BMF News

Tim Rowbottom elected to BMF Board

Tim Rowbottom Tim Rowbottom of Collier & Catchpole Ltd, has been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 September 2017.  He replaces Kevin Fenlon of RGB who stepped down due to work commitments having served a three-year term of office. 

Tim Rowbottom, who is Managing Director of Collier & Catchpole, qualified as an engineer and held a variety of senior roles in the window industry before he was invited to join the long-established family owned firm in 2005. Tim has put his previous experience to good use preparing the company to continue its near 200 years of trading in the East Anglia area. In doing so, he has championed the recruitment of apprentices into the business as well as encouraging the continued development of existing staff.  

The BMF Board now comprises:  

Executive Directors
BMF Chairman: Peter Hindle MBE BMF
Chief Executive Officer: John Newcomb
BMF Company Secretary: Richard Ellithorne  

Non-executive Elected Directors
Mark Smith (BMF Hon. Treasurer), Finance Director, MKM Building Supplies
Charles Ledigo, Chairman, Reisser Ltd
Andrew Harrison, Deputy CEO Plumbing & Heating, Travis Perkins
Shanker Patel, CEO, Lords Group
Ian Haldane, Group MD, Haldane Shiells Group
Tim Rowbottom, MD, Collier & Catchpole

Advisers
Merchant: Neil Lawrence, Managing Director Local Merchant Group, Saint Gobain
Supplier: Tony France, Sales Director, Ibstock Brick
Tim Rowbottom
Tim Rowbottom elected to BMF Board. Tim Rowbottom of Collier & Catchpole Ltd, has been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 September 2017. He replaces Kevin Fenlon of RGB who stepped down due to work co

UK builders merchant Q2 sales show resilience  

GfK BMBI dataThe latest data released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirms a continuing positive trend for UK builders merchants with Q2 sales increasing by 5.3% (when adjusted for there being two fewer trading days in period) compared to Q2 2016.  The actual Q2 year on year sales figure (for 61 days trading compared to 63 in 2016) is still positive at +1.9%.  Furthermore, year to date sales figures to June are 3.8% higher than for 2016, a period with the same number of trading days.  

The majority of product areas performed well in Q2.  Sales of Ironmongery (+8.4%) and Kitchens and Bathrooms (+8.3%) led the way in adjusted year on year growth for the quarter. The three largest product groups also performed well with sales of Timber & Joinery up by +6.0%, Landscaping +5.9% and Heavy Building Materials +5.6%.  Sales of Plumbing, Heating and Electrical products also showed growth at +3.8%, although the increase was lower than the total builders merchants channel.

The BMBI tracks builders merchants actual sales using point of sale data collected by GfK that represents over 80% of the value of the builders’ merchant market.  The Q2 results appear to tell a different story to the trend reported by the Office of National Statistics earlier this month, in which overall construction output fell by -1.3% in the three months to June compared with Q1 and rose by just +0.4% on the same period last year.   This may reflect the predominance of housebuilding and domestic repair, maintenance and improvement work carried out by builders merchants’ customer base.  

Commenting on the results, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The majority of trade indicators are finding that order books are being sustained by private housing and RMI work – the mainstay of many a merchant’s business – while commercial sectors are falling behind. Even the ONS reported a year on year increase in housing of +9.4% for the quarter.  

“I have visited over 20 BMF members in recent weeks and every one reported sales growth in the first half.  While they have seen little evidence of a slow down in overall sales, they are reporting more price increases, an inevitable result of the falling exchange rate, and shortages in certain product areas. The merchant sector is showing resilience at the moment, but it would be foolish not to consider the possibility of tougher trading conditions as we move into 2018.”

Richard Frankcom of GfK adds: “Once again the builders merchants deliver great year-on-year sales value growth across the first six-months of 2017, coming from a variety of product categories. However, we cannot ignore the contribution that increased costs and price increases have had on this continued value growth.

“Going forward, we urge the industry to keep a close eye on trends impacting consumers’ ability to carry out renovations and improvements. Bank interest rates and real wage trends impact consumers’ ability to finance home improvements or house moves. We have just seen a significant drop in intentions to invest in home-related projects which could be felt by the merchants as early as the end of this year. However, home improvement projects could still be one of the best investments home owners and landlords can make right now. The encouragement and evidence for them to do so needs to come from somewhere during these uncertain economic times.”
GfK BMBI data
UK builders merchant Q2 sales show resilience. The latest data released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirms a continuing positive trend for UK builders merchants with Q2 sales increasing by 5.3%

CBI Brexit expert to speak at BMF Members Day 

Nicole SykesNicole Sykes, Head of EU Negotiations at CBI (Confederation of British Industry) will explore possible scenarios of business life beyond Brexit at the BMF Members’ Day in September.  

