Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Heavy material sales slide on housing slow-up

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Heavy side building material producers have reported falling sales due to a slow-up in project starts for a second quarter. That’s according to the latest Construction Products Association’s State of Trade Survey for the last quarter of 2022, which found that, conversely, light side product sales have held up supported …

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Snickers goes waterproof for winter

2023 Waterproof Working

Snickers Workwear  has a range of waterproof jackets for Winter, which offer comfort and protection from rain and foul weather. Wearers can stay dry, warm and comfortable in the water-repellent jackets with welded seams to protect from light showers and which deliver great breathability to ventilate the body when active …

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Certified Protective Wear from Snickers Workwear

2022 HV Winter Comp

Snickers Workwear’s Protective Wear range is for professionals who want quality, sustainable products that match protection standards for hazardous environments and foul weather. The range includes a comprehensive selection of ergonomically designed Base-, Mid- and Top-layer working clothes and accessories that also include Work Gloves, Kneepads and specialist ProtecWork clothing. …

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Can’t pay: won’t pay


It’s a free country, I told them. It isn’t if you can’t go and work somewhere else. I’m getting a real sense of deja-vu. 30+ years ago, I trekked into school to hole up in an office off the library where one of the few non-striking teachers ran a handful …

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BMJ Industry Awards 2023: Entry now open

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The BMJ Industry Awards is the merchant awards programme that truly reflects the opinions of the industry, because it’s voted for by the people who work in the sector day in day. Merchants, their customers and their suppliers are the ones who really, truly understand what good looks like in …

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TG Lynes offers helping hand to London charities

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  Friends of Firs Farm in Enfield and Teens Unite Fighting Cancer in Hoddesdon have been awarded £7,500 worth of product each from TG Lynes, the heating, plumbing and air movement supplier, to breathe fresh life into their facilities, having been chosen via the company’s inaugural Helping Hands competition. Hearts …

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Construction recession on the cards, says CPA

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The construction industry is expected to see a recession this year after two strong years, according to the latest Construction Products Association’s Construction Industry Forecasts. Construction output is expected to fall by 4.7% in 2023 before recovering slowly in 2024 with growth of just 0.6%. Private housing new build, the …

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James Burrell clocks up new transport accreditation

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Independent north-east based builders merchant James Burrell has achieved bronze and silver accreditation under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Champion at all of its 11 branches. The investment is part of the company’s proactive role in adhering to the accreditation requirements with …

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Trade helps Band of Builders complete 29th project

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A group of volunteer tradespeople, along with building material suppliers and merchants have completed a project at the home of a Herefordshire builder left paralysed after a fall in a bid to help him gain greater independence. Band of Builders (BoB) finished the first phase of the project in October …

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Obituary: Howard Broomby

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It is with great sadness that BMJ reports that  Howard Broomby, former managing director of Broombys, died last week on January 23, at the age of 81. Howard joined the family business, Broomby’s, in 1961, when it was trading from depots in Sandside and Ulverston. In 1969 he relocated to …

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