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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Selco to open Oxford distribution centre

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has announced the opening of a Lightside Distribution Centre. Work has begun on the new 60,000 sq ft centre, which is based in Cowley in Oxford and will service all 66 branches across England and Wales when it officially opens in January 2020.   Materials and …

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Women in Business Awards recognises Ibstock’s Kate Tinsley

Kate Tinsley, managing director of Ibstock’s Clay Division, has won  a top prize at the ‘Women in Business Awards 2019’  for her outstanding achievements in the construction sector. The fifth annual LeicestershireLive Women in Business Awards, took place at the Leicester City FC King Power Stadium earlier this month, to …

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Hultofors buys Custom LeatherCraft

The Hultafors Group which owns Snickers Workwear has acquired Custom LeatherCraft, the leading brand of ‘work gear’ for professional tradesmen and women. It’s a product range that includes softside tool carriers, nail bags, tool pouches plus personal protective equipment. Custom LeatherCraft, or CLC as the brand is more commonly know …

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Boris the Bold in EU Bust-Up

Fiona Russell-Horne

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. Well, who would have thought it? (Spoiler alert – lots of us).  Boris the Bold has found it just as hard to find a Brexit deal that pleases everyone as …

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Clutterbuck joins Digby Stone

Natural stone and porcelain hard landscaping products supplier, Digby Stone has appointed a new experienced area business manager to help customers grow sales. Steve Clutterbuck has worked within the merchant industry for over 20 years and brings with him a wealth of experience. He will be working with Digby Stone …

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RGB goes social

RGB, the Devon-headquartered independent builders merchant chain, has taken to You Tube and social media with a video highlighting the benefits of dealing with locally, run, locally-owned builders merchants. The video includes pieces to camera from RGB employees and directors, including chief executive Kevin Fenlon and finance director Paul Turner …

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Huws Gray buys J E Fuller as part of southern expansion

Independent builders merchants Huws Gray Group has bought J E Fuller, in Clacton, Essex, completing the next phase of its ambitious expansion plan. J E Fuller operates from a single site in Clacton that it has occupied since the 1950s. The business has been run by the Fuller family since …

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Grafton sells Plumbase

Merchanting group Grafton has sold its UK plumbing and heating arm, Plumbase. On 1 October 2019 it sold the business, to Plumbing and Heating Investments Limited, for an enterprise value of £66.75 million.  After allowing for adjustments for debt-like items and working capital, net cash proceeds of £60.7m were received …

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Saint Gobain Abrasives opens new HQ centre

Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has relocated its head office and distribution centre from the old Universal Grinding Wheel Co. Ltd site in Doxey, to Unicorn House, on the Redhill Business Park, just off J14 of the M6. To celebrate the move, the company held an opening event for employees and invite …

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Primaflow F&P opens new distribution hub

Wholesaler Primaflow F&P has opened a new 100,000-square foot distribution centre in Birmingham. It replaces the company’s previous 40,000-square foot facility, and consolidates the Connections packaged plumbing and Primaflow teams, employing a total of 100 staff. Additional capacity to hold stock ‘buy-ins’ will improve stock range and availability to customers …

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