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Covid-19 lockdown closes merchant branches

  The Prime Minister’s announcement last night, that the UK would severely restrict the reason for people to be outside their homes, was the catalyst for a number of merchant companies deciding to close their doors temporarily. Last week independent merchant Covers announced that it would only be dealing with …

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Virus fears spark surge in online ordering for merchants

To better manage the surge in online sales since the coronavirus threat emerged, builders merchants have been  bringing forward their website launches.   Merchants’  online channels to market have seen an unprecedented surge in sales as many builders seek to minimise social contact while still wanting to carry on with …

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A plague on all our houses

Fiona Russell-Horne

One sickly sheep infects the flock, And poisons all the rest   I feel quite sorry for poor old Rishi Sunak. There he was last week, our newly minted Chancellor of the Exchequer, all scrubbed and shiny at the despatch box like the head boy proudly standing up at his …

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NMBS CANCELS EXHIBITION

Independent builders merchant buying group  NMBS has cancelled its April gala dinner and exhibition due to the coronovirus pandemic. exhibition The NMBS Exhibition and Gala Dinner was due to take place on 21st & 22nd April 2020 The organisation said that, due to the ongoing focus to delay the spread …

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National building show postponed over Coronavirus fears

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is postponed due to concerns about Coronavirus. The event was due to take place from 26-29 March at the NEC Birmingham but has been put off until  July 2020 The decision has been based on several factors, aligned with the Government’s advice, to safeguard …

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Panic stations

Fiona Russell-Horne

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall. What do aircrete blocks have in common with Andrex loo roll? Facing bricks with McDougall’s flour or PIR insulation board with rigatoni pasta and Dettol hand-wash? It’s not often you get to write all of those in a single paragraph, …

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