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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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Featured Events

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

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.
Northumberland’s No.1 Independent Welcomes Trevelyan  

Left to right: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Steve Robinson (Managing Director) and Eddie Burness (Branch Manager) at JT Dove Building Materials in Berwick-Upon-TweedFollowing the General Election, the new Government must remember that housing is not built and homes are not improved without the involvement of builders, plumbers and timber merchants.  

That was the message from JT Dove, the North East’s no.1 independent builders’ merchant, to Anne-Marie Trevelyan when she visited the 148-year old business in Berwick-Upon-Tweed today.  

Mrs Trevelyan was shown around JT Dove by its Managing Director, Steve Robinson, and discussed the role, value and importance of merchants in creating local jobs and growth.  

Mr Robinson explained how the company is investing in its 17-strong branch network throughout the North East, Cumbria and Scottish Borders. He also raised several key issues facing the construction industry including housing demand & supply, vocational training and skills (especially apprentices), and the consequences of the vote to leave the European Union.  

Steve Robinson is also Regional Chairman of the Builders Merchants’ Federation that represents the interests of merchants and manufacturers with a combined annual worth of £24.6 billion. Mrs Trevelyan was particularly interested in the latest BMF economic data that shows sales figures across the UK in February were up nearly 8% in total, compared to the same time in 2016.  

Touring the 4-acre site, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “I was delighted to visit JT Dove here in the constituency and learn of their contribution to not only rural Northumberland’s prosperity, but also the wider North Eastern economy. I pay tribute to Branch Manager, Eddie Burness, and his team in helping customers with their building projects”.  

“Housing and home-ownership are central to my Party’s thinking and our work on the Northern Powerhouse. I want to see a modern Industrial Strategy continue to succeed here in the North East. Boosting output and employment, educational achievement, and the quality of life in less-well performing parts of the country, compared to London and the South East, must continue to be our aim”.  

Concluding the visit, Steve Robinson, JT Dove Managing Director, said: “I was grateful to Anne-Marie for taking time to come today and gain insight into our supply chain. We wanted to show her that builders’ merchants create meaningful jobs, at all levels, in every constituency. Apprentices are central to this and we want to see the next Government doing more to redress the parity of esteem between academic and vocational training”.


Pictured: L-R: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Steve Robinson (Managing Director) and Eddie Burness (Branch Manager) at JT Dove Building Materials in Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Left to right: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Steve Robinson (Managing Director) and Eddie Burness (Branch Manager) at JT Dove Building Materials in Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Northumberland’s No.1 Independent Welcomes Trevelyan. Following the General Election, the new Government must remember that housing is not built and homes are not improved without the involvement of builders, plumbers and timber merchants.

BMF launches new Training Solutions prospectus  



BMF Traning Solutions prospectusThe BMF has published a new Training Solutions Prospectus, which details the full programme of specialist training support available for merchants and their suppliers.  

The Prospectus, which includes a number of newly added and updated courses as well as longstanding favourites, is an easy to use reference guide covering the BMF’s full training portfolio of regional, in-company, distance learning, online and modular programmes from apprenticeships to postgraduate study.  

The 80-page easy to use reference guide is divided into eight sections covering management development, leadership, sales, induction and operations, apprenticeships, product knowledge, transport and specialist kitchen and bathroom courses.   

An overview for each course outlines its purpose and objectives, who would most benefit, course content, duration and learning format, as well as further development opportunities for those attending.  The Prospectus includes a Training Roadmap that highlights courses that work well together, and illustrates a general recommended path that will help individual’s progress from an apprenticeship to senior management.  

The Prospectus also introduces the BMF’s new Apprenticeship Training Agency, BMF Merchant Apprenticeships Plus, which has been set up to make it easier for members to recruit, employ and support their apprentices. The distinctive feature of this service is that it is BMF Apprenticeship Plus that acts as the apprentice employer, placing them with a “host” member employer. Those BMF members who wish to employ their own apprentices can still make contact to find out how the ATA can advise and support them .     

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “BMF Training Solutions offers something for everyone, no matter what stage they are at in their career.  We are undoubtedly the merchant industry specialists, not only in the course content we offer, but also in the flexible ways available to learn and enhance skills.  Essentially, we have courses that can be followed any time, any place and anywhere.  We offer online or distance learning modules and courses held at regional venues, including our new Regional Centres of Excellence, or ‘In-Company, where we come to you to create a truly bespoke training service.”  

For more information or to order your copy of the BMF Training Solutions Prospectus, call the BMF Training Team on 02476 854980 or email training@bmf.org.uk.
BMF Training Solutions prospectus
BMF launches new Training Solutions Prospectus. The BMF has published a new Training Solutions Prospectus, which details the full programme of specialist training support available for merchants and their suppliers.