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Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

BMJ Industry Awards 2022: VOTING NOW OPEN

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Voting is now open for the BMJ Industry Awards 2022. The nominations have been collated, checked and verified and the results will be announced at the Awards Lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on September 9th. Hosted by TV presenter Patrick Kielty, the event promises to be a glittering …

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Wham, Bam, Thank you Ma’am

If we’re kind and polite, the world will be right. Thank you. Well, that was all rather splendid and took our minds off, if only for a few days – all the horrific things that are happening in Ukraine, the turmoil at Gatwick et al, and the nonsense in Westminster. …

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IBMG acquires Wantage Builders Merchants

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Builders merchant group The Independent Builders Merchant Group, has acquired Wantage Builders Merchants Limited (Wantage), expanding its network of builders merchants into Wantage. Wantage is a local, independent builders merchant operating from one location in Grove, Wantage, and offers a mix of heavy and lightside building materials to trade and …

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How is this happening again?

As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done? Where do I start? I’m very rarely at a loss for …

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Cowal buys John Cameron

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Independent builders merchant Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies Ltd has bought John Cameron Plumbers and Builders Merchants Ltd. Family-run Cowal’s acquisition of Cameron’s is its third major acquisition in five years, after Reddance Building Supplies in 2017 and Catherwood Construction Materials in 2021, along with the three Cowal depots in …

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Beggs and Partners opens Ideal new store

Ideal Standard has partnered up with Beggs and Partners, to new dedicated retail area within the merchant’s Belfast store. The new 56sq m space will act as a flagship showroom for Ideal Standard in the UK, and will include ranges such as Ideal Standard’s premier Atelier Collections. Launched in 2021, …

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Sovini Trade Supplies kicks-off net-zero carbon commitment with Everton in the Community


Independent builders merchant Sovini Trade Supplies has pledged their commitment to becoming a net-zero carbon champion and is supporting clients as they collaboratively reduce C02 emissions. Through kerbside deliveries via an electric fleet of vehicles, the Liverpool builders’ merchants is helping local businesses by providing low carbon delivery solutions and …

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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

ETIM UK at Digital Construction Week 2022

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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