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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Darroch damned in Donald’s dummy spitting spat

Fiona Russell-Horne

Being on President Nixon’s enemies list was the highest single honour I’ve ever received.   It’s been a while since this column had a pop across the Pond at POTUS and this morning’s headlines that the White House has broken off relationships with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America …

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Graham’s Gledhill makes Ideal move

David Gledhill, formerly managing director of Graham the Plumbers’ Merchant, has taken up the same post at bathroom distributor Ideal Bathrooms. Gledhill joins Ideal Bathrooms, part of Saint Gobain UK & Ireland and sister company to Graham, with over 35 years’ experience in the merchant and distribution sectors. He said: …

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Pride and predjudice

Fiona Russell-Horne

The minute the game finished my first thought was ‘how do we win on Saturday?’ and my second thought was ‘how do we win Olympic gold?’ How is it possible to be simultaneously so proud of one set of individuals acting as a team and so ashamed of another doing …

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Uncertainty pegs back construction output even further

The UK construction sector has suffered its sharpest decline since April 2009, according to new figures. The latest Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) compiled by IHS Markit/CIPS read shows that business activity and new work in all areas fell at the fastest pace in 10 years. Housebuilding reported its largest …

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Hevey buys Huntingdon Timber

Hevey Building Supplies, the Northampton-based merchant that’s part of the Lords Group, has acquired Huntingdon Timber Ltd. Operating from St Peter’s Road Industrial Estate in Huntingdon since 2004, Huntingdon Timber was owned by David Biddle, Patricia Reynolds & Stuart Bradley. Hevey managing director, Mark Mulvey said: “We are delighted to …

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Keyline Rally takes off for Disneyland for Prostate Cancer UK

Civils specialist Keyline headed off this morning (June 26) on its annual Keyline Rally, the charity car rally that is in its 10th year of raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, leading men’s health charity. This year’s rally set off from the Keyline head office in Swan Valley, Northampton, on …

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It’s really, really good to talk

Fiona Russell-Horne

Mate. Don’t be embarrassed. Over the years in this industry, I’ve sat through a lot of conference presentations. Some good, some outstanding, some tedious in the extreme. Some instantly forgettable, lots memorable, though not always for the right reasons (death by crane off-loader – those of you who were there …

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Bathstore heading for administration order

Bathstore, the bathroom specialist, is facing potential administration, having failed to find a buyer. Advisory firm BDO has been lined up to handle an administration of the chain which has 168 stores and employs over 700 people. Based in Welwyn Garden City, it has been owned by the American billionaire …

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Conference charity success for BMF

Over 450 delegates attended the Builders Merchants Federation 2019 All-Industry Conference and raised £25,000 for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded the event last weekend (June 13-16). The money raised will be divided equally between Variety, the Children’s Charity (the BMF’s partner charity this year) and Mental Health UK …

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Pavestone tackles Rough Runner

Team Pavestone, consisting of staff, customers and landscapers, jointly threw their hearts and souls into a game-show inspired, 10 kilometre obstacle rough run, in order to raise awareness and charitable donations for the upcoming 2019 Pavestone Rally across Europe. The epic challenge took place in Oxfordshire on 19th May and …

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