Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

PHG rewards suppliers


PHG, the plumbing, heating and bathroom buying group for the UK hosted the PHG Supplier Awards at the Carden Park Hotel in Chester on 19th May 2022. Hosted by chairman David Pochin, the categories and nominees were: PHG Innovation Award –  Altecnic, Crosswater, Gledhill, Imex, Scalemaster and STH Westco. PHG …

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The benefits of professional fire damage cleaning in storage facilities

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Fires can occur suddenly and cause much destruction following an outbreak. The impact on storage facilities could be wide-ranging, from interrupting work to damaging equipment. ICE Cleaning are a specialist cleaning company with expertise in fire damage cleaning, having dealt with all kinds of fire and smoke harm. They utilise …

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ETIM UK plugs into the data conversation at Digital Construction Week

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ETIM UK, the strategic alliance between the Builders Merchants Federation and the Electrical Distributors’ Association took part in a panel discussion at Digital Construction Week 2022. The expert panellists, representing both the building materials and electrotechnical sectors, discussed ‘The Golden Thread: the role of merchants, distributors and wholesalers’, and called …

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Data matters

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For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;   We really are a data driven society. Everywhere we go, everything we do is governed by the data that we consume, that we produce, …

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Lords posts record revenues in first year since IPO

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Builders merchant group Lords saw sales rise 26% for the year ended December 31 2021 to £363.3m, generating gross profits that, at £62.7m were 32.8% ahead of the previous year. Like-for-like revenue grew by 18.1% and was 20.8% ahead of 2019, following a swift rebound post pandemic. EBITDA was up …

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Supply chain issues dampen Forterra factory plans

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Brick and block manufacturer Forterra has put the brakes on its £27m refurbishment of the Wilnecote brick factory. The company has blamed global supply chain issues, which mean things like semi-conductors and chips used in the robotic equipment are in short supply. “The factory is now expected to close at …

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Patrick Keilty to host BMJ Industry Awards

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BMJ is excited to announce that the host for the 2022 BMJ Industry Awards is the Irish comedian, tv and radio presenter Patrick Keilty. Keilty became a household name when he presented the Channel 4 show Last Chance Lottery, which he followed with The National Lottery Big Ticket (BBC1). His …

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The end of the beginning? Or just the end of the prologue?

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There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. What do you get the person who has everything? More of what they have? Another, slightly related question – what was Vladimir Putin trying to achieve with his invasion of Ukraine? There are people well-versed in the Russian psyche, …

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Fortis rewards Supplier Commitment

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During the 2022 Building and Timber Conference, held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport at the end of April, merchant buying group Fortis presented Supplier of the Year Awards to suppliers in its various categories. The awards were decided by the member companies and presented at the awards dinner, …

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Saint-Gobain under pressure to hive off distribution

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Building materials giant has come under pressure from hedge fund Bluebell to restructure with the sale of the building distribution operations, in order to focus more fully on its core building materials business. The fund is also angling for long-time leader and current chairman Pierre Andre de Chalander to be …

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