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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

An infinite deal of nothing

Fiona Russell-Horne

Live a little, cheer a little, comfort thyself a little The good news is that the first batches of the coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the UK, been transported round the country and are being administered into the upper arms of those at the top of the list as I …

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BMF highlights Brexit shortage concerns

BMF CEO John Newcomb features in today’s The Guardian newspaper, warning that supply issues at ports are starting to hit BMF members. “There appears to be an increasing issue getting products through ports,” Newcomb is quoted as saying. “Rather than taking a maximum of one week to unload, it is …

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Construction surges at fastest pace in six years

Housebuilding helped UK construction see November sales increasing at the fastest pace for more than six years, according to the IHS Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index. The monthly survey ‘s index rose to 54.7 from 53.1 in October (a score of 50 means no change). Housebuilding was  59.2, and civil engineering was 52.3, …

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NMBS celebrates platinum people accreditation

Independent builders merchant buying group NMBS has achieved the Platinum standard of the Investors in People accreditation, in recognition of its culture of support and leadership. Platinum is the highest possible level of accreditation available through Investors in People. To achieve the standard, firms must be able to demonstrate high …

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Tobermore goes live with £10Million factory

Paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore has opened its new state-of-the-art production facility. The £10million factory is part of a £30million investment to fulfil ambitious growth plans and means the company can ramp up production in response to a surge in market demand for their hard landscaping products. The opening of …

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Not all superheroes wear capes…

Fiona Russell-Horne

Search for the hero inside yourself Who is your favourite superhero? Superman – Xray vision has to be quite handy, right? Or Batman, all dark and brooding and a cool car. Maybe Captain America, he of the nifty shield and the clean-cut wholesome goodness. Black Panther – a king AND …

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Grafton steps up to acquire Stairbox

Builders merchant group Grafton Group has bought AVC (Stairbox) Ltd, the UK manufacturer and distributor of bespoke wooden staircases, which trades under the StairBox name.  Grafton paid £44 million on a cash and debt free basis including £4 million that is deferred until November 2022, for the company which delivers …

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Huws Gray buys merchant branches in Keighley and Bradford

Independent builders’ merchants, Huws Gray has bought Bradford-based Uriah Woodhead & Son, and its sister branch, Nelsons of Keighley, as part of the merchant’s ambitious expansion plans. Uriah Woodhead & Son has been serving the local industry needs for 154 years, run by five generations of the same family. Matthew …

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Two Gloucester builders merchants defrauded

Two builders merchants in Gloucester were the victims of the same thief, a court in Cheltenham has heard. Dean Regan, a 34 year old Gloucester man has admitted defrauding the BuildIt and Buildbase Gloucester branches, leaving them thousands of pounds out of pocket. He admitted dishonestly ordering and collecting building …

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