Nicole joined the CBI in 2015 to work on the organisation’s work engaging the business community in the EU referendum, to ensure CBI member companies were analysing their relationship with the European Union. Since the referendum result, Nicole has been working to co-ordinate the business community’s response to the vote to leave the EU, across sectors and now leads the team with a particular focus on the trading relationship, regulation, transition and the “no deal” scenario. Before joining the CBI, Nicole worked on political campaigns.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I’m delighted that Nicole will be joining us on Members’ Day.  She has been involved in co-ordinating the CBI’s response to Brexit both pre- and post the referendum result.  I know everyone will be keen to hear the CBI’s thoughts on a variety of potential outcomes of the government’s current leave negotiations.”  

Members’ Day 2017 will be held at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.  The Business Conference, “Building Beyond Brexit”, and the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner both take place on 20th September.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 19 September, along with our other social activities, Quad Biking and Rifle Shooting  

he BMF thanks our Members’ Day headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries, Monument Tools and First Event who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament and Social Activities.  

To book your place at BMF Members’ Day click here or for more information please contact June Upton at june.upton@bmf.org.uk
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CBI Brexit expert to speak at BMF Members Day. Nicole Sykes, Head of EU Negotiations at CBI (Confederation of British Industry) will explore possible scenarios of business life beyond Brexit at BMF Members’ Day in September.

BMF ATA places first merchant apprentices  


BMF ApprenticeshipsThe first apprentices to be placed by the BMF accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), start work this month.  

The BMF ATA is acting as the formal employer of two of the apprentices who have been placed with member companies.  Andrews Building Supplies’ Peterborough branch is hosting apprentice Harry Osman, and Beers’ Bromborough branch is hosting apprentice Michael Comber.  Both are undertaking Level 2 Apprenticeships in Trade Business Services.  

Two more BMF member companies have directly employed apprentices with the support of the BMF ATA.  Chandlers Building Supplies has taken on Billy Hunt at their Halesowen branch as a Level 2 Warehouse and Storage apprentice, and are already looking to take on a second apprentice.  Meanwhile Emerys decided to use the scheme to upskill Jack Rowley, an existing employee at its Stoke on Trent branch, who is now working towards a Level 2 Trade Business Services qualification. Emerys is also working with the BMF ATA to recruit an Accounting apprentice.  

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said:   “It’s encouraging to see the BMF Apprenticeship Plus scheme being used in the two different ways we envisaged.  By acting as the employer the BMF ATA removes potential administrative hurdles making it easy for BMF members to take on an apprentice in any job role.  

“BMF Apprenticeship Plus also helps those members who are happy to directly employ an apprentice to recruit and train a suitable candidate.  The BMF ATA opens up a far wider portfolio of established and pre-vetted training providers offering new qualifications and funded training opportunities.”  
BMF ATA places first merchant apprentices. The first apprentices to be placed by the BMF accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), start work this month. The BMF ATA is acting as the formal employer of two of the apprentices who have been

BMF present donation to Teenage Cancer Trust  

Grace Higgins (Teenage Cancer Trust). June Upton (BMF), John Newcomb (BMF), Christine Harding (former BMF), Hailey Amani (Teenage Cancer Trust)On 4 August the BMF presented Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque for £27,383.20 at the Teenage Cancer Trust Head Office in London.  

Presenting the cheque was John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the BMF, June Upton BMF Events Manager and Christine Harding (former Marketing Manager of the BMF), whose grandson Billy received excellent support and care from TCT during his battle with cancer.   

A spectacular array of prizes including a Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo car, auctioned at the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, helped to raise more than £62k for charity.  The funds raised from the auction have been shared between Variety, the Children’s Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust, the BMF’s charity of the year.  

The Fiat Abarth car donated by Crystal Clear Group; sponsor of the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, was auctioned live by the man of many voices Jon Culshaw.  

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

Grace Higgins, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager West Midlands and Central said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF and to Crystal Clear Group for their support.  This very generous donation will be put to excellent use by Teenage Cancer Trust by helping young people and their families deal with the many ways that cancer can affect a young person’s body, mind and life. Teenage Cancer Trust work in partnership with the NHS to bring young people together so they can support each other, doing it from the moment cancer is diagnosed until long after treatment is over. Right now we can’t offer our support to every young person who needs it, but thanks to donations like this, we are moving a step closer to ensuring no young person faces cancer alone’.  



