Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.


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Trade kitchen supplier Howdens has opened the doors to its 800th UK depot in the town of Rowley Regis, West Midlands. The opening comes after Howdens recently expanded operations into the Republic of Ireland, opening five depots last year, as well as continued operations in France where the company has …

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PJH invests in new distribution

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KBB distributors PJH has acquired a new purpose-built distribution centre in Wolverhampton, intending to relocate the entire current Cannock operation. Located just 8.3 miles from the existing site, the new Wolverhampton Distribution Centre will be purpose built to PJH’s specification.  With a sq. ft. of 200,000, the new site is …

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Housing slow-up pulls down construction forecasts

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Construction output is forecast to fall from a record-high level and contract by 6.4% in 2023 according to the CPA’s Spring Forecasts. This is a downgrade from a fall of 4.7% expected in the Winter, driven primarily by sharp falls in the two largest construction sectors – private new housing …

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Government water plan “misguided” says UWLA

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The Government’s Plan for Water is misguided and could waste a huge amount of government money. That’s according to Unified Water Label Association managing director Yvonne Orgill. The comments were made following the launch of the plan by environment secretary Therese Coffey and water minister Rebecca Pow. Orgill said: “These …

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Baxi launches new boilers

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Boiler maker Baxi has launched its latest 600 and 800 Combi and System 2 boilers, specifically designed to make installation and maintenance run even smoother. Improvements include a pre-heated siphonic condensate trap, which prevents freezing and boiler lockouts in adverse winter conditions, a combined PrV and separate primary boiler drain …

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Grant & Stone helps African community to clean water

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Grant & Stone has enabled a water pump to be installed in Manicaland in Zimbabwe,, which will provide much-needed clean and fresh drinking water for hundreds of people in the province. Grant & Stone installed AquAid watercoolers into its 44 locations. With each purchase of an AquAid watercooler, the company …

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Aggregate Industries Launches ECOPlanet in the UK

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Construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries has launched ECOPlanet, a range of green cement that delivers at least 30% lower carbon compared to standard CEM I.  Launching in the UK for the first time, ECOPlanet uses a broad range of low emission raw materials, such as fly ash, creating a low …

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Makita adds battery power to dust extractors

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Makita has launched its first battery powered M-Class approved Dust Extractor. A full sized 40L, cordless solution with both wet and dry functionality, the new VC006GM 80VMax (40Vx2) Brushless XGT M-Class Dust Extractor is powered by two 40VMax XGT batteries in series to provide up to 350W of suction power …

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Weak housing and RMI impacts Travis Perkins’ first quarter


Travis Perkins plc managed a resilient first quarter trading performance, despite challenging market conditions. Total sales were down 2.8%.  Weak new build housing and domestic repair, maintenance and improvement markets especially impacted the Merchanting sector, although the commercial, industrial and public sector markets, accounting for just under half of the …

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Celebrate good times, Come on


Life is too short not to celebrate nice moments Validation, recognition, celebration of achievements: sometimes we all need a bit of a pat on the back to make us feel our hard work was worth it. That’s why BMJ launched the BMJ Industry Awards, in what seems like the distant …

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