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BMF Branch Managers' Forum
27-28 June 2017

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BMF Mastermerchant, Ambleside
14-16 July 2017
 
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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

FMB Vice President to give builders’ view at BMF Members’ Day


Arthur McArdleArthur McArdle, National Vice President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) will present a builder’s view of Brexit at the BMF Members’ Day in September.  

Together with his sons, Arthur owns and runs Woodfield Building Services (Staffs) Ltd, carrying out domestic and commercial refurbishments for local authorities, housing associations and the general public. He originally trained as a carpenter and joiner, before setting up his business in the mid 1980s.  He has been an active member of the FMB since that time.  

BMF MD John Newcomb said: “EU tradespeople have come to play a crucial role in plugging the construction industry’s chronic skills’ shortage. In the lead up to Brexit, the FMB has expressed its concern over the Immigration Bill and I’m sure Arthur will touch on this and other key issues for SME building firms.”  

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
Arthur McArdle
FMB Vice President to give builders’ view at BMF Members’ Day. Arthur McArdleArthur McArdle, National Vice President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) will present a builder’s view of Brexit at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Improving air quality in English cities: BMF lobbying


Michael GoveIf Government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must act to support merchants to replace old vehicles with cleaner, greener models. That is the message from the BMF to the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP.  

The rise in commercial journey in recent years means action must be taken first to alleviate harmful emissions from HGVs & LGVs, said the BMF. Funding ought to go towards retrofitting vehicles with devices that limit exhaust emissions - or replacing older, polluting lorries, trucks and vans.  

The BMF was responding to a consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) seeking views on improving air quality by tackling nitrogen dioxide pollution. 

John Newcomb, BMF Managing Director, said:  

“We support the Government’s ambitions to improve air quality. However, it is imperative that local authorities exhaust all possible options before resorting to the imposition of charging zones”.  

“Government at all levels must understand that the cost of doing business is already too high - and Clean Air Zones represent another administrative and financial burden. The worry is that different authorities take different approaches to one another that simply adds to merchants’ costs”.  

Whitehall and local government want to implement Clean Air Zones to improve air quality and tackle pollution from diesel vehicles. Several local authorities aim to restrict access to their city based on the type of fuel or vehicle - and businesses are faced with new penalty charges to enter.  

Mr Newcomb added that current proposals do not address uneven treatment of private motoring and business traffic. Diesel is the fuel used in lorries, trucks and vans to carry commercial loads. DEFRA is not requiring cities to levy charges on private cars (esp. diesel) motorcycles or mopeds.  

In its lobbying, the BMF emphasised a need for government to work with its members - both in and outside Zones - not against them. Merchants perform a vital function as the ‘last-mile’ link in delivering to building sites and have no choice but to use diesel, the BMF told DEFRA.  

Places that are in line to introduce Clean Air Zones are (firstly) Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton and (secondly) Greater Manchester and Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Improving air quality in English cities: BMF lobbying. If government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must act to support merchants to replace old vehicles with cleaner, greener models. That is the message from the BMF

Industry sets fundraising record at merchants’ best-ever Conference  

Jon Culshaw (left) and Gethin JonesThe BMF has confirmed that a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its All Industry Conference in Budapest last weekend.  The total was even higher than the estimate given on the night. The money will be divided equally between Variety, the Children’s Charity, the charity of the Crystal Clear Group, and the Teenage Cancer Trust, the BMF’s charity of the year.  

Conference delegates showed their generosity in many different ways throughout the evening. The highlight was a special auction where the star lot, a Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo donated by the Crystal Clear Group, sold for £19,000.  

Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, who has strong links with Variety, joined Conference host, Gethin Jones on stage to encourage every member of the audience to get involved. A silent auction of lots ranging from holidays to sporting memorabilia raised well over £30,000 and, after Paddy Ashdown’s excellent speech earlier in the day, there was no surprise when someone bid £3,000 to lunch with him.   

John Newcomb BF MD said: “We hoped to raise an exceptional sum for two very deserving charities and I am unbelievably proud of the industry for achieving even more than we ever imagined. I’m told that this is the highest sum our industry has raised for charity in a single night and I would like to thank everyone who contributed. I must also thank Martin Randall and the Crystal Clear Group whose donation of a limited edition car caught everyone’s imagination and made such a significant contribution to the evening’s overall fundraising.”  

Martin Randall. Crystal Clear Group Chairman and Variety patron said: “I can only echo John’s appreciation of our colleagues in the industry. Their amazing generosity has raised a huge amount of money and these valuable funds will help both charities continue to make a difference to the lives of the people they support.”  

Expressing his appreciation, Keith Yonish, Marketing & Commercial Director at Variety, the Children’s Charity, said:  “We cannot thank enough the BMF, its members and Martin Randall of Crystal Direct for their support and generosity.  We are overwhelmed by the amount raised for Variety, in just one evening. This much needed donation for the charity will certainly go towards helping make a real positive difference to disabled and disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.”    

The Gala Dinner was the climax of what many delegates have described as the best BMF All Industry Conference yet, where they were inspired, educated, entertained and had plenty of opportunities to network.   

Reflecting on the event, Paul Turner, Strategy Director Wolseley UK said: “The BMF conference this year provided insight from within the industry and from some excellent specialist presenters. The whole conference hung together really coherently around Change, Challenge and Opportunity and provided some great networking and food for thought. One of the best conferences I have been to.”  

Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Natural Paving Company added his congratulations to the BMF team who organised the event.  “BIG congratulations on pulling off one of the most thought provoking, entertaining and enlightening conferences yet. The speakers were all excellent. My note pad is full of scribbles and ideas that I am definitely taking back to our business.”  

The sell-out BMF All Industry Conference was attended by 430 people.  
Jon Culshaw (left) and Gethin Jones
Industry sets fundraising record at merchants’ best-ever Conference. The BMF has confirmed that a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its All Industry Conference in Budapest last weekend.

The Queen's Speech: BMF comment


House of Lords chamberReacting to today’s Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the Government’s legislative programme for the next two years, John Newcomb, BMF Managing Director, said: 

“The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s pre-occupation with the complex negotiations to leave the European Union, but we do welcome the very encouraging noises today on housing and industrial policy, which will both help grow the economy, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We welcome the clear statement in the Queen’s Speech that proposals will be brought forward to help ensure more homes are built. The Government has acknowledged that not enough homes are being built and that we need to build more of the right homes in the right places, and diversify who builds homes. Our understanding is that the Housing White Paper does not now require further legislation, so we would urge the Government to implement it as quickly as possible”.  

“The BMF also welcomes the Government’s commitment to implementing the Industrial Strategy and the new Trade and Customs Bills which will enable our members to trade confidently and continue with their planned investments. The BMF favours an Industrial Strategy that showcases the construction industry, based on a clearly-defined, well-articulated mission to give it purpose, drive and direction. A resilient, functioning and enduring supply chain must be a core component if the Strategy is to succeed”.

“Our latest Builders Merchant Building Index shows that merchants experienced strong growth in the first quarter of 2017, with sales up 5.9% compared to the same time last year. This shows the vital role of builders, plumbers and timber merchants in delivering economic growth. Housing is not built, nor are homes repaired, extended or adapted, without the materials and products that BMF members deliver. We look forward to working with new ministers in the coming months”.
House of Lords chamber
The Queen's Speech: BMF comment. The BMF reacts to today’s Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the Government’s legislative programme for the next two years.