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Make risk management a priority

Guest Blogger - Kishor Harsiani

Kishor Harsiani, IBC’s Strategy & Finance Director, explains why the merchant industry must make risk management an urgent priority You’ll struggle to find a company within the building industry that isn’t working to a strategic plan. Whether merchant or supplier, everyone has a plan for future growth, and a strategy …

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Stamp out the council house shortage

Fiona Russell-Horne

But injustice breeds injustice; the fighting with shadows and being defeated by them necessitates the setting up of substances to combat. Fiddle, fiddle fiddle. That’s all it is. Fiddling with stuff but not actually fixing it. When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne altered the stamp duty thresholds, …

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Recruitment nightmares

Fiona Russell-Horne

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us So, the figures from the Office for National Statistics, released yesterday morning (August 13), show that the number of people in work reached a record 76.1% between April and June 2019. However, the figures also …

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Whose fault is it anyway?

Fiona Russell-Horne

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves Let’s play a little game, I like to call the Blame Game. In these snowflake days where no-one ever seems to want to take responsibility for their actions, everything always has to be someone else’s fault. I blame …

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99 days and counting. Tick tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into, Stanley So, in the week’s least surprising news, the flaxen-haired one has achieved his long-held ambition and succeed to the highest post in the land on the back of persuading 92,000 members of the Conservative Party that his is the way that …

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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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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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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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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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