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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 Annual Conference and Awards

BMF Members' Day Annual Conference & Awards

26-27 September 2018

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BMF Anniversary

BMF Anniversary
2018
 
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BMF Branch Managers' Forum

BMF Branch Managers' Forum
30-31 October 2018

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Geberit opens latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence  


Geberit launch BMF Regional Centre of ExcellenceThe BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Geberit in Warwick. 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, the BMF’s 20th Regional Centre of Excellence, based in Geberit’s fantastic purpose-built UK headquarters in Warwick, will serve BMF members in the West Midlands.  

The globally-operating Geberit Group, which owns sanitaryware company Twyford, is a European leader in the field of sanitary products. Geberit operates with a strong local presence in most European countries, providing unique added value when it comes to sanitary technology and bathroom ceramics.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This stunning centre was opened on 19 July. The centre is well used by Geberit’s clients, and we are extremely grateful that they are opening it to our members too. We look forward to holding future forums, training courses and regional meetings here.”  

Brent Hudson, Marketing and Product Management Director, said: “The move to our new bespoke premises in Warwick last year gave us the opportunity to create this fantastic hub. Our ambition was to provide a centre that represents all that the Geberit brand stands for as well as offering visitors the opportunity to experience Geberit products, services and support first hand. Everyone at Geberit is delighted that our facilities have now been recognised by the BMF and we look forward to welcoming even more guests through the doors in the coming weeks and months.”  

Forthcoming BMF meetings already booked at Geberit, Warwick include the Plumbing & Heating Forum on 6 November, the West Midlands regional meeting on 21 November and a three day Leadership Skills for Supervisors course on 4-6 December.  Members can book events here and training here.



Pictured L-R: James Spillane (BMF Regional Manager – West Midlands, North West and North Wales), Mark Larden (Geberit Managing Director), Brent Hudson (Geberit Marketing & Product Director), John Newcomb (BMF CEO), Graham Aird (Geberit Training Manager)

The BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Geberit in Warwick. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country.

£1billion VAT bombshell for building supplies  


A £1billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.   

Parliament voted this week to ban the UK from raising taxes bound for the EU unless the EU also collects tax for the UK. If the UK exits the EU without a mutually beneficial customs arrangements, UK businesses face having to pay 20% more for imports from the EU and will have to do this upfront before goods can leave EU ports.   

Building supplies will be particularly impacted, with a knock on effect on costs of construction and, potentially, the UK housing market. The BMF, which is the trade body for builders merchants and their suppliers, has warned of serious and immediate implications for cashflow, costs and prices, given that the UK is heavily reliant on imports for materials such as timber, bricks and paint.   

60% of timber used in UK building comes from the EU, mainly Sweden, Finland and Latvia, and the added costs are £1billion. For bricks, imported mainly from Belgium and Holland, the post Brexit changes would add costs of £160m, while for paint, which comes from across the EU, added costs are estimated to be around £80m.   

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “Merchants already face significant cost increases due to rising world prices and currency fluctuations involving Sterling. Paying 20% more due to VAT rules will hit builders merchants hard”.
A £1billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.

Chandlers Building Supplies scoop BMF Mastermerchant trophy for second year running  


“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the tough challenge for the second year running from 13 teams to lift the 2018 BMF Mastermerchant trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge. Team members were Pierre Krause, Kayleigh Sinclair, Trevor Mudd, Sean Sinclair.  

Alumasc Water Management Solutions took the 2018 Super Supplier Award, as the top performing supplier. The team comprised Pete Wainer, Wayne Willmott, Damascus Msumba and Pete Hickman.  

The competition, 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 climbing sheer rock faces, canoeing on the lake, or scrambling through rocks and streams, they were trying to uncover clues, crack codes and guide team mates in the stunning setting of the Lake District.  

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This is a fantastic team-building 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 and work together as a team. We have been fortunate to enjoy some amazing weather for the challenge this year.”  

John added “I would like to thank IOBM for their sponsorship this year and management development company Stephen Lee Associates who devised the weekend’s events again.”
“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the tough challenge for the second year running from 13 teams to lift the 2018 BMF Mastermerchant trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge.

Peter Hindle MBE to extend term as BMF Chairman  


The BMF has confirmed that Peter Hindle MBE will remain in post as Chairman until March 2020. The 12-month extension of his term of office will provide continuity at Board level as the BMF focuses on its next stage of development.  

The BMF is currently undertaking a long-term strategy review. They will be sharing their plans for the next five years at Members’ Day in September.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “Peter was instrumental in the development of our initial strategic roadmap and the Board and myself are extremely pleased that he has agreed to continue as Chairman during the latest phase of development and implementation.  

“Our strategic focus on areas where we can best support our members and provide real leadership to the industry has been instrumental in revitalising the BMF and growing membership to its current high point of 650 companies. But the market we operate within is constantly evolving. Our latest strategy is designed both to reflect current changes and anticipate future developments and I am looking forward to working with the Board and the BMF team to deliver benefit to all members.”  

Peter Hindle MBE said: “I am encouraged by the progress the BMF has made in representing the building materials supply chain and promoting professionalism throughout the whole merchant industry. I am happy to have played a role within this and to continue my Chairmanship of the BMF for a further year. We are fortunate to have a relatively young board, with several directors joining within the last 12 months, and the BMF will undoubtedly benefit from their drive and enthusiasm in the future.”
The BMF has confirmed that Peter Hindle MBE will remain in post as Chairman until March 2020. The 12-month extension of his term of office will provide continuity at Board level as the BMF focuses on its next stage of development.
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