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


 
BMF Branch Managers' Forum
27-28 June 2017

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BMF Mastermerchant, Ambleside
14-16 July 2017
 
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BMF All-Industry Conference

15-18 June 2017

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

New BMF Apprenticeship Training Agency to boost apprentice employment    


BMF Apprenticeships PlusThe BMF has formed an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) that will help its members gain maximum benefit from the opportunities created by the Apprenticeship Reforms – whether or not they are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.   BMF Apprenticeships Plus is an entirely new division of the BMF that utilises the expertise of an existing ATA, which has supported apprentice training for the Electrical Distribution Association (EDA) for the past five years.  During that time EDA apprentice numbers have seen a six fold increase, rising from 54 in 2012 to 391 in 2016.  

BMF Apprenticeships Plus is designed to remove potential administrative hurdles and make it easy for BMF members to take on apprentices in any job role.  The BMF ATA qualifies as a levy payer and will act as the apprentices’ formal employer - taking full administrative responsibility - and place them with a host member.  After the successful completion of the apprenticeship, employment is seamlessly transferred to the host member. 

Another key aspect of the scheme is the flexibility it offers to both the host member and the apprentice.  This is particularly helpful if merchants or suppliers are unable to commit to the length of time needed for a full apprenticeship.  If the member company’s circumstances change during the apprenticeship BMF Apprenticeship Plus will aim to find alternative and appropriate employment for the apprentice. This also gives the apprentice the reassurance that they will complete their training and gain a qualification.  

John Newcomb, BMF MD, said: “The experience of the EDA gives us confidence that establishing a sector specific BMF ATA will have far-reaching and positive consequences for the merchant sector.  Removing the administrative burden and giving access to a far wider range of training will encourage members to increase their recruitment of young apprentices or take them on for the first time.”  

BMF members will be able to continue to use their existing preferred training providers but they will also have access to a far wider portfolio of established and pre-vetted training providers covering all areas of the UK offering new qualifications and funded training opportunities.  

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “BMF Apprenticeship Plus will enhance the appeal of merchanting as a career option. Young people entering the industry using this route are supported by a full employment contract and apprenticeship agreement that gives them the opportunity to train and be recognised as proficient across the range of skills that our members need, as well as providing increased security for the duration of their apprenticeship.”  

To find out more about BMF Apprenticeship Plus contact James.Spillane@bmf.org.uk or on 02456 854980.
BMF Apprenticeships Plus
New BMF Apprenticeship Training Agency to boost apprentice employment. The BMF has formed an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) that will help its members gain maximum benefit from the opportunities created by the Apprenticeship Reforms

The BMF welcomes new members in Northern Ireland  

BJ Mullen L-R: James O’Hagan (General Manager, BJ Mullen), Shane Mullen (Director, BJ Mullen), John Newcomb (BMF Managing Director), Graham Bolton (BMF Regional Manager)The BMF is delighted to welcome two new independent merchant members in Northern Ireland:  

The first local independent merchant in Northern Ireland to sign up is B J Mullen & Sons Ltd, bathroom, tiles, building and plumbing supplies are based in Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, B J Mullen was founded in 1977 and is in its third generation of family ownership, employing 20 people. By joining, BJ Mullen show commitment to continuous development and standing at the forefront of industry advances, reassuring their customers of professionalism and expertise.  

Shane Mullen, Director of B J Mullen said: “We are excited to be joining the BMF as a smaller independent and we are looking forward to working with the BMF in all areas, but especially training and health and safety.”  

Kellys Point cover South Down and South Armagh areas, leading into Southern Ireland, and employing around 30 staff. They operate out of a four acre site which is shared by their sister companies Kellys Point Hire Ltd and Kelly Bros Building Contractors. With a reputation for good service, product knowledge and reasonably priced products, Kelly’s Point have a vast array of products, catering to both builders and DIY enthusiasts.  

Kenny Toner, General Manager of Kellys Point said: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF as the latest local independent merchant in Northern Ireland. We are looking forward to building upon the already strong relationships enjoyed with our suppliers and customers.”  

