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WELCOME S


ometimes things don’t go the way you planned. The measure of success in these cases is not what might have been, rather it is how you cope with what was.


2020 has thus far been a stinker of a year. And the COVID-19 lockdown claimed the BMJ Industry Awards live event as one of its victims. Yet, the fact that we are having to operate under the most difficult of circumstances, doesn’t take away from the fact that the merchant industry is chock-full of talent and people going way more than the extra mile in pursuit of excellent customer service.


In fact, I think we can probably say that this year, more than ever, is a time when such dedication and achievement deserve to be celebrated. The BMJ Industry Awards Lunch at The Brewery in London, planned for May15 was not to be this year. However, with the huge support of our amazing sponsors and the hard work of the BMJ events team, we were able to bring you the online version, a live streamed event, which celebrated and rewarded so many deserving winners. The winners weren’t just those whose names were engraved on the rather stylish trophies. Everyone who made it to the final shortlist can be said to be a winner, because their hard work and talent means they fully deserve to be. It sounds cheesy, but I really do mean it. I wish we could have named them all winners, because they were all so good. So, have a flick through the pages of this special supplement to find out, if you missed the event itself, who came out top in the voting. Again, a big thank you to our sponsors, to the team, to everyone who nominated and voted and to the dulcet-toned Alan Dedicoat, the voice of Strictly Come Dancing, who held it all together so well. With luck, we will be back to our normal live event in 2021 and I, for one, am really looking forward to it.


Fiona Russell Horne Editor in Chief BMJ


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Builders Merchants Journal Datateam Business Media London Road Maidstone Kent ME15 8LY Tel: 01622 687031 www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net


EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief: Fiona Russell Horne 01622 699101 07721 841382 frussell-horne@datateam.co.uk


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ABC audited average circulation July 2018-June 2019: 7,801


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August 2020 www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net


I think we can probably say that this year, more than ever, is a time when such dedication and achievement deserve to be celebrated.”


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