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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

Russell Roof Tiles adds business support

Jade Hugill  has joined Russell Roof Tiles as a Business Support Administrator in Burton, having completed a Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University and gained administration experience. Since joining, Hugill has shadowed members of the senior management team to get a hands-on approach into how the business operates and has …

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NMBS highlights women in industry

Independent builders’ merchant buying group NMBS brought together a selection of women from the merchanting industry at its first Women in Industry Conference last Friday (September 13). The brainchild of NMBS finance director Julie Langford, the invitation-only event, held at the London Stock Exchange, was designed to encourage women in the …

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Sex and the Stock Exchange

Fiona Russell-Horne

Laurence, we are going to need considerably more buns When I joined BMJ, I was told by my then boss that it was an “industry run by and for and populated with middle-aged men, usually in glasses, often balding or grey”.  It was meant neither as commendation nor condemnation; he …

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SIG sees sales dip  

Construction materials distributor SIG plc saw a drop in like-for-like sales for the first half of 2019. Revenue fell to £1.26 bn, down from £1.32 bn compared with the year before. Operating profit for the same period was down from £27.9 million to £17.8 million. Meinie Oldersma, chief executive officer, …

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Brick fan makes arresting collection

Over 3,500 bricks have been collected over a decade by former police sergeant Mark Cranston, who is storing them in is garden shed. Mark Cranston from Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders was looking for a doorstop for the shed and  found a white painted brick from a former Ayrshire colliery …

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JT Dove turnover heads to £60m

Revenue at north east independent builders merchant JT Dove hit £58.8m in the 12 months to December 31 2018, new accounts have revealed. Turnover at the merchant, which stocks timber, plumbing products and building materials was up from £52.5m 12 months earlier. Pre-tax profits also increased to £2.4m from £2.3m. …

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NMBS issues fraudulent bank email warning to merchants

Independent builders merchant buying group NMBS is warning its members and suppliers to beware of fake emails claiming to be from the Buying Society, following an attempt to trick builders’ merchants into sending payments intended for NMBS into a fake account. In early September a number of NMBS members received …

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Grafton shows half-year growth

Irish merchanting group Grafton saw bigger contributions to its growth in the six months to June 30 2019, particularly from it Irish and Netherland businesses. The UK merchanting division saw more modest growth. Chief executive Gavin Slark said: “We made good strategic and operational progress in the first half of …

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(Not) Much ado about everything

Fiona Russell-Horne

what we have we prize not to the worth Whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why, then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us While it was ours.   Well. What a to-do. There has been so much going …

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