Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Materials costs soar to 40-year high

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The rise in the cot of building materials is high than at any time in the last 40 years, according to the latest Building Cost Information Service Materials Cost Index. Between January and September 2021 the biggest rises were for steel and timber and the increases are unlikely to stop …

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NBG announces winners of 2021 Supplier Awards at gala night

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Last night National Buying Group (NBG) was back for its first physical event since 2019. The Partner and Supplier Event culminated with the famous Gala Dinner and 2021 Supplier Awards, which had a new category for this year as well as some Highly Commended Suppliers being named alongside the category …

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A tale of two lockdowns

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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times Pandemic Studies, GCSE. Question 1: Covid was the best thing to happen to your business. Discuss. The last 18 months have been bizarre, peculiar, tough, testing and, at times, pretty blooming horrible. But for some businesses, the pandemic …

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Marketing matters

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The things that make me different are the things that make me, me When you’ve been to as many conferences and presentations as I have over the years, they can all roll into one. Some presenters are interesting to listen to at the time, but by the lunch break you’ve …

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PHG rides for environmental change

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Merchant buying group PHG Plumbing Heating Group, held the PHG Revolution 150 Charity Cycle Ride at the beginning of October 2021 to raise vital funds for the Surfers Against Sewage and The Woodland Trust charities.  The event saw over 70 riders from the plumbing, heating & bathroom sector  raise over …

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Merchants first to sign up to new pallet re-use scheme

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Builders merchants Bradfords Building Supplies and MKM, along with distributor SIG, are among the first to sign up to a new sustainable solution to the problem of the lack of pallet reuse in the UK construction industry. The Pallet LOOP™ is the sector’s first circular economy, carbon net zero, pallet …

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GPH Builders Merchants to score for Maggie’s Centres

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Cancer support charity Maggie’s Centres is hoping for plenty of goal action in the Highland League this season after sponsors GPH Builders Merchants pledged to donate £40 for every goal scored in this season’s Highland League Cup. GPH Builders Merchants has made the commitment ahead of the competition’s first round …

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Minster adds to fire protection strength

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Minster has appointed Carrie Blackshaw as Fire Protection Sales Director, to focus on driving Minster’s fire protection product proposition, heightening its solutions offering and bringing her knowledge and expertise to develop the capabilities of the entire Minster team. Blackshaw has spent the last 15 years at Rockwool in a variety …

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Jewson heads back to NEC for Jewson Live

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 Jewson Live, the exhibition run by builders merchant Jewson for builders and tradespeople, is returning to the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 9th December, after a year off.  The day will feature exclusive offers, events, speakers, competitions, product demonstrations and giveaways, as well as goodie bags to all attendees and …

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Grenfell Tower documentary looks behind the cladding


A groundbreaking film which explores the UK construction industry’s response to the Grenfell Tower disaster has been launched to encourage more open debate within the UK construction industry. Funded by Vivalda Group and produced award-winning filmmaker Hamlett Films, the 25-minute documentary is entitled ‘Behind the Façade’ and includes contributions from …

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