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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Dunlop continues to strengthen sales and marketing team

Dunlop – manufacturer of tiling and flooring products for the trade – has made two new appointments. Kathryn Hyde has joined as marketing manager, and David Moore as area sales manager for the North West and North Wales respectively. Hyde brings with her a wealth of expertise in communications and …

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Market conditions hold Grafton back

Merchanting group Grafton Group plc saw revenue for the first half of 2019 rise by 2.4% according to a trading update issued this morning (July 10), ahead of its Interim Results which will be announced on Friday 30 August 2019. Group revenue was £1.48 billion, up from £1.45 billion at …

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Keyline integrates Rudridge

Specialist civils distributor Keyline has announced the integration of its Rudridge sister company – also specialists in groundwork, civil engineering and drainage materials – into its network of more than 50 branches across the UK. From July, Rudridge branches will feature a new co-brand and will adopt Keyline’s IT platform …

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Ideal Standard opens new Clerkenwell showroom

Ideal Standard International, the bathroom solutions manufacturer, has opened a new £1 million showroom in the architectural hub of Clerkenwell, in London. The  four-storey London Design and Specification Centre was created to bring together a variety of industry professionals, from architects and designers to project developers and specifiers. Group CEO …

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Darroch damned in Donald’s dummy spitting spat

Fiona Russell-Horne

Being on President Nixon’s enemies list was the highest single honour I’ve ever received.   It’s been a while since this column had a pop across the Pond at POTUS and this morning’s headlines that the White House has broken off relationships with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America …

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Graham’s Gledhill makes Ideal move

David Gledhill, formerly managing director of Graham the Plumbers’ Merchant, has taken up the same post at bathroom distributor Ideal Bathrooms. Gledhill joins Ideal Bathrooms, part of Saint Gobain UK & Ireland and sister company to Graham, with over 35 years’ experience in the merchant and distribution sectors. He said: …

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Pride and predjudice

Fiona Russell-Horne

The minute the game finished my first thought was ‘how do we win on Saturday?’ and my second thought was ‘how do we win Olympic gold?’ How is it possible to be simultaneously so proud of one set of individuals acting as a team and so ashamed of another doing …

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Uncertainty pegs back construction output even further

The UK construction sector has suffered its sharpest decline since April 2009, according to new figures. The latest Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) compiled by IHS Markit/CIPS read shows that business activity and new work in all areas fell at the fastest pace in 10 years. Housebuilding reported its largest …

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Hevey buys Huntingdon Timber

Hevey Building Supplies, the Northampton-based merchant that’s part of the Lords Group, has acquired Huntingdon Timber Ltd. Operating from St Peter’s Road Industrial Estate in Huntingdon since 2004, Huntingdon Timber was owned by David Biddle, Patricia Reynolds & Stuart Bradley. Hevey managing director, Mark Mulvey said: “We are delighted to …

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Keyline Rally takes off for Disneyland for Prostate Cancer UK

Civils specialist Keyline headed off this morning (June 26) on its annual Keyline Rally, the charity car rally that is in its 10th year of raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, leading men’s health charity. This year’s rally set off from the Keyline head office in Swan Valley, Northampton, on …

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