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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference & Awards

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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

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BMF Branch Managers' Forum
30-31 October 2018

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


The BMF has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.  

The Department for Exiting the European Union announced this concession as part of the first wave of technical notices it has published to inform businesses about what plans and preparations they ought to do in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit departure.  

Ministers have decided that, if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, they will introduce postponed accounting for import VAT on goods brought into the UK. In other words, VAT-registered BMF members that import materials and products will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return - instead of paying import VAT on (or soon after) goods arrive at ports. This concession applies to imports from the EU and non-EU countries.  

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy & Public Affairs’ Manager, commented, “We are very pleased the Government has decided to allow importers to use postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax due on materials and products that BMF members distribute. This is an undoubted win for BMF lobbying at a time of political and business uncertainty amid worries that not enough is being done to prepare for a ‘no deal’ departure.”   

“While others in construction are worried about the number of workers available after Brexit, our concern from the very beginning was focused on VAT and the likelihood of having to pay 20% extra upfront, and the impact on prices and supplies. We look forward to the necessary legislation being passed in the coming months to give effect to this very welcome decision.”   

Without this decision, the BMF calculated that potential additional costs would be about £1 billion for European softwood; £160 million for imported bricks; and £80 million for paint from the EU.  

Mr Amphlett said ministers have taken a common sense approach and a tax bombshell has been avoided - especially for SMEs - by taking a decision in good time. However, customs declarations, rules of origin declarations, and paying duties at borders will still be required, he added. The BMF hope that detail on these procedure and payments will be in the next wave of DExEU technical notices. Importers will also have to register for an UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and check that contracts and terms & conditions are all up-to-date.
The BMF has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.

BMBI adds new Expert Lakes Bathrooms  


Mike Tattam, Sales and Marketing Director of Lakes Bathrooms is the latest Expert to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel. Mike brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, working with merchants, stockists and specifiers. He will be speaking for the shower enclosures and showering market from the Q2 report, published in August 2018.  

Mike comments: “I’ve been following the BMBI since it was set up in 2015 and see it as the go-to platform for reliable industry data and trends. It’s also a recognised platform for positioning your brand as the authoritative voice of the market, adding insight and meaning to the data from the perspective of your industry. Lakes is a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium showering spaces with over 30 years’ experience of working with builders’ merchants and stockists. We’re about to launch several new initiatives and more innovative products so it’s very relevant and timely for us to join the Expert panel.”  

The BMBI is a brand of the BMF. It now includes 14 industry experts who speak exclusively for their markets. Other BMBI Experts include:  

- Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia
- Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock
- Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet
- John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation
- Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation
- John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows
- Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement
- Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels
- Steve Halford, Group Managing Director The Crystal Group
- Paul Owen, Divisional Director of Distribution IKO PLC
- Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions
- Malcom Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Talasey Group
- Paul Roughan, Trade Merchants Sales Director Dulux Trade  

The BMBI is a reliable, up-to-date measure of Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) activity in the UK using GfK’s Builders Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data which analyses sales out data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales across Great Britain. Produced and managed by MRA Marketing, monthly reports track what is happening in the market month by month, with an in-depth review every quarter.  

The panel of leading industry Experts is an integral part of the Index. The Experts add perspective and context to the data. They help to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI. The Experts explain issues, highlight opportunities, and where appropriate, for example, make the case for or against legislation, industry schemes or government policy.  

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest BMBI report, learn more about each Expert or watch the Round Table debate videos where the Experts discuss important issues and the implications for merchants and construction overall. Follow @TheBMBI.    

If you’d like your brand to become a BMBI Expert and the voice of your market, call Tom Rigby, MRA Marketing on 01453 521621.
Mike Tattam, Sales and Marketing Director of Lakes Bathrooms is the latest Expert to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel. Mike brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, working with merchants, sto

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


The BMF has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.  

The Department for Exiting the European Union announced this concession as part of the first wave of technical notices it has published to inform businesses about what plans and preparations they ought to do in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit departure.  

Ministers have decided that, if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, they will introduce postponed accounting for import VAT on goods brought into the UK. In other words, VAT-registered BMF members that import materials and products will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return - instead of paying import VAT on (or soon after) goods arrive at ports. This concession applies to imports from the EU and non-EU countries.  

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy & Public Affairs’ Manager, commented, “We are very pleased the Government has decided to allow importers to use postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax due on materials and products that BMF members distribute. This is an undoubted win for BMF lobbying at a time of political and business uncertainty amid worries that not enough is being done to prepare for a ‘no deal’ departure.”   

“While others in construction are worried about the number of workers available after Brexit, our concern from the very beginning was focused on VAT and the likelihood of having to pay 20% extra upfront, and the impact on prices and supplies. We look forward to the necessary legislation being passed in the coming months to give effect to this very welcome decision.”   

Without this decision, the BMF calculated that potential additional costs would be about £1 billion for European softwood; £160 million for imported bricks; and £80 million for paint from the EU.  

Mr Amphlett said ministers have taken a common sense approach and a tax bombshell has been avoided - especially for SMEs - by taking a decision in good time. However, customs declarations, rules of origin declarations, and paying duties at borders will still be required, he added. The BMF hope that detail on these procedure and payments will be in the next wave of DExEU technical notices. Importers will also have to register for an UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and check that contracts and terms & conditions are all up-to-date.
The BMF has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.

