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BMF Branch Managers' Forum
27-28 June 2017

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15-18 June 2017

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Here are the latest news stories 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.

Government must focus on building homes and developing industrial strategy says BMF


BMFIn the wake of one of the most unpredictable election results in recent years, the BMF wants to see the new government focus on two major issues - building more homes and developing proper industrial policy – to promote economic growth across the UK.  

The BMF has welcomed both the re-appointment of Greg Clark MP as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with responsibility for the building materials’ supply chain, and the re-appointment of Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  

John Newcomb, Managing Director of the BMF said: “There remains a high degree of uncertainty regarding the new government’s priorities.  It now appears that the Queen’s Speech will be delayed by several days so it could be well into next week before matters become clearer.  The priorities have to include building homes, supporting businesses, creating jobs and raising productivity, and the fact that two key ministers are remaining in place is a positive sign.  

“We believe that the Housing White Paper must now be progressed as it contains many of the solutions to the ‘broken housing market’.  We want to see strong political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions.

“In agreeing and adopting the Industrial Strategy, the BMF favours a 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.”
Government must focus on building homes and developing industrial strategy says BMF. In the wake of one of the most unpredictable election results in recent years, the BMF wants to see the new government focus on two major issues - building more ho

Microsoft Head of Technology booked for BMF Members' Day  


James AkriggJames Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft, will share his expertise with delegates at the BMF's Members’ Day in September. 

James has worked in and around the IT industry for over 30 years, the last 16 at Microsoft in the UK.  His passion for technology and what it can do to deliver real value and benefit to businesses of all sizes is clear to see when he presents and meets with Microsoft partners and customers.  He is able to  simplify how to use a mix of technologies to deliver solutions in today’s challenging business environments.  

BMF MD John Newcomb said: “James is an evangalist for new technologies and his ability to talk about this in a language that anyone can understand will make this an unmissable session at this year’s BMF Members’ Day.  

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 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
James Akrigg
Microsoft Head of Technology booked for BMF Members' Day. James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federations (BMF) Members’ Day in September,