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BMBI Experts debate key issues and trends in construction  


In September, the BMF hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry. The BMBI is a brand of the BMF and the debate was organised for BMBI Experts to discuss topical issues, and the potential implications for our industry. It was chaired by Builders’ Merchants News Group Editor Jennie Ward and included BMF Chairman Peter Hindle representing builders’ merchants and Mike Rigby CEO of MRA Marketing who produce the BMBI report.  

BMBI Experts taking part included: John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet; Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows; Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia; Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock; Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC; Malcom Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products; and Michael White, Business Development Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions.  

The debate covered five main topics:

  • Digitalisation & Omnichannel selling
  • Brexit’s effect on the industry
  • Skills, Materials Shortages & Capacity
  • Economy & Inflation
  • Grenfell Tower Fire & the implications  

As last year, the debate was videoed in full and individual topic videos will be available on the BMBI website and shared on LinkedIn and @TheBMBI on Twitter as well as Vimeo and YouTube. A full write-up will also feature in the November/December issue of Builders’ Merchants News.  

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest BMBI report or to learn more about each Expert, and watch this space for updates on the Round Table footage. Follow @TheBMBI  

If you’d like your brand to become an Expert and the voice of your market, call Lucia Di Stazio of MRA Marketing on 01453 521621.
BMBI Experts debate key issues and trends in construction. In September, the BMF hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry.

Sage joins the BMF


SageSage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the BMF.  

Already used by 1 in 2 businesses across the UK, Sage supports a wide range of trade businesses, distributors and manufacturers across the industry. Whether it’s a small business solution you’d like to offer your Trade customers, or an ERP system for your own organisation, Sage has the strongest portfolio of cloud solutions to meet your needs.  

Daniel Conroy, Sage Business Development Manager – Partnership and Alliances said “We’re constantly reinventing and simplifying business accounting through brilliant technology and look forward to adding value to the members of the Builders Merchant Federation.” 

Welcoming Sage into membership, BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Sage has joined the BMF and already has plans to utilise their membership to the full. I am looking forward to working with them in the coming months.”  

For more information about Sage please visit www.sage.com or watch the video at https://youtu.be/FkHfTFtxiX0
Sage joins the BMF. Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the BMF. Already used by 1 in 2 businesses across the UK, Sage supports a wide range of trade businesses, distributors and manufacturers

Private housing demand fuels builders’ merchant sales growth

GfKk BMBI dataNew data released by the BMF presents a direct contrast with the latest ONS Construction Index data.

Despite the ONS claiming that “construction output contracted by 0.8% in the three month on three month series in August 2017” builders’ merchants, who supply materials to the construction industry, saw sales increase by 5.8% in August compared with the same month last year. Additionally, August sales were 1.1% ahead of July, helped by one extra trading day.

Where the BMF’s and ONS data do agree is on the growth in private housing and the positive impact this is having on the construction industry.

The BMF figures are contained in the ‘Builders Merchants Building Index' which tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales using GfK data. The index shows growth over the past twelve months (September 2016 to August 2017) which was 4.6% higher than the previous year.

The data also states that year to date sales have strengthened and are 4.5% ahead of the same period in 2016. Ironmongery (+7.4%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+7.0%) were the leading performers.

The continued robust sales figures achieved by builders merchants show that, despite some predictions of a recession in the construction industry, Britain’s building materials supply chain is performing well, supporting both new housebuilding and housing renovation. They also state that it shows demand from households to renovate their property, as shown by Kitchen and Bathroom sales being 11.1% higher in August compared to the same time last year.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “Our latest figures show that builders’ merchants are delivering the building blocks for growth and supporting housebuilding across the country. Demand has also been fuelled by families wanting to repair, extend or adapt their homes However, there are signs that consumer confidence is slowing due to concerns over inflation which may impact private housing renovation once current projects are completed.”

