The BMF is an economic trade association that exists to foster business-friendly conditions for its members. As our names suggests, this means builders, plumbers and timber merchants - although manufacturers and specialist suppliers can also be BMF members.
Policy means influencing parliaments and governments to ensure the voice of merchants is heard so their interests are properly considered. We are the ‘commentator of choice’ for the building materials’ supply chain - “one industry, one voice”.
The BMF provides an authoritative and collective voice for not only our members but also the wider supply chain. We are more effective in doing so than individual businesses. In an ever-changing world, this is a vital service, especially to small, often family-owned independents.
Throughout the year, the BMF will be typically working on policy themes such as:
- narrowing the gap between housing supply and demand
- improving the thermal and energy performance of homes and workplaces
- making better use of existing buildings including adaptations, conversions and extensions
- educating businesses about the responsible use of natural resources
- encouraging investment in vocational training and skills including apprenticeships
- informing companies about changes in the law, its implementation and enforcement
- boosting the overall capacity and capability of our supply chain to deliver.
BMF opinion is essential because construction can be seen as fragmented, without one voice, or a unified view. We provide that perspective because builders, plumbers and timber merchants are the most efficient route-to-market for materials & products from quarries, kilns, sawmills or factories.
Our USP is that buildings (especially housing) are not erected, nor are properties (especially homes) adapted, converted, extended or improved with the primary materials and valued-add products that our members distribute.