Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Lords boost half-year sales and profits

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Builders merchant group Lords has posted record first-half Group revenues of £222.6 m,  a 3.9% increase overall compared with the same period in 2022, although like-for-like sales showed a slight  decrease of 4.4%. Operating profit was £8.1m, a 11.6% increase, and the Board has stated it remains confident of achieving …

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ACO opens phase one of UK redevelopment

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Drainage and water management specialist ACO Technologies plc has opened the first phase of the redevelopment of its UK manufacturing facilities. The £13m site expansion was officially opened by Susan Lousada, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK’s Independent Committee on Climate Change, and architect Michael …

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Winners rewarded at BMJ Industry Awards 2023


Thursday 28th September saw the return of the BMJ Industry Awards at Covent Garden’s Grand Connaught Rooms.  The event was introduced by BMJ’s Group Managing Editor, Fiona Russell Horne, and hosted by the double act of actor Stephen Mangan, and Alan Dedicoat, the voice of the National Lottery and Strictly …

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Monstrous carbuncle?


There is no square mile of earth’s inhabitable surface that is not beautiful in its own way, if we will only abstain from wilfully destroying that beauty. Having jumped, on several occasions, through the very, very many hoops that my local council requires me to before granting permission for things, …

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Fernco promotes Millward to sales director

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Fernco, the designer and manufacturer of flexible couplings for the civils and drainage sectors, has announced that David Millward, who joined Fernco in 2021 as national sales manager, will take up the role of sales director from 1st October 2023. Joining the business in 2021, and with a 30-year career …

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Lauren Penny, operations and marketing manager at Chandler Materials Supplies was crowned BMF Young Achiever of the Year 2023 at the BMF Annual Members Day Conference and Awards. The event, held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on September 21st, also saw a number of other awards presented in a …

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Get your yellow on for #MaddiesDay


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold it would be a merrier world A couple of things happened this week to drive home to me, once again, just what a fabulous industry to work in this is. Last weekend my phone was pinging no-stop …

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IBC raises £30,000 for Maddie Rose Campaign and Unitas Youth Zone


The Construction Industry Ride for Youth campaign, organised by IBC Buying Group, has raised £30,000 to support two amazing youth charities. The Construction Industry Ride for Youth took place over 10 days in May, when a team from IBC Buying Group and around the construction industry cycled 1,000 miles – …

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Pavestone rally 2023: Day One

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And they’re off! @pavestonerally @Variety the Children’s Charity @Rainy Day Trust @British Heart Foundation #pavestonerally2023 ###fundraising #rally #DayHighlights #thatsnotyyouricecream ♬ Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! – Vengaboys Spotted out and about – wonder where THIS car is going? @pavestonerally #pavestonerally2023 #fundraising #rally #toystory #woodyandbuzz ♬ You Got A Friend In Me …

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