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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Selco invests in staff development programme

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse is to increase investment in the development of more than 150 colleagues in 2021. The company’s Selco’s Rising Stars initiative has over 100 people enrolled and working through the nationally recognised Level Two qualification; the merchant plans to increase that number on the scheme later …

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Roofers fear building material shortages

Almost half of roofing and cladding contractors  are concerned about the effect of shortages of building and roofing materials on their business. That’s according to a survey produced by Glenigan for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. Roof tiles were the material is shortest supply, according to the survey, with …

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N&C buys Norwich Tile Centre

Nicholls & Clarke Group has bought Norfolk based tile business, Norwich Tile Centre. The tile and bathroom retailer, run by Karen Seaman and husband Gary, who are now retiring, has been established as one of the premier tile outlets in Norwich for the past 30 years and will now benefit …

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Jobs for the girls

Fiona Russell-Horne

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives I got irritated by something I heard on the news last night. Not unusual, I’ll grant. However, this time …

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Bradfords reaps rewards of apprenticeship programme

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 once again shone the spotlight on the value of supporting the next generation. At Bradfords Building Supplies, a dedicated apprenticeship programme has  proved a great success. The independent builders merchant has published a video highlighting some of the success of the scheme. Bradfords CEO David Young …

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NMBS launches #loveindependents social media campaign

Indepdent builders merchant buying group NMBS is encouraging all its members and suppliers to spread a little love on social media, with its new #LoveIndependents campaign. The current pandemic has been challenging for independent businesses, for whom repeated lockdowns and in-branch COVID restrictions have made trading difficult. Although the construction …

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Huws Gray Stockport branch goes up in smoke

A branch of builders merchant Huws Gray in Woodford, Stockport went up in flames last night. Six crews from Greater Manchester and Cheshire attended the fire at the branch at around 6.15pm, on Monday February 8th. Residents in the area were advised to keep windows and doors shut as a …

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Alumasc posts second half results boost despite uncertainty

Building products firm Alumasc has posted a pre-tax profit rise of 300% for the second half of 2020, on turnover that rose to £45.6m from £41.1m as underlying profit margins increased to 13.6% from 6.1%. The company said: “ The 11% uplift in our revenues to £45.6 million reflects an increase …

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Besblock to invest in reduced environmental impact

Shropshire concrete block manufacturer Besblock is to invest a ‘six-figure’ sum in research and development to improve the environmental impact of its products. The family-run firm based in Halesfield, Telford, has committed to a new biomass boiler expected to save nearly 6,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and up to …

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NMBS OnePlace Webinar: Wednesday February 17

NMBS is hosting a webinar to showcase the benefits of its OnePlace platform to suppliers. The event is taking place on Wednesday 17th February, at 10:30am, where suppliers will be able to explore the new features of OnePlace, and see how they can benefit from becoming an approved OnePlace supplier. …

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