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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference & Awards

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26-27 September 2018

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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

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BMF Branch Managers' Forum
30-31 October 2018

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award  


The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award from over 280 BMF supplier and service members.  

All six suppliers have actively sought to gain value from their membership by working closely with the BMF during the last 12 months.  They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.  

This is the third year that the Award has been presented.  Previous winners are JCB and Crystal Direct.  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “BMF membership covers the whole building materials supply chain and suppliers play a vital role in our industry. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by our more active supplier and service members, through their participation in training, events and sponsorship. It is one way that we can both thank and congratulate all of this year’s finalists for their support.”  

The winner of the Supplier Engagement Award, which is sponsored by MRA Marketing, will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 27 September.
The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award fro

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award  


The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award from over 280 BMF supplier and service members.  

All six suppliers have actively sought to gain value from their membership by working closely with the BMF during the last 12 months.  They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.  

This is the third year that the Award has been presented.  Previous winners are JCB and Crystal Direct.  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “BMF membership covers the whole building materials supply chain and suppliers play a vital role in our industry. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by our more active supplier and service members, through their participation in training, events and sponsorship. It is one way that we can both thank and congratulate all of this year’s finalists for their support.”  

The winner of the Supplier Engagement Award, which is sponsored by MRA Marketing, will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 27 September.
The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award fro

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award  


The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award from over 280 BMF supplier and service members.  

All six suppliers have actively sought to gain value from their membership by working closely with the BMF during the last 12 months.  They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.  

This is the third year that the Award has been presented.  Previous winners are JCB and Crystal Direct.  

BMF Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “BMF membership covers the whole building materials supply chain and suppliers play a vital role in our industry. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by our more active supplier and service members, through their participation in training, events and sponsorship. It is one way that we can both thank and congratulate all of this year’s finalists for their support.”  

The winner of the Supplier Engagement Award, which is sponsored by MRA Marketing, will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 27 September.
The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award. Six companies, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Kerridge Commercial Systems, The Keystone Group, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools have been shortlisted for the Award fro

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BMBI adds new Expert Lakes Bathrooms  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Builders merchants’ sales enjoy Q2 bounce


GfK and BMBISales through UK builders’ merchants bounced back in Q2 2018, with the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reporting 7.2% growth in sales value over Q2 2017.  There was one more trading day during Q2 this year, adjusting for this the average daily sales growth year on year was 5.5%. The strong performance in Q2 contrasts markedly to a weather-hindered performance in the first quarter of the year.

The Timber and Joinery category had a major impact on total sales value growth in Q2, up 9.5% year on year.  Within this the Sheet Materials sub category was a big contributor.

Heavy Building Materials, the largest product category, also showed strong growth in Q2 2018, up 6.3% on the same period last year.

Plumbing, Heating and Electrical reported exceptional year on year growth in Q2, up 13.3% on 2017, possibly driven by people looking to upgrade old or failing equipment after the winter freeze.

Looking at the year to date, which takes into account two very different quarters of construction activity, total builders merchants sales in the first six months of 2018 increased by 4.0% over the same six months in 2017.

The BMBI uses GfK’s point of sale tracking data drawn from over 80% of builders merchants’ sales throughout the country, making it the most reliable source of data for the sector.  The full Q2 report can be downloaded at www.bmbi.co.uk

 Commenting on the figures, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said “For the second quarter running the impact of the weather on construction output – and builders merchants sales – is clear to see. The warm, dry weather through much of Q2 has enabled construction work to catch up on sites that had stalled earlier in the year.  The merchant industry will be buoyed by Q2 sales and, with above average temperatures forecast into the autumn, we remain confident of continued growth this year.”

Richard Frankcom, Client Insight Director at GfK said “Following the dramatic weather in Q1 delaying the usual end of quarter external work kick off, we had been expecting a strong Q2 performance, and these results did not disappoint.  Midway through April the weather improved and May and June delivered strong growth in almost every category. That said, price inflation and one extra trading day in Q2 2018 over the same period in 2017 also had an effect on growth, but we should be content that the builders merchant sector remains in good health.”

