Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Government to pay £5,000 subsidy to boost heat pump take-up

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Grants of £5,000 will be available  from next April to homeowners who wish to swap their gas boiler for low-carbon systems such as heat pumps, the Government has announced. A new £450 million ‘Boiler Upgrade Scheme’ has been announced by government as part of its long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy and …

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ECI Software Solutions buys eCommonSense

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Merchant software supplier ECI Software Solutions has bought Merchant Systems Group Limited, the UK-based developer of the eCommonSense platform. eCommonSense will remain a standalone eCommerce solution but will also join ECI’s LBM and Hardlines group, to become part its cloud-based ERP solutions. Andy Scothern, CEO and founder, eCommonSense, says: “When I …

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AG wins Constructing Excellence Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award

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Paving and building products manufacturer AG has won a Constructing Excellence West Midlands Award. The company won the CE Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award in recognition of its overall vision, values and mission statement that demonstrates the firm’s commitment to its people and to providing a safe and healthy working …

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Tobermore adds two to merchant sales team

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Paving and Walling supplier Tobermore has added two members to its merchant sales team. Both Jake Scarott and Brian Betts have joined as merchant sales managers covering the South East and Yorkshire/North East respectively. Scarott has worked in the construction industry for over 7 years, 5 of which have been …

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IBMG acquires DW Burns

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The Independent Builders Merchant Group has acquired DW Burns & Partner Ltd, expanding its network of specialist plumbing and heating merchants. A family run plumbers’ merchant and bathroom showroom, supplying both trade and retail customers across Surrey, DW Burns was established in 1963  and has trade counters in Woking and …

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New team takes over BMF Young Merchants

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The Builders merchants Federation Young Merchants group has a new leadership team, elected at the  at the BMF Young Merchant Conference held this year at the NEC, Birmingham. Jo Callow, head of communications for UK & Ireland at Knauf Insulation is the new chair, supported by Ed Parlato, buyer at Browns …

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Bradfords Building Supplies sponsors Cornish Pirates

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Builders merchant Bradfords Building Supplies is sponsoring the Cornish Pirates rugby team for the current season. A Rugby Union Championship team, the Cornish Pirates train and play at the Mennave Field in Penzance, just yards from Bradfords’ Penzance branch. The partnership also includes sponsorship of players Tommy Wyatt and Cory …

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Pavestone buys back shares

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Pavestone UK Limited, the independent manufacturer and distributor of domestic hard landscaping & building materials, has completed a buyback of 54.8% of its issued shares. Following the death of Pavestone founder Kevin Fowler in July 2020, the Fowler Trustees (beneficiary), approved the sale and transfer of the shareholding back to …

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Brickability wins AIM award

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Brickability Group plc, the construction materials distributor, won the AIM ‘Transaction of the Year Award’ at this year’s AIM Awards, on 14 October 2021. The AIM Awards celebrate companies that have made outstanding achievements on the world’s most successful growth market, recognising the quoted companies and entrepreneurs who have harnessed …

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Cement companies vow to cut carbon

Forty leading cement and concrete manufacturers have joined forces and are pledging to cut CO2 emissions by a further 25% by 2030. The Global Cement and Concrete Association includes counts companies such as CEMEX, CNBM, CRH, HeidelbergCement, Holcim and Votorantim as members, all of whom have signed up to a roadmap, detailing …

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