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  • Training and development
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Training

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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Featured Events

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


BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

BMF Members' Day Annual Conference & Awards

26-27 September 2018

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BMF Anniversary

BMF Anniversary
2018
 
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BMF Branch Managers' Forum

BMF Branch Managers' Forum
30-31 October 2018

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Latest News



Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Builders’ merchants’ sales soar as part of 0.9% rise in construction output  


Builders’ merchants have reported a double-digit increase in June, with average daily sales up 11.2% up on June 2017. Their performance reinforces today’s release of ONS data that has found construction output grew by 0.9% in Quarter 2 on 2018.    

The data on builders’ merchants is produced for the BMF through the ‘Builders Merchants Building Index' (BMBI) which tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales using GfK data. It found that total builders’ merchants’ sales in the first six months of 2018 increased by 4.0% over the same six months in 2017. The data also showed that average sales a day in the second quarter of 2018 were 18.7% higher than in the first quarter. The rise was led by a significant increase in landscaping sales, driven by the warm weather, with the ONS also finding there to have been an increase in Q2 in repair and maintenance work.  

The BMF state that their merchants’ set of results indicate that the building materials supply chain is working well, and fulfilling demand across the country being fuelled by construction and housebuilding projects.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said “Our members continue to deliver an effective and robust building materials supply chain, and I’m pleased to see this demonstrated through the BMBI and ONS construction data released today. As we predicted, the better weather has led to an increase in demand for home improvement projects. Major construction projects continue to drive sales for builders’ merchants across the country and our members are doing an excellent job ensuring we get the right materials in the right place.
Builders’ merchants have reported a double-digit increase in June, with average daily sales up 11.2% up on June 2017. Their performance reinforces today’s release of ONS data that has found construction output grew by 0.9% in Quarter 2 on 2018.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award  


The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award from over 280 BMF supplier and service members.  

All six suppliers have actively sought to gain value from their membership by working closely with the BMF during the last 12 months.  They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.  

This is the third year that the Award has been presented.  Previous winners are JCB and Crystal Direct.  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “BMF membership covers the whole building materials supply chain and suppliers play a vital role in our industry. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by our more active supplier and service members, through their participation in training, events and sponsorship. It is one way that we can both thank and congratulate all of this year’s finalists for their support.”  

The winner of the Supplier Engagement Award, which is sponsored by MRA Marketing, will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 27 September.
The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award fro

Jon Culshaw to attend Awards Dinner at BMF Members’ Day  


Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the BMF’s Members’ Day event on 27 September. The Awards Dinner follows the BMF’s Annual Conference on the same day.  

Jon is a man of many voices, with a catalogue of over 350 impersonations including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Professor Brian Cox, and comedians John Bishop and Michael McIntyre. He has appeared on multiple TV and radio shows including Spitting image and Dead Ringers, and is currently in the middle of his UK tour, “Great British Take Off”.  

In addition to celebrating the achievements of apprentices and young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Members’ Day Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Jon is a passionate supporter of Variety, the children’s charity, the BMF’s Charity of the Year.   

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jon will be joining us for our Awards Dinner. He is not only an exceptional performer, he also helped raise a record sum through the charity auction at the BMF All Industry Conference in Budapest last year. The merchant industry is always extremely generous at such events, and we look forward to handing over another significant sum to Variety the Children’s Charity and our industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust.”  

The final tickets for the BMF Members Day Conference and Awards Dinner can be booked at  the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or by contacting: june.upton@bmf.org.uk.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.
Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the BMF’s Members’ Day event on 27 September. The Awards Dinner follows the BMF’s Annual Conference on the same day.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards


The BMF has announced the five companies that have been nominated to represent their region for the title BMF Training Company of the Year.   

The nominations are:   

MGM Timber - Scotland & Northern Ireland   
C & W Berry - North West England, West Midlands & North Wales   
J T Atkinson & Sons - North East England, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside   
Chandler Building Supplies - London and Southern England   
Kellaway Building Supplies - South West England and South Wales     

All five have been selected for their commitment in supporting and developing their teams through their use of BMF training.   

MGM Timber was selected for their commitment to training at every level, from existing and potential managers to new apprentices. They currently have 11 apprentices in training through the BMF’s Apprentice Training Agency and 10 Management Diploma students, while a further 60 staff attended in-house training days covering sales, people management and the yard foreman’s toolkit.   

C&W Berry has proved adept at developing young managers through their use of the BMF Diploma, with four candidates on the current course, as well as encouraging staff to develop their product knowledge via MOL distance learning courses.   

J T Atkinson & Sons has made excellent use of BMF one and two day courses this year. In particular staff have been encouraged to develop a broad range of product knowledge through How a House is Built and Measuring Building Quantities workshops.   

Chandler Building Supplies has implemented training and development plans aligned to specific staff graded levels throughout their business. This includes a two-year rolling programme for all new starters covering 12 set courses.  

Kellaway Building Supplies takes a proactive approach to staff training which has created an engaging team-oriented culture which helps them to develop and retain talent within the business. Kellaway’s investment in physical training facilities also benefits other BMF members in the region as they host a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence that’s used for a wide range of the BMF’s open training courses.   

Commenting on the nominations, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “It is clear to see why these companies have been selected to represent their regions, through their approach and commitment to developing staff at all levels. I am delighted that they are making full use of the broad range of formal and specialist training offered by the BMF. Whoever wins the title, each of the nominated merchants are clearly winning in terms of building excellence within their own business.”   

The overall winner will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 27 September.
The BMF has announced the five companies that have been nominated to represent their region for the title BMF Training Company of the Year. The nominations are: MGM Timber, C & W Berry, J T Atkinson & Sons, Chandler Building Supplies, Kellaway Buildi
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