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Five reasons why becoming a member
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  • Training and development
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Training

BMF training

The BMF runs a wide range of training and skills development for employees of merchants, distributors and suppliers, from yard staff to company directors. Training ranges from online product knowledge to specialist skills training.

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Publications

BMF Handbook and Directory 2017

BMF publications include One Voice magazine, Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), Plumbing & Heating News, Timber Forum News, Remuneration survey, KPI report, Business News and CPA Weekly notes.

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Featured Events

The BMF has a wide range of events, forums and regional meetings to enhance networking opportunities.




BMF Members' Day

19-20 September 2017

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BMF Burns Supper, Edinburgh
26 January 2018
 
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BMF Pavilion at UK Construction Week 

UK Construction Week
10-12 October 2017

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Latest News



Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Imperial Bricks join BMF as Supplier member  


Imperial BricksImperial Bricks, a leading supplier of handmade bricks in the UK, has recently joined the BMF. Imperial offers the widest range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth with merchants. Becoming a member of the BMF was a logical next step.  

Imperial Brick look forward to enjoying benefits of membership such as industry-led events, business support, reports and data, specialist training and political representation for the builders’ merchant trade.  

Imperial Bricks Managing Director Jason Hughes comments: “We already work with some of the leading national, regional and independent merchants such as Jewson, Travis Perkins, Buildbase and MKM Building Supplies, to name a few. Our merchant team has been working hard to ensure we provide solutions and services to suit all types and size of merchant. Some merchants may be brick specialists looking to demonstrate their core product offering, while others need support to introduce new ranges to their business.”  

Welcoming Imperial Bricks into membership, BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “I am delighted to welcome Imperial Bricks into membership. The BMF is the trade association that brings together merchants and their suppliers. I’m delighted that Imperial Bricks are planning to take an active role with the BMF and I look forward to working with them in 2017.”  
Imperial Bricks
Imperial Bricks join BMF as Supplier member. Imperial Bricks, a leading supplier of handmade bricks in the UK, has recently joined the BMF. Imperial offers the widest range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth

BMF & NMBS to run Independent Merchant Forum  

BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant ForumThe BMF and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.  

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum has been designed for merchants with annual turnover of £10m or less.  The day-long programme will include expert presentations on Cyber Security, Digital Marketing, Distribution, Employment, Finance and EDI, Health & Safety, Leadership & Management and Training.  There will also be networking opportunities for delegates throughout the day.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “The content has been designed for small and medium sized merchants where the business owners take a hands-on role within the business.  This includes a significant number of BMF members, but we recognise that there are many other SME merchants who we don’t represent. NMBS is the largest buying society in the UK for independent merchants and joining with them to create and promote the event means that a far wider audience has the opportunity to benefit.” 

Chris Hayward, NMBS MD, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with the BMF to facilitate the first educational Forum specially created for the vibrant SME merchant sector. In order to make the event as open and accessible as possible our two organisations are jointly underwriting all costs so entry is free to delegates.”  

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum takes place on Tuesday 7 November at the BMF’s HQ and training centre in Coventry.  Free delegate places are limited to two per company (terms and conditions apply).  To reserve your place click here or contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk for more information 02476 854988.
BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum
BMF & NMBS to run Independent Merchant Forum. The BMF and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.

Chandlers Building Supplies wins 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Challenge  

Mastermerchant winners: Chandlers Building Supplies“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams who pushed them all the way to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge.  

Estimators Online, took the 2017 Super Supplier Award as the top performing supplier, following their fantastic performance as first time entrants.  

The competition, sponsored by MRA Marketing and Merlin Software, which is held over a weekend in the Lake District, involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance.  This is a fun event with a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  

As usual, many of this year’s tasks involved getting wet.  If contestants weren’t canoeing on the lake or scrambling through rocks and streams, they were trying to uncover clues, crack codes and guide team-mates in the “liquid sunshine” that is an essential part of the Lake District’s natural charm.  Not that this dampened any of the teams’ enthusiasm for the event, as all have pledged to return next year.  

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This is a fantastic teambuilding event and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members take part every year.  It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better. While the day’s activities are quite intense, there is time to relax in the evening and the stunning scenery of the Lake District makes the whole experience memorable.”
Mastermerchant winners: Chandlers Building Supplies
Chandlers Building Supplies wins 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Challenge. “The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams who pushed them all the way to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy. Estimators

BMF calls for clarity on air quality proposals


Michael Gove MPThe BMF has called on Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to clarify his Department’s Clean Air Zone proposals and warns that they risk adding “disproportionate costs” to SME businesses.  

The BMF emphasised the role of its members as the ‘last-mile’ link in delivering to building sites - and that merchants and manufacturers have no choice but to use diesel vehicles to deliver heavy materials like bricks and timber that require lifting gear to load/unload them for customers.  

In a letter to the Environment Secretary, the BMF argues that Clean Air Zones are set to be introduced with “insufficient time for businesses to make necessary operational changes”, stating that the main concern is “the connection between start dates for minimum vehicle emissions’ standards, the typical life-span of vehicles, and the normal rate that firms replace their vehicles”.  

The BMF urges Mr Gove to work with Cabinet colleagues to support merchants to replace old, polluting vehicles with cleaner, greener models, rather than introduce charging Clean Air Zones.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said:   “With combined member sales of £27 billion and 4,900 branches across the UK, the BMF leads the way in wanting to see builders, plumbers and timber merchants play a part in improving air quality”.  

“The cost of doing business is already high and Clean Air Zones are likely to represent another administrative and financial burden. We therefore want to see a firm commitment from the Environment Secretary that both he and local authorities are willing to work with SMEs like merchants to exhaust all options before resorting to charging zones”.
Michael Gove MP
BMF calls for clarity on air quality proposals. The BMF has called on Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to clarify his Department’s Clean Air Zone proposals and warns that they risk adding “disproporti