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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

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BMF Members' Day Annual Conference and Awards

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12-14 July 2019
 
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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”



Find out more about the benefits of BMF membership here
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”



Find out more about the benefits of BMF membership here
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

BMF CEO John Newcomb wins trade association Leader of the Year Award

11 July 2019

L-R: Christine Wall, John newcomb, June Upton, Richard EllithorneJohn Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

The BMF is one of over 300 members of TAF, which is the trade association for trade associations.  Its annual awards, which are supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), showcase the achievements of TAF members during the past 12-18 months.

Presenting the Leadership Award, Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of TAF said: “John has developed a highly capable team to serve the interests of the BMF’s rapidly growing membership.  He has introduced a whole raft of initiatives which has broadened the organisation’s relevance and appeal, and this has added real value to the membership.  John’s leadership has proven to be exactly what the BMF needed in order to rectify a financial deficit and in the process, broaden member engagement, professionalise training and promote best practice within the industry.  John leads from the front and is highly visible in the merchant industry.  His determined approach has been key to the BMF’s success and recognition of this is well-deserved.”

A delighted John Newcomb said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this Award but I am well aware that I am just one member of a fantastic team at the BMF and this really is a reward for all of us.  I’m incredibly proud of what the BMF has achieved to date and we will continue to deliver the services that matter most to our members, helping them to deliver excellence in their own business.”

John was nominated for the Leadership Award by BMF Chairman, Peter Hindle MBE, who said: “Huge congratulations to John, and his team of course, for this Award.  John’s energy and passion to get things done has led to an outstanding period of development for the BMF in support of our mission to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future, and I am sure there will be many more bold initiatives to come.”
John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

BMF CEO John Newcomb wins trade association Leader of the Year Award

11 July 2019

L-R: Christine Wall, John newcomb, June Upton, Richard EllithorneJohn Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

The BMF is one of over 300 members of TAF, which is the trade association for trade associations.  Its annual awards, which are supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), showcase the achievements of TAF members during the past 12-18 months.

Presenting the Leadership Award, Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of TAF said: “John has developed a highly capable team to serve the interests of the BMF’s rapidly growing membership.  He has introduced a whole raft of initiatives which has broadened the organisation’s relevance and appeal, and this has added real value to the membership.  John’s leadership has proven to be exactly what the BMF needed in order to rectify a financial deficit and in the process, broaden member engagement, professionalise training and promote best practice within the industry.  John leads from the front and is highly visible in the merchant industry.  His determined approach has been key to the BMF’s success and recognition of this is well-deserved.”

A delighted John Newcomb said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this Award but I am well aware that I am just one member of a fantastic team at the BMF and this really is a reward for all of us.  I’m incredibly proud of what the BMF has achieved to date and we will continue to deliver the services that matter most to our members, helping them to deliver excellence in their own business.”

John was nominated for the Leadership Award by BMF Chairman, Peter Hindle MBE, who said: “Huge congratulations to John, and his team of course, for this Award.  John’s energy and passion to get things done has led to an outstanding period of development for the BMF in support of our mission to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future, and I am sure there will be many more bold initiatives to come.”
John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”



Find out more about the benefits of BMF membership here
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

BMF CEO John Newcomb wins trade association Leader of the Year Award

11 July 2019

L-R: Christine Wall, John newcomb, June Upton, Richard EllithorneJohn Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

The BMF is one of over 300 members of TAF, which is the trade association for trade associations.  Its annual awards, which are supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), showcase the achievements of TAF members during the past 12-18 months.

Presenting the Leadership Award, Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of TAF said: “John has developed a highly capable team to serve the interests of the BMF’s rapidly growing membership.  He has introduced a whole raft of initiatives which has broadened the organisation’s relevance and appeal, and this has added real value to the membership.  John’s leadership has proven to be exactly what the BMF needed in order to rectify a financial deficit and in the process, broaden member engagement, professionalise training and promote best practice within the industry.  John leads from the front and is highly visible in the merchant industry.  His determined approach has been key to the BMF’s success and recognition of this is well-deserved.”

A delighted John Newcomb said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this Award but I am well aware that I am just one member of a fantastic team at the BMF and this really is a reward for all of us.  I’m incredibly proud of what the BMF has achieved to date and we will continue to deliver the services that matter most to our members, helping them to deliver excellence in their own business.”

