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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Construction output slips back in August

A ‘wait and see’ approach amongst construction buyers held back output for the month of August, according to the monthly IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index, which registered 54.6 in August, down from 58.1 in July. Any figure above 50.0 indicates growth of total construction output. Survey respondents mostly suggested that …

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Wolseley launched installer competition

Plumbing and heating installers could win a share of £25,000 in cash, thanks to a new competition launched by plumber and heating specialist merchant  Wolseley   Running from 1st September to 31st October 2020, installers simply need to spend £100 ex VAT in a single transaction in branch or online to be …

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CMA investigates housebuilders for unfair practices

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into four national housebuilding firms, into whether they may have broken consumer protection laws and treated leasehold homeowners unfairly. The CMA has launched enforcement cases against Barratt Developments, Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey. The CMA’s action relates to …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021: SAVE THE DATE

The 2021 BMJ Industry Awards lunch will take place on Friday May 7  2021. The venue is still under negotiation but will be a top-flight location in London. BMJ Editor -in-Chief Fiona Russell-Horne said: “After the disruption that the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown caused this year, and, indeed, is still …

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BLANCO redefines modern family traditions

The VINTERA XL 9 from BLANCO is a contemporary version of the classic, farmhouse sink. Developed for 90cm base cabinets, the Belfast-style sink  can be either installed undermounted or flush with the worktop and comes in ten colours in BLANCO’s stone composite material, SILGRANIT® – New Black, Anthracite, Rock Grey, …

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Dickies unveils new safety boot

Dickies has expanded its range of safety footwear with the launch of the Medford Boot – designed to offer superior comfort, durability and protection in the colder months. Ideal for tradespeople who spend all day on their feet, the Medford features a waterproof leather upper, plus thermal insulation to keep …

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BMF finds retirement housing off target

The problem of housing shortage could be improved if  the UK was better at planning its retirement housing provisions. That’s according to research seen by builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation. Nearly 60% of surplus bedrooms are in homes inhabited by the over-65s, research seen by the BMF …

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Wood groups work together on carbon campaign

A new initiative from Wood for Good and the industry bodies Swedish Wood, Confor, the Timber Trade Federation, Structural Timber Association and British Woodworking Federation  aims to increase awareness of timber’s environmental credentials and highlight how using wood from sustainably managed forests is one of the simplest ways to help …

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TP’s Morphman cycles for charity

The assistant manager of Travis Perkins in Melksham  has raised £700 for charity by riding 100 miles on a static exercise bike in his back garden while dressed as Morphman. Robert Newton was planning to take part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon until the event was cancelled because of the …

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Darlaston makes plans for new branch

Planning permission is being sought by independent builders merchant Darlaston Builders Merchants for a new site in Birmingham.   The 4.2-acre site at Warwick Road and Wharfdale Road in Tyseley is currently vacant and overgrown and was formally used for scrap yard and metal reprocessing. If approved, 27,103 sq ft of …

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