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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Spring statement: BMF lobbies the chancellor 


12 March 2019


The BMF has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his Spring Statement to Parliament to lobby for more flexibility in the rules governing the Apprenticeship Levy.

In its letter, the BMF urged Mr Hammond to use his Spring Statement to prepare for life after Brexit - and counteract predicted falls in employment levels and regional productivity.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Last week was National Apprenticeship Week. The BMF has been involved in the Apprenticeship Levy since his predecessor George Osborne announced it in his July 2015 Budget. As a direct consequence, we have established our own Apprenticeship Training Agency to make it easier for our SME members to take on new apprentices. Nearly 250 young men and women have begun - or will soon begin - a BMF Apprenticeship. However, employers struggle with the complexities of the scheme and we are asking the Chancellor for improvements”.

Mr Newcomb’s letter:
- asks how unspent Levy contributions will be used. There is a considerable sum of Levy money untouched by merchants and manufacturers obliged to pay it. The BMF wants ministers to reallocate this to businesses to enable them to hire more apprentices through the BMF’s Apprenticeship Training Agency
- reiterates that young learners often find it difficult to afford travel costs. It is not uncommon for apprentices to spend more than half their wages on travel. The worry is they pick an apprenticeship they can get to cheaply that may not be the correct choice for them. The BMF wants ministers to apply more flexibility to ease travel costs.
The BMF has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his Spring Statement to lobby for flexibility in the rules governing the Apprenticeship Levy.

Flamco has joined the BMF

27 February 2019


Flamco

Flamco UK has joined the BMF (the only UK and Ireland organisation that represents and protects the interests of merchants and suppliers in the building materials supply industry).  

Flamco manufactures and distributes system components for heating, cooling and potable water installations. Its best known in the UK for its range of expansion vessels, its accessories for heating and cooling installations, such as its popular Prescor Safety relief valves, it’s Flexvent automatic air vents and T-plus units designed to provide perfect system branches in pipework without needing to drain systems. Most recently it is becoming known for its revolutionary new water treatment system – RedProtect - that includes a system filter and cleaning and inhibitor chemicals which are in a solid format rather than the usual liquid or gel.  

“As we grow and diversify in the UK and Ireland heating and plumbing sector, it makes huge sense for us to become members of relevant trade and industry bodies,” said Flamco Sales Director John Lynch. “We are becoming an established business in the sector now and we sell our products through national and regional builders and plumbers’ merchants and buying groups, most of whom are members of the BMF. We’re looking forward to a long and happy relationship with the BMF in the months and years ahead.”  

BMF CEO John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Flamco has joined the BMF and appreciates the value and opportunities available as part of a strong trade body. I am looking forward to working with Flamco and assisting their growing team.”


For more information about Flamco click here or visit https://flamcogroup.com/uk-en




Flamco UK has joined the BMF. Flamco manufactures and distributes system components for heating, cooling and potable water installations.

Final line-up for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum  

11 February 2019

The BMF has confirmed the final speaker line up for its popular Industry Forum debate at this year’s All-Industry Conference.  Mark Vandecruys, Chairman of Belgium-based Fedrus International, and Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer of Jewson will join the previously announced speakers, David Young of Bradfords Building Supplies and Tony France of Ibstock Brick.  

Bringing a European dimension to the debate, Mark Vandecruys is the co-owner and Chairman of Fedrus International, an independent Belgian distributor specialising in roofing and façade materials.  Over the last ten years, Mark has overseen the growth of the group from a small entity to a multinational business using a buy-and-build strategy. The company now comprises five operational units with total revenues of €650m and over 1550 employees. Mark also serves on the board of a number of companies, including BOSS paints. He is an alumni of Harvard Business School and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Vlerick Business School, contributing to their development programmes and acting as a sounding board for their entrepreneurship department.  

Neil Lawrence is both Chief Operating Officer for Jewson and Managing Director for Local Merchant Group, the latter a division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland comprising the brands Gibbs & Dandy, Chadwicks, JP Corry, Normans, DHS, Benchmark Building Supplies, Matthew Charlton and Roger W Jones.  Neil’s career in merchanting spans over 35 years, since he started working life as a yard hand at UBM, moving through various roles within that business before it was acquired by Jewson.  He has experienced merchanting at every level, as a branch manager in Devon and Cornwall, an Area Director for the Midlands, and as Regional Director before joining the Jewson Main Board initially as Operations Director and then Sales & Operations Director.  In 2011 he was appointed MD of Gibbs and Dandy, the Saint-Gobain division that became Local Merchant Group in 2013. He took up the COO role at Jewson in December 2018, shortly after he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Builders Merchants Awards for Excellence that year. Neil is also the merchant advisor to the BMF board.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “The Industry Forum is one of the most engaging sessions at the BMF’s biennial Conference, setting the tone for our Saturday programme. With Neil and Mark completing our panel of speakers I can guarantee delegates will be presented with a broad range of perspectives on building materials supply in a post-Brexit environment before the debate is opened to the floor.”      
The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk
The BMF has confirmed the final speaker line up for its popular Industry Forum debate at this year’s All-Industry Conference.

