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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Selco cements Salford Red Devils partnership

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has extended its proud history of supporting rugby league by becoming the main partner of Salford Red Devils. The Super League outfit will carry the name of Selco as its front of shirt sponsor for three years, starting with the 2022 season. Selco, which opened a branch …

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BMF drives net zero agenda at Parliamentary Reception

The Builders Merchant Federation unveiled its new “Race to Zero” policy document at a Parliamentary Reception attended by 140 guests including members of both Houses of Parliament as well as builders merchants and building materials manufacturers. With the theme Building a Sustainable Britain, the reception showcased some of the latest products …

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Softwood supply difficulties start to ease

More than seven million cu m of timber and panel products were imported by the UK between January and July 2021, according to the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) Market Statement. This is nearly two million m3 above the same period in 2020, and half a million m3 above 2019 levels – the UKs …

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Industry reacts to Government’s low carbon incentive plans

The Government’s plans to incentivise people to install low-carbon heating systems  as they replace their old boilers over the next few years have broadly been welcomed by the industry, though most feel that the scheme does not go far enough.   “Grant UK welcomes this step on the journey to …

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Saniflo seeks trainer/merchandiser

  Bathroom solutions company Saniflo is looking for an ambitious Trainer/Merchandiser to represent the Saniflo brand in the South East of England. The role involves building turnover and sales in accordance with the company’s strategic objectives, helping to grow and manage the dealer network of Plumbers & Builders Merchants. To …

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Pump it up

Fiona Russell-Horne

The Greenshirts of the Boiler Police are not going to kick in your door with their sandal-clad feet and seize, at carrot-point, your trusty old combi. What are the two best ways of ensuring the general UK public does something you want it to? 1. Make it mandatory for them …

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Government to pay £5,000 subsidy to boost heat pump take-up

Grants of £5,000 will be available  from next April to homeowners who wish to swap their gas boiler for low-carbon systems such as heat pumps, the Government has announced. A new £450 million ‘Boiler Upgrade Scheme’ has been announced by government as part of its long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy and …

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ECI Software Solutions buys eCommonSense

Merchant software supplier ECI Software Solutions has bought Merchant Systems Group Limited, the UK-based developer of the eCommonSense platform. eCommonSense will remain a standalone eCommerce solution but will also join ECI’s LBM and Hardlines group, to become part its cloud-based ERP solutions. Andy Scothern, CEO and founder, eCommonSense, says: “When I …

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AG wins Constructing Excellence Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award

Paving and building products manufacturer AG has won a Constructing Excellence West Midlands Award. The company won the CE Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award in recognition of its overall vision, values and mission statement that demonstrates the firm’s commitment to its people and to providing a safe and healthy working …

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Tobermore adds two to merchant sales team

Paving and Walling supplier Tobermore has added two members to its merchant sales team. Both Jake Scarott and Brian Betts have joined as merchant sales managers covering the South East and Yorkshire/North East respectively. Scarott has worked in the construction industry for over 7 years, 5 of which have been …

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