to achieve a particular goal. Those readers of a certain age will remember shopping trips as children to the local metropolis (in my case, London). There was always, always a man in a raincoat …

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James Burrell goes on recruitment path

Independent builders merchant, James Burrell is recruiting, despite the challenges laid down by the three UK lockdowns. In the past year, sales have remained on a par with the previous year, HR manager Alyson Hunter says, pointing out that those months that did fall behind, did so purely because of …

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Klober supports young roofers

Roofing and ventilation component manufacturer, Klober has donated materials to a number of colleges nationwide as part of its commitment to supporting the next generation of roofing professionals. Several colleges in Scotland and the South West of England received a wide variety of materials, which will be used by students …

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Wolseley Plumb and Parts joins up with Gas App and Plumb App.

Specialist lightside merchant Wolseley Plumb and Parts has partnered with Gas App and Plumb App to bring in-app improvements, exclusive member deals, and tailored information about events and services at their local Wolseley Plumb & Parts branches. Wolseley Plumb & Parts initially announced its headline sponsorship package with Gas App …

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SIG pockets Steve Davies for Distribution team

Specialist building products distributor, SIG has appointed Steve Davies as its new divisional sales director for the North. Davies is a specialist in the interiors market, having spent 22 years in the insulation sector, working for some of the most prestigious and well-respected merchant and supplier businesses in the UK …

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Geocel competes in the Premier League

Sealants and adhesives brand Geocel is to promote its ecoSEAL and THE WORKS PRO products on pitchside advertising throughout the current football season, at both Premier League and EFL matches.  To launch this, Geocel will be hosting free-to-enter competitions on its Facebook page with the chance to win high-value prizes …

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Burnley opening for Huws Gray

Builders merchant group Huws Gray has opened a new branch, at Eastham Place, Burnley. The new branch  significantly strengthens Huws Gray’s presence in Lancashire and is perfectly located to connect with existing branches in the local area and is the latest strategic development of the group’s ambitious expansion plans, through acquisitions, …

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