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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





For the latest BMF policy news please click here.
BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





For the latest BMF policy news please click here.
BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Jack Taylor of Howarth Timber appointed BMF Regional Chairman

19 December 2019

Jack TaylorJack Taylor, of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, has been appointed by the BMF as Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

As Regional Chair of Yorkshire and Humberside, taking the reins from Peter Mawson, Jack will lead the BMF’s activity across the region, and is particularly keen to highlight the career opportunities in the industry, emphasised by the BMF’s relaunched website www.buildingmaterialscareers.com.

Jack said: “I am very proud to have been appointed to the role: “The BMF represents national and independent businesses within the industry, including suppliers, and strives to speak with one voice to the Government and other key organisations that influence our trade.

“As an organisation, it has a clear programme for investment in people with training, diploma schemes and self-development options for our colleagues now and the workforce of the future.

“It’s important to support our member businesses as they will develop our rising stars and help retain our skilled colleagues as well as allowing them to expand their skill set. “I look forward to encouraging our members in Yorkshire and Humberside to take up the opportunities and incentives promoted by the BMF.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “Jack is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our Yorkshire and Humberside region.

“We are pressing ahead with a bold strategy to attract and develop new people into the industry and the career achievements of our members such as Jack will play a key role in that.”

Jack Taylor, of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, has been appointed by the BMF as Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Jack Taylor of Howarth Timber appointed BMF Regional Chairman

19 December 2019

Jack TaylorJack Taylor, of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, has been appointed by the BMF as Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

As Regional Chair of Yorkshire and Humberside, taking the reins from Peter Mawson, Jack will lead the BMF’s activity across the region, and is particularly keen to highlight the career opportunities in the industry, emphasised by the BMF’s relaunched website www.buildingmaterialscareers.com.

Jack said: “I am very proud to have been appointed to the role: “The BMF represents national and independent businesses within the industry, including suppliers, and strives to speak with one voice to the Government and other key organisations that influence our trade.

“As an organisation, it has a clear programme for investment in people with training, diploma schemes and self-development options for our colleagues now and the workforce of the future.

“It’s important to support our member businesses as they will develop our rising stars and help retain our skilled colleagues as well as allowing them to expand their skill set. “I look forward to encouraging our members in Yorkshire and Humberside to take up the opportunities and incentives promoted by the BMF.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “Jack is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our Yorkshire and Humberside region.

“We are pressing ahead with a bold strategy to attract and develop new people into the industry and the career achievements of our members such as Jack will play a key role in that.”

Jack Taylor, of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, has been appointed by the BMF as Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





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BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Jack Taylor of Howarth Timber appointed BMF Regional Chairman

19 December 2019

Jack TaylorJack Taylor, of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, has been appointed by the BMF as Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

As Regional Chair of Yorkshire and Humberside, taking the reins from Peter Mawson, Jack will lead the BMF’s activity across the region, and is particularly keen to highlight the career opportunities in the industry, emphasised by the BMF’s relaunched website www.buildingmaterialscareers.com.

Jack said: “I am very proud to have been appointed to the role: “The BMF represents national and independent businesses within the industry, including suppliers, and strives to speak with one voice to the Government and other key organisations that influence our trade.

“As an organisation, it has a clear programme for investment in people with training, diploma schemes and self-development options for our colleagues now and the workforce of the future.

“It’s important to support our member businesses as they will develop our rising stars and help retain our skilled colleagues as well as allowing them to expand their skill set. “I look forward to encouraging our members in Yorkshire and Humberside to take up the opportunities and incentives promoted by the BMF.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “Jack is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our Yorkshire and Humberside region.

“We are pressing ahead with a bold strategy to attract and develop new people into the industry and the career achievements of our members such as Jack will play a key role in that.”

Jack Taylor, of Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, has been appointed by the BMF as Regional Chairman for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





For the latest BMF policy news please click here.
BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





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BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




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The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

Climate change: BMF thanks by Lib Dem Deputy Leader


26 November 2019

“We have got to get on with insulating more homes because that’s the low-hanging fruit to make housing more energy efficient” Sir Edward Davey has told the BMF.

“And we have to find ways to re-purpose gas heating to move to a net zero carbon economy".

The BMF attended an invitation-only City of London breakfast briefing to hear the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats discuss the finance and economics of climate change prior to next month’s General Election. Ed Davey is also Shadow Chancellor and speaks for his Party on financial, economic and taxation policy. He told guests that - apart from Brexit - tackling the climate emergency is central to Lib Dem thinking.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, asked if the Shadow Chancellor was willing to intervene in the tax system and give Enhanced Capital Allowances to help manufacturers bring to market the materials and products needed to de-carbonise heating and electrify homes. His answer was an emphatic yes.

Sir Edward wants more done to re-purpose gas boilers and noted work being done by BMF members to develop boilers that burn either hydrogen or hydrogen-blended fuel. The question is whether it is do-able. If hydrogen is the answer, he said he supports tax relief for businesses to help bring to market heating that does not use fossil fuel and to scale-up to meet demand. But carbon capture and storage projects are also needed in the production of hydrogen, he added.

Ed Davey reflected on his time as Energy and Climate Change Secretary in the 2010-2015 Coalition Government. He recalled his frustration then in trying to make two different - but complimentary - regulations on energy efficiency and on heating work better together to benefit consumers.

The Shadow Chancellor has met Brett Amphlett and the BMF several times before - most recently at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Bournemouth two months ago. He thanked the BMF for all its work in trying to overcome problems surrounding the Green Deal before it ran into difficulty and eventual closure in 2015.

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“We have got to get on with insulating more homes because that’s the low-hanging fruit to make housing more energy efficient” Sir Edward Davey has told the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



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The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





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BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



Click here to see the full list of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence
The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





For the latest BMF policy news please click here.
BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.
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