“In the light of this, we are pleased that the Government made further commitments to housebuilding last week. Our members are ready to work with local authorities, developers and consumers to get the right materials in the right place to build the homes the country needs.”
Private housing demand fuels builders’ merchant sales growth. New data released by the BMF presents a direct contrast with the latest ONS Construction Index data. Despite the ONS claiming that “construction output contracted by 0.8% in the three

Fibo UK joins the BMF  

Fibo joins the BMFLeading European kitchen and bathroom wall panel manufacturer Fibo UK has joined the BMF as a supplier member.  

Fibo is experiencing strong growth with merchants across the country with its innovative and stylish wall panels. Developed in Norway in 1952 and available in the UK since 1981, Fibo’s precision engineered panels and extensive support are opening up new selling opportunities for merchants.  

Managing Director Scott Beattie comments: “Although we’ve been in the UK for many years, new owners were introduced last year and are focussed on growth. At the start of this year, the decision was taken to expand our UK business nationally, and since then it’s been a complete whirlwind! Investment in a new £14m factory in Norway reflects our ambitious plans.  

“The interest and commitment from merchants to stock and display our products has been outstanding,” continues Scott. “For example, BBS Building Supplies ripped out its entire showroom at their Barton Hill branch and replaced it with a fully refurbished display area, enabling a whole new experience for their builder and contractor customers. Our panels cover over 150m² of wall space. This level of commitment is testament to the quality of our products and the difference they’re making to merchants’ sales.  

“In this period of rapid growth and expansion it makes sense to start aligning ourselves to key industry bodies like the BMF. We recognise the value of BMF membership and look forward to the many opportunities it will bring in helping us build new and existing relationships with builders’ merchants.”  

Fibo wall panels are perfect for both refurbishment and new build projects with a wide choice in range, style, colour and finish. Its unique Aqualock system with a tongue-and-groove design means the panels are easy and quick to install - up to five times faster than traditional tiles - saving contractors time and money. They can be fitted directly onto walls, tiles or stud partitioning for added convenience, and come with a market-leading 15 year guarantee.  

For more information visit www.fibo.co.uk or call 01494 771 242. Follow @Fibo_UK on twitter.
Fibo UK joins the BMF. Leading European kitchen and bathroom wall panel manufacturer Fibo UK has joined the BMF as a supplier member. Fibo is experiencing strong growth with merchants across the country with its

Viessmann joins the BMF  

ViessmannThe Viessmann Group, a leading international manufacturer of heating and cooling systems has joined the BMF.   

The Viessmann Group, which employs over 12,000 people worldwide, has its UK HQ in Telford. From here the company offers tailor-made systems for domestic, commercial and industrial heating, cooling, power and air conditioning systems, and trains around 2,500 installers, contractors, specifiers on its products each year.  

Membership of the BMF was recommended to Viessmann by one of its merchant customers, Plumbase.

Mark Bradley, Plumbase MD, commented: “As a longstanding member of the BMF ourselves, we have first-hand experience of the benefits of membership. No other organisation brings the industry together in the same way. It is uniquely placed to inform, educate and represent the whole building materials supply chain.”  

Welcoming the Viessmann Group, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “It’s great to have Viessmann on board.  Our members are at the heart of everything we do and I’m sure Viessmann, like Plumbase, will gain value from being part of a strong trade body.”  

For more information please visit www.viessmann.co.uk/
Viessmann joins the BMF. The Viessmann Group, a leading international manufacturer of heating and cooling systems has joined the BMF. The Group employs over 12,000 people worldwide, has its UK HQ in Telford. From here the company offers tailor-

Built environment brand specialists CMDi appointed by the BMF


BMF appoint brand specialists CMDiTo help accelerate and strengthen their commercial development, the BMF has appointed built environment brand specialists CMDi – based on the agency’s recent work for the Federation of Master Builders. 

