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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Bradfords reaps rewards of apprenticeship programme

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 once again shone the spotlight on the value of supporting the next generation. At Bradfords Building Supplies, a dedicated apprenticeship programme has  proved a great success. The independent builders merchant has published a video highlighting some of the success of the scheme. Bradfords CEO David Young …

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NMBS launches #loveindependents social media campaign

Indepdent builders merchant buying group NMBS is encouraging all its members and suppliers to spread a little love on social media, with its new #LoveIndependents campaign. The current pandemic has been challenging for independent businesses, for whom repeated lockdowns and in-branch COVID restrictions have made trading difficult. Although the construction …

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Huws Gray Stockport branch goes up in smoke

A branch of builders merchant Huws Gray in Woodford, Stockport went up in flames last night. Six crews from Greater Manchester and Cheshire attended the fire at the branch at around 6.15pm, on Monday February 8th. Residents in the area were advised to keep windows and doors shut as a …

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Alumasc posts second half results boost despite uncertainty

Building products firm Alumasc has posted a pre-tax profit rise of 300% for the second half of 2020, on turnover that rose to £45.6m from £41.1m as underlying profit margins increased to 13.6% from 6.1%. The company said: “ The 11% uplift in our revenues to £45.6 million reflects an increase …

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Besblock to invest in reduced environmental impact

Shropshire concrete block manufacturer Besblock is to invest a ‘six-figure’ sum in research and development to improve the environmental impact of its products. The family-run firm based in Halesfield, Telford, has committed to a new biomass boiler expected to save nearly 6,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and up to …

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NMBS OnePlace Webinar: Wednesday February 17

NMBS is hosting a webinar to showcase the benefits of its OnePlace platform to suppliers. The event is taking place on Wednesday 17th February, at 10:30am, where suppliers will be able to explore the new features of OnePlace, and see how they can benefit from becoming an approved OnePlace supplier. …

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Wienerberger goes for low carbon transport option

Building products manufacturer Wienerberger UK has transferred its entire company car fleet to plug-in hybrid vehicles. Transport is responsible for 22% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, 13% of which arose from car travel. Wienerberger expects one third of the leased company car fleet to become PHEVs …

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Panel Systems invests to boost capacity

Panel Systems, the manufacturer of architectural, decorative, lightweight, sandwich and composite panels, has invested in a new state-of-the-art CNC machining centre for its factory in Sheffield. The new SCM Morbidelli x400 Nesting Machine Centre, includes a 3.1m x 2.1m matrix vacuum flatbed which means the company can now fabricate and …

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Azpects ramps up restructure

Paving jointing compound manufacturer Azpects Ltd has boosted its its production team as well as enhancing key support and procurement functions. Former field sales coordinator, David Hobrough, has been promoted to the newly-created role of sales support manager and will be responsible for overall sales team support, as well as …

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