Download the full report or for more information about the BMBI click here.
Builders merchants’ sales enjoy Q2 bounce. Sales through UK builders’ merchants bounced back in Q2 2018, with the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reporting 7.2% growth in sales value over Q2 2017. The strong performance in Q2 contras

Builders’ merchants’ sales soar as part of 0.9% rise in construction output  


Builders’ merchants have reported a double-digit increase in June, with average daily sales up 11.2% up on June 2017. Their performance reinforces today’s release of ONS data that has found construction output grew by 0.9% in Quarter 2 on 2018.    

The data on builders’ merchants is produced for the BMF through the ‘Builders Merchants Building Index' (BMBI) which tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales using GfK data. It found that total builders’ merchants’ sales in the first six months of 2018 increased by 4.0% over the same six months in 2017. The data also showed that average sales a day in the second quarter of 2018 were 18.7% higher than in the first quarter. The rise was led by a significant increase in landscaping sales, driven by the warm weather, with the ONS also finding there to have been an increase in Q2 in repair and maintenance work.  

The BMF state that their merchants’ set of results indicate that the building materials supply chain is working well, and fulfilling demand across the country being fuelled by construction and housebuilding projects.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said “Our members continue to deliver an effective and robust building materials supply chain, and I’m pleased to see this demonstrated through the BMBI and ONS construction data released today. As we predicted, the better weather has led to an increase in demand for home improvement projects. Major construction projects continue to drive sales for builders’ merchants across the country and our members are doing an excellent job ensuring we get the right materials in the right place.
Builders’ merchants have reported a double-digit increase in June, with average daily sales up 11.2% up on June 2017. Their performance reinforces today’s release of ONS data that has found construction output grew by 0.9% in Quarter 2 on 2018.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon Culshaw to attend Awards Dinner at BMF Members’ Day  


Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the BMF’s Members’ Day event on 27 September. The Awards Dinner follows the BMF’s Annual Conference on the same day.  

Jon is a man of many voices, with a catalogue of over 350 impersonations including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Professor Brian Cox, and comedians John Bishop and Michael McIntyre. He has appeared on multiple TV and radio shows including Spitting image and Dead Ringers, and is currently in the middle of his UK tour, “Great British Take Off”.  

In addition to celebrating the achievements of apprentices and young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Members’ Day Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Jon is a passionate supporter of Variety, the children’s charity, the BMF’s Charity of the Year.   

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jon will be joining us for our Awards Dinner. He is not only an exceptional performer, he also helped raise a record sum through the charity auction at the BMF All Industry Conference in Budapest last year. The merchant industry is always extremely generous at such events, and we look forward to handing over another significant sum to Variety the Children’s Charity and our industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust.”  

The final tickets for the BMF Members Day Conference and Awards Dinner can be booked at  the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or by contacting: june.upton@bmf.org.uk.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.
Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the BMF’s Members’ Day event on 27 September. The Awards Dinner follows the BMF’s Annual Conference on the same day.

£1billion VAT bombshell for building supplies  


A £1billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.   

Parliament voted this week to ban the UK from raising taxes bound for the EU unless the EU also collects tax for the UK. If the UK exits the EU without a mutually beneficial customs arrangements, UK businesses face having to pay 20% more for imports from the EU and will have to do this upfront before goods can leave EU ports.   

Building supplies will be particularly impacted, with a knock on effect on costs of construction and, potentially, the UK housing market. The BMF, which is the trade body for builders merchants and their suppliers, has warned of serious and immediate implications for cashflow, costs and prices, given that the UK is heavily reliant on imports for materials such as timber, bricks and paint.   

60% of timber used in UK building comes from the EU, mainly Sweden, Finland and Latvia, and the added costs are £1billion. For bricks, imported mainly from Belgium and Holland, the post Brexit changes would add costs of £160m, while for paint, which comes from across the EU, added costs are estimated to be around £80m.   