“This move is part of the Federation’s successful ongoing transformation programme.” explains BMF CEO, John Newcomb. “This next phase is about sharpening our proposition to ensure we are meeting the needs of members exactly. A research programme and communications strategy will be developed to strengthen our positioning and raise our profile in the industry.”  

CMDi’s research-based approach will help deliver customer focused benefits to all of the Federation’s members and stakeholders, allowing the BMF to lead the industry in a way that delivers real value across the supply chain.

CMDi's MD, Dianne Lucas, says the agency is “excited about working with the BMF, one of the most important and growing organisations in the sector”. CMDi’s suitability was clear she felt, as “having worked closely with trade organisations in the sector, most recently delivering the brand transformation programme for the FMB, we know how important it is for membership organisations to have absolute clarity about their role inside and outside the sector. That’s how they make a difference to members, their members’ customers, and to the industry as a whole.”

CMDi helps numerous businesses working in the built environment, and recently developed the first online communication test for brands to help them evaluate and understand their effectiveness – known as the iTest.

You can try the test here, or contact Dianne Lucas to see how CMDi can help sharpen your brand, increasing the differentiation and traction needed to take your organisation to the next level.
Built environment brand specialists CMDi appointed by the BMF. To help accelerate and strengthen their commercial development, The BMF has appointed built environment brand specialists CMDi – based on the agency’s recent work for the Federation of

BMF launches IT Solutions Plus to overcome merchants’ top 3 IT challenges  


BMF IT Solutions PlusThe BMF is launching BMF IT Solutions Plus to help its members to utilise digital technology to enhance their service and improve productivity.  

Working in partnership with Phoenix Software, the new service offers enterprise IT at SME prices and addresses the top three IT challenges identified in a recent BMF survey.  The main issues reported in the survey were keeping up to date with current IT software versions and retaining compatibility, the provision of 24/7 access and mobility, and renewing old hardware.  

BMF IT Solutions Plus is a cloud-based service that provides user companies with access to the latest technology and software, eliminates the risks associated with managing site-based IT infrastructure and provides 24/7 support.  

The service is designed to improve productivity across the business, enabling teams to collaborate wherever they are.  Software can be accessed 24/7 via PC, Mac, tablet or phone, with built in security to protect sensitive data.  

Richard Ellithorne, BMF membership Services Director said: “One of the most comprehensive ways of addressing all three challenges identified by merchants is to consider moving to Microsoft Cloud. To introduce our new IT Solutions Plus service, our partners, Phoenix Software, are offering BMF members a free, no obligation, Cloud Assessment to review how it may help their business.”  

To find out more about how the BMF IT Solutions Plus service or to arrange for a Cloud Assessment, contact Phoenix Software on 01904 562200 or email info@phoenixs.co.uk
BMF launches IT Solutions Plus to overcome merchants’ top 3 IT challenges. The BMF is launching BMF IT Solutions Plus to help its members to utilise digital technology to enhance their service and improve productivity.

A strong July for builders' merchants

Gfk BMBI dataThe latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.  

With one less trading day, sales in July were 0.9% lower than in June, but average sales per day were 3.9% higher. Year to date sales strengthened, with the first seven months of 2017 ahead 4.3% of the same period in 2016 – up from +3.8% YTD in June.

The Index

July’s Builders Merchant Building Index was 119.2 (117.8 adjusted for trading days) and all categories except two had indices over 100. Strongly seasonal Landscaping (140.8) was the top performer. ​ BMBI data is released monthly and is a unique data source available for builders' merchant sector sales to builders. It's the most reliable indicator of RMI housing. 

The Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Download the report here

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the latest monthly or quarterly report. Read trends, analysis and comment on industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - July 2017
A strong July for builders' merchants. The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.

BMF announces 2018 Charity partner, after amazing year of fundraising  


Variety - the children's charityThe BMF has nominated Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner for 2018. Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. 