Breaking down the borders in Ireland’s merchant trade 

4 February 2019

BMF Ireland regional meetingThe BMF held an historic meeting consisting of members from across the island of Ireland gathered together for the first time last week.  

Twenty four delegates, representing 12 merchants and several building material suppliers from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, attended the meeting at the BMF’s first Regional Centre of Excellence south of the border, at the Xtratherm Innovation Centre in Navan. 

The meeting, which was jointly chaired by David Haldane, BMF Regional Chair for Northern Ireland, and Dennis O’Connor, AMBA Chairman, focused on bringing together merchants and suppliers who shared a mutual interest in improving all aspects of their business including improving the customer experience and promoting awareness of the merchant industry, both as a career and to other industries such as architects and engineers.    

Other key areas of commonality included promotion of Health & Safety and responding to the challenges of on-line and “direct to market” competition which was followed by a presentation from eCommonsense on digital opportunities.  

Brexit and the border issue prompted further discussion, with BMF CEO John Newcomb providing an update from their recent Brexit Forum together with BMF Policy Officer, Brett Amphlett’s key tips on preparing for No Deal.   

Speaking after the event, John Newcomb said: “We, at the BMF are delighted to facilitate a meeting with some of the best merchants and suppliers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where open and constructive dialogue could take place covering key areas of commonality that add value to members businesses. The feedback from delegates in attendance is excellent and we look forward to continuing to deliver our benefits to our members.”


For information and to book your place on BMF regional meetings and Forums click here.

The BMF held an historic meeting consisting of members from across the island of Ireland gathered together for the first time last week.

BMF earns 10th best practice Award nomination this year  


The BMF has earned its tenth Award nomination this year, with its latest initiatives to engage with members and its use of social media being recognised in the prestigious Association Awards, which promote excellence in association leadership.  

The BMF is shortlisted in two categories, Best Membership Engagement and Best Social Media Campaign. The first reflecting the BMF’s success in growing member numbers and broadening its appeal through the development of a wide range of Forums, and the second acknowledging its effective use of social media channels to broaden message reach and promote further engagement through the BMF website.  

BMF CEO John Newcomb said, “This has been an extraordinary year with the breadth and depth of our work for BMF members recognised in no fewer than 10 Award nominations. We view Awards such as these as a benchmark to measure our own performance against our peers in other trade bodies and professional associations – many of whom operate far larger organisations. I am extremely proud of the work of every member of the BMF team. They have yet again demonstrated that we are punching above our weight in support of our members.”

Run by the Association of Associations Executives, which has over 15,000 members throughout Europe, the Association Awards recognise excellence in leadership, development and service in membership organisations. The BMF is one of three shortlisted organisations in each of its shortlisted categories. The winners will be announced on 18th December.
The BMF has earned its tenth Award nomination this year, with its latest initiatives to engage with members and its use of social media being recognised in the prestigious Association Awards, which promote excellence in association leadership.

Chancellor backs BMF regional Help to Buy proposals


The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme. This was the main recommendation put to the Chancellor by the BMF in advance of the Budget. 

Commenting on the Budget, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said, “The BMF is delighted that the Chancellor has agreed with our proposals for regional thresholds to be introduced to the Help to Buy scheme.  

“Help to Buy has helped to drive forward the housing market whilst enabling many people to purchase their first home. Adding this new regional element will provide more targeting to ensure Help to Buy helps those who needs it most. The Chancellor’s plans will also stimulate local economies and compliment further proposals to boost the prosperity of SME businesses, such as builders merchants.

“However, we are disappointed that the Government has decided to bring the curtain down on Help to Buy in 2023. Over the coming years, we will be campaigning for a set of other measures to be introduced to further support housebuilding, as well as other construction projects, in all areas of the country”.

Mr Newcomb also welcomes the commitment in the Budget to boost the ability of local councils to build more homes, “Removing the cap on what local authorities can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets is very good news.

“A long-held BMF belief is for ministers to use all available levers to ‘Change the Ratio’ between the small number of volume house-builders and the rest to foster a diverse, functioning market for building. 

“This is why we are pleased to see the Treasury liberating both local authorities and SME private builders that, for too long, have been under-used players in housing provision”. 
The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme. This was the main recommendation put to the Chancellor by the BMF in advance of

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

The company manufactures a range of mortars and grouts based on a unique natural binder which has been in use for over 200 years. The products are used for Concrete Repairs, Waterproofing, Damp Proofing, Screeding and Grouting in the Construction, Rail, Civil Engineering and Utilities industries throughout the UK.

