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Branch Managers' Forum

14-15 March 2018

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BMF Burns Supper, Edinburgh
26 January 2018
 
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BMN Awards
24 November 2017

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF response to Home Select Committee warning on post-Brexit customs operations


BMF response to warning on post-Brexit customs operationsResponding to today’s warning from the Home Select Committee that post-Brexit customs operations may lead to “border chaos”, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said:  

“We welcome the Home Affairs Committee highlighting the very severe concerns business has about the ability of our customs operations to deliver in a post-Brexit environment.   “We agree that a failure to sort out a post-Brexit customs arrangement could led to lengthy and costly jams at all ports across the UK. This would be incredibly damaging to the building materials supply chain, and important construction projects.  

“Builders merchants are already facing significant material price rises due to currency fluctuations and, from our engagement with government so far, we have concerns that proper consideration is not being given to other obstacles that may hamper trade.  

“For essential building material supplies, such as timber, a failure from the Government to deliver a viable customs system could mean very severe delays, extra costs, administrative burdens and shortages that threaten the building of new homes that we so desperately needed”.  

BMF response to Home Select Committee warning on post-Brexit customs operations. Responding to today’s warning from the Home Select Committee that post-Brexit customs operations may lead to “border chaos”, John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF said: “We wel

BMF response to Public Accounts Committee warning



BMF response to Pubic Accounts Committee warningResponding to today’s warning from the Public Accounts Committee that it could be ‘catastrophic’ if a viable customs system was not in place at the time of Brexit, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said:  

“We welcome the Public Accounts Committee highlighting the very severe concerns business has about the ability of our Customs’ system to deliver in a post-Brexit environment.  

“We agree that a failure to sort out the Customs Declaration Service in time would be catastrophic for the building materials industry.

“Builders merchants are already facing significant material price rises due to currency fluctuations and, from our engagement with government so far, we have concerns that proper consideration is not being given to other obstacles that may hamper trade. 

“For essential building material supplies, such as timber, a failure from the Government to deliver a viable customs system could mean very severe delays, extra costs, administrative burdens and shortages that threaten the building of new homes that we so desperately needed”.  
BMF response to Public Accounts Committee warning. Responding to today’s warning from the Public Accounts Committee that it could be ‘catastrophic’ if a viable customs system was not in place at the time of Brexit, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of

Worcester hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence  


Worcester BoschThe BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester Bosch, the UK market leader in domestic boilers.  The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country.   

The latest centre, at Worcester Bosch’s flagship training academy, will serve BMF members in the West Midlands.  Twenty-five people attended the first BMF regional meeting held at the venue, in October.  

The 2,000m2 academy, which has just reopened following a £3.5m redevelopment, offers extensive practical training facilities for Worcester’s installers in addition to the excellent meeting accommodation, which has been made available to the BMF.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that is well used by Worcester’s customers and we are extremely grateful that they are opening it to our members too.   We look forward to holding further West Midlands meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.”  

Nick Fothergill, National Training Manager, Worcester Bosch said: “Worcester, Bosch Group are proud to be recognised as a Regional Centre of Excellence by the BMF. This status will strengthen our relationship with BMF members and enable Worcester, Bosch Group to further promote excellence and best practice throughout the industry.”    
Worcester hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence. The BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester Bosch, the UK market leader in domestic boilers. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of E

BMF calls on Chancellor to back modernisation of commercial vehicles  


The BMFThe BMF has written to the Chancellor to urge him to put measures in the forthcoming budget that will support the modernisation of builders merchants’ delivery vehicles.  

The BMF, the UK trade association for businesses in the building materials’ supply chain, state in the letter that transport is the second biggest operating cost for builders merchants after wages.   

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “Our members tell us that the best action the Chancellor could take to support our industry would be to provide incentives for the modernisation of delivery vehicles.  

“Currently merchants are limited in the types of vehicles that they can use, often needing diesel HGVs to move heavy materials like bricks and timber that use lifting gear to load/unload them. Rising costs, coupled with planned Clean Air Zones that aim to control access to cities or set entry charges, could have a hugely significant impact on merchants”.  

Based on a recent members survey, the BMF list five key asks of the Chancellor in their letter:  

  • resist the temptation to increase Road Fuel Duty and maintain the freeze on all fuels;
  • protect the funds previously allocated to develop alternative fuels for HGVs;
  • be sparing in any Vehicle Excise Duty increase HM Treasury apply linked to the Retail Prices Index;
  • be clear to explain changes in tax treatment of business vehicles to favour cleaner models; and,
  • find money to fund a diesel scrappage scheme to help SMEs replace lorries, trucks and vans.  

John Newcomb continued: “The BMF supports action towards cleaner air. Government and industry ought to work together to ensure that policy to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution does not restrict the delivery of materials and products to where they are needed. This is why our members are calling on the Chancellor to implement measures to support them to modernise their vehicles, and ensure that we can continue delivering the vital building blocks of growth in all parts of the UK”.
BMF calls on Chancellor to back modernisation of commercial vehicles. The BMF has written to the Chancellor to urge him to put measures in the forthcoming budget that will support the modernisation of builders merchants’ delivery vehicles.