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Five reasons why becoming a member
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  • Training and development
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  • Access to market data
  • Networking opportunities
  • Political representation


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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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Publications

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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Featured Events

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




BMF Mastermerchant

13-15 July 2018

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BMF Anniversary
2018
 
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VADO Rally
7-10 June 2018

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Latest News



Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

W Howard signs up to the BMF in commitment to industry  


Leading supplier of MDF profiles, The W Howard Group has, this month, signed up to membership of the BMF.  

Signalling its continued commitment to the industry and its valued customers, the business has joined the national organisation to be active in progressing the needs and agenda of the industry.  

The BMF is the only organisation that represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants, plumbing, heating, roofing, decorative and timber merchants and their suppliers. It is the authoritative voice for the building materials distribution sector, conveying the views and issues that face merchants and suppliers, to the widest possible audience.

W Howard’s Group Commercial Director, Simon Fleet said: “The BMF provides great opportunities for networking, training and importantly, legislation lobbying, ensuring that the market’s best interests are upheld and communicated at national policy level.”  

“Our new membership further demonstrates the business’s commitment to supporting the industry. We look forward to meeting many new BMF members and playing an active role in the Federation’s activities.”  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “We welcome W Howard Group into membership. They clearly appreciate the value of being part of a strong trade body and we are delighted they are already planning to take a very active role with the BMF. We look forward to working with them.”  

Please visit www.whoward.eu to find out more about W Howard Group.
Leading supplier of MDF profiles, The W Howard Group has signed up to membership of the BMF. Signalling its continued commitment to the industry and its valued customers, the business has joined the national organisation to be active in progressing t

BMF shortlisted for FIVE Trade Association Awards  


The BMF has been shortlisted in no fewer than five categories in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards.  This is the fourth consecutive year that the BMF has been shortlisted in multiple categories of these prestigious awards, and they have set a new record in achieving five nominations in a single year.  

The BMF has been shortlisted for the following awards:

- Conference of the Year
- Commercial Initiative of the Year
- Membership Engagement Award
- Social Media Award
- Website of the Year  

TAF, which is “the trade association for trade associations” represents over 300 of the top trade bodies in the UK and the Awards are designed to recognise, reward and promote Best Practice amongst members. The TAF Awards are supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who are longstanding members of the independent judging panel.  

Commenting on the shortlist, Linda Cavender, TAF CEO, said: “The Awards offer TAF members an excellent opportunity to showcase their organisation, its expertise and recent achievements. I am always astounded at the quality of the entries and only the very best reach the shortlist.  They provide a benchmark for running a successful organisation which focuses on members’ needs.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We were surprised and delighted to be shortlisted in five categories this year, which is certainly a record number for us and I suspect for any trade body.  This is a remarkable achievement and one that reflects the quality of the work that the BMF team is undertaking to support our members.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards evening in London on 10 July.
The BMF has been shortlisted in no fewer than five categories in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that the BMF has been shortlisted in multiple categories of these prestigious awards, and th

England footballer to speak at BMF Members’ Day  


Footballer Laura Bassett, one of the first female players to be awarded a professional contract, will speak at BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference & Awards which takes place at St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre on 27 September.  

With over 60 international caps under her belt, including a bronze medal from the hugely successful 2015 Football World Cup, Laura Bassett has been a key figure for England’s Lionesses for almost a decade. Her international career includes two World Cups and three European Championships, securing a silver medal in the 2009 Euros and reaching the semi-finals of the 2017 Championships in the Netherlands before being knocked out by the hosts and eventual winners.  

Domestically, Laura has been one of the FA’s Women’s Super League’s most revered players. She has played for Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds, Birmingham City and Notts County Ladies FC, winning both the FA Cup (twice) and the Premier League during her career. She is also a UEFA Level 3 Licence Coach.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Laura to speak at Member’s Day. As the BMF embarks on its own campaign to increase the diversity of young people coming into merchanting her experience, both of captaining her Super League team and of being a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male-dominated sport, is sure to resonate.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference & Awards 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference and the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September. The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September. 

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.  

For more information on the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards Dinner event click here or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk.
Footballer Laura Bassett, one of the first female players to be awarded a professional contract, will speak at BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference & Awards which takes place at St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre in September.

Grundfos hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence  


The BMF has launched its 19th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Grundfos. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country. The latest centre, based in Grundfos’s fantastic office in Leighton Buzzard, will serve BMF members in the South East.  

Grundfos was founded in Denmark in 1945 by Poul Due Jensen. Grundfos now produce pump solutions for a wide range of applications, setting the standard in terms of innovation, efficiency, reliability and sustainability. Grundfos now develop water solutions for the world, setting the standard in terms of innovation, efficiency, reliability and sustainability. They have 80 sales companies across 55 countries, producing 17 million pump units each year, with a global turnover in 2017 of €3,445m.  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The centre was opened after our BMF Plumbing & Heating Forum on 24 May. This is an excellent centre that is well used by Grundfos’s clients. We are extremely grateful that they are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

Dave Lacey, Director of Sales, Domestic Building Services at Grundfos said “Grundfos are delighted to be recognised as a Regional Centre of Excellence by the BMF, which we believe will strengthen our relationships with BMF members. We are very excited at the opportunity to assist the BMF in promoting industry best practice as well as increasing the awareness of our innovative product and service solutions on offer to the BMF members and their customers.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Grundfos visit https://uk.grundfos.com.
The BMF has launched its 19th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Grundfos. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country. Th