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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Russell reveals confidence in investment plans

Pitched roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, is unveiling a £1.7m capital investment programme for its Scottish tile plant. Work is about to start on the company’s 11-acre site at Lochmaben in Scotland, one of three across the UK.  It involves investment in a replacement building that will house a …

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CPA consults on new code for construction products

The Construction Products Association is launching an industry-wide consultation into a new proposed Code for Construction Product Information. The Code, which is die to be foormally launched later this year, has been developed by the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group in response to the issues raised in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report …

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Forterra forecasts better brick and block bounce-back

Forterra, the building materials manufacturer, is expecting better profits thanks to sales contuing their upward trend during the back end of last year. A trading statement to the City this morning (January 26) showed that sales of bricks and blocks were 6% higher in November and December than the previous …

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Cowal buys Catherwood Construction Materials

Scottish builders merchant Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies has bought Catherwood Construction Materials. Cowal, an established family-run business with four branches located in key areas along the West Coast of Scotland, will retain the Catherwood name and team, including general manager Kevin Ellis, and continue to invest in the business. …

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BMF picks Mohammad for conference hosting slot

 The 2021 BMF All Industry Conference will be hosted by broadcaster, Jason Mohammad.   Mohammad currently co-presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and a weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  He has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a …

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CPA sees ‘W’-shaped recession and recovery

The construction industry is likely to experience a W-shaped recession ad recovery, according to the Construction Products Association. The CPA’s latest scenarios take into account the current lockdown and are a downgrade on last summer’s numbers when an 18% increase was predicted this year before the second wave of the …

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Good news for a change

Fiona Russell-Horne

But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green. Almost the first lesson you learn on Day One of a job as an editorial commentator is that if you slag off the government there will …

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SIG adds Frogley and Negus to merchant team

 SIG, the distributor of specialist building products, has strengthened its national merchants team with the appointment of a new sales director and national accounts manager. Aaron Frogley brings over 20 years’ experience to the post of merchants sales director, having previously worked as business development director at Pavestone UK Limited; …

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Housing Minister announces new construction materials regulator

A new regulator to ensure the safety of materials used in construction projects in the wake of the Grenfell Inquiry revelations has been announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The regulator will have the power to remove any product from the market that presents a significant safety risk and to …

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Griffiths goes to Lawsons as non-exec

Builders and timber merchant group The Lawsons Group has announced the appointment of John Griffiths as a non-executive director. Griffiths was most recently managing director of  SCA Timber’s UK Building Supply Solution business, prior to its sale to BSW Timber, and was managing director for many years at Alsford Timber. …

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