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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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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Moray MP visits Keith Builders Merchants to hear expansion plans  


Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM main branch and head office on Friday 6 July. He met up with Jeff Smith MD and fellow director Kevin Mitchell along with Graham Bolton BMF regional manager.  

During his visit, Jeff Smith gave Douglas Ross a brief history of how KBM started and grew into the company it is today, employing 50 people, and briefed him on further expansion plans for the Forres branch which will create more jobs.  

Commenting afterwards Douglas said: “I really enjoyed my visit to the Keith branch and I’m grateful to Jeff for a very interesting meeting and tour. It was good to learn a little more about the business. It is always interesting to meet up with local businesses. It was good to hear about their expansion plans, it’s positive for Moray that this local firm is doing well and looking grow further, creating jobs and adding a further boost to the local economy, as well as serving the many customers they have here in Moray and further afield.”  

Jeff added: “It was a pleasure to meet Douglas and to find that Members of Parliament would meet local businesses and show a genuine interest in our development. As a business covering all of Moray KBM have always demonstrated a commitment to community involvement through initiatives such as our community charity fund. We look forward to working with Douglas closely in the future to help maintain a socially responsible business. Particular thanks go to Karen Freel and Graham Bolton for arranging the introduction and visit.”  

BMF’s Graham Bolton concluded: “It is great to see politicians like Douglas taking an interest in BMF members businesses. We believe that visiting our members will play an important part in developing their understanding, both of local business issues and the role builders merchants play in delivering the materials required to create the new homes our country needs.”         
Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM main branch and head office on Friday 6 July. He met up with Jeff Smith MD and fellow director Kevin Mitchell along with Graham Bolton BMF regional manager.

Colin Clark MP Visits Inverurie Builders Merchants GPH  


Colin Clark MP for Gordon visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday 6 July. Mike Macauley Chairman and Grant Shewan MD along with fellow directors Ken Findlay and John Glover had an interesting and productive meeting with Colin where many subjects were covered. Also present at the meeting were Graham Bolton Regional Manager of the BMF.  

A wide range of issues were covered including Business Rates, Local Authority Contracts, Building of Affordable Housing and Brexit Effect on NE Scotland. Lengthy discussion was held on the lack of support in public procurement for local SME suppliers and sub-contractors to benefit from large publicly funded construction projects, such as Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre and Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. 

Grant Shewan commented “We are grateful to Colin for taking the time to visit our Inverurie depot. As a local business in the North East of Scotland with 120 employees, it is important that the challenges facing our business are heard by our local elected member. We look forward to working closely with Colin on these issues in the future.”  

Colin Clark added “As MP for Gordon I am really keen to visit local companies to discuss issues that affect them. GPH is the largest independent merchants north of Dundee. A stalwart of the NE supplying trades people and keen DIY for over 30 years. Worryingly self builds are drying up and several local smaller scale builders have failed. I want to see the economy of the Gordon Constituency and the North East continue grow stronger. The message is clear Gordon is open for business and I will always support local businesses who drive the local economy.”  

Graham Bolton summed up “It is good to see local politicians like Colin taking an interest in BMF members and appreciating the challenges which face our members not only in NE Scotland but throughout the UK.”                    
Colin Clark MP for Gordon visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday 6 July. Mike Macauley Chairman and Grant Shewan MD along with fellow directors Ken Findlay and John Glover had an interesting and productive meeting with Colin where many subje

Plumbase MD to Chair BMF P&H Forum  


Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chair of the BMF’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.  

Mark’s background in sales and operations included early roles in retail before moving into the trade sector, where his wide-ranging experience included roles with Dulux Decorator Centres, BSS Group, Buck & Hickman and Brammer Group before moving to Plumbase.  

He takes over as BMF P&H Forum Chair at a pivotal time. Mark views the expertise and knowledge of the people employed as the key differentiator for all merchant businesses.  However, a recent report by AMA Research confirmed the internet as the fastest-growing distribution channel of the UK P&H market and predicted that online sales of plumbing products are set to increase by a further 43% by 2022.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Plumbing & Heating was our first specialist Forum, set up four years ago to reflect the importance of this sector.  It is now the fastest growing area of BMF membership. Mark takes over the role of Forum Chair from Keith Jones formerly of Wolseley, who I would like to thank for his excellent contribution in furthering the Forum’s success after it was established under our initial Chair, Ron Walker of HPS.” 
Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chair of the BMF’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

HILARY BENN MP VISITS HOWARTH TIMBER LEEDS BRANCH  


Howarth Timber and Building Supplies today welcomed Leeds Central MP, Hilary Benn, to its branch at Prince Edward Works on Pontefract Lane, Leeds, to learn about how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider West Yorkshire economy.  

During the course of the visit, Mr Benn, who chairs the House of Commons Brexit Committee, met Area Manager Ian Williams, who provided an overview of Howarth Timber’s recent investments including in the branch’s Howarth At Home kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showroom.  

The local MP also discussed how the 178-year old business is evolving to meet today’s construction challenge with managing director Nick Howarth and spoke about the impact of leaving the European Union without a customs’ agreement and, in particular, having to pay VAT upfront on imported timber and other materials.  

Touring the site, Hilary Benn MP said: “I was delighted to visit Howarth Timber today and learn of its contribution not only to Leeds, but also to the wider Yorkshire economy. It was a pleasure to meet Assistant Branch Manager, Gary Smart, and his team, who help customers with their housing and home improvement projects. We need better quality and more affordable homes to help improve the lives of constituents”.  

“I want to see a mutually-beneficial UK-EU customs agreement to help companies like Howarth Timber. Time is not on our side and with 9 months left, future customs arrangements and other crucial elements affecting Yorkshire businesses have not been agreed by the Cabinet, or negotiated with the EU”. Commenting on the visit, Howarth Timber’s managing director, Nick Howarth, said: “With Brexit negotiations underway and lots of questions still to be answered about the future of the UK building industry, this is a crucial time for builders’ merchants and tradespeople. These issues could have a significant impact on our business and our customers’ businesses”.  

“As one of the companies in the local area that will be impacted by these changes, we were grateful that Mr Benn was able to accept our invitation to learn more about the vital role merchants play in supporting the small businesses and sole traders on whose shoulders much of the building industry rests.”  

The BMF represents 650 merchants and suppliers who together have combined sales worth £29.5 billion. Mr Benn heard that the latest BMF economic data shows total merchant sales were up 8.8 per cent in the month of April, compared to April 2017. In the rolling 12 months from May 2017 to April 2018, total merchant sales were 4.7 per cent above the same period a year earlier.  

The visit was another arranged by the BMF as part of its industry and parliamentary programme. The BMF takes MPs to visit merchants in their constituency to see how builders, plumbers and timber merchants deliver for local communities.    

For more details on Howarth Timber please visit www.howarth-timber.co.uk
Howarth Timber and Building Supplies today welcomed Leeds Central MP, Hilary Benn, to its branch at Prince Edward Works on Pontefract Lane, Leeds, to learn about how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply