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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Andy Williams: Obituary

It is with great sadness that H+H announced the death of its enthusiastic and honourable Director of Key Accounts, Andy Williams, following a longstanding battle with cancer. A well respected figure in the industry, Andy worked for H+H for 21 years, building an unparalleled understanding of the complex relationships between …

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SIG Roofing opens new Bristol hub

Roofing distributor SIG Roofing, part of SIG UK, opened a major new distribution hub in Bristol yesterday (September 1). The facility, on Bristol’s More+ industrial complex, signifies a major step forward in SIG Roofing’s stock holding and delivery capabilities in the region, comprising 31,617 sq ft of warehousing space and …

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Snickers adds stretch for maximum mobility

The new slim-fit stretch trousers from workwear specialists Snickers Workwear are designed to deliver extreme working comfort all day, every day. Hi-tech fabrics and body-mapping designs in the multi-purpose ALLROUNDWork 4-Way Stretch Trousers fensure maximum working mobility wherever a wearer is on site. The 4-way stretch fabrics integrated into the …

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Gibbs & Dandy offer builders in-branch business advice

Builder customers of national merchant brand Gibbs & Dandy are being offered expert help to grow their business following the Government’s pledge to drive Britain out of recession by getting the country building. Despite building and construction being one of the areas that has seen the biggest pent up demand …

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James Burrell invests in boosting staffing levels post-lockdown

Independent builders merchant, James Burrell is recruiting across the North East and Yorkshire, despite the extremely challenging first half of the year. HR manager Alyson Hunter points out that the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has been the toughest challenge faced by many in the construction industry as a whole. …

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Outdoor workers at risk from UV over-exposure: How merchants can help

Builders’ merchants have a crucial role to play in ensuring their employees and customers are protecting themselves against UV overexposure, even those who do not spend the whole working day outdoors. That’s according to a survey by SC Johnson Professional amongst construction health & safety professionals and employees which found …

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Getting on with it

Fiona Russell-Horne

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do. As someone who has spent all her working life in the media, it pains me to say this but sometimes, it’s best to ignore what you read and just get on with life. In previous …

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W Howard simplifies period styling

The new MDF Wall Panelling Kit from W.Howard Group comes complete with everything needed to create a high-quality Period ‘tongue-and-groove’ style finish in any room, and needs no special equipment to install beyond the standard tools you’d find in any builders’ van. The kit has been designed to provide the …

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Grafton half-year revenue drops by a fifth due to Covid-19

Total sales at builders merchant group Grafton were 19% lower at £1.05bn for the year ended June 30 2020 due to the effects of the UK lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic. Operating profit was £39.4m, a drop of 61% and pre-tax profits were 72% down at £24.8m However, the half-year …

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BMF extends auto-membership to h&b Development Group

Builders merchants’ trade association the Builders Merchants Federation and independent builders merchant buying group h&b Buying Group have extended their group membership agreement to include the 24 smaller merchants comprising the h&b Development Group. Five merchants in the h&b Development Group are already BMF Members and the remaining 19, together …

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