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “Merchants already face significant cost increases due to rising world prices and currency fluctuations involving Sterling. Paying 20% more due to VAT rules will hit builders merchants hard”.
A £1billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.

Moray MP visits Keith Builders Merchants to hear expansion plans  


Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM main branch and head office on Friday 6 July. He met up with Jeff Smith MD and fellow director Kevin Mitchell along with Graham Bolton BMF regional manager.  

During his visit, Jeff Smith gave Douglas Ross a brief history of how KBM started and grew into the company it is today, employing 50 people, and briefed him on further expansion plans for the Forres branch which will create more jobs.  

Commenting afterwards Douglas said: “I really enjoyed my visit to the Keith branch and I’m grateful to Jeff for a very interesting meeting and tour. It was good to learn a little more about the business. It is always interesting to meet up with local businesses. It was good to hear about their expansion plans, it’s positive for Moray that this local firm is doing well and looking grow further, creating jobs and adding a further boost to the local economy, as well as serving the many customers they have here in Moray and further afield.”  

Jeff added: “It was a pleasure to meet Douglas and to find that Members of Parliament would meet local businesses and show a genuine interest in our development. As a business covering all of Moray KBM have always demonstrated a commitment to community involvement through initiatives such as our community charity fund. We look forward to working with Douglas closely in the future to help maintain a socially responsible business. Particular thanks go to Karen Freel and Graham Bolton for arranging the introduction and visit.”  

BMF’s Graham Bolton concluded: “It is great to see politicians like Douglas taking an interest in BMF members businesses. We believe that visiting our members will play an important part in developing their understanding, both of local business issues and the role builders merchants play in delivering the materials required to create the new homes our country needs.”         
Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM main branch and head office on Friday 6 July. He met up with Jeff Smith MD and fellow director Kevin Mitchell along with Graham Bolton BMF regional manager.

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.

South Coast BS latest h&b merchant to join BMF  


South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.  

Formed in August 2008, South Coast Building Supplies is now one of the leading independent merchants operating across Dorset and Hampshire. With 75 members of staff, the company currently trades from four depots in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover.  

Tim Payne, MD of South Coast Building Supplies, who has been with the company since its formation, said, “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”  

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the BMF. There are now over 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Lib Dem Lord confirmed for BMF Members Day  


Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.  

Andrew has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, following his retirement as an MP.  He is currently working with the construction industry on the development of a coherent industry-wide response to the challenges of Brexit.   

Andrew had a 20-year career in construction before he was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 where he served variously as Chief Whip and shadow Secretary of State for Environment, and DCLG. As a backbench MP he steered the Sustainable and Secure Building Act into law, laying the foundations for later moves towards zero carbon homes. He served as a DCLG Minister in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2012 and introduced the uprating of energy performance standards in building in 2011.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. Lord Stunell is one of eight keynote speakers at the event.  

The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries, who sponsor the Awards Dinner, and Monument Tools who sponsor the annual Golf Tournament which is held the previous day.    

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the BMF’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

BMF lobbying success over post-brexit VAT payments 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members’ Day  


John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.  

John was a professional basketball player before entering the world of advertising and becoming a multi-award winning agency director.  He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. At Members’ Day he will share techniques on how to develop mental toughness that are equally applicable to sports and business.  

John will also run an afternoon workshop on Mental Resilience and Confidence Building, one of three hour-long workshops on offer to delegates.  

The theme of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference 2018 is “The Future belongs to the Bold”. The Business Conference is followed by the BMF’s black-tie Awards Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, both take place on 27 September.   

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament and other social activities will be held on the previous day, 26 September, when delegates will have a unique opportunity to look around St George’s Park, England football’s magnificent training facility, where Member’s Day is being held.  

The BMF thanks Encon Insulation, the headline sponsor of BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018, and Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, who sponsor the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.  

There are limited delegate places remaining for the event. To book your place visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
John Dabrowski the Mind Coach and an expert on mental resilience is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the BMF’s annual Members Day Conference in September.
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