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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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BMF Members' Day

19-20 September 2017

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BMF Burns Supper, Edinburgh
26 January 2018
 
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BMF Pavilion at UK Construction Week 

UK Construction Week
10-12 October 2017

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF announce Supplier Engagement Award finalists for Members’ Day  

BMF Supplier Engagement Award 2016 - JCBThe BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: ACO, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Fakro, JCB, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools.  

The award is sponsored by MRA Marketing for the second year running and recognises those suppliers who have worked closely with the BMF during the last 12 months.  

The shortlisted companies have all successfully integrated membership of the BMF as a core element of their sales and marketing strategies and have fully supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through some form of sponsorship of one of the BMF events.  

Last year’s winner was JCB.

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb says “Suppliers are a fundamental part of the BMF membership. This award is a great way of recognising the outstanding engagement by our more active supplier members, through their participation in training, events and sponsorship. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and look forward to announcing the winner at Members’ Day on 20 September.”  

The BMF’s annual Members’ Day Awards, sponsored by Encon Insulation, will take place after the BMF Members’ Day Conference on 20 September at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.   You can book your place at Members’ Day now at www.bmf.org.uk/events or for more details contact June Upton at june.upton@bmf.org.uk.  



Pictured: Supplier Engagement of the Year Award 2016 winner: JCB. L-R Lucia di Stazio (MRA Marketing, Darren Brookes (JCB), John Newcomb (BMF)

BMF Supplier Engagement Award 2016 - JCB
BMF announce Supplier Engagement Award finalists for Members’ Day. The BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: A

UK plan for improving air quality: BMF comment


BMF comment on UK plan for improving air qualityThe Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has published the Government’s long-awaited plan to improve air quality by tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel engines.  

Ministers confirmed that they will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by year 2040 as part of wider proposals to improve air quality as quickly as possible.  

Responding to the announcement, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, commented: “The BMF welcomes the Government’s ambitions to improve air quality. By signalling that any action must not be done at the expense of local businesses, we are pleased to see they have taken on board our members’ concerns and are choosing a sensible approach”.  

“The BMF has consistently raised concerns that Clean Air Zones represent another burden on our merchants who have no choice but to use diesel vehicles to deliver heavy materials which are, literally in some cases, the building blocks of local growth. We are pleased that ministers have reiterated that charging zones should be the last resort”.  

“As the proposals show, the problem is highly localised in nature. That validates our long-held view that better traffic management will ease pollution by reducing stop/start driving and the formation of queues. Changes to the phasing of traffic lights, and road layouts and junctions, will also help”.  

“The BMF is keen to play its part in improving air quality and we look forward to working with national and local government to reduce roadside emissions”.  

Mr Gove was giving his formal response to a consultation by his Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that the High Court ordered to be carried out - during the General Election campaign - because DEFRA has failed to bring down air pollution to within legal limits.  

Diesel emissions are the main cause of pollution but those from home heating and excavators and bulldozers on construction sites are also involved. Several English local authorities are considering establishing Clean Air Zones to comply with EU and UK law. They want to restrict access based on the type of fuel or vehicle - and businesses are faced with possible entry charges in future. The first cities considering such a move are Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Southampton.
BMF comment on UK plan for improving air quality. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has published the Government’s long-awaited plan to improve air quality by tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel engines.

Builders merchants maintain strong growth in 2017

Builders' Merchant Building IndexNew data from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders’ merchants across the UK have experienced continued strong sales in 2017.  

The BMBI contains data from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, which analyses data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales throughout the UK. It found that year on year sales were up 8.5% in May 2017 and adjusted for one extra trading day, average daily sales were 3.3% ahead of May 2016.  

Kitchens and Bathrooms saw the largest increase in sales at +13%. It was the third-warmest May in 50 years and the good weather is seen as a contributing factor to strong sales performances in Timber and Joinery products (+10.1%) and Landscaping (+6%).  

The BMF has previously reported that builders’ merchants were optimistic about 2017, and these predictions appear to be becoming true with year to date sales being 3.8% ahead of the 2016. The BMF states that the strong performance of their members demonstrates that builders’ merchants are delivering the vital materials required to support construction and growth across the UK.  

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “Builders’ merchants and their SME builders’ customers have continued 2016’s strong growth into 2017 and we remain optimistic for the coming months.  

“It is clear that builders’ merchants have a vital role to play in delivering local growth across the UK. As a country we need to build many more homes, but these cannot be built without the materials and products that BMF members make, stock and deliver, on a daily basis, to where they are needed. There are also thousands of households wanting to repair, extend or adapt their home, and again they rely on builders’ merchants to provide the materials to do this.  

“Despite this, there are still some challenges facing our sector such as the potential for the price of materials to increase due to higher commodity prices and fluctuations in exchange rates. We also want to see the Government press ahead with its proposals contained in the Housing White Paper, as this will bring a welcome boost to housebuilders”.  

Ricky Coombes, Channel Account Manager at GfK said: “Over the short to medium term we expect the builders’ merchants to continue their year on year growth. However future spending plans for consumers within the repairing, extending or adapting homes sector is expected to slow during the second half of 2017 as consumers’ confidence, as measured by GfK, and real term wealth decline. June saw GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index decrease five points to -10, with the unsettling influences of a snap General Election, its inconclusive outcome and the start of Brexit negotiations being likely contributors.”
Builders' Merchant Building Index
Builders merchants maintain strong growth in 2017. New data from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders’ merchants across the UK have experienced continued strong sales in 2017. The BMBI contains data from GfK’s Builders Me

Simon Weston CBE to give Keynote Presentation at BMF Members’ Day

Simon Weston CBESimon Weston CBE, the keynote speaker at the BMF Members’ Day in September, is immediately recognisable.  

Thirty five years ago, the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. Simon, a Welsh Guardsman, was on board.  In the aftermath, his name and face become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries and redefine his role in life.  Simon’s message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.  

Simon conveys his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be!  The only obstacles to achieving one’s targets and successes are those you create for yourself.  His words never fail to inspire. 

The Build Show is supporting Simon’s appearance at BMF Members’ Day. Nathan Garnett, director the Build Show’s parent company, Media Ten, said:  "The Build Show has always been keen to support veterans who often join the construction sector. Veterans are crucial in this sector to keep the skilled workforce levels we need to meet the challenges of building millions of new homes, so for the Build Show to sponsor Simon Weston at the BMF Member's Day is a real privilege.”  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO added: “We are not only delighted to welcome Simon to Member’s Day we are also pleased to have the Build Show involved as a sponsor for the first time.”  

BMF 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
Simon Weston CBE to give Keynote Presentation at BMF Members’ Day in September. Simon conveys his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be! The only obstacles to achieving o