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.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award  


The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.   

The Association Excellence Awards, which are judged by a panel of over 20 CEOs and senior managers, recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations. Awarding the BMF the prize for Overall Best Association – under 1000 members, the judges said that the Federation demonstrated strength in policy, membership events, communications, training and had genuine sector leadership.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “We are honoured and delighted to see the BMF’s work on behalf of our members independently recognised in this way. To win two Association of Excellence Awards in one year is an incredible achievement, and for one of those to be the best trade association of our size is a fantastic tribute to the professionalism of the whole BMF team.”  

Mr Newcomb added, “Our mission is to help merchant and supplier members to build excellence into every aspect of their business.  We will continue to develop the policies and programmes that helped us achieve recognition in the Association Excellence Awards to support our members with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”
The BMF scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school 


Variety coach presentation to John Flamsteed SchoolA crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.   The team comprised John Newcomb, Oz Bham and James Spillane (BMF) and Mike Tattam (Lakes Showering).

The BMF funded the minibus – officially known as a Variety Sunshine Coach – in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive Officer handed assistant headteacher Dawn Musson the minibus keys, during a special presentation at St George’s Park, near Burton on Trent on 27 September 2018.  

Mr Newcomb was joined at the presentation by other BMF representatives including Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Jim Parlato (BMF Regional Chairman, East Midlands) and John Stephenson (BMF Regional Manager, North East/Yorkshire/East Midlands).  Variety’s CEO Frances Lang represented the charity.  

Of the new minibus, Lisa Walton, John Flamsteed Community School’s headteacher said:  “The new Variety Sunshine Coach will make a significant change to the opportunities that we can offer our students, but especially those for whom access to off-site activities can be difficult.  

“I would like to thank both Variety and BMF for supporting the students who will undoubtedly benefit from this extra provision.”  

Mrs Walton’s sentiments were echoed by Helen Redhead, the Head of School. “We are absolutely ecstatic as are the students at John Flamsteed Community School, The Ripley Academy and Street Lane Primary School.  

“The Variety Sunshine Coach will enhance the lives and probable life chances of many more students from three different schools and for that we and they are extremely grateful.”  

The coach presented to John Flamsteed School comes 30 years after the BMF donated a Sunshine Coach with the help of writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer who kindly sent a personal message of support for the presentation.  

Mr Newcomb said: “The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to support Variety as our charity of the year. Variety does a fantastic job helping disadvantaged young people and looking around me it is clear that a Sunshine Coach is far more than a means of transport.    

“I must thank BMF members across the building materials supply chain who have helped us in our fundraising, in particular everyone that took part in and supported the Vado Rally, which sees industry teams competing in a crazy car rally across six countries in four days. The funds raised from this event could not have been put to better use.”  

Variety has been helping improve the lives of young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged since 1949.  

Frances Lang, Variety’s CEO said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF for sponsoring John Flamsteed School’s Variety Sunshine Coach.  These coaches, often regarded as ‘mobile classrooms’, give pupils with additional needs the opportunity to experience active learning and develop life skills outside of the school environment.”
BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school. A crazy four-day car rally across six countries is one of the fun activities members of the BMF took part in, to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence  


BMF - Building ExcellenceThe BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.  

The BMF revealed a new strapline, Building Excellence, alongside its mission and vision through to 2020, by which time it aims to be regarded as the leading trade association in the building materials industry for merchants and suppliers. 

The BMF also set itself a target adding almost 150 members, increasing total membership from the current figure of 655 to 800. Success will see BMF members excel at providing materials and services and the BMF itself representing 90% of the merchant sector and successfully promoting the sector’s vital contribution to UK economic growth.  

The strategy was finalised following extensive research with members to find out what matters most to them. The result will see the BMF extend its widely respected training and business services and recharge its youth recruitment campaign to help the Federation’s diverse membership gain, and retain, business advantage at a time when the challenges facing the industry have never been greater. The BMF will also increase its political campaigning, focusing on priority issues identified by its membership.  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “Our mission for the next three years is to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future. This is evolution rather than revolution but our new strategy encompasses a bold vision. It represents a move away from just being the glue that sticks a diverse and sometimes fragmented industry together, to a role of greater leadership as the backbone of the industry standing up for members’ interests in the political arena.  

“Just as importantly, we will be building on our successful training and business service offers to deliver even better value to our different member groups, by providing individual companies with a personalised service package tailored to their specific needs.”  

The BMF also announced a closer relationship with the Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM), that will complement the trade body’s work by helping BMF members’ employees to build sustainable careers.  
The BMF unveiled its strategy for the next three years at its Members Day Conference, promising to help members to build excellence within every aspect of their business.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference  


Lord John PrescottLord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.  

John Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his hugely influential parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration. He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.  

Despite his reputation as a pugnacious politician, whose approval ratings soared when he punched a protestor who had thrown and egg at him, he frequently acted as mediator between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the strife in their relationship became more pronounced.  

John Prescott is never afraid of expressing controversial opinions, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches - will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker. Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017). I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”  

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019, which takes place in Dubrovnik next June.
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