Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Gavin Slark to take up SIG CEO role

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The outgoing CEO of Grafton Group, Gavin Slark, is to take over as CEO of building distribution giant SIG from February 1 2023. Slark, who is announced his departure from Grafton in July, is stepping down at the end of this year after 11 years in the post. Steve Francis, …

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Saint-Gobain puts Jewson on the market

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Builders merchant Jewson, is being put up for sale by its parent company Saint-Gobain, the Paris-listed global conglomerate.  JP Morgan has been tasked with looking into the possibility of hiving off the merchant business. The 400 branch builders merchant was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 2000, when it bought Meyer International. …

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Bonfire of the vanities

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The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope. OUT: Priti Patel, Nadine Dorries, Dominic Raab, Greg Clark, Johnny Mercer, Grant Shapps IN: Kwasi Kwarteng, Suella Braverman, Tom Tugendhat, Teresa Colley, James Cleverly It’s over, finally. The long hot Summer, the dying embers of the Johnson era are doused. The …

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Heat ‘n’ Dust

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It was a hot summer nightAnd the beach was burning Back in the good old days – pre-2013- the definition of ‘fuel poverty’ was someone who was regularly spending 10% or more of their household income on fuel to run their homes. Since the surging energy bills of the last …

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Obituary: John Llewelyn Jones: Huws Gray company chairman

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It is with great sadness that BMJ announces the news from Huws Gray Group that Company Chairman John Llewelyn Jones passed away on Sunday 14th August 2022. John co-founded Huws Gray in 1990 with Terry Owen, and had been its Company Chairman for 30 years, championing the economic growth, local …

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The case of the disappearing Government.

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A statesman in these days has a difficult task. He has to pursue the policy he deems advantageous to his country, but he has at the same time to recognize the force of popular feeling. Popular feeling is very often sentimental, muddleheaded, and eminently unsound, but it cannot be disregarded …

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Cometh the hour, cometh the team

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“It’s coming home, it’s coming home” Just over 10 years ago, I sat, starry-eyed and briming with pride and sheer joy, as the Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics took place. On Sunday evening, I did the same thing, watching the Lionesses – in current parlance – bring football …

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Travis Perkins sales rise for half-year

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Builders merchant group Travis Perkins has this morning (August 2) reported a good first half performance which saw sales rise 10.3% to £2.53bn, driven by operational and strategic delivery. The merchanting division, with a rise in revenue of 13.3% to £2.15bn, and adjusted operating profit growth of 9.0% , was …

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BMJ INDUSTRY AWARD 2022: FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

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The Final Shortlist for entries to the BMJ Industry Awards 2022 has been revealed. The ultimate winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Lunch on September 9 at the Connaught Rooms in London. The only industry awards event that is decided by a public vote amongst the industry, the …

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule. There are so many phrases to describe the situation that we seem to be in at the moment with regards to the leader of our great nation. Horns of a dilemma, Hobsons Choice, lesser of two evils…. In essence, …

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