On joining the BMF – Jack Edwards, Sales Manager at Natural Cement commented, ‘’We are really pleased to have been allowed to join the Builders Merchant Federation, our company has supplied materials through several builders merchants for many years and this will hopefully enable us to work more closely with the members in the future and build new relationships within the industry.’’

Natural Cement products are based on a Natural Cement binder, not OPC, they contain no chemical additives, are environmentally friendly, chemically resistant and have proven to be great time savers due to their rapid strength gain and short curing times. The products are suitable for a wide range of applications which can save on valuable warehouse storage space; they also do not have a limited shelf life which means no stock is ever wasted.

For more information please call 01226 381133, email enquiries@naturalcement.co.uk or go to www.naturalcement.co.uk.
Natural Cement are delighted to have become supplier members of the BMF.

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the BMF - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, gave the BMF’s reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

In his Spring Statement to Parliament, Mr Hammond confirmed the Government’s intention to adopt recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change last month.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said, “Investing in homes to fit energy-efficient and water-saving measures is central to our members’ businesses. They distribute, on a daily basis, the insulation, heating AND hot water systems, thermostatic controls, underfloor heating and heat pumps on which Whitehall has sought advice from industry about over the last ten years”.

In its report, the Committee on Climate Change said no new homes should be connected to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest. Homes should be heated using low-carbon energy sources (like heat pumps) and have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, and BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum Chairman, said, “We look forward to the consultation in due course and the BMF will give industry input. Yesterday’s news does not spell the end of gas boilers. Technological advances in green fuels has led to a higher proportion of home heating using biomethane or hydrogen. And if heat pumps are the preferred option, our job as merchants is to explain to politicians how our supply chain works to help to meet future low-carbon objectives”.

The BMF strongly supports the “Fabric First” concept and wants a more coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation.
If Government is serious in cutting carbon emissions,they ought to talk to the BMF - its members make and deliver the products used to de-carbonise housing.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

As a BMF Regional Centre of Excellence, ADEY’s state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre, based at its headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will make training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members in the South West.

ADEY is an industry-leading pioneer, having brought magnetic filtration technology to the market 15 years ago, its MagnaClean filters are now protecting heating systems in more than five million UK homes. The company also now trades in more than 30 countries including China, USA, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is a fantastic centre that has been used before by BMF members, and we are extremely grateful that they are officially opening it to our members now. We look forward to holding more South West meetings here, along with our own training courses for members in the region.

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “In becoming a regional hub for members, we’re helping the BMF to provide tangible support to others in the industry, ensuring those in the area can benefit from attending regular forums and training courses. We’re really pleased to be part of this BMF initiative and look forward to welcoming its members to ADEY.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence across the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about ADEY visit www.adey.com
The BMF has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


BMF 2019 Conference Forum speakersDelegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. 

The format is based on the specialist BMF Industry Forums which are growing in both number and popularity.  There are now more than 15 such Forums meeting on a regular basis serving various sector and functional interest groups within the building materials industry.

Delegates will be able to attend up to two of the following special interest workshops at the BMF All-Industry Conference.

Marketing Forum

Mark Mallinder, Marketing Director of EH Smith is the guest speaker at this workshop, setting the scene before a Q&A session that is certain to consider the impact of Brexit on business development and marketing strategies. The session is chaired by Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing, the sponsors of this forum.

Plumbing & Heating Forum

P&H is the longest standing of the BMF Forums and one of the most well-supported.  The guest speakers for this special Conference session are Andrew Harrison, CEO of Travis Perkin’s Plumbing Division and Jonathan Collier, MD of Monument Tools, who are sponsoring this workshop.  The session will be chaired by Mark Bradley, MD of Plumbase.

HR/Mental Health Forum

Award-winning mental health campaigners, Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, will follow up their presentation on the main stage on Day One of the Conference by starting proceedings at this important workshop.  They will be joined by Brian Dow, MD of Mental Health UK and Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.  This workshop is sponsored by Isover Saint-Gobain.

Young Merchants Forum

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports and encourages those progressing in their careers.  Setting an inspirational tone for this workshop is Oli France, an adventurer and professional expedition leader who has led teams through some of the world’s most dangerous and least visited countries.  This session is jointly chaired by MKM’s Glenn Paddison, the current chair of BMF Young Merchant Group, and John Ryszkowski, Divisional MD of ACO, who are sponsoring this workshop.

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference, sponsored by the Crystal Clear Group, takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details on the Forums can be found are on the Conference website

​Delegates at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will have a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions. ​ ​
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