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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

UK construction sees sharpest decline in new work since March 2009

For the fourth month in a row, the UK construction sector has declined, according to the key findings of the latest IHS MARKIT / CIPS UK CONSTRUCTION PMI® report. Commercial work was again the worst performing area of activity in August, with survey respondents citing delayed decision-making among clients in …

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A million questions, not one answer

Fiona Russell-Horne

Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things. There’s a school of thought that recessions come in ten-year cycles. Which, even with my Grade B O Level maths, I reckon makes us a year late in starting this next one. New orders …

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Snickers advances protective wear

ProtecWork is a new collection of advanced protective working clothes and accessories from Snickers Workwear, developed through close consultation with users and employers in the railway and energy sectors around Europe. Market-leading risk-protection properties of the clothing are integral components of the extensive range of Base-, Mid- and Top-Layer garments …

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Imperial’s dual action

Imperial Bricks has introduced a new range of Pre-War Common bricks. Dual-faced’, with one ‘clean’ face/header, and one weathered, the bricks allows builders to use either face, whether matching up to existing brickwork or creating a blend of finishes. It means merchants only need to stock one style to offer …

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NMBS to hold first Women in Industry Conference

Independent builders merchant buying group NMBS is holding its first-ever Women in Industry Conference. The invitation-only Conference will feature speakers including professional footballer Jill Scott and NMBS’ own finance director Julie Langford, who will be speaking alongside keynote speaker Mandy Hickson, and Sally Beavan, a managing director within the Corporate …

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OMG.

Fiona Russell-Horne

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. Wow. I am really confused now. Three years ago, the EU referendum was ‘won’ by the side which wanted the UK to take back control of our own legislation after decades of …

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Sturminster Newton Building Supplies joins IBC

Independent merchant Sturminster Newton Building Supplies has joined the IBC Buying Group. The Dorset family-run merchant, owned by Kevin and Marina Snook, moved into their modern, purpose-built premises in Sturminster Newton four years ago. As well as mixed building supplies, they offer a wide range of timber, carpentry, landscaping, and …

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GROHE cleans up with Tough Mudder

Shower company GROHE is teaming up with endurance event series Tough Mudder for the rest of the year as its official shower partner. Tough Mudder features mud runs and obstacles, with teamwork, fun and personal achievement at its core. Throughout the partnership, GROHE will reach the full extent of the …

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Bobby Davro auctions for charity at BMF Members’ Conference

Comedian, actor and TV personality Bobby Davro, will host a charity auction at the Builders Merchants Federation Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s annual members’ conference, on 19 September. Davro hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the …

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Online merchant launches its biggest-ever website

Online builders’ merchant, CMOStores.com, has unveiled its new online portal www.cmotrade.co.uk.   In 2018, £38m-plus revenue CMOStores.com, previously known as Construction Materials Online (CMO), launched Door Superstore alongside its existing drainagesuperstore.co.uk, insulationsuperstore.co.uk, and roofingsuperstore.co.uk websites. The new website brings together all 75,000 products from 350 suppliers provided by the specialist websites operated by cmostores.com. It aims to bring to the trade …

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