Nick Shattock, Variety’s Chief Barker said: “We are absolutely delighted to be selected as the BMF charity for 2018 and are looking forward to working together in an exciting and successful partnership. We are grateful that commitment and generosity of the BMF and its members will make it possible for Variety to reach even more children who need extra help.”  

This follows an amazing year of fundraising for the BMF’s 2017 charity partner, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the merchant industry’s charity, the Rainy Day Trust.  Over £200,000 has been raised for so far this year.  This includes £8,000 raised at the BMF Burns Supper and Members’ Day, £62,000 raised at the BMF All Industry Conference Gala Dinner (which was shared with Crystal Clear’s charity) and £153,000 from sponsors of the 2017 Pavestone Rally – a figure that may increase when the final contributions are received.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “BMF members are always generous but the total raised for charity this year has exceeded our wildest expectations.  This would not have been possible without the support of the Crystal Clear Group, who donated the car that was auctioned at our Conference Gala Dinner, and the organisers of the 2017 Pavestone Rally, which has really captured the industry’s imagination.  We have now set ourselves a challenge to match or even exceed this figure to share between our 2018 charity partner, Variety and our industry charity, Rainy Day Trust.”  

Aaron Frogley, who organises the Pavestone Rally said: “The Rally is a simple concept and a lot of fun.  Buy an old banger and take a four day drive in fancy dress through ten countries to Monte Carlo completing silly challenges along the way.    With 39 teams competing this year we raised almost two and a half times as much as our previous record.  I’m so proud of the generosity of our industry and I can’t wait to see what they can achieve next year.”  

Next year’s Rally will be sponsored by Vado, and proceeds will be divided between Rainy Day Trust and Variety.  The Vado Rally takes place from 7 to 10 June, with a brand new destination – the wonderful city of Copenhagen  – and even crazier challenges for the teams to navigate.   The closing date for entries is 22 December 2017.  Find out more and request an entry form by emailing vadorally@vado.com.
BMF announces 2018 Charity partner, after amazing year of fundraising. The BMF has nominated Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner for 2018. Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are

Crystal Clear Group to sponsor BMF All Industry Conference until 2023  

Crystal Clear GroupThe Crystal Clear Group has confirmed a three Conference sponsorship arrangement with the BMF. 

Crystal will be the Headline Sponsor for the BMF All Industry Conference in 2019, 2021 and 2023.  

Crystal, manufacturers and suppliers of Pvc-u and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories, played a prominent role at this year’s BMF Conference, supporting the Gala Dinner fundraising event which raised over £62,000 for the two organisation’s partner charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and Variety.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “This year’s Conference was the best that I have been involved with and the fundraising event held in conjunction with Crystal was a particular highlight.  Following on from this successful partnership I am delighted that Crystal will be the Headline Sponsor for our next three Conferences.  It is great to have continuity and I am looking forward to working with them.”

Martin Randall, Crystal Clear Group Chairman said: “We are delighted to support the BMF All Industry Conference.  It is particularly exciting to become involved so early in the planning cycle for the 2019 Conference, our first as Headline Sponsor, and we look forward to playing our part in its success.”   

Crystal takes over from Fakro, which was the first Headline Sponsor for the BMF All Industry Conference, and has supported the event in this role since 2013.   John Newcomb added: “I would also like to thank Noel Shanahan and Fakro for their support both this year and for our past Conferences.”
Crystal Clear Group to sponsor BMF All Industry Conference until 2023. Crystal will be the Headline Sponsor for the BMF All Industry Conference in 2019, 2021 and 2023. Crystal, manufacturers and suppliers of Pvc-u and aluminium windows, doors and

Housing Minister welcomes £50m investment in UK brick manufacturing

Alok SharmaHousing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma has welcomed plans by Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, to invest £50m in a new factory in Leicestershire.  

Speaking today at the BMF Members Day, attended by representatives of the UK’s leading builders’ merchants, Alok Sharma emphasised the vital role builders merchants play in getting more homes built in this country  

He welcomed the success of the BMF as a major representative of the sector and commended the resilient performance of builders merchants throughout 2017, supporting housebuilding and building repair and refurbishment across the UK.