John was nominated for the Leadership Award by BMF Chairman, Peter Hindle MBE, who said: “Huge congratulations to John, and his team of course, for this Award.  John’s energy and passion to get things done has led to an outstanding period of development for the BMF in support of our mission to help members to excel at providing materials and services for building a better future, and I am sure there will be many more bold initiatives to come.”
John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”



Find out more about the benefits of BMF membership here
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Eight shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award

  3 July 2019

BMF Supplier Engagement Award FinalistThe BMF has announced the finalists for its 2019 Supplier Engagement Award.  Eight companies, Crystal, Encon Insulation, Ibstock, JCB, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf, Marsh Industries and Velux have been shortlisted for the Award from over 300 BMF supplier and service members.

The eight companies have actively sought to gain the greatest value from their membership during the last 12 months.  They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.

This is the fourth year that the Award has been made, and three companies – Ibstock, Knauf and Velux - have been nominated for the first time.

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

The winner of the Supplier Engagement Award, will be announced at the BMF Members’ Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Annual Conference on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.

Our thanks to eCommonsense for their sponsorship of this Award.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for the BMF Members’ Annual Conference and Awards Dinner. For more information click here or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2019 Supplier Engagement Award. Eight companies, Crystal, Encon Insulation, Ibstock, JCB, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf, Marsh Industries and Velux have been shortlisted from over 300 BMF supplier and

BMF Conference in Dubrovnik hailed phenomenal success

24 June 2019

The BMF Heather Small at BMF Gala Dinnerhas confirmed that a fantastic sum of £25,000 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its sell-out All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik. The money will be divided equally between Variety, the Children’s Charity (the BMF’s partner charity), and Mental Health UK whose work was featured during the Conference sessions.

Conference delegates showed their generosity in many ways throughout the evening. The highlight was a special live auction overseen by Conference Host, Gethin Jones, where strong bidding for a bathrobe signed by the event’s key speakers and lunch at the House of Lords donated by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott helped push the total way over the predicted amount.

The amount raised at this year’s Conference brings the total amount raised for charity at BMF events during the last two years to just under a staggering £220,000.

Singer Heather Small, herself an Ambassador for Variety, gave a stellar performance to complete a memorable gala evening held at Dubrovnik’s world-famous Revlin nightclub.

John Newcomb BMF CEO said: “We are proud of the industry for achieving so much for two very deserving charities. I would like to thank everyone who contributed both to our fundraising and during the rest of the Conference. We have received some fantastic feedback already from delegates and this was a great conclusion to a phenomenally successful event.”

Expressing her appreciation, Frances Lang, Chief Executive at Variety UK said: “Thanks to all delegates for supporting Variety.  BMF members can be assured that their generosity really does change children’s lives.”

Brian Dow, CEO at Mental Health UK said: “We really appreciate the fundraising by delegates and the opportunity the BMF Conference gave us to raise the subject of mental health within the industry.  I’ve been in conferences in many parts of the world and on many subjects, but this was probably the best I’ve ever been to. Incredibly well organised. Wonderful atmopshere. Great content. And generally a terrific collection of people. So, thank you very much for everything.”  

The Gala Dinner was the climax of a hugely successful BMF All Industry Conference, where delegates were inspired, educated, entertained and enjoyed many of networking opportunities.  

Kevin Morgan, Group Commercial Director of the event’s headline sponsor, Crystal said: “It has been a privilege to be the headline sponsor at the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik and to be able to welcome everyone personally. From the stunning location to inspirational speakers, great host to fabulous entertainment and a chance to network and do business – the conference was a huge success. I’m looking forward to 2021 when Crystal will once again be the headline sponsor.”

During the Conference Crystal ran a bonus competition to encourage delegates to network by taking selfies with members of their team. The winner, David Young, Managing Director of Bradfords Building Supplies won a luxury European city break.

Reflecting on the event, Mark Bradley, Managing Director Plumbase said: “Well done and congratulations on delivering a superb BMF Conference. It has to go down as the best one ever! The sheer organisation, planning and hard work has absolutely paid off delivering premium member value, it was simply brilliant, notwithstanding a wonderful stunning location. 

“Speakers all the way through were absolutely dazzling, plus, all of them were super friendly, approachable and good fun, especially Lord Prescott who hasn’t lost his edge.”

Tony France, Sales Director at Ibstock said: “Well what a fantastic event. I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to present at this year’s Conference. I thought the entire speaker line-up was superb and I know that delegates really enjoyed and engaged with the people and, particularly, the mental health themes. It was a great idea to choose to go into what can be a difficult subject to discuss and it worked perfectly.

