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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

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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Ideal Bathrooms launches 40th celebration programme

Bathroom distributor Ideal Bathrooms is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the launch of its 2021 rewards programme for bathroom retailers and merchants. Customers have the chance to win a host of prizes every time they spend £1,400, from Amazon e-vouchers, Love2Shop e-vouchers, Samsung TVs and Nintendo Switch consoles to spa …

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Keyline joins Kickstart scheme

Specialist civils distributor Keyline Civils Specialist has joined the Government’s Kickstart Scheme as part of its ongoing commitment to bridging the skills gap in the construction industry. The Kickstart scheme is a placement programme designed to support young people into the workforce; Keyline is offering 21 positions for young, unemployed …

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Obituary: Nigel Timms

Nigel Timms has passed away after a long illness. Latterly national specification manager at Wolseley UK, Nigel first started his working life in insurance as an underwriter with Norwich Union and then Legal and General.  He soon found that his interests lay within the building trade and his early years …

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Grant & Stone buys CRS Building Supplies

Grant & Stone Limited, has branched out of its Home Counties heartland and bought  independent builders merchant CRS Building Supplies Limited, based in Wells, Somerset. Established in 2005, CRS Building Supplies sells heavyside building materials to trade and retail customers from 12 branches across Somerset. The combined group will have …

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Travis Perkins joins BMF ETIM Trailblazers data group

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins is to support trade association the Builders Merchants Federation in simplyfying the transfer of product information betwen manufacturers and merchants by joining the ETIM Trailblazers group. The aim of the group is to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which …

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h&b enters partnership with Barbour API

Independent builders merchant buying group h&b has developed a partnership with construction intelligence provider of Barbour ABI. The deal will see h&b members benefitting from access to thousands of verified leads generated by Barbour ABI’s team of researchers and partners. h&b merchant members across the UK will now have access …

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Builders Merchants Company Ltd expands in Hull

Independent builders merchant the Builders’ Merchant Company Ltd has outgrown its premises in Hull and has moved to a new branch. The new site, at Unit 2, Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, Hull HU7 0XF, is extends to 0.68 hectares (1.68 acres) and includes a 30,000 sq ft warehouse. …

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