According to the latest figures released by the BMF through the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI), builders merchants year-to-date sales are 3.8% higher compared to the same period in 2016.  

The Housing and Planning Minister also highlighted the need for the Government and sector to work together to improve fairness across the housing market, bridging the skills gap and encouraging the development of well-designed and good quality homes.  

Alok Sharma, Housing and Planning Minister, said:   “Delivering more homes is a key priority for this Government.  Builders merchants have an absolutely vital role to play in this, supplying the essential materials we need to get our country building faster.  

“Ibstock’s major investment at their Leicestershire site is fantastic news for the building materials industry, demonstrating continuing confidence in this sector and growing consumer demand.  

“I congratulate the resilient performance of UK builders’ merchants over this year, and I look forward to working with the sector to put into action the far-reaching reforms of the Housing White Paper.  By working together, we will ensure we have the right building blocks in place to meet local housing needs and promote growth across all areas of the country.”  

Speaking at the event, BMF CEO, John Newcomb confirmed that builders’ merchants order books are being sustained by private housing and RMI work.  However, he warns that as Britain prepares to leave the EU, the industry is bracing to face upcoming challenges posed by increasing prices due to the falling value of sterling, and the potential of shortages in certain key products.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said:   “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 our members’ robust performance so far this year, there are still some challenges facing our sector such as the supply of materials and 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”.  

Mr Newcomb also pointed to Ibstock’s £50m investment as a sign that the UK building materials industry is rising to the challenges posed by Brexit and the Government’s housebuilding plans.  

Wayne Sheppard, Chief Executive Officer of Ibstock, said of their £50m investment:    “We’re incredibly proud to be making such a significant investment in our Leicestershire site. Brick is the number one construction material of choice, and we are increasing our production capacity in order to meet growing demand from our customers that is being driven by growth in housebuilding.  

“We welcome the Housing Minister’s positive comments about Ibstock’s investment, and we are pleased to see the Government recognise the important role that the building materials supply chain plays in providing essential materials to support housing growth and growing the economy across the country”.
Housing Minister welcomes £50m investment in UK brick manufacturing. Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma has welcomed plans by Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, to invest £50m in a new factory in Leicestershire.

Watts joins the BMF  


Watts Water TechnologiesWatts Water Technologies, global manufacturer and supplier of water and heating technology, has joined the BMF as a Supplier Member.  

Since 1874, Watts has contributed to technological advancements in the industry with a focus on continuous improvement and delivery of the highest quality products. Watts’ know-how, combined with a focus on product reliability, health and safety, and protection of the environment, has made Watts a key provider to the plumbing and heating industry.  

Watts Industries UK encompasses brands such as Socla and Microflex, ranges such as Black Teknigas and Electro Controls and unique market leading products in OneFlow and Powerseat. It is pivotal in the development of water technologies at point of entry and point of use. It is also instrumental in heating controls and gas valves, enabling it to provide solutions across the domestic and commercial portfolio, including Plumbing and Flow Control, Water Quality and Conditioning, Water Reuse and Drainage, HVAC and Municipal Waterworks.  

“The BMF plays a vital part in co-ordinating all sectors of the construction industry and we are pleased to be working with them to support those that require water technology products,” said Dave Raynor, Product Manager Watts Industries UK. “As a supplier of well-known products and brands we are ideally placed to provide solutions to a variety of industries and applications and we look forward to working with the BMF to facilitate this.”  

Welcoming Watts into membership, BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Watts has joined the BMF and already has plans to utilise their membership to the full. I am looking forward to working with them in the coming months.”   For more information about Watts please visit www.wattsindustries.co.uk.
Watts joins the BMF. Watts Water Technologies, global manufacturer and supplier of water and heating technology, has joined the BMF as a Supplier Member. Since 1874, Watts has contributed to technological advancements in the industry with a focus o

BMF launches new Cyber Security service  

BMF Cyber Audit PlusThe BMF has launched a new service, BMF Cyber Audit Plus, to help members to reinforce information security and to comply with new data protection laws which come into force in May 2018.  

