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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Lords welcomes MP

West London independent Lords Builders Merchants welcomed Rupa Huq MP to its business in Park Royal, Ealing. Dr Huq was shown round by Shanker Patel, Lords chief executive, and John Murphy, Branch Manager, in order to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider London economy. These included narrowing …

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BMF wins UFEMAT Best Practice Award for second year running

The Builders Merchants Federation has won the Best Practice Award for the second year running at the UFEMAT AGM held in Stockholm. UFEMAT is the European Association of National Builders’ Merchants Associations and Manufacturers. John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “It is a remarkable achievement to win this prestigious Award again. …

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Lakes Bathrooms adds new director

Shower enclosure specialist manufacturer Lakes Bathrooms has developed its team of board directors with the appointment of operations director Mick Evans. He has 25 years’ experience across construction, manufacturing and distribution, including General Manager at Haulotte UK Ltd and senior positions at Arco Ltd. and Ford Motor Company. In his …

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Grafton revenue moves ahead

Grafton Group plc, the builders merchanting and DIY Group, saw its 2017 Group revenue increase by 8.8 % to £2.7 bn issues according to a trading update for the year ended 31 December 2017, issued in advance   its Final Results for 2017 on 1 March 2018. UK merchanting revenue rose 4.5% …

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Stuart Turner boosts water options

Following on from Stuart Turner’s acquisition of water flow specialists TWS UK,   the former’s Flomate brand name has changed to Mainsboost. The solution for smaller properties where mains water supply is insufficient and available space is restricted is Mainsboost Flomate. It features a pump designed to boost incoming water pressure …

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Visqueen adds waterproofing expertise

Visqueen has launched a specialist service to ensure that building projects meet the latest stringent standards and regulations for waterproofing. Part of Visqueen Special Projects, the new Waterproofing Design Specialists represent a significant investment by the company to deliver high-level expertise and experience in all types of waterproofing, fully backed …

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New range of taps and showers from the heart

Herz Taps, a new division of Guildford based Herz Valves UK, will be exhibiting their range of taps and showers to the UK market for the first time at the KBB Exhibition 4-7 March. Herz (the Austrian word for heart), are looking to partner with a limited network of merchants …

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Customade appoints David Leng as Group Chief Executive

Customade Group (Customade) has appointed David Leng as Group Chief Executive. Leng’s appointment is effective as of 1 February, succeeding John Lightowlers who continues with the firm in a non-executive capacity. Leng is highly experienced within the windows and doors industry, with a proven track record of growing multi-site manufacturing and distribution companies. He …

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John Nicholls: January League Tables

The League Tables figures used for John Nicholls in the print version of BMJ’s January issue were for John Nicholls (Trading) rather than John Nicholls (Holdings) and, therefore, do not take into account the figures of J & Bs, the Dorset-based plumbing and heating merchant that John Nicholls owns. Apologies for the …

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Vince Cable to speak at BMF Members Day

Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for BMF Members’ Day in September, which takes the theme “The Future Belongs to the Bold”. A former chief economist at Shell, Vince Cable was the first UK politician …

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