The sell-out BMF All Industry Conference, themed “Building Excellence” was almost 450 delegates.



To view photos from the Conference click here.

The BMF has confirmed that a fantastic sum of £25,000 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its sell-out All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik.

Carbon emissions: Shadow Chancellor reassures the BMF

2 July 2019

John McDonnell MP“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy", John McDonnell MP has told the BMF. "And if there needs to be support for businesses to help in the transition, we’ll look at tax reliefs to help them scale-up."

The Shadow Chancellor was answering a question from Brett Amphlett, who represented the BMF at a Labour Party event in the City of London this week. Mr McDonnell was giving a keynote televised speech on tackling the ‘climate emergency’ in the wake of recent public protests.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, asked John McDonnell MP if he - as a future Chancellor of the Exchequer - is prepared to intervene in the tax system and give Enhanced Capital Allowances to help manufacturers scale up for hydrogen or new fuels not yet discovered. He reminded the MP that BMF members make and deliver the gas-powered central heating and hot water systems, heat pumps and other technologies used in all types of buildings.

Mr McDonnell said he wants public and private finance to invest in the technology needed to deal with the climate crisis. The Labour Party is looking at a combination of regulation and incentives to ensure future requirements have proper regulation and proper standards for retrofit and new build.

The speech took place at UK Finance, the financial services’ trade association, in front of an invited audience of bankers, mortgage providers and business representatives like the BMF.

The Shadow Chancellor also told Brett Amphlett that Labour is reviewing the entire financial system to see how each sector of the economy is responding to the ‘climate emergency’. “Each of Labour’s shadow ministerial teams is tasked with producing a programme of action defining their Department’s contribution to tackling climate change”, John McDonnell added.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy", John McDonnell MP has told the BMF. "And if there needs to be support for businesses to help in the transiti

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for 5th year


TAF 2019 Awards Finalist Membership Engagement17 May 2019

The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

TAF is “the trade association for trade associations” representing over 300 of the top trade bodies in the UK and there is always fierce competition amongst members to win a Best Practice Award. 

The BMF is shortlisted for the Membership Engagement Award in recognition of its localisation strategy, whereby the Federation worked with members to identify appropriate facilities as regional hubs for local groups to come together for meetings, forums and training.  This led to the development of 27 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the country, with more due to come on stream this year.

The Regional Centres have proved hugely successful, with a total of 92 events taking place between January 2018 and April 2019, attracting 1,240 delegates.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are always delighted to be short-listed for a prestigious TAF Award. The BMF team is always looking for new and better ways to support our members but it is still a remarkable achievement to have been shortlisted fourteen times in five years. This year it is particularly gratifying that we have been shortlisted for a programme that has boosted our engagement with members who have limited time to travel and who are now able to attend BMF events close to their home base.”

Commenting on the shortlist, Linda Cavender, TAF CEO, said: “The Awards offer TAF members an excellent opportunity to showcase their organisation, its expertise and recent achievements. I am always astounded at the quality of the entries and only the very best reach the shortlist. They provide a benchmark for running a successful organisation which focuses on members’ needs.”

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Best Practice Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 9 July at County Hall, London.
The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

James Hipkins to chair BMF West Midlands Region


James HipkinsJames Hipkins, MD of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new Chairman of the BMF West Midlands Region.  James takes over from Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer, Jewson & Managing Director Local Merchant Group.   

James, who grew up in the West Midlands, began his merchanting career as a trainee manager with Jewson in North Wales where, at 24, he became their youngest branch manager at the time.  He joined the Joseph Parr Group as MD Designate of Emerys Builders Merchants in 1999 when Emerys was a small merchant in Stoke on Trent.  Now, it is not only the largest merchant in the area, it also operates a thriving second depot in Telford.

Outside of work he is a passionate restorer of classic cars and bikes and his skills will no doubt come in handy as part of the Emerys team in this year’s Pavestone Rally, which raises money for charity.

Commenting on his appointment, James Hipkins said: “I consider it an honour to be asked and a privilege to take on the role of Chair of the BMF West Midlands Region.  I hope my experience within a national merchant and my current role within an independent merchant puts me in a good position to understand the collective needs and challenges faced by all members of the BMF.”
James Hipkins, MD of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new Chairman of the BMF West Midlands Region. James takes over from Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer Jewson & Managing Director Local Merchant Group.

BMF relaunches industry recruitment website

8 April 2019

The BMF has launched Building Materials Careers, a new, improved website to encourage more people to join the building materials sector by highlighting the wide range of careers available both in merchant and supplier businesses.

The relaunch follows policy research with members who told the BMF they wanted the Federation to help promote the widest possible range of job opportunities in the industry, fostering diversity and inclusion, helping members to recruit a workforce from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.

As part of the BMF’s bold new strategy, unveiled at its annual Members’ Day Conference in September, attracting and developing talented people in to the industry will continue to be a main strategic goal.

The website - www.buildingmaterialscareers.com - promotes apprenticeships, life-long learning and gives members the opportunity to manage their job advertisements free of charge using the ‘Advertise A Job’ facility. Potential apprentices and employees will then be able to easily locate these roles, using the region, sector and location search filters.

The website features merchant and supplier employees’ video profiles . Each profile explains how they came to work in the materials supply industry and what they like about their specific job. Job seekers will be inspired by the range of career opportunities available to them in the building materials industry, no matter what educational qualifications they achieved at school or university. The site also highlights the BMF’s Ambassador programme, and explains that schools and colleges can invite someone working in the industry to share their experience at careers events.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “We are delighted to launch our new Building Materials Careers website to help the industry attract and develop new people. This is a fantastic opportunity for BMF members to get involved, by not only promoting their job vacancies, but by also becoming industry Ambassadors to spread the word about the great careers available in building materials.”

For more information about the website visit www.buildingmaterialscareers.com or contact Hannah Taylor, BMF Marketing Assistant on 02476 854990 or email hannah.taylor@bmf.org.uk
The BMF has launched Building Materials Careers, a new, improved website to encourage more people to join the building materials sector.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


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In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”



Find out more about the benefits of BMF membership here
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

19 July 2019

David YoungDavid Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.

In his position as Chair, David leads the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities are to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.

David said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.

“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.

“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”

As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, David also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the BMF's South West region. David takes over from Julian Milligan, Managing Director of Kellaway.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF of their plans

18 July 2019

Johnson MP and Hunt MPUnder a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

The Foreign Secretary said he would cut business taxes to stimulate investment and boost the economy - including his promises to cut Corporation Tax to 12.5%, take 90% of high street businesses out of business rates, and increase the Annual Investment Allowance to £5 million.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson took part in the last of the Conservative Party Leadership Election hustings at the ExCel in London’s Docklands in front of party members, business representatives and diplomatic observers. Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, represented the BMF at this event to learn how their ideas would affect the building materials supply chain.

Boris Johnson MP drew on his time as Mayor of London, pointing to his record on new-build housing in the capital. He also spoke more about environmental policy and ‘green collar’ jobs. Boris praised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, for legislating for the new committment to end the UK’s contribution to global warming with a net zero emissions target by year 2050. "The revolutionary technological advances being made in Britain enables us to take the lead on climate change", he added.

Mr Johnson reminded the London audience of his scheme to replace and improve boilers in the capital. This was a reference to his London Boiler Cashback Scheme in 2016-2017 that encouraged Londoners to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models. The BMF was involved in devising that offer with City Hall staff and other heating industry partners to decide on eligibility criteria and bring it to wider attention.

Both contenders spoke of the need to go further on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the way that young people have been at the forefront of recent public protests against global warming.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the BMF.

Chandlers make it three in a row at BMF Mastermerchant

17 July 2019

Mastermerchant winners 2019: Merchants of MenaceIn a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Chandlers made just one change to last year’s winning line-up, with Mike Hindle joining Trevor Mudd, Kayleigh Sinclair and Sean Sinclair to form their “Merchants of Menace” team.  They faced tough competition from the 14 teams taking part, including first time entrants, Hafele, who won the Super Supplier Award thanks to the sterling efforts of their team members Richard Oddy, Craig Barnes, Mark Hughes and Chris Currie.

Held over a weekend in the Lake District, the Mastermerchant competition involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance. The fun event has a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.  Zip wire and rope climbing challenges were added to the physical challenges this year, alongside others that ensured everyone got as wet as possible scrambling over rocks and through streams.  But like the Crystal Maze, teams also tackled mental challenges to uncover clues, crack codes and guide blind-folded team mates.

Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members continue to take part. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better and work together as a team and I would like to thank Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and have run the weekend’s events on our behalf for 30 years.”

John added: “I would like to thank Builders Merchants News for their whole-hearted support – not only sponsoring Mastermerchant this year, but also entering their own team to gain the full experience of the event.”  


To view photos from the event click here.

To find out more about upcoming BMF events click here

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trop

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”



Find out more about the benefits of BMF membership here
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.
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