Pictured: Grace Higgins (Teenage Cancer Trust). June Upton (BMF), John Newcomb (BMF), Christine Harding (former BMF), Hailey Amani (Teenage Cancer Trust)
Grace Higgins (Teenage Cancer Trust). June Upton (BMF), John Newcomb (BMF), Christine Harding (former BMF), Hailey Amani (Teenage Cancer Trust)
BMF present donation to Teenage Cancer Trust. The BMF presented Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque for £27,383.20 at the Teenage Cancer Trust Head Office in London.

BMF announce Training Company Award finalists for Members’ Day  


Training Company of the Year awardThe BMF will present a Training Company of the Year Award again at BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. This year there are nominations from each of the five BMF Regional Managers across the UK.  

The award is sponsored for the second year running by Professional Builders Merchant magazine. It is awarded to the BMF Merchant member company who has invested heavily in their team during the last 12 months by utilising a variety of BMF training courses and solutions such as the Branch Managers Forum, Master Merchant, the BMF Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma as well as apprenticeships and training courses. Last year’s winner was Parker Building Supplies.

This year’s five finalists are Haldane Fisher, Howarth Timber, TG Builders Merchants, LBS and Chandlers Builders Supplies. All of these merchants have shown not only a commitment to training as a core element of their business but have demonstrated their support of the BMF by using the BMF for the majority of their Training solutions.   

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said “Ongoing commitment to training is a vital part of any successful business. This award is a great way of recognising the outstanding commitment by our more active merchant members. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and look forward to announcing the winner at Members’ Day on 20 September.”  

The BMF’s annual Members’ Day Awards, sponsored by Encon Insulation, will take place after the BMF Members’ Day Conference on 20 September at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. You can book your place at Members’ Day now at www.bmf.org.uk/events or for more details contact June Upton at june.upton@bmf.org.uk.
BMF announce Training Company Award finalists for Members’ Day. Training Company of the Year awardThe BMF will present a Training Company of the Year Award again at BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. This year there are nominations fro

Builders Merchants industry helps Variety to improve young lives

L-R: John Newcomb (BMF), Colleen Ettridge (Variety), Martin Randall (Crystal Clear Group)The BMF and Crystal Clear Group presented a cheque for £35,518.20 to Colleen Ettridge, Head of Fundraising at Variety, the Children’s Charity last Friday.

Presenting the cheque was John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the BMF and Martin Randall, Chairman of the Crystal Clear Group.

A spectacular array of prizes including a Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo car, auctioned at the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest in June, helped to raise more than £62k for charity. The funds raised from the auction have been shared between Variety, the Children’s Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust, the BMF’s charity of the year.

The Fiat Abarth car donated by Crystal Clear Group; sponsor of the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, was auctioned live by the man of many voices Jon Culshaw; a long time supporter of Variety. 

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

Martin Randall, Crystal Clear Group Chairman and Variety patron said: “I can only echo John’s appreciation of our colleagues in the industry. Their amazing generosity has raised a huge amount of money and these valuable funds will help both charities continue to make a difference to the lives of the people they support.” In addition to the funds raised through the auction a further £8,235 was donated to Variety in the form of pledges made by the generous BMF members attending the Gala Dinner.

Nick Shattock, Variety’s Chief Barker commented: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF and to Crystal Clear Group for their support. The tremendous generosity of your members will enable Variety to improve a number of young lives. For the children and families that we help and support there are often a list of difficulties; from mobility limitations, speech, sight and hearing impairment, learning, sensory and behavioural problems. The equipment that we provide includes Sunshine Coaches, powered wheelchairs, specialist and sensory equipment and can make a big difference to their everyday lives; helping them to experience and enjoy a rewarding childhood”.


Pictured: L-R: John Newcomb (BMF), Colleen Ettridge (Variety), Martin Randall (Crystal Clear Group)
L-R: John Newcomb (BMF), Colleen Ettridge (Variety), Martin Randall (Crystal Clear Group)
Builders Merchants industry helps Variety to improve young lives. The BMF and Crystal Clear Group presented a cheque for £35,518.20 to Colleen Ettridge, Head of Fundraising at Variety, the Children’s Charity.

PageGroup joins the BMF  

PageGroupThe world-wide recruitment consultancy, PageGroup, has joined the BMF as a Service Member.  

