Welcome to the BMF 

The BMF is the only trade association representing and promoting the interests of merchants, 
manufacturers and service providers operating in the building materials supply sector. 


For 115 years, it has represented merchants, with an increased focus on suppliers and service members in recent years.
Together, BMF members form an impressive network of businesses, shaping and leading the sector in the manufacture
and supply of building materials, home improvement products and renewable energy systems.

When you join the BMF, you become part of the most powerful network in building materials supply,
with your interests supported and promoted as part of the BMF’s mission to build excellence across the sector,
for the benefit of all our members.

 

Membership

Five reasons why becoming a member
can help you and your business

  • Training and development
  • Business support
  • Access to market data
  • Networking opportunities
  • Political representation


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Training

The BMF runs a wide range of training and skills development for employees of merchants, distributors and suppliers, from yard staff to company directors. Training ranges from online product knowledge to specialist skills training.

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Publications

BMF publications include One Voice magazine, Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), Plumbing & Heating News, Timber Forum News, Roofing & Insulation News, Remuneration survey, KPI report and BMF Business News.

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Featured Events

The BMF has a wide range of events, forums and regional meetings to enhance networking opportunities.






UK Construction Week - London

   7-9 May 2024

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BMF Burns Supper 2024 - Cameron House, Loch Lomand
26th January 2024

 
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BMF  Charity Golf Day - JCB Golf & Country Club, Rocester, Staffs
18 June 2024

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Latest News



Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

 

Six shortlisted in BMF Training Awards

17 June 2024

The BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) has announced the six companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2024.  They are Haldane Fisher, Harlow Timber Group, Howarth Timber and Builders Merchants, IBMG, LBS Builders Merchants and MGM Timber.

Nominated by BMF Regional Managers, who work closely with members in their area to satisfy training and other service requirements, the six shortlisted companies were selected for their commitment to supporting and developing their teams through their use of BMF training.

Haldane Fisher consistently support colleagues with learning and development opportunities that assist the individual’s career development while promoting the company’s customer service ethos.  Throughout the past 12 months Haldane Fisher has employed a wide range of classroom-based and online learning programmes including Margin Development, Maximising Margin, Sales Training and Effective Time Management.  They are also heavily engaged with the BMF in developing apprenticeships for the building materials sector in Northern Ireland.

Harlow Timber Group proactively utilise learning programmes designed to enhance their teams’ skills and knowledge as well as making a positive impact on the overall customer experience.  Leadership teams benefit from bespoke programmes, the company having worked directly with the BMF to create the Harlow Timber Group 8 Module Management Development programme specifically designed for current and future key colleague development and next generation succession planning. Technical knowledge is addressed through BMF’s How a House is Built course, and the company provides opportunities for development through apprenticeships. Colleagues are further supported with mental health awareness programmes. 

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies continue to develop their team across all levels, ensuring all customer-facing staff are equipped with the tools they need to engage with customers competently and professionally.  In addition to their commitment to the BMF Diploma in Merchant Management, with a further eight candidates embarking on the programme in 2024/25, Howarth ensure that new employees develop a good understanding of the building process through the BMF’s How a House is Built course.

The IBMG Group, as a growing independent merchant group of companies, have identified people-development and engagement as a key part of their strategy. They are currently working with the BMF on a new Management Development Programme for senior managers and potential managers and also use bespoke courses developed with BMF trainers that can be implemented throughout the business – at group and individual company level - as required. They are also committed to recruiting and developing apprentices and have pledged to recruit 200 by 2030.

LBS Builders Merchants take a pro-active approach to learning and development. supporting staff at each stage of their career.  They use the BMF Campus online platform to offer LBS staff a wider variety of online learning with over 170 active learners having approved individual learning plans on this system.  LBS also utilise the BMF Diploma/Certificate in Merchant Management programmes and the ISME accredited BMF Essential Sales Management course as well as short classroom-based programmes including the BMF Yard Supervisors Toolkit.

MGM Timber have found that investing in their staff’s career development helps promote workforce stability.  Their learning and development support shows their team that there is a pathway to new job roles within the company, without having to move on to pastures new to progress their careers.  BMF courses undertaken in the past year include Essential Sales, Maximising Margin, How a House is Built, Yard Supervisors Toolkit and a Commercial Fast Track course that in one case alone, increased the sales at a single branch by over £1million.

Commenting on the nominations, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Training is an essential resource for merchants seeking to continue the development of colleagues at every level. The six companies nominated by BMF Regional Managers understand this.  They have made learning and development a priority and are reaping the benefits within their business.  They are all worthy candidates for this Award, and I wish them well.”

The overall winner will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place on 19 September 2024, after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference at the Leonardo Hotel and Conference Venue at Hinckley Island in Leicestershire.

The BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) has announced the six companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2024.

 

Wet weather instrumental in building material sales fall

14 June 2024

A year-on-year fall in sales for a key UK economy bellwether has been followed by flatlining GDP in April.

