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It’s good to talk

Fiona Russell-Horne

It’s OK to not be OK   Illness: serious, life-threatening, life-changing, life-taking illness affects us all at some point or another. Whether it afflicts us in person or our friends, loved ones, colleagues or neighbours, at some point we will all know several people who have had or who have …

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Winning Ways

Fiona Russell-Horne

An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told. There’s still time – just – to book your tickets to the highlight of the merchanting calendar. Well, the highlight for this month anyway – I’m not so vain that I think that our BMJ Industry Awards – still in its toddler …

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People’s choice

Fiona Russell-Horne

We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that when the voting populace is tired of its government, then said government will get a real roasting in the local elections. And so it came to pass …

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Save the planet

Fiona Russell-Horne

Climate change is not the concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects the whole of humanity and every living being on this earth Reducing our reliance upon fossil fuels is a good thing. That seems to be a given. The Government certainly seems to …

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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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