Established in the UK in 1976, PageGroup has grown to become a FTSE 250 company and one of the world’s best-known and most respected recruitment consultancies with three key brands – Page Executive, Michael Page and Page Personnel – operations in 36 countries and over 6,300 employees.  

The company has supported builders merchants and their suppliers with permanent, contract and temporary staff for over 40 years and has highly specialised teams of both functional and specialised experts based across the UK.  

Earlier this year the CEO of PageGroup, Steve Ingham gave a ground-breaking presentation on the challenges of recruiting young talent at the BMF All Industry Conference.  

Steve Ingham said: “It was a privilege to speak at the BMF Conference on such an important topic as diversity and inclusion, and ways of improving how we hire and retain young professionals in today’s market. With such a broad audience and membership, the conference and the Federation provide the opportunity to help a wide range of businesses to understand and address one of the most critical challenges we face in a changing world – recruiting and retaining the right people.”  

Welcoming PageGroup into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Recruitment and succession planning are critical business challenges for both merchants and suppliers. We are delighted to have PageGroup on board and look forward to the support they can give members on addressing these crucial issues.”
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PageGroup joins the BMF. The world-wide recruitment consultancy, PageGroup, has joined the BMF as a Service Member. Established in the UK in 1976, PageGroup has grown to become a FTSE 250 company and one of the world’s best-known and most respected

BMF CEO takes on cycle challenge to help Kenyan school  


L-R: Mark and Julie Dickins, John and Sue NewcombJohn Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, got on his bike last weekend and cycled 105km along the Grand Union Canal to raise much-needed funds for a secondary school in Kenya.  

John and his wife Sue, together with friends Mark and Julie Dickins, have been sponsoring children at the Kisima Mixed Secondary School in Nyahuru for a number of years.  All four took part in the weekend cycle challenge to raise funds for the school itself.  Having set themselves a relatively modest fundraising target of £5,000, they have already achieved over £11,500 and are now aiming for £12,500. All the money raised will go directly to the school.  

Kisima School provides free education to children from disadvantaged backgrounds with proven academic potential to benefit from further learning.   Their education will benefit their families and communities as well as themselves.  

The four friends are travelling to Kenya next February to undertake voluntary work at the school and to see for themselves what a difference their fundraising will make to the life of the school and its students. 

John said: “We enjoyed a great weekend of cycling and despite a couple of mechanical setbacks and a dodgy knee or three, we covered the route in good time.  I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us to date. We have been overwhelmed by their generosity in helping us to raise a truly amazing sum of money that will make a huge impact on the work of the school.”  

Find out more about Kisima School at www.kisima.org or sponsor John and the team at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DickinsandNewcombs
L-R: Mark and Julie Dickins, John and Sue Newcomb
BMF CEO takes on cycle challenge to help Kenyan school. John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, got on his bike last weekend and cycled 105km along the Grand Union Canal to raise much-needed funds for a secondary school in Kenya.

UK plan for improving air quality: BMF comment


BMF comment on UK plan for improving air qualityThe Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has published the Government’s long-awaited plan to improve air quality by tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel engines.  

Ministers confirmed that they will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by year 2040 as part of wider proposals to improve air quality as quickly as possible.  

Responding to the announcement, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, commented: “The BMF welcomes the Government’s ambitions to improve air quality. By signalling that any action must not be done at the expense of local businesses, we are pleased to see they have taken on board our members’ concerns and are choosing a sensible approach”.  

“The BMF has consistently raised concerns that Clean Air Zones represent another burden on our merchants who have no choice but to use diesel vehicles to deliver heavy materials which are, literally in some cases, the building blocks of local growth. We are pleased that ministers have reiterated that charging zones should be the last resort”.  

“As the proposals show, the problem is highly localised in nature. That validates our long-held view that better traffic management will ease pollution by reducing stop/start driving and the formation of queues. Changes to the phasing of traffic lights, and road layouts and junctions, will also help”.  

“The BMF is keen to play its part in improving air quality and we look forward to working with national and local government to reduce roadside emissions”.  

Mr Gove was giving his formal response to a consultation by his Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that the High Court ordered to be carried out - during the General Election campaign - because DEFRA has failed to bring down air pollution to within legal limits.  

Diesel emissions are the main cause of pollution but those from home heating and excavators and bulldozers on construction sites are also involved. Several English local authorities are considering establishing Clean Air Zones to comply with EU and UK law. They want to restrict access based on the type of fuel or vehicle - and businesses are faced with possible entry charges in future. The first cities considering such a move are Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Southampton.
BMF comment on UK plan for improving air quality. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has published the Government’s long-awaited plan to improve air quality by tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel engines.