The General Data Production Regulation (GDPR) will create uniform data protection rules for EU member states.   The Government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the implementation of the GDPR and UK organisations that want to conduct business with the EU must be in compliance.  

The new service is offered in partnership with RDS Tailored IT Solutions, who will provide BMF members with a free Cyber Risk Assessment and gap analysis of their current data management systems.  They will also provide more information on the policies and processes the business needs to become compliant and avoid costly fines.  Companies that do not provide adequate cyber protection for their customers will be penalised and could be fined by up to 4% of global turnover.  

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Business Services Director said: “GDPR will not only change the way that businesses obtain, store, use and delete data, it will make designated internal data controllers, board members and directors more accountable for the business processes around data protection.  If they haven’t already done so, BMF members must now take the necessary steps towards compliance, especially if they rely on a constant stream of prospect data for their sales pipeline.”  

BMF Cyber Audit Plus will not only reinforce information security and demonstrate the safety of customers’ suppliers’ and employees’ personal data, it will also help the business safeguard against various types of cyber attack.  

To book a free Cyber Risk Assessment contact RDS Global on 0330 2211 244 or email sales@rds-global.com
The BMF has launched a new service, BMF Cyber Audit Plus, to help members to reinforce information security and to comply with new data protection laws which come into force in May 2018.
New BMF Regional centre of Excellence at ACO, SheffordBMF opens second Anglia Regional Centre at ACO  

The BMF launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the Anglia region last week at ACO - a superb facility in Shefford.  

BMF CEO John Newcomb and Alex Clifford (BMF Regional Manager London & South East) attended the launch with Phil Windus (ACO Marketing Manager) and Richard Hill (ACO Managing Director).  

BMF members around the UK have welcomed the BMF regional centres, which will give them access to BMF training and events on their doorstep.  

Speaking at the launch ACO MD Richard Hill said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a Regional Centre of Excellence and look forward to hosting BMF members for training and regional meetings. The BMF are doing a great job bringing together different elements of the supply chain and we look forward to playing our part in the Anglia area.”  

Alex Clifford said: “The BMF appreciates ACO allowing the BMF to use their impressive facilities in Shefford, as the second Centre of Excellence in the Anglia Region. We very much look forward to welcoming members to the venue when the BMF Anglia Regional Meeting is held there on 11 October 2017.”



Pictured L-R: Phil Windus (ACO), Alex Clifford (BMF), Richard Hill (ACO), John Newcomb (BMF)



BMF opens second Anglia Regional Centre at ACO. The BMF launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the Anglia region last week at ACO - a superb facility in Shefford.

Housing Minister to speak at BMF Members Day  


Alok Sharma MPThe Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma, will speak at BMF Members Day in September.  

Mr Sharma, who was appointed to this role in June 2017, is responsible for the government’s housing and home ownership policy as well as the planning policy which underpins it.  Other important parts of his current portfolio include estates regeneration and regulation of the private rented sector.  

Mr Sharma was elected as Conservative MP for Reading West in May 2010.  Before taking up his current post he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has served as a member of the Commons Treasury select committee and the Commons Science and Technology select committee.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “A great deal of merchant business is driven by housing but I believe this is the first time that a housing minister has addressed BMF Members Day.  We are delighted that Alok Sharma is able to join us this year.”

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, 19th September, along with our other social activities, Quad Biking and Rifle Shooting.

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

For more information and to book your place at the BMF Members’ Day Event, please go to: www.bmf.org.uk/events.
Housing Minister to speak at BMF Members Day. The Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma, will speak at BMF Members Day in September. Mr Sharma is responsible for the government’s housing and home ownership policy as well as the

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