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BMBI wins Best Product Launch at the Construction Marketing Awards  


BMBI win Best Product Launch at CMA AwardsThe Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has won Best Product Launch at the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) for what the judges described as “an innovative offering to the market.” The CMAs recognise the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry. The awards are run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), and winners were announced on 30 November 2017.  

The BMBI is a joint enterprise between GfK, the BMF, and MRA Marketing. Before launching the Index, there was no reliable measure of Repair Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) building activity in the UK. Economists, media and Government made do with a patchwork of measures of variable reliability.  

Since its launch in 2015, the BMBI is helping to put construction and builders’ merchants on the map and achieving wide exposure in and outside the industry. Centred on an agreement with GfK to use the top line of their Builders Merchant Panel data, new quarterly and monthly reports are produced by MRA Marketing to help close the knowledge gap. The initiative is supported by a high profile strategic PR programme that has resulted in 200+ press appearances over the last 12 months, and is winning the attention of leading organisations, institutions, and government bodies.  

The CMA judges said: “This is an innovative offering to the market to provide clarity on what is a very nebulous index to measure. Great insight to the market for RMI and great service to subscribers.”   An integral part of the Index is the panel of leading industry Experts who speak exclusively for their markets. Each Expert adds perspective and context to the data, and helps to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI. These include: Encon Insulation, Timbmet, Knauf Insulation, Keylite Roof Windows, Hanson Cement, Keystone Lintels, Crystal Group, IKO PLC, Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Ibstock Brick, Heatrae Sadia and Natural Paving Products.  

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF comments: “BMBI is achieving tremendous momentum in the market and this award is recognition of all the hard work that has gone into launching this unique and essential tool for the RMI sector. It would not exist without the combined efforts of GfK, the BMF and MRA Marketing.”   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.   

If you’d like your brand to become a BMBI Expert and the voice of your market, call Lucia Di Stazio, MRA Marketing on 01453 521621. To find out more about the Builders Merchant Panel data email Richard Frankcom at GfK on Richard.Frankcom@gfk.com.
BMBI wins Best Product Launch at the Construction Marketing Awards. The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has won Best Product Launch at the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) for what the judges described as “an innovative offer

New Merchant Apprenticeship launched for 2018  

BMF merchant apprenticeship launchThe BMF and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have jointly championed the development of a brand new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard. It is the first Apprenticeship to be designed for our industry by experts in our industry, and is set to become the sector’s primary Level 2 qualification when it is launched to employers next year. 

The Trade Supplier Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard has just been launched to more than fifteen training providers who will deliver the training programme across the UK. From January 2018, the new Standard will be offered to builders merchants through BMF Apprenticeships Plus.  

Trade Supplier Level 2 was developed as part of the government’s Trailblazer initiative. This encouraged groups of employers to work together to create robust apprenticeships for their own sector, to ensure that people have up-to-date workplace skills that are fully relevant to business and industry.    

Speaking at the launch, Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director  said: “Merchants and other trade suppliers play a vital role in ensuring an efficient flow of goods and services between manufacturers and their skilled trade customer base, but this is the first time that an Apprenticeship has been designed to meet the industry’s specific needs.  It is a huge step forward, and I would like to thank all those who gave their time and energy to ensure this new apprenticeship delivers the skills and knowledge needed by new recruits to our industry.”  

John Henry, Director of BMF Apprenticeships Plus (the BMF’s Apprenticeship Training Agency) said: “This employer-led qualification will give young people entering the industry an excellent grounding in merchanting and will raise the bar in terms of skills and knowledge at an early point in their careers.  Having been in close communication with many businesses it is clear that the merchanting sector has been waiting for this new apprenticeship and I am confident of a significant take up by employers wishing to recruit and train new entrants and existing colleagues.”         

Commenting on the collaborative development process, Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA Director said: “Created by wholesalers for wholesalers, this new entry-level apprenticeship reflects the substantial commitment and knowledge sharing from across the building, timber and joinery, kitchen installation and electro-technical sectors. It has been a pleasure to work with similar trade organisations and their members to pool our significant wholesaling experience.”  

Crawford Knott of Hawk Training, an Ofsted accredited Outstanding training provider added: “Boosting the level of skills and productivity in the UK is vitally important, even more so as we move into the post-Brexit era. Apprenticeship standards like this one will enable employers in the sector to harness new talent and support the development of industry-specific skills.”  

The new Trade Supplier Apprenticeship Standard will replace the Trade Business Service framework apprenticeship, formerly used by merchants.  The new Standard is far more closely aligned with the merchant working environment.  Trade Supplier Apprentices will be trained and assessed on:  

  • dealing with customer sales at the trade counter and over the telephone
  • understanding incoming deliveries, stock control and despatch
  • processing customer orders and taking delivery of goods
  • technical knowledge of the products and services offered
  • using bespoke systems and equipment within their company
  • communication and building relationships both internally and with customers. 

Trade Supplier Apprentices may work on the trade counter, or they can specialise in other roles in the trade business environment including sales, purchasing account management, logistics and administration.  

The new Apprenticeship received approval from the Skills Funding Agency and OFQUAL earlier this Autumn, and will be eligible for funding under the new Levy system.
New Merchant Apprenticeship launched for 2018. The BMF and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have jointly championed the development of a brand new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard. It is the first Apprenticeship to

BMF expands into the Irish market  


Allied Merchants Buying AssociationThe BMF has signed a group membership agreement with Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA), Ireland’s leading independent merchant buying group.  

Formed in 2011, AMBA is the fastest growing merchant buying group in Ireland, encompassing 17 members with 85 outlets and an annual spend of some €130m on building materials, plumbing and heating goods and timber products. Total turnover of members is around €230m. All 17 AMBA members will join the BMF on 1 December 2017  

Welcoming AMBA members, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “While the BMF has always had the ability within its constitution to extend its reach into Ireland, strategically the impetus to join had to come from Irish merchants.  When AMBA made their request, we were delighted to respond and look forward to providing our full range of training and support services to their members. We are very excited at the prospect of developing our alliance and extending our core membership benefits to AMBA’s members.”  

Keith Giblin, AMBA CEO explained why AMBA has joined the BMF:  “AMBA’s fundamental purpose is as a low cost, highly professional group with strategically placed members working with partner suppliers.  Our Buying Group has grown rapidly since its inception, successfully ensuring we defend and grow our members’ competitive position, profitability and market share by working together. We are continually focussed on adding further value to our members and an alliance with the BMF offers numerous opportunities to enhance our members’ businesses. Foremost amongst these is the BMF’s approach to recruitment, which is helping to attract and develop talented people within the merchant industry.”  

Allied Merchants Buying Association and the BMFBrexit is another factor in AMBA’s desire to create a strong link with the BMF as an international trade association.  

Dennis O’Connor, AMBA Chairman said: “We have three aims for our ongoing relationship with the BMF: alliance, recruitment and awareness.  Our market is somewhat reliant on the UK and with the countdown to Brexit well underway it is essential to draw closer to a Federation that represents merchants and building materials suppliers operating in the UK in order to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the issues on both sides.”  

Peter Hindle MBE, BMF Chairman added: “Many building materials producers administer the UK and Ireland as one commercial region and it is likely that this will continue beyond Brexit.  It is strategically important for the BMF to continue to develop its links with European trade bodies such as UFEMAT and FEST in order to support existing members in the UK as well as our latest members in Ireland. I look forward to welcoming Allied Merchants Buying Association into membership.” 

The addition of AMBA’s members increases the number of BMF Merchant members to 337, operating from over 5,000 branches throughout the UK and Ireland. From 1 December, the BMF’s total membership, including Supplier and Service members will stand at 640. Together, BMF merchant and supplier companies have combined sales of £28 billion and employ 123,000 people in the building materials industry.  



Pictured: L-R: Dennis O'Connor (AMBA Chairman)  and Keith Giblin (AMBA CEO), John Newcomb (BMF CEO), Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman)
The BMF has signed a group membership agreement with Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA), Ireland’s leading independent merchant buying group.

Lakes Bathrooms joins BMF as new supplier member


Lakes BathroomMike Tattam, Lakes Bathrooms' new sales & marketing director,  right, with BMF CEO John Newcombs, a leading manufacturer and supplier of shower enclosures, doors and bath screens, has joined the BMF as a supplier member.  

Lakes Bathrooms has been supplying builders’ merchants for more than 30 years. An independent family business set up in 1986, it has built a strong reputation in supplying high quality shower enclosures to the trade, backed by reliable service and support.  

Sales & Marketing Director Mike Tattam comments: “Builders’ merchants are a key target market for our business, so it’s important we look at new opportunities to strengthen relationships and build our brand in this sector. The BMF is a prominent industry body that has grown strongly over recent years. It’s therefore a sensible step forward to join. I’m confident it will give us a new platform in which to position and build our brand in this market.”  

Tewkesbury-based Lakes Bathrooms is renowned for its first class customer service, speed of delivery and for creating innovative, market-leading products that are ‘superior as standard’ yet affordable. Its extensive portfolio includes timeless classic and contemporary designs and framed, semi-framed and frameless doors, screens and enclosures to cater for all tastes and requirements.  

Lakes Bathrooms’ optically superior PureVueHD glass, which has minimal iron content to reduce the green hue found in standard glass to near zero levels, results in glass that is clearer, lighter and brighter and comes as standard at no extra cost on its Classic, Coastline and Island collections. Another thoughtful feature available free of charge on products within these ranges is the company’s AllClear® protective coating, which is applied to both sides of the glass to help users keep their enclosure looking as good as new with minimal effort.  

The BMF is the only trade association, which represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers to the merchanting industry in the UK. Through its membership, Lakes Bathrooms will benefit from training, development and professional support opportunities through a variety of services and key events where members can meet and exchange ideas with fellow merchants, suppliers and leading industry figures.  

BMF CEO John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Lakes Bathrooms has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. I am looking forward to working with them in the coming months.”  


Pictured: Mike Tattam, Lakes Bathrooms' new sales & marketing director, right, with BMF CEO John Newcomb  
Lakes Bathrooms joins BMF as new supplier member. Lakes Bathrooms, a leading manufacturer and supplier of shower enclosures, doors and bath screens, has joined the BMF as a supplier member.

BMF response to today's UK Government Industrial Strategy announcement


John Newcomb (BMF) and Greg Clark MPResponding to the UK Government’s much-anticipated Industrial Strategy unveiled today, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said:  

“The BMF is pleased to see the Industrial Strategy recognises and showcases the construction industry through the announcement of a Construction Sector Deal.    

“We believe that people and skills are the single most important aspect for the success of the deal and indeed, the Industrial Strategy. The BMF has long argued for parity of esteem between academic education and vocational training and skills and as a direct consequence of the start of the Apprenticeships’ Levy eight months ago, the BMF established its own Apprenticeship Training Agency to make it easier for builders, plumbers and timber merchants to take on and support new apprentices.  

“However, our members need to be free to use Levy payments to train apprentices in firms up or down the supply chain if we are to properly train the next generation of builders’ merchants, house-builders and construction workers. The BMF believes the 10% that employers will be allowed to spend elsewhere from next April is too low, and we question whether payments will be confined to just one other employer - instead of multiple employers - who can benefit, especially SME builders and allied trades who are the customers of merchants.  

“It should be remembered that industries like construction and house-building cannot function properly without a vibrant, resilient, and enduring supply chain that the BMF represents. We therefore urge the Government to work with Britain’s Builders’ Merchants to ensure that we continue to deliver the building blocks needed for growth in order to meet the Industrial Strategy’s aims of boosting the economy, addressing low productivity, harnessing new technology, and improving incomes and living standards around the United Kingdom.”  


Pictured: John Newcomb (BMF CEO) and Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference
John Newcomb (BMF) and Greg Clark MP
BMF response to today's UK Government Industrial Strategy announcement. Responding to the UK Government’s much-anticipated Industrial Strategy unveiled today, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “The BMF is pleased to see the Indust

Strong Q3 sales for Builders Merchants  


BMBI Q3 2017Data released today in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders merchants Q3 2017 sales performed strongly for the quarter. 

Third quarter sales were 5.2% higher than the same period last year, despite one less trading day. The largest product sector, Heavy Building Materials (+6.0%) did slightly better than the total market, whereas the second largest, Timber & Joinery Products, was marginally below at +5.0%.   Ironmongery (+8.4%), Kitchens & Bathrooms (+8.2%) and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical  (+7.4%) were the strongest performers. Total merchants’ average sales per day, which mitigates for the trading day difference, increased by 6.9%.  

The BMBI contains data from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, which analyses data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales throughout the UK. While the data shows a year on year increase in sales performance, the quarter on quarter comparison found that sales have slowed, with Q3 falling by -2.2%, after taking into account three more trading days than Q2.  

Year to date sales for the nine months January to September 2017 were 4.3% ahead of the same period in 2016.  With one less trading day this year, average sales per day were actually up by 4.9%  

Commenting on the results, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Builders merchants’ sales frequently show a small dip in Q3 after an annual peak in Q2 and this year was no exception. Builders’ merchants will point to the increase in year on year sales as a more useful indicator, but they will also be taking a keen interest in the Chancellor’s Budget speech today, to see what’s in store for housebuilding and home improvement – both key markets.  

“The merchant sector has shown resilience throughout the first three quarters of 2017. We remain confident that it will continue to prosper as we approach the end of the year, and maintain that momentum into 2018.”  

Richard Frankcom of GfK said: “Builders’ merchants continue to buck the trends seen across most areas of the retail market.  However, we saw a steady rise in inflation during Q3, starting in July at 2.7% and rising to 3.0% by September, which led to the first rise in interest rates since July 2007.

“As we have only been tracking the data used in the BMBI for 39 months, we are yet to fully appreciate the correlation between merchant sales and wider economic indicators.  Will we see a slow down over the coming months, or will the UK’s demand for new or upgraded properties continue to drive this sector?  Only time will tell.”
Strong Q3 sales for Builders Merchants. Data released today in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders merchants Q3 2017 sales performed strongly for the quarter.

The Autumn Budget: BMF welcomes commitment to housebuilding  


Philip Hammond MPResponding to today’s Budget (22.11.2017), the BMF has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that housebuilding needs to be one of the Government’s main priorities.  

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “The BMF is pleased that the Chancellor has acknowledged the profound need to deliver and build new homes. This needs to be an unflinching, unrelenting determination by government at all levels to narrow the gap between housing demand and supply. 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 and to the manufacturers and merchants in the  building materials supply chain.  

“Access to finance, available land, more SME builders, sclerotic planning approval, slow build-out rates, over-stretched local authorities, brownfield versus greenfield, and residents’ resistance, must all be confronted and resolved. However, we welcome the new money that has been found for the Home Building Fund, for small sites, and for construction skills. In addition, we are pleased to see the lifting of the cap on Housing Revenue Accounts for Local Authorities and the immediate scrappage of stamp duty for many first-time buyers."
The Autumn Budget: BMF welcomes commitment to housebuilding. Responding to the 22.11.17 Budget, the BMF has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that housebuilding needs to be one of the Government’s main priorities.

BMF response to Home Select Committee warning on post-Brexit customs operations


BMF response to warning on post-Brexit customs operationsResponding to today’s warning from the Home Select Committee that post-Brexit customs operations may lead to “border chaos”, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said:  

“We welcome the Home Affairs Committee highlighting the very severe concerns business has about the ability of our customs operations to deliver in a post-Brexit environment.   “We agree that a failure to sort out a post-Brexit customs arrangement could led to lengthy and costly jams at all ports across the UK. This would be incredibly damaging to the building materials supply chain, and important construction projects.  

“Builders merchants are already facing significant material price rises due to currency fluctuations and, from our engagement with government so far, we have concerns that proper consideration is not being given to other obstacles that may hamper trade.  

“For essential building material supplies, such as timber, a failure from the Government to deliver a viable customs system could mean very severe delays, extra costs, administrative burdens and shortages that threaten the building of new homes that we so desperately needed”.  

BMF response to Home Select Committee warning on post-Brexit customs operations. Responding to today’s warning from the Home Select Committee that post-Brexit customs operations may lead to “border chaos”, John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF said: “We wel

BMF response to Public Accounts Committee warning



BMF response to Pubic Accounts Committee warningResponding to today’s warning from the Public Accounts Committee that it could be ‘catastrophic’ if a viable customs system was not in place at the time of Brexit, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said:  

“We welcome the Public Accounts Committee highlighting the very severe concerns business has about the ability of our Customs’ system to deliver in a post-Brexit environment.  

“We agree that a failure to sort out the Customs Declaration Service in time would be catastrophic for the building materials industry.

“Builders merchants are already facing significant material price rises due to currency fluctuations and, from our engagement with government so far, we have concerns that proper consideration is not being given to other obstacles that may hamper trade. 

“For essential building material supplies, such as timber, a failure from the Government to deliver a viable customs system could mean very severe delays, extra costs, administrative burdens and shortages that threaten the building of new homes that we so desperately needed”.  
BMF response to Public Accounts Committee warning. Responding to today’s warning from the Public Accounts Committee that it could be ‘catastrophic’ if a viable customs system was not in place at the time of Brexit, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of

Worcester hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence  


Worcester BoschThe BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester Bosch, the UK market leader in domestic boilers.  The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country.   

The latest centre, at Worcester Bosch’s flagship training academy, will serve BMF members in the West Midlands.  Twenty-five people attended the first BMF regional meeting held at the venue, in October.  

The 2,000m2 academy, which has just reopened following a £3.5m redevelopment, offers extensive practical training facilities for Worcester’s installers in addition to the excellent meeting accommodation, which has been made available to the BMF.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that is well used by Worcester’s customers and we are extremely grateful that they are opening it to our members too.   We look forward to holding further West Midlands meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.”  

Nick Fothergill, National Training Manager, Worcester Bosch said: “Worcester, Bosch Group are proud to be recognised as a Regional Centre of Excellence by the BMF. This status will strengthen our relationship with BMF members and enable Worcester, Bosch Group to further promote excellence and best practice throughout the industry.”    
Worcester hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence. The BMF has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester Bosch, the UK market leader in domestic boilers. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of E

BMF calls on Chancellor to back modernisation of commercial vehicles  


The BMFThe BMF has written to the Chancellor to urge him to put measures in the forthcoming budget that will support the modernisation of builders merchants’ delivery vehicles.  

The BMF, the UK trade association for businesses in the building materials’ supply chain, state in the letter that transport is the second biggest operating cost for builders merchants after wages.   

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “Our members tell us that the best action the Chancellor could take to support our industry would be to provide incentives for the modernisation of delivery vehicles.  

“Currently merchants are limited in the types of vehicles that they can use, often needing diesel HGVs to move heavy materials like bricks and timber that use lifting gear to load/unload them. Rising costs, coupled with planned Clean Air Zones that aim to control access to cities or set entry charges, could have a hugely significant impact on merchants”.  

Based on a recent members survey, the BMF list five key asks of the Chancellor in their letter:  

  • resist the temptation to increase Road Fuel Duty and maintain the freeze on all fuels;
  • protect the funds previously allocated to develop alternative fuels for HGVs;
  • be sparing in any Vehicle Excise Duty increase HM Treasury apply linked to the Retail Prices Index;
  • be clear to explain changes in tax treatment of business vehicles to favour cleaner models; and,
  • find money to fund a diesel scrappage scheme to help SMEs replace lorries, trucks and vans.  

John Newcomb continued: “The BMF supports action towards cleaner air. Government and industry ought to work together to ensure that policy to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution does not restrict the delivery of materials and products to where they are needed. This is why our members are calling on the Chancellor to implement measures to support them to modernise their vehicles, and ensure that we can continue delivering the vital building blocks of growth in all parts of the UK”.
BMF calls on Chancellor to back modernisation of commercial vehicles. The BMF has written to the Chancellor to urge him to put measures in the forthcoming budget that will support the modernisation of builders merchants’ delivery vehicles.

BMF website wins European Award    


BMF website wins European Award

The BMF's latest website, launched in April, has been selected as the best in Europe in the annual Awards run by the worldwide software company ASI.

ASI, which developed the iMIS member engagement system which is instrumental to the functionality of the BMF’s website, supports Trade Associations, membership bodies and other not for profit organisations around the globe.  Their Awards judge websites on content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality and interactivity and overall user experience.

Commenting on the Award, Oz Bham, Membership and IT Manager said:  “In designing their new website, the BMF was determined to place high functionality at its core. We had a clear set of priorities and winning this Award is recognition that we have achieved those aspirations.

“We wanted our merchant, supplier, service and distributor members to understand how the BMF can deliver added value to their businesses, which have different needs.  We also wanted to engage with prospective members and lead them through the process from initial contact to full membership. To achieve this, personalisation was a key aspect of the design.  For example, the homepage offers the option to display the most appropriate content by job role and sector. This enables all visitors to tailor their experience depending on their exact requirements and interests.

“The overall user experience has been enhanced by sign posting methods using clear ‘call to actions’ across the website to ensure that every visitor can easily navigate to the required page with minimum effort. The call to action buttons include finding out what BMF can do for you specifically, requesting a call back where face-to-face interaction is preferred, as well as highlighting information on training up-and-coming events and latest news.”

The BMF's latest website, launched in April, has been selected as the best in Europe in the annual Awards run by the worldwide software company ASI.

BMF launches third South West Regional Centre at Garador  


L-R: Richard Jones (BMF Regional Manager) and Simon Hipgrave (Garador MD)The BMF launched its third Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West region this week at Garador’s ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. The BMF now have 16 of these Regional Centres, which provide members with appropriate training and meeting venues in various locations around the UK.  

Garador is a leading British manufacturer of garage doors, front doors and operators, with over 50 years’ experience in the garage door industry.  Utilising German engineering expertise, it has developed an extensive range of garage doors unsurpassed in the industry.  

Richard Jones (BMF Regional Manager - South West & South Wales) attended the launch with Simon Hipgrave, Managing Director of Garador. Richard said: “Localisation is an important strategy for the BMF going forward, and Garador offers an excellent facility for our members in the South West of England to meet and train together. I look forward to us holding the next South West Regional at the new BMF Centre on 7 March 2018.”  

Commenting on the new status, Garador’s Managing Director, Simon Hipgrave said “I am delighted with the recognition of Garador’s excellent facilities and I’m pleased to be able to offer this support to the BMF.”  

“Along with the state of the art manufacturing facilities at our head offices here in Somerset, we offer a range of conference rooms and full phone and video conferencing services,” he said “We also have a unique demonstration area showing some of the latest advances and designs in our garage doors.”   For more information about Garador please visit www.garador.com



Pictured L-R: Richard Jones (BMF Regional Manager) and Simon Hipgrave (Garador Managing Director)
BMF launches third South West Regional Centre at Garador. The BMF launched its third Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West region this week at Garador’s ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. The BMF now have 16 of these

BMF launches new Product Forums for Bricks, Blocks and Civils  


David Young, BradfordsThe BMF is building on the success of its sector-related discussion and networking forums, with the launch of two new product category groups planned for 2018. One of the new Forums will be dedicated to Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping, and the second will focus on Civils and Drainage.    

