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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

BMF auctions prizes for VADO rally

  This year’s VADO charity rally will include a team from the Builders Merchants Federation. The aim is to raise enough funds – £15,000 – to buy a sunshine coach for Variety, the children’s charity. The event takes place from June 7 to 10 and involves drivers from builder’s merchants …

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Shadow Women’s Secretary visits London Reclaimed Brick

The MP for Brent Central Dawn Butler, who is Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, showed support for her local builders’ merchant on a visit to London Reclaimed Brick Merchants’  head office last week.   She met with Manager Sophie Wilbraham, her sister Aimee and other office staff …

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Grenfell cladding in TV expose

Fiona Russell-Horne

The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; TV journalists have a duty to try and be fair and even-handed when investigating an issue. They also have a duty to …

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Fortis celebrates 2017 best building and timber suppliers

Independent builders merchant buying group Fortis hosted its 2017 Building and Timber Supplier of the Year Awards at a gala dinner at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. The evening was the centrepoint of the two-day conference which saw a range of presentations, including one from former Director of the CBI, …

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Government to investigate combustible cladding ban

The Government is to consult on the possible prohibition of combustible cladding systems being used on high-rise buildings like the Grenfell Tower, housing minister James Brokenshire has announced. His statement to Parliament is despite the official review of building regulations, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, not recommending such a ban. …

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Kent Blaxill packs up backpacks for Mary’s Meals

East Anglian builders’ merchants Kent Blaxill gathered together 14 backpacks for the charity, Mary’s Meals to probide one good meal every school day to some of the world’s poorest children. Statistics show that children learn better when eating regularly and by providing a much-needed daily meal in school, Mary’s Meals meet the immediate needs …

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Bassetts launches Enniskillen store

Northern Irish bathroom and plumbing specialist, Bassetts has opened a branch in Enniskillen. The company recently completed a £2 million investment in its branch network and has generated three new jobs for the local area with the opening of the Enniskillen store. Bassetts now has a regional presence in all …

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Flex-R opens second depot

High Wycombe-based Flex-R has opened a second UK depot in Huddersfield as part of its ambitious growth plans. The company – which supplies EPDM materials for flat roofing to both merchants and directly to roofers – has opened the new depot on Old Fieldhouse Lane, as it is ideally positioned …

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BMJ Industry Awards: THE WINNERS

The winning merchants, people and brands in the inaugural BMJ Industry Awards were awarded at the celebration lunch at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London on Friday May 18th. Over 350 people gathered to see hosts Claudia Winkleman and Alan Dedicoat and BMJ Editor in Chief Fiona Russell Horne open …

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Rufus front rooflight campaign for Whitesales

Speciality flat roofing product manufacturer Whitesales has launched a new promotion designed to boost sales of its rooflights. A little Jack Russell terrier, called Rufus, is fronting Whitesales’ campaign introducing a new online rooflight selection tool. He will be promoting monthly prize draws for merchants and contractors from 28th May to …

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