Experts at national trade body, the BMF (Builders Merchants Federation), had already warned of a ‘difficult year ahead’ before figures showing GDP had flatlined in April were released by the Office for National Statistics.

The BMF’s quarterly analysis of building materials supply – the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) – found sales in Q1 2024 had dropped by 7.2% when compared to the first three months of last year.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “The first quarter’s results reflect the lowest number of housing starts in over a decade and a general lack of consumer confidence.

“Matters were not helped by adverse weather conditions in February and March delaying work. Experts writing in our quarterly BMBI report were already warning of a difficult year ahead before the ONS figures revealed even more wet weather caused GDP to flatline in April.

“After the election, our hope is a continued fall in the rate of inflation and a reduction in interest rates creates a greenlight for public projects, boosts confidence in the housing market and encourages commercial and industrial projects to proceed.”

The BMBI uses GfK’s point of sale tracking data drawn from 88 per cent of builders’ merchants sales throughout the country. It is considered the most reliable measure of supply activity for a sector that reflects the ‘mood of the nation’ around home repair, maintenance and improvement.

A year-on-year fall in sales for a key UK economy bellwether has been followed by flatlining GDP in April.

 

Launch of BMF All Industry Conference 2025 most successful to date

10 June 2024

The BMF has confirmed that the launch of the 2025 BMF All Industry Conference has been the most successful to date, with early bird places selling out on launch day.

The Conference, which will be held in Barcelona from 12 to 15 June 2025, takes the theme Building Tomorrow Together.  The five-star Torre Melina hotel, set in 25,000 square metres of beautiful gardens with views across the city, is the venue for the event, which will be hosted by Mark Durden-Smith.  The sport and lifestyle presenter returns to this role by popular demand following his outstanding performance at the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2023.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “There has been an amazing response to the announcement of our next Conference with over 30% more merchant places sold on the first day.  In total 170 places were sold – 92 merchant and 78 sponsor.  This is the first time we have sold out of early bird rates on the day of the launch.”

Barcelona is known for its rich culture, art and architecture, including the most visited monument in Spain, Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, and provides the perfect backdrop for the Conference. It is also extremely accessible by various means of transport, an important factor in choosing this destination.

John Newcomb explained: “Once again, we are determined to make our 2025 Conference as sustainable as possible. With transport a major factor in global CO2 emissions, the flying time to Barcelona is much shorter than previous destinations; it is also easy to reach by train or by road. Wherever possible we will be using local suppliers, recyclable materials and reducing single use materials and printed items.”

With places selling fast, those wishing to attend are advised to register as soon as possible.  Merchants should book online at https://bit.ly/BMF2025All_Industry while Suppliers should email [email protected] or [email protected]

The BMF thanks headline sponsor, ACO, and key sponsors BMN, Breedon, Intact, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf, Knauf Insulation, Marsh, Polypipe, Unilin and Velux. For full information on the Conference, please visit www.bmfconference2025.co.uk

The BMF has confirmed that the launch of the 2025 BMF All Industry Conference has been the most successful to date, with early bird places selling out on launch day.

 

TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award search underway

06 June 2024

The TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award – the annual search for excellence in timber merchanting – is open for entries. The merchanting award, which is organised in association with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), forms part of the annual TTJ Awards – the UK timber industry’s leading annual awards event.

 The judged category, open to builders’ and timber merchants, is designed to reward companies which have invested in their businesses to foster growth, improve efficiency and better serve their customers. The Award is particularly aimed at initiatives and investments to develop and improve the timber side of businesses.

This may involve a range of actions covering, for example (but not limited to), improving the timber product range, delivery service, site and infrastructure investment (buildings, handling equipment, storage, showrooms/shop), investment in management/ordering software, machinery and initiatives to educate the end-user in correct timber specification.

“We want to hear about projects, investments and improvements which merchants have made to their timber business,” said TTJ editor Stephen Powney. “Forward-thinking companies are always looking at ways to improve their operations to take their business to that extra level, and together with the BMF, we’d like to shine a light on some of the best initiatives out there.”

The BMF is the only trade association representing merchants and suppliers in the UK and Ireland, with a vision to enable members to build excellence in the building materials sector. Total membership from May 1, 2024 stands at 950 merchant and supplier companies who together have combined sales of over £45.3bn and employ under 200,000 people in the building materials sector. The BMF’s 502 merchant members, including 79 now from Ireland, operate from over 6,400 branches across the UK and Ireland.

To enter the TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award and download an entry form visit TTJ Awards. Entries should be submitted by June 21.

The TTJ Awards 2024, the 28th edition of the popular event, is a lunchtime awards ceremony that will take place at Hilton London Bankside on September 20. It attracts companies from the whole timber supply chain, including sawmills, distributors, merchants, importers, contractors, specifiers and wood product manufacturers.

For more details visit TTJAwards2024. For more information and Ticket & Sponsorship enquiries about the TTJ Awards contact Chidi Adilih at +44 (0) 20 7406 6739 / [email protected]

The TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award – the annual search for excellence in timber merchanting – is open for entries.
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