Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

MKM steps into Christmas giving campaign

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Builders merchant group MKM supported the the Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ campaign for the 13th consecutive year in the run-up to Christmas 2022. The initiative ensures that disadvantaged children and young people nationwide will have something to open on Christmas Day.  This year, MKM’s Central Support in Hull organised …

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Product availability returning to pre-Covid levels

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Overall product availability is good and returning to pre-Covid levels, according to  Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group. That said, some bricks, blocks, plasterboard and roofing products are occasionally still subject to disruption or allocation, although lead times for these products are now far lower than earlier in the …

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Water, water…nowhere, actually

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Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. This is, I’m afraid, another rant. It’s a rant about infrastructure. Or rather, the lack of it, and the way what little there is seems to have completely broken down. Forgive …

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IBMG launches cost of living package for employees

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One of the largest groups of independent builders merchant in the UK,  IBMG (Independent Builders Merchant Group) has launched a comprehensive cost of living support package for its employees. Some 2,000+ employees across the 20 brands of the Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG), will benefit from a three-pronged package of additional support …

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St Andrews adds a new branch

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h&b merchant member St Andrews Timber & Building Supplies has unveiled it’s fourth branch, at a purpose-built four-acre site in Livingston. Established in 2002, St Andrews stocks over 100,000 timber and building products across locations in Edinburgh and Paisley, serving both trade and retail customers across the Scottish Central Belt, …

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Snowy days

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I’ve written before about the Government’s new-but-not-exactly-revolutionary scheme to encourage householders to take up the challenge of making their homes more energy efficient. About how any publicity campaign is going to have its work cut out to make people prioritise insulating their lofts over spending on the garden, the car, …

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Record number step up to Huws Gray landscape challenge

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Builders merchant Huws Gray has announced that the winner of its Landscaper of the Year award, sponsored by Pavestone and Aco, is A&R Landscapes. The competition aimed at Huws Gray landscaping customers invites participants to share images of their completed landscaping projects. Each year the company uses the opportunity to …

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Jewson management ‘delighted’ with Stark move

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The management team of Saint Gobain Building Distribution has welcomed its acquisition this morning (Monday December 12) by Danish building materials distributor The Stark Group. Mike Newnham, CEO Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK said: “Saint-Gobain is a great business and our distribution businesses are proud to have been part of the …

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Saint Gobain quits UK merchant sector with sale of Jewson

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French building materials conglomerate Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA has sold its merchanting brands in the U.K. to Stark Group AS for 740 million pounds ($907.4 million). Stark Group is headquartered in Denmark, with operations in six countries in Northern Europe. The company said this morning (Monday December 12) that the …

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Foggy thoughts

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Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. I spotted my neighbour the other morning, unplugging his electric Volvo before heading …

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