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Why training is time well spent

Paul Lees

Paul Lees, Tarmac National Sales Manager for Packed Cement, explains how keeping on top of learning really can pay dividends for merchants.   We all know the challenges faced by merchants in order to survive, develop and grow their business. We’re also well aware that professional development is key to …

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What about us?

Fiona Russell-Horne

We often plough so much energy into the big picture, we forget the pixels. Construction is a huge industry, and a hugely diverse one, with myriad roles and mini-sectors within in it. We all know that. But sometimes it’s easy to forget it. The UK construction industry isn’t just about …

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Ker-ching….sort of.

Fiona Russell-Horne

If money go before, all ways do lie open. I always knew there was a reason I liked this industry so much. Step forward and take a bow, Lawsons, Keyline, Huws Gray, Elliott Brothers, Williams Trade Supplies, Donaldson Timber, Parker Building Supplies and all those other merchants who are currently …

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It’s the final countdown

Fiona Russell-Horne

There are lies. There are damned lies and there are statistics. I’d write something about what’s happening in Parliament at the moment and how it will or might affect the merchant and building material manufacturing industries….except I can’t. I can’t for the very simple reason that I have not the …

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Delay, repay?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble. If I stay it will be double Today’s $64,000 question: Does anyone, for one minute, think that the three month Brexit-delay that Teresa May is asking Donald Tusk for was to give them time to …

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Spring forward?

Fiona Russell-Horne

When two tribes go to war, one is all that they can score OMG – and any other expletives you care to add in. What now? I have no idea what is likely to happen now that MPs have once again rejected the Prime Minister’s deal with the EU. Will …

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Housekeeping pays off

Fiona Russell-Horne

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand Rather like giving the house a mega-tidy and clearing out all your rubbish from the attic before getting the estate agent round, Travis Perkins has spent the last couple of years streamlining and sprucing up its plumbing and heating division, finally …

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So long, farewell etc etc

Fiona Russell-Horne

Nobody heard him, the dead man But still he lay moaning; I was  much further out than I thought And not waving but drowning Bye-bye Honda. So long Nissan. Off you pop Dyson. See y’ later Sony, Farewell…oh you get the picture. The surprise announcement yesterday that Honda would be …

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Same old same old

Fiona Russell-Horne

 Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. So, as of yesterday’s announcement, we won’t, in all probability, be seeing lettuces piled up at the Port of Dover because they don’t have the correct post-Brexit paperwork. Instead, we are told that – in the increasingly likely event of a …

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Working with concrete in winter

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

Dr Bill Price offers some essential advice merchants can give their customers on working with concrete in the colder months. Good organisation is always an important part of any project but, as winter approaches, industries that involve outdoor construction need to thoroughly consider weather conditions while planning and executing their …

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