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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

HRH The Duke of Cambridge opens Tarmac training operation

Construction materials business, Tarmac, developed a National Skills and Safety Park near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, which was opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. The park will provide practical training for emerging industry talent – including apprentices, graduates and those retraining from other sectors. His Royal Highness met …

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AG adds in Scotland

UK and Ireland specialist building products company, AG (Acheson + Glover), has appointed David McCandlish as its new regional sales manager in Scotland. McCandlish worked in a key sales role for a brick manufacturer for four years before joining AG. As regional sales manager, David will be involved in developing …

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The boy who would be King

Fiona Russell-Horne

I think the king is but a man, as I am,: the violet smells to him as it does to me Once upon a time, there was a little boy called Alexander who really, really wanted to run the country. So, he went to a very expensive school and did …

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Grafton sees UK demand weaken

Builders merchant group Grafton saw a good performance from its Irish and Netherlands merchanting businesses but weaker demand for the UK operations to see an overall fall in revenue of 1% to £2,924m for the financial year ended December 31 2019. Average daily like-for-like Group revenue decreased by 0.4 per …

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Travis Perkins results inch ahead as recovery takes hold

Group revenue at builders and plumbers merchant group Travis Perkins rose 3.2% to £6.9bn for the financial year ended December 31 2019, the group announced this morning (March 3). Sales were 3.8% ahead on a like-for-like basis, driven by a good performance from the Merchant businesses despite the challenging market …

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Ibstock plans new £45m brick factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock is to build a new £45m clay brick factory in Walsall. Chief executive Joe Hudson said: “Within our Clay division, which is operating in a market in which demand for bricks exceeds that available from domestic manufacturing capacity, we have a number of opportunities to enhance capacity …

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Coronavirus causes rescheduling of Mostra Convego

The biennial lightside exhibition in Milan – MCE – MOSTRA CONVEGNO EXPOCOMFORT – has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The show’s sectors include bathrooms, heating, ventilating and energy. Due to take place alongside BIE – BIOMASS INNOVATION EXPO, the show has been postponed to 8 to …

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Time to fly the flag again

Fiona Russell-Horne

What we have we prize not to the worth Whilse we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why, then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours. Eleven years ago, three organisations across the construction industry supply chain …

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BMJ Trailblazers 2020: Your input needed

BMJ Trailblazers is the annual tracker of the top merchants latest statistics and information, the hymn sheet for the industry in terms of who’s who and how everyone is doing. Trailblazers includes the top 50 or so builders, plumbers and timber merchants in the UK – those with annual turnovers …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021: ENTRIES OPEN MARCH 1ST

Entries to The BMJ Industry Awards 2021 open on March 1st 2021. The only industry awards scheme that is voted for by the industry itself, entry to the categories can be made via our dedicated website www.bmjindustryawards.co.uk There are awards for merchants, for people and for suppliers. So now is …

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