BMF announce Supplier Engagement Award finalists for Members’ Day  

BMF Supplier Engagement Award 2016 - JCBThe BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: ACO, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Fakro, JCB, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools.  

The award is sponsored by MRA Marketing for the second year running and recognises those suppliers who have worked closely with the BMF during the last 12 months.  

The shortlisted companies have all successfully integrated membership of the BMF as a core element of their sales and marketing strategies and have fully supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through some form of sponsorship of one of the BMF events.  

Last year’s winner was JCB.

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb says “Suppliers are a fundamental part of the BMF membership. This award is a great way of recognising the outstanding engagement by our more active supplier members, through their participation in training, events and sponsorship. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and look forward to announcing the winner at Members’ Day on 20 September.”  

The BMF’s annual Members’ Day Awards, sponsored by Encon Insulation, will take place after the BMF Members’ Day Conference on 20 September at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.   You can book your place at Members’ Day now at www.bmf.org.uk/events or for more details contact June Upton at june.upton@bmf.org.uk.  



Pictured: Supplier Engagement of the Year Award 2016 winner: JCB. L-R Lucia di Stazio (MRA Marketing, Darren Brookes (JCB), John Newcomb (BMF)

BMF Supplier Engagement Award 2016 - JCB
BMF announce Supplier Engagement Award finalists for Members’ Day. The BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: A

Builders merchants maintain strong growth in 2017

Builders' Merchant Building IndexNew data from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders’ merchants across the UK have experienced continued strong sales in 2017.  

The BMBI contains data from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, which analyses data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales throughout the UK. It found that year on year sales were up 8.5% in May 2017 and adjusted for one extra trading day, average daily sales were 3.3% ahead of May 2016.  

Kitchens and Bathrooms saw the largest increase in sales at +13%. It was the third-warmest May in 50 years and the good weather is seen as a contributing factor to strong sales performances in Timber and Joinery products (+10.1%) and Landscaping (+6%).  

The BMF has previously reported that builders’ merchants were optimistic about 2017, and these predictions appear to be becoming true with year to date sales being 3.8% ahead of the 2016. The BMF states that the strong performance of their members demonstrates that builders’ merchants are delivering the vital materials required to support construction and growth across the UK.  

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “Builders’ merchants and their SME builders’ customers have continued 2016’s strong growth into 2017 and we remain optimistic for the coming months.  

“It is clear that builders’ merchants have a vital role to play in delivering local growth across the UK. As a country we need to build many more homes, but these cannot be built without the materials and products that BMF members make, stock and deliver, on a daily basis, to where they are needed. There are also thousands of households wanting to repair, extend or adapt their home, and again they rely on builders’ merchants to provide the materials to do this.  

“Despite this, there are still some challenges facing our sector such as the potential for the price of materials to increase due to higher commodity prices and fluctuations in exchange rates. We also want to see the Government press ahead with its proposals contained in the Housing White Paper, as this will bring a welcome boost to housebuilders”.  

Ricky Coombes, Channel Account Manager at GfK said: “Over the short to medium term we expect the builders’ merchants to continue their year on year growth. However future spending plans for consumers within the repairing, extending or adapting homes sector is expected to slow during the second half of 2017 as consumers’ confidence, as measured by GfK, and real term wealth decline. June saw GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index decrease five points to -10, with the unsettling influences of a snap General Election, its inconclusive outcome and the start of Brexit negotiations being likely contributors.”
Builders' Merchant Building Index
Builders merchants maintain strong growth in 2017. New data from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders’ merchants across the UK have experienced continued strong sales in 2017. The BMBI contains data from GfK’s Builders Me

Simon Weston CBE to give Keynote Presentation at BMF Members’ Day

Simon Weston CBESimon Weston CBE, the keynote speaker at the BMF Members’ Day in September, is immediately recognisable.  

Thirty five years ago, the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. Simon, a Welsh Guardsman, was on board.  In the aftermath, his name and face become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries and redefine his role in life.  Simon’s message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.  

Simon conveys his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be!  The only obstacles to achieving one’s targets and successes are those you create for yourself.  His words never fail to inspire. 

