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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMBI shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards  

BMBI at the CMA AwardsThe Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has made the shortlist for three Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). BMBI has been shortlisted for ‘Best Product Launch’, ‘Best use of PR’ and ‘Best use of Research & Insight’.  

The CMAs is a prestigious event that recognises the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry. The awards are run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), and winners will be announced at the Radisson Blu Portman Square in London on Thursday 30th November 2017.  

Awareness and understanding of BMBI has grown rapidly since its launch by the BMF and MRA Marketing in 2015. The BMBI is a reliable and up-to-date measure of UK Repair Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) activity, using gold standard data from GfK, a leading international data and insights company.  

An integral part of the Index is the panel of leading industry Experts who speak exclusively for their markets. Each Expert adds perspective and context to the data, and helps to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI. These include: Encon Insulation, Timbmet, Knauf Insulation, Keylite Roof Windows, Hanson Cement, Keystone Lintels, Crystal Direct, IKO PLC, Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Ibstock Brick, Heatrae Sadia and Natural Paving Products.  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb comments: “Being shortlisted for three CMAs is a tremendous achievement for BMBI. With continued investment, the BMBI is becoming a key tool for our industry and achieving wide exposure in and outside construction. It is also proving to be a powerful vehicle for highlighting the importance of builders’ merchants to the UK economy. It would not exist without the combined efforts of the BMF, MRA marketing and regular insights from GfK.”  

Richard Frankcom, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade Panel, adds: “The BMBI is helping to put construction on the map and through the use of new data available to the channel, highlights the importance of quality insights on which to make smart business decisions. It’s great that the hard work is being recognised in such a phenomenal way.”  

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest report, learn more about the Experts and listen to the first Round Table Debate on key issues affecting the building industry. Follow on twitter @TheBMBI.  

The CMA Awards finalists are at http://www.cmawards.co.uk/2017-shortlist/
BMBI shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards. The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has made the shortlist for three Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). BMBI has been shortlisted for ‘Best Product Launch’, ‘

BMBI Experts debate key issues and trends in construction  


In September, the BMF hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry. The BMBI is a brand of the BMF and the debate was organised for BMBI Experts to discuss topical issues, and the potential implications for our industry. It was chaired by Builders’ Merchants News Group Editor Jennie Ward and included BMF Chairman Peter Hindle representing builders’ merchants and Mike Rigby CEO of MRA Marketing who produce the BMBI report.  

BMBI Experts taking part included: John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet; Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows; Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia; Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock; Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC; Malcom Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products; and Michael White, Business Development Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions.  

The debate covered five main topics:

  • Digitalisation & Omnichannel selling
  • Brexit’s effect on the industry
  • Skills, Materials Shortages & Capacity
  • Economy & Inflation
  • Grenfell Tower Fire & the implications  

As last year, the debate was videoed in full and individual topic videos will be available on the BMBI website and shared on LinkedIn and @TheBMBI on Twitter as well as Vimeo and YouTube. A full write-up will also feature in the November/December issue of Builders’ Merchants News.  

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest BMBI report or to learn more about each Expert, and watch this space for updates on the Round Table footage. Follow @TheBMBI  

If you’d like your brand to become an Expert and the voice of your market, call Lucia Di Stazio of MRA Marketing on 01453 521621.
BMBI Experts debate key issues and trends in construction. In September, the BMF hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry.

Sage joins the BMF


SageSage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the BMF.  

Already used by 1 in 2 businesses across the UK, Sage supports a wide range of trade businesses, distributors and manufacturers across the industry. Whether it’s a small business solution you’d like to offer your Trade customers, or an ERP system for your own organisation, Sage has the strongest portfolio of cloud solutions to meet your needs.  

Daniel Conroy, Sage Business Development Manager – Partnership and Alliances said “We’re constantly reinventing and simplifying business accounting through brilliant technology and look forward to adding value to the members of the Builders Merchant Federation.” 

Welcoming Sage into membership, BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Sage has joined the BMF and already has plans to utilise their membership to the full. I am looking forward to working with them in the coming months.”  

For more information about Sage please visit www.sage.com or watch the video at https://youtu.be/FkHfTFtxiX0
Sage joins the BMF. Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the BMF. Already used by 1 in 2 businesses across the UK, Sage supports a wide range of trade businesses, distributors and manufacturers

Private housing demand fuels builders’ merchant sales growth

GfKk BMBI dataNew data released by the BMF presents a direct contrast with the latest ONS Construction Index data.

Despite the ONS claiming that “construction output contracted by 0.8% in the three month on three month series in August 2017” builders’ merchants, who supply materials to the construction industry, saw sales increase by 5.8% in August compared with the same month last year. Additionally, August sales were 1.1% ahead of July, helped by one extra trading day.

Where the BMF’s and ONS data do agree is on the growth in private housing and the positive impact this is having on the construction industry.

The BMF figures are contained in the ‘Builders Merchants Building Index' which tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales using GfK data. The index shows growth over the past twelve months (September 2016 to August 2017) which was 4.6% higher than the previous year.

The data also states that year to date sales have strengthened and are 4.5% ahead of the same period in 2016. Ironmongery (+7.4%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+7.0%) were the leading performers.

The continued robust sales figures achieved by builders merchants show that, despite some predictions of a recession in the construction industry, Britain’s building materials supply chain is performing well, supporting both new housebuilding and housing renovation. They also state that it shows demand from households to renovate their property, as shown by Kitchen and Bathroom sales being 11.1% higher in August compared to the same time last year.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “Our latest figures show that builders’ merchants are delivering the building blocks for growth and supporting housebuilding across the country. Demand has also been fuelled by families wanting to repair, extend or adapt their homes However, there are signs that consumer confidence is slowing due to concerns over inflation which may impact private housing renovation once current projects are completed.”

“In the light of this, we are pleased that the Government made further commitments to housebuilding last week. Our members are ready to work with local authorities, developers and consumers to get the right materials in the right place to build the homes the country needs.”
Private housing demand fuels builders’ merchant sales growth. New data released by the BMF presents a direct contrast with the latest ONS Construction Index data. Despite the ONS claiming that “construction output contracted by 0.8% in the three