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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Sovini Trade Supplies opens flagship Bootle branch

North West based builders’ merchants Sovini Trade Supplies, part of The Sovini Group, has opened a flagship store and distribution centre to support its continued growth across the North West. The 2.4 acre site located on Heysham Road in Bootle, Merseyside is the fifth site for the company, and will …

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Global Stone buys Digby Stone

Landscaping supplier Global Stone has bought fellow supplier Digby Stone, strengthening its position in the marketplace. The management of Digby Stone will remain unchanged with Darren Digby  leading the company as managing director. Julian Wood, managing director of Global Stone said, “I have known Darren for many years and look …

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Huws Gray buys Builders Supplies (West Coast)

Fast growing builders merchant chain Huws Gray has expanded again in the north west, with the acquisition of Builders Supplies (West Coast). Builders Supplies (West Coast) Ltd, founded in 1938, operates from four sites along the Fylde coast, including Fleetwood, Preston, Morecambe and the original premises in Cleveleys. Matthew Owen, …

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Solid Gear enforces new safety footwear styles

Solid Gear’s safety footwear for 2021 include the sporty looks and superior comfort of the the Marshal GTX boot and the Enforcer GTX shoe that both integrate best-in-class materials for water protection and durability. The waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® linings keep feet dry and comfy, while the Vibram® outsole and CORDURA® …

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SIG Roofing expands in Slough

Specialist building products distributor SIG UK is opening a new SIG Roofing site in Slough, Berkshire on Monday (February 1). The 10,288sq ft newly refurbished premises are located on the Slough Trading Estate close to J6 of the M4 and will stock a range of everyday and specialist roofing products. …

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Lakes highlights ‘perfect storm’ of product shortages

Shower enclosure supplier Lakes Showering Spaces and builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation hit the headlines earlier this week when national newspapers highlighted the shortage of construction products which is starting to impact on the building industry. Featured in both The Guardian and The Times, Lakes sales and …

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Timber Focus gears up with extra capacity

C24 Graded Timber, available from Timber Focus is CE Marked to EN 14081-1:2005+A1:2011 and is available in sizes: 47x75mm; 47x100mm; 47x125mm; 47x150mm; 47x200mm. C24, a superior grade, can be used as exposed beams or for finished joinery applications. The company’s Timber Decking comes in a range of sizes from Ex32x150mm, …

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Marsh adds tea-time training videos

Drainage products supplier Marsh Industries has launched the first of a series of short product training videos designed to provide a brief overview of its fully accredited range of off-mains drainage products. The series, titled ‘Tea-break Training’, responds to the requests by merchants, architects, engineers and installers for product knowledge …

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Aggregate Industries launches truck design competition for local pupils

Primary school children in Leicestershire are being encouraged to use their lockdown to help construction materials giant Aggregate Industries design its latest truck. The company is calling on schools, parents and children across the county to enter its newly-launched truck design competition. Determined to support teachers and parents educating children …

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Because Covid

Fiona Russell-Horne

The computer says no There are great many things wrong with this pandemic and what it has done to us. The horrifyingly high death ratefor starters. In fact, let’s just take a minute to look at that death rate. As I write, it has just been announced that it has …

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