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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

A positive start to 2019

21 March 2019

BMBI January 2019 highlightsTotal Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. Four categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%). Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+2.8%) and Decorating (+2.7%) were among five categories that grew more slowly and Workwear & Safetywear (-4.9%) was one of three that sold less.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full January 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - January 2019.



Download the report



Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI)
Email: info@bmbi.co.uk
Website: www.bmbi.co.uk
Twitter: @TheBMBI
Telephone: 01453 521621  
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. 4 categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%).

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

A positive start to 2019

21 March 2019

BMBI January 2019 highlightsTotal Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. Four categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%). Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+2.8%) and Decorating (+2.7%) were among five categories that grew more slowly and Workwear & Safetywear (-4.9%) was one of three that sold less.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full January 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - January 2019.



Download the report



Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI)
Email: info@bmbi.co.uk
Website: www.bmbi.co.uk
Twitter: @TheBMBI
Telephone: 01453 521621  
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. 4 categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%).

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

A positive start to 2019

21 March 2019

BMBI January 2019 highlightsTotal Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. Four categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%). Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+2.8%) and Decorating (+2.7%) were among five categories that grew more slowly and Workwear & Safetywear (-4.9%) was one of three that sold less.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full January 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - January 2019.



Download the report



Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI)
Email: info@bmbi.co.uk
Website: www.bmbi.co.uk
Twitter: @TheBMBI
Telephone: 01453 521621  
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. 4 categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%).

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY


13 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

A positive start to 2019

21 March 2019

BMBI January 2019 highlightsTotal Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. Four categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%). Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+2.8%) and Decorating (+2.7%) were among five categories that grew more slowly and Workwear & Safetywear (-4.9%) was one of three that sold less.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full January 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - January 2019.



Download the report



Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI)
Email: info@bmbi.co.uk
Website: www.bmbi.co.uk
Twitter: @TheBMBI
Telephone: 01453 521621  
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. 4 categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%).

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

12 March 2019


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

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

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

Marketing Forum

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

Plumbing & Heating Forum

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

HR/Mental Health Forum

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

Young Merchants Forum

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

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

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

Final line-up for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum  

11 February 2019

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

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

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

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

Breaking down the borders in Ireland’s merchant trade 

4 February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

BMF earns 10th best practice Award nomination this year  


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

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

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

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

Chancellor backs BMF regional Help to Buy proposals


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

A positive start to 2019

21 March 2019

BMBI January 2019 highlightsTotal Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. Four categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%). Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+2.8%) and Decorating (+2.7%) were among five categories that grew more slowly and Workwear & Safetywear (-4.9%) was one of three that sold less.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full January 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - January 2019.



Download the report



Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI)
Email: info@bmbi.co.uk
Website: www.bmbi.co.uk
Twitter: @TheBMBI
Telephone: 01453 521621  
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. 4 categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%).

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

26 March 2019

Michael Caulfield MScMichael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclays' Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Michael has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. As a registered performance psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council he currently supports a number of teams, organisations, coaches and athletes in elite sport and has wide experience across many sporting codes.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association and this balance of experiences gives him a unique understanding of the performance requirements of both his business and sporting clients.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Michael will provide yet another dimension to our Conference theme of Building Excellence. The breadth of his experience provides examples and insights from the sporting world that reinforce core performance messages in a business environment.”

The BMF also announced a slight change to the speaker programme.  The Institute of Directors will now be represented by Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs.  Edwin has a remit to foster a climate favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.  His team of policy experts also represent the interests of IoD members to government.  As such his is ideally placed to present the IoD’s view on how UK businesses should be supported through the Brexit transition and beyond.

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Michael Caulfield Msc, a leading UK sports psychologist who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, and teams in Barclays' Premier League cricket, is confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF Conference in June

A positive start to 2019

21 March 2019

BMBI January 2019 highlightsTotal Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. Four categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%). Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+2.8%) and Decorating (+2.7%) were among five categories that grew more slowly and Workwear & Safetywear (-4.9%) was one of three that sold less.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full January 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - January 2019.



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Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.0% in January compared with January 2018. 4 categories did better, including the two biggest: Timber & Joinery Products (+6.2%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.1%).

Natural Cement Distribution has joined the BMF


18 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

Chancellor's Spring Statement: BMF Statement


15 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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