John Newcomb, BMF MD said: “I am delighted B J Mullen and Kellys Point see the value in being part of the BMF. We are looking forward to working with them both. The Federation has changed a lot in recent years and has a great deal to offer every merchant, no matter where they are in the UK, or the size of their operation.”
BJ Mullen L-R: James O’Hagan (General Manager, BJ Mullen), Shane Mullen (Director, BJ Mullen), John Newcomb (BMF Managing Director), Graham Bolton (BMF Regional Manager)
The BMF welcomes new members in Northern Ireland. The BMF is delighted to welcome two new independent merchant members in Northern Ireland: B J Mullen and Kellys Point

Hosts announced for BMF Members’ Day

Miriam StaleyMiriam Staley, who kick-started a high profile career at the age of 26 when she made it to the final five of the first series of The Apprentice, will host the Business Conference at BMF Members’ Day on 20 September.  

Following her appearance on the TV show she joined Lloyds TSB, heading up their Corporate Sponsorship programme during their partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Since then she has developed her career as a dynamic facilitator as well as an engaging speaker.  Miriam, who is one of the few people Lord Sugar has publicly apologised for firing from The Apprentice, says her life’s purpose is “to communicate and inspire”.  

The day-long business programme takes the theme “Building Beyond Brexit” and will include construction industry speakers, expert economic analysis, thought-provoking presentations from business leaders beyond the building industry, and workshop sessions where delegates can raise issues and question experts directly.  

Members Day concludes with an Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements of young people working in our industry, hosted by Dominic Holland.  Described by the Sunday Times as “the UK’s master of observational comedy”, Dominic’s material is accessible to all audiences.  He has performed three sell-out shows at the Edinburgh festival, winning a coveted Perrier Award, written and performed in two comedy series for BBC R4 and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows as well as theatres and comedy clubs all over the country.  

BMF MD, John Newcomb said: “Members’ Day has a new look this year with a more in-depth programme of business presentations and, for the first time, our Award ceremony held on the same day.  With this in mind we wanted to refresh the overall presentation of both elements and I know our two great hosts, Miriam and Dominic, will add that extra dimension.”  

Members’ Day 2017 will be held at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.  The Business Conference and the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner both take place on 20 September.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 19 September, along with our other social activities, Quad Biking and Rifle Shooting  

The BMF thanks our Members’ Day headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries, Monument Tools and First Event who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament and Social Activities.  

For more information and to book your place at the BMF Members’ Day Event, please contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Miriam Staley
Hosts announced for BMF Members’ Day. Miriam Staley, who kick-started a high profile career at the age of 26 when she made it to the final five of the first series of The Apprentice, will host the Business Conference at BMF Members’ Day on 20 Septem

BMF and IoBM agree strategic partnership  


Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM)The BMF and the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the two bodies working together more closely to develop the professionalism of the industry.  

The aims of the two organisations are already well aligned. While the BMF represents merchant and supplier companies, the IOBM represents the individuals whose skills and professionalism help make those companies succeed.  

Under the partnership agreement the IoBM will promote learning and development across the builders merchants sector and ensure the availability of suitable training. Wherever possible, that training will be provided by the BMF and the IoBM will accredit the BMF’s training courses.  The IoBM will also create a CPD Training Programme for its members.  

The IoBM will continue to fund training for deserving individuals in support of their personal development.  Applications for this fund will be open to employees from all BMF member companies, both merchant and supplier.  The aim would be for all IoBM additional net funds to be awarded in full every year with IoBM approved BMF courses being used wherever possible.  

The BMF will support and promote the IoBM, offering Affiliate membership free of charge to all BMF member company employees and running IoBM networking events at BMF Regional Centres of Excellence.  

Commenting on the partnership BMF MD, John Newcomb said: “In many respects our two organisations share common goals, particularly in relation to the professional development of the industry.  We are continually developing our own training offer to ensure it is appropriate for current industry needs. 

This will now be endorsed through the independent accreditation of the industry’s professional body.”  

IoBM President, Dennis Smith added: “Our aim is to grow membership and support our members as they progress through their careers.  Working closely with the BMF will bring the IoBM to the attention of a far wider community of merchants and building materials suppliers, all of whom are potential members.”  

The IoBM will continue to work with other industry bodies involved in supporting educational learning and development, and will work with the BMF to promote the builders merchants industry as a quality career choice for young people.  

The two bodies will operate as separate entities from the BMF’s Coventry head office and the IoBM will employ a dedicated administrator to co-ordinate its activities.
Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM)
BMF and IoBM agree strategic partnership. The BMF and the IoBM have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the two bodies working together more closely to develop the professionalism of the industry.