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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Editor-in-Chief across the BMJ portfolio.

Ibstock plans new £45m brick factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock is to build a new £45m clay brick factory in Walsall. Chief executive Joe Hudson said: “Within our Clay division, which is operating in a market in which demand for bricks exceeds that available from domestic manufacturing capacity, we have a number of opportunities to enhance capacity …

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Coronavirus causes rescheduling of Mostra Convego

The biennial lightside exhibition in Milan – MCE – MOSTRA CONVEGNO EXPOCOMFORT – has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The show’s sectors include bathrooms, heating, ventilating and energy. Due to take place alongside BIE – BIOMASS INNOVATION EXPO, the show has been postponed to 8 to …

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Time to fly the flag again

Fiona Russell-Horne

What we have we prize not to the worth Whilse we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why, then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours. Eleven years ago, three organisations across the construction industry supply chain …

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BMJ Trailblazers 2020: Your input needed

BMJ Trailblazers is the annual tracker of the top merchants latest statistics and information, the hymn sheet for the industry in terms of who’s who and how everyone is doing. Trailblazers includes the top 50 or so builders, plumbers and timber merchants in the UK – those with annual turnovers …

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Lawsons buys AVS Fencing

The Board of independent family-owned builders merchant Lawsons has announced  that Lawsons Holdings Limited acquired AVS Group Holdings Limited on the 17th February. AVS trades through its subsidiary company AVS Fencing Supplies Limited. The turnover of the combined group will be close to £125m with 565 employees and operates from …

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Everton’s Gomes joins County Building Supplies for customer charity campaign

Premier League football Andre Gomes and the Hereford branch of County Building Supplies are two supporters of a charity campaign to help a young plasterer who has been diagnosed with cancer. Just after Ashley Rumsey’s second son was born less than five month ago, he was diagnosed with stage four …

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WTTA talks timber to Welsh students

The Western Timber Trade Association organised an event for students and lecturers to bring their knowledge up to date, as part of the Timber Trade Federation’s new regional and educational engagement strategy The TTF’s regional engagement and education manager, Tabitha Binding, the Western Timber Trade Association, and the Neath Port …

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Brickability buys McCann Roofing

Specialist brick merchant Brickability has acquired McCann Roofing Products, based in Essex, for £2.75m. It will become a subsidiary of Crest Brick Slate & Tile Limited, an existing Brickability Group company. .McCann is a specialist importer and distributor of natural and man-made building products, focused on roofing. Based in Grays, Essex, …

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Saint-Gobain fined after British Gypsum arm-loss accident

A £400,000 fine has been levied upon construction materials giant Saint-Gobain Construction Materials Ltd after an accident at its British Gypsum plant in Leicestershire cost a man his arm. A case brought by the Health & Safety Executive found that a 48-year old employee was seriously injured when a rock …

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Back on the merry-go-round

Fiona Russell-Horne

I have been here before. But how or when, I cannot tell. What have the following got in common with each other? Alok Sharma, Dominic Raab, Esther McVey, Kris Hopkins, Margaret Beckett, Gavin Barwell, Mark Prisk, Caroline Flint, John Healey and Charles Falconer? All of them have, at some point …

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