While the new Forums are not scheduled to meet before the New Year, the BMF has already appointed a chairman to lead each of the groups. David Young, Managing Director of Bradfords, will chair the Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping Forum.  Nick Boyle, Jewson’s Civils Development Director will head up the Civils and Drainage Forum.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Product Forums play a key role in broadening the BMF’s relevance to different sectors of our industry and engaging with our members.  They provide a unique platform for members with responsibility in these areas to discuss issues of the day. Furthermore, listening to the concerns and views expressed helps the BMF in its campaigning work to inform government and influence legislative policy on behalf of members.”  

From 2018 the BMF will have six dedicated product Forums meeting regularly.  In addition to the two latest, there are well-established Forums for Timber, Plumbing & Heating, Roofing and Decorating.
BMF launches new Product Forums for Bricks, Blocks and Civils. The BMF is building on the success of its sector-related discussion and networking forums, with the launch of two new product category groups planned for 2018. One of the new Forums wi

Dulux Paint is new BMBI Expert  


Paul Roughan, AkzoNobelPaul Roughan, Sales Director of AkzoNobel for Trade Merchants is the latest Expert to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel. Paul will be speaking for paint under AkzoNobel’s leading brands including Dulux Trade, and will be joining from February 2018.  

The BMBI is a brand of the BMF. It now includes 13 industry experts that speak exclusively for their markets. Other BMBI Experts include:  

  • Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia
  • Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock Brick
  • 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 Crystal Direct
  • Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC
  • Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions
  • Malcom Gough, Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products  

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, meaning 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 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 Luca Di Stazio, MRA Marketing on 01453 521621.
Dulux Paint is new BMBI Expert. Paul Roughan, AkzoNobelPaul Roughan, Sales Director of AkzoNobel for Trade Merchants is the latest Expert to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel. Paul will be speaking for paint ...

BMBI shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards  

BMBI at the CMA AwardsThe Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has made the shortlist for three Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). BMBI has been shortlisted for ‘Best Product Launch’, ‘Best use of PR’ and ‘Best use of Research & Insight’.  

The CMAs is a prestigious event that recognises the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry. The awards are run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), and winners will be announced at the Radisson Blu Portman Square in London on Thursday 30th November 2017.  

Awareness and understanding of BMBI has grown rapidly since its launch by the BMF and MRA Marketing in 2015. The BMBI is a reliable and up-to-date measure of UK Repair Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) activity, using gold standard data from GfK, a leading international data and insights company.  

An integral part of the Index is the panel of leading industry Experts who speak exclusively for their markets. Each Expert adds perspective and context to the data, and helps to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI. These include: Encon Insulation, Timbmet, Knauf Insulation, Keylite Roof Windows, Hanson Cement, Keystone Lintels, Crystal Direct, IKO PLC, Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Ibstock Brick, Heatrae Sadia and Natural Paving Products.  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb comments: “Being shortlisted for three CMAs is a tremendous achievement for BMBI. With continued investment, the BMBI is becoming a key tool for our industry and achieving wide exposure in and outside construction. It is also proving to be a powerful vehicle for highlighting the importance of builders’ merchants to the UK economy. It would not exist without the combined efforts of the BMF, MRA marketing and regular insights from GfK.”  

Richard Frankcom, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade Panel, adds: “The BMBI is helping to put construction on the map and through the use of new data available to the channel, highlights the importance of quality insights on which to make smart business decisions. It’s great that the hard work is being recognised in such a phenomenal way.”  

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest report, learn more about the Experts and listen to the first Round Table Debate on key issues affecting the building industry. Follow on twitter @TheBMBI.  

The CMA Awards finalists are at http://www.cmawards.co.uk/2017-shortlist/
BMBI shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards. The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has made the shortlist for three Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). BMBI has been shortlisted for ‘Best Product Launch’, ‘