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Fiona Russell-Horne

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

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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Knauf Insulation monkey about with donation

Insulation manufacturer Knauf Insulation has donated products to Monkey World, the animal rescue centre in Dorset. Home to 54 chimpanzees and over 200 other primates, Monkey World’s 30 year old pavilions required refurbishment to expand and upgrade the accommodation in preparation for a new rescue. As chimpanzees are native to …

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Five uncomfortable looking stools

Fiona Russell-Horne

It is a tale told by an idiot. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.   I tried. Truly, honestly, I tried to stick with it. But it was just so irritating and predictable. I ended up switching over to Italy v Brazil. At least that meant I was watching …

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Politics and Paralympics combined at BMF Conference second day

Industry focus was the main part of the second day of the Builders Merchants Federation conference in Dubrovnik last weekend (June 13 to 16 2019). The session opened with presentations from a national merchant, a major independent, and manufacturer, followed by the opportunity to attend two of four break-out sessions …

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NMBS heads to Sorrento in 2020

Builders merchants buying organisation the National Merchant Buying Society has announced the venue and dates for its 2020 bienniel conference. Revealed by NMBS commercial director Andy Hextall, during the 2019 BMF All Industry Conference, the conference will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Hilton Sorrento Palace. The …

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