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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Velux takes to the sky to encourage extensions

Roof window manufacturer VELUX is launching a TV campaign on three SKY channels to highlight the benefits of using its windows to maximise daylight in a single-storey extension . The three month campaign, which launches today (Monday 8 June), is aimed at young couples and families and will show viewers …

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JK Timber turns to eCommonsense for fastest web build

The fastest ever eCommerce website implementation is being delivered for JK Timber, a small merchant, to help it fight back against the sales impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. To help the independent Rugby-based merchant, eCommonSense, the company that builds highly functional websites for builders’ merchants, agreed to deliver a simple …

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BMF welcomes Government’ trade credit

The Government has today announced Trade Credit Insurance will receive up to £10 billion of government guarantees, a move that has been welcomed by John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the Builders Merchants Federation, who is Chair of the Insurance and Surety Working Group for CLC Covid-19 Task Force.   Trade …

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Timber two to brave the shave

Two employees from National Timber Group are having their heads shaved for charity. Richard Jarvis and Peter Howarth have pledged to shave their luscious locks in aid of Cancer Research UK and Timber Trade Benevolent Society (TTBS) in the hope of raising £5,000. With such an ambitious fundraising target, the …

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HSBC helps out Turnbull & Co

Turnbull & Co, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire independent builders’ and plumbers’ merchants secured help from HSBC UK to manage supplier payments and wider business liquidity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding from HSBC UK has not only supported the business, which is 125 years old this year,  in continuing to …

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People are idiots

Fiona Russell-Horne

The greatest of all sins is stupidity. In 1945, when the people of Britain were released from six years of life under the restrictions of the Second World war, they held parties in the street. They hung bunting from their houses, they hugged their friends, their families and even complete …

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NEW MEMBER JOINS H&B COMMUNITY

h&b, the independent merchants’ buying group, has welcomed its latest member, Rugby-based Melbros Building Supplies who joined the h&b group on Monday (June 1). Melbros is a “proudly independent” mixed builders merchant, established in 1985 after evolving from first a small contractor, through a small hardware store. It serves local …

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Brick jobs to go as Covid-19 close-down bites

Brick manufacterers Ibstock and Forterra are to lose 600 jobs as a result of lower forecast demand following the Covid-19 pandemic. With despatches around half what they were this time last year both businesses said selective sites may close and the size and structure of support functions will change. Forterra …

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Knightsbridge switches on style

Knightsbridge, the wiring devices, accessories and lighting supplier, is adding a modern slant to traditional fan isolator switches with the launch of its fan isolator switch grid modules. The 10A rated, triple-pole modules occupy a single grid position and are suitable for use across several Knightsbridge grid faceplates including Screwless, …

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Bradfords provides Sanctuary

Independent south west builders merchant Bradfords has won a four-year contract with Sanctuary Housing Group to supply plumbing and building materials in the South West. Sanctuary Housing Group manages more than 11,500 households across 12 counties in the South West and is committed to providing quality homes and services that …

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