The Build Show is supporting Simon’s appearance at BMF Members’ Day. Nathan Garnett, director the Build Show’s parent company, Media Ten, said:  "The Build Show has always been keen to support veterans who often join the construction sector. Veterans are crucial in this sector to keep the skilled workforce levels we need to meet the challenges of building millions of new homes, so for the Build Show to sponsor Simon Weston at the BMF Member's Day is a real privilege.”  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO added: “We are not only delighted to welcome Simon to Member’s Day we are also pleased to have the Build Show involved as a sponsor for the first time.”  

BMF Members’ Day 2017 will be held at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.  The Business Conference and the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner both take place on 20 September.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 19 September, along with our other social activities, Quad Biking and Rifle Shooting  

The BMF thanks our Members’ Day headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries, Monument Tools and First Event who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament and Social Activities.  

For more information and to book your place at the BMF Members’ Day Event, please contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Simon Weston CBE to give Keynote Presentation at BMF Members’ Day in September. Simon conveys his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be! The only obstacles to achieving o

Imperial Bricks join BMF as Supplier member  


Imperial BricksImperial Bricks, a leading supplier of handmade bricks in the UK, has recently joined the BMF. Imperial offers the widest range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth with merchants. Becoming a member of the BMF was a logical next step.  

Imperial Brick look forward to enjoying benefits of membership such as industry-led events, business support, reports and data, specialist training and political representation for the builders’ merchant trade.  

Imperial Bricks Managing Director Jason Hughes comments: “We already work with some of the leading national, regional and independent merchants such as Jewson, Travis Perkins, Buildbase and MKM Building Supplies, to name a few. Our merchant team has been working hard to ensure we provide solutions and services to suit all types and size of merchant. Some merchants may be brick specialists looking to demonstrate their core product offering, while others need support to introduce new ranges to their business.”  

Welcoming Imperial Bricks into membership, BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “I am delighted to welcome Imperial Bricks into membership. The BMF is the trade association that brings together merchants and their suppliers. I’m delighted that Imperial Bricks are planning to take an active role with the BMF and I look forward to working with them in 2017.”  
Imperial Bricks
Imperial Bricks join BMF as Supplier member. Imperial Bricks, a leading supplier of handmade bricks in the UK, has recently joined the BMF. Imperial offers the widest range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth

BMF & NMBS to run Independent Merchant Forum  

BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant ForumThe BMF and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.  

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum has been designed for merchants with annual turnover of £10m or less.  The day-long programme will include expert presentations on Cyber Security, Digital Marketing, Distribution, Employment, Finance and EDI, Health & Safety, Leadership & Management and Training.  There will also be networking opportunities for delegates throughout the day.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “The content has been designed for small and medium sized merchants where the business owners take a hands-on role within the business.  This includes a significant number of BMF members, but we recognise that there are many other SME merchants who we don’t represent. NMBS is the largest buying society in the UK for independent merchants and joining with them to create and promote the event means that a far wider audience has the opportunity to benefit.” 

Chris Hayward, NMBS MD, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with the BMF to facilitate the first educational Forum specially created for the vibrant SME merchant sector. In order to make the event as open and accessible as possible our two organisations are jointly underwriting all costs so entry is free to delegates.”  

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum takes place on Tuesday 7 November at the BMF’s HQ and training centre in Coventry.  Free delegate places are limited to two per company (terms and conditions apply).  To reserve your place click here or contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk for more information 02476 854988.
BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum
BMF & NMBS to run Independent Merchant Forum. The BMF and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.

Chandlers Building Supplies wins 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Challenge  

Mastermerchant winners: Chandlers Building Supplies“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams who pushed them all the way to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge.  

Estimators Online, took the 2017 Super Supplier Award as the top performing supplier, following their fantastic performance as first time entrants.  

The competition, sponsored by MRA Marketing and Merlin Software, which is held over a weekend in the Lake District, involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance.  This is a fun event with a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  

As usual, many of this year’s tasks involved getting wet.  If contestants weren’t canoeing on the lake or scrambling through rocks and streams, they were trying to uncover clues, crack codes and guide team-mates in the “liquid sunshine” that is an essential part of the Lake District’s natural charm.  Not that this dampened any of the teams’ enthusiasm for the event, as all have pledged to return next year.  

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This is a fantastic teambuilding event and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members take part every year.  It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better. While the day’s activities are quite intense, there is time to relax in the evening and the stunning scenery of the Lake District makes the whole experience memorable.”
Mastermerchant winners: Chandlers Building Supplies
Chandlers Building Supplies wins 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Challenge. “The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams who pushed them all the way to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy. Estimators