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Branch Managers' Forum

14-15 March 2018

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Vince Cable to speak at BMF Members Day


Sir Vince Cable MPSir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for BMF Members’ Day in September, which takes the theme “The Future Belongs to the Bold”.

A former chief economist at Shell, Vince Cable was the first UK politician to warn of the impending financial crisis of 2008. He now believes that a hard Brexit could create serious and prolonged economic difficulties ahead.  

As leader of the Liberal Democrats, his top priorities are fighting to make sure the UK remains at the heart of the EU, building an economy that works for everyone, investing in high-quality public services and a decent welfare system and building a mass movement that can win elections and make our country more liberal and more democratic.

Between 2010 and 2015, as the Coalition Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable created a distinctive Liberal Democrat vision for the economy. A long-term industrial strategy, promotion of science and innovation, banking reform, the creation of the world’s first-ever Green Investment Bank, support for young people through apprenticeships and the promotion of socially responsible capitalism.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “We are delighted that Sir Vince Cable will address BMF Members’ Day this year.  He is not only one of the country’s senior politicians but also a highly regarded economist who is not afraid to express bold, and sometimes contrarian, views.  This sits well with our Members’ Day theme, and I know that everyone will be keen to hear from him.”  

John Newcomb added: “Having a leading political speaker has long been a tradition at our bi-annual All Industry Conference.  Last year, we reintroduced this element to Members’ Day with a well-received presentation from the Housing Minister at the time, Alok Sharma.  With Vince Cable on this year’s stage, we are building on that success and taking it to the next level.”  

BMF Members’ Day 2018 will be held for the first time at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent – the home of England’s 28 national football teams.  The Business Conference and the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September.   The BMF thanks our Members’ Day headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

For more information on BMF Members’ Day, click here or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Vince Cable to speak at BMF Members Day. Sir Vince Cable MPSir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for BMF Members’ Day in September, which takes the theme “The Futur

West London’s no.1 independent welcomes Huq  

L-R: Shanker Patel (Lords Group CEO), Dr Rupa Huq MP (Labour, Ealing Central & Acton) and John Murphy (Lords Branch Manager)With local elections in all London Boroughs in May, political parties should remember that housing is not built, nor are homes improved, without London’s builders, plumbers and timber merchants. That was the message from Lords Builders’ Merchant, West London’s number 1 independent merchant, to Rupa Huq MP when she visited the 33-year old business in Park Royal, Ealing.  

Dr Huq was welcomed by Shanker Patel, Lords Chief Executive, to learn more on how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider London economy. The MP toured the business with Mr Patel and John Murphy, Branch Manager, who outlined the role, value and importance of merchants in creating local jobs and growth.  

Dr Huq heard how merchants like Lords have evolved since the ‘Credit Crunch’ of nearly ten years’ ago - and how the building materials’ supply chain is responding to today’s housing challenges.  

Several issues aimed at narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply were discussed in the context of the Mayor of London’s Housing Strategy and the new draft London Plan. If Londoners are to see the 66,000 new homes a year they need, one solution is a stronger emphasis on developing small sites that SME builders can undertake. According to Shanker Patel, better use has to be made of existing buildings and building upwards to add extra storeys must also be part of the package to deliver more homes in the capital.  

After visiting the 2-acre site, Rupa Huq MP said:   “I was delighted to visit Lords here in the constituency and see for myself their contribution to Ealing and the wider London economy. I pay tribute to Branch Manager, John Murphy and his team in helping customers with their building projects”.  

Housing is central to my Party’s thinking and we want to see better quality and more affordable housing in London if we are to improve the lives of constituents. This week, we saw another new Housing Minister appointed, meaning that there has been 7 Housing Ministers in the last 7 years, and 3 in the last 7 months. This is not helpful to firms like Lords that want certainty and stability in housing and planning policy to be able to invest confidently in people and products”.  

Concluding the visit, Shanker Patel, Chief Executive of Lords Group, said:   “I was grateful to Dr Huq for taking time to come today and gain further insight into our supply chain. We wanted to show her that builders’ merchants like Lords offer good jobs and rewarding careers, to people of all ages, and serve local communities in helping to improve their homes”.  

“Lords and the BMF are pleased that housing remains at the top of the political agenda and that MPs like Rupa Huq recognise the urgent need to build many more new homes. Merchants want to see unstinting efforts by both national government in Whitehall and local authorities in London to narrow the gap between housing demand and supply”.  

Mr Patel is also a Board Director of the BMF that represents the interests of builders, plumbers and timber merchants and manufacturers. Dr Huq noted that the latest available BMF economic data shows that sales figures for October 2017 were up nearly 10% overall, compared to the same month in 2016. These robust sales’ figures demonstrate the adaptable nature of merchants like Lords - especially in the housing repair and maintenance market.



Pictured L-R: Shanker Patel (Lords Group CEO), Dr Rupa Huq MP (Labour, Ealing Central & Acton) and John Murphy (Lords Branch Manager)

West London’s no.1 independent welcomes Huq. With local elections in all London Boroughs in May, political parties should remember that housing is not built, nor are homes improved, without London’s builders, plumbers and timber merchants. That was

BMF wins UFEMAT Best Practice Award for second year running  


L-R: Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Marnix Van Hoe (UFEMAT General Secretary), John Newcomb (BMF CEO)The BMF was delighted to win the Best Practice Award for the second year running at the recent UFEMAT AGM held in Stockholm. UFEMAT is the European Association of National Builders’ Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.  

The Award was presented by Marnix Van Hoe, UFEMAT General Secretary, to Peter Hindle MBE, BMF Chairman, and John Newcomb, BMF CEO (pictured).  

Receiving the award, John Newcomb said: “It is a remarkable achievement to win this prestigious Award again. Many UFEMAT members have far larger operations than our own and it is a terrific tribute to the BMF team that our work to support our members has been recognised again this year.”  

Adding his congratulations, Peter Hindle said: “This is testament to the professionalism of the whole team. I am delighted their hard work has been acknowledged once again.”   



Pictured L-R: Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Marnix Van Hoe (UFEMAT General Secretary), John Newcomb (BMF CEO)  
BMF wins UFEMAT Best Practice Award for second year running. The BMF was delighted to win the Best Practice Award for the second year running at the recent UFEMAT AGM held in Stockholm. UFEMAT is the European Association of National Builders’ Merc

PageGroup hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence 


PageGroup - BMF Regional Centre of ExcellenceThe BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of PageGroup, a UK market leader in recruitment. 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, based in PageGroup’s prestigious London office in Victoria House, Holborn, will serve BMF members in London and the South East. Victoria House, which overlooks Bloomsbury Square, offers excellent meeting accommodation, and is now available to the BMF and its members.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that is well used by PageGroup’s clients, and we are extremely grateful that they are opening it to our members too. We look forward to holding London/South East meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region. The first meeting to take place at the new centre will be the BMF board meeting on 8 March.”  

Andrew Ward, Director at Page Executive, said: We’re delighted that PageGroup’s London office has been selected as a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence. With over 40 years’ experience of working with merchants and suppliers within the building materials sector, this will not only strengthen existing relationships with BMF members, but also allow us to promote best practice talent attraction and diversity / inclusion strategies, both within the industry and attracting top talent in from other sectors. This will be key to sustained success throughout the rapidly changing construction industry.
PageGroup hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence. The BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of PageGroup, a UK market leader in recruitment. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is ma