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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders' merchants


BMBIFigures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

In value terms, total merchant sales for the Q2 2019 were down -1.2% against the same period last year.  The negative figures were exacerbated by poor trading in June when sales were down by -8.1% year on year, albeit with one less trading day in June 2019.

A comparison of average sales per day (which removes the impact of trading day differences) saw a small Q2 increase of 0.4% over the same period last year.

Sales of Heavy Building Materials (the largest category) declined by -1.6%, with the next largest category Timber & Joinery also showing a slight decline at -0.1%.  Plumbing, Heating & Electrical product sales fell by -3.6%, while Kitchens & Bathrooms was down -1.3%. Landscaping products, sales of which normally rise significantly during the second quarter, was the best performing category, rising by 1.2%.

Comparing Year to Date performance figures for the first six months of 2019 against 2018 continues to show value growth, but this has slowed to +2.1%, with value inflation the likely driver rather than volume.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is the first quarter we have seen a year on year decline since the BMBI was launched in 2014 but we remain cautiously optimistic that it will prove to be a blip. The slowdown may be weather related, with weather patterns reversed in 2019 and unseasonably wet an windy weather in June delaying work on site, or it may reflect an unwinding in the stockpiling that boosted sales volumes in Q1. A third possibility is that people are reluctant to commit to buying or improving their homes until Brexit is resolved once and for all.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade, at GfK said: “While business and consumer confidence has been impacted by continued Brexit uncertainty in 2019, it is the effect that extreme weather has had on the industry over the past 18 months that stands out. Q2 2018 sales spiked due to external construction delays in Q1 following the Beast from the East, so assessing Q2 2019 too harshly following a mild winter would be wrong.  Year to date figures still show value growth against 2018 with core sub-categories within the two main product areas driving this performance. Bricks, Plasterboards, Insulation, Timber & Flooring have all seen higher than market average increases during the first half of the year, providing a positive indicator that the market continues to plug away with better days hopefully ahead.”


For more information about the BMBI and other BMF market data click here

BMBI figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders' merchants


BMBIFigures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

In value terms, total merchant sales for the Q2 2019 were down -1.2% against the same period last year.  The negative figures were exacerbated by poor trading in June when sales were down by -8.1% year on year, albeit with one less trading day in June 2019.

A comparison of average sales per day (which removes the impact of trading day differences) saw a small Q2 increase of 0.4% over the same period last year.

Sales of Heavy Building Materials (the largest category) declined by -1.6%, with the next largest category Timber & Joinery also showing a slight decline at -0.1%.  Plumbing, Heating & Electrical product sales fell by -3.6%, while Kitchens & Bathrooms was down -1.3%. Landscaping products, sales of which normally rise significantly during the second quarter, was the best performing category, rising by 1.2%.

Comparing Year to Date performance figures for the first six months of 2019 against 2018 continues to show value growth, but this has slowed to +2.1%, with value inflation the likely driver rather than volume.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is the first quarter we have seen a year on year decline since the BMBI was launched in 2014 but we remain cautiously optimistic that it will prove to be a blip. The slowdown may be weather related, with weather patterns reversed in 2019 and unseasonably wet an windy weather in June delaying work on site, or it may reflect an unwinding in the stockpiling that boosted sales volumes in Q1. A third possibility is that people are reluctant to commit to buying or improving their homes until Brexit is resolved once and for all.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade, at GfK said: “While business and consumer confidence has been impacted by continued Brexit uncertainty in 2019, it is the effect that extreme weather has had on the industry over the past 18 months that stands out. Q2 2018 sales spiked due to external construction delays in Q1 following the Beast from the East, so assessing Q2 2019 too harshly following a mild winter would be wrong.  Year to date figures still show value growth against 2018 with core sub-categories within the two main product areas driving this performance. Bricks, Plasterboards, Insulation, Timber & Flooring have all seen higher than market average increases during the first half of the year, providing a positive indicator that the market continues to plug away with better days hopefully ahead.”


For more information about the BMBI and other BMF market data click here

BMBI figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

9 August 2019

AVS Fencing & Landscaping SuppliesThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

AVS is the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England. Formed in 1993 it currently operates from 10 locations and has over 100 team members with its branch support centre being based in Horsham, West Sussex.

The company prides itself on both its quality of service and products supplied to customers, as well as the staff development and career pathway programme. All of these factors are key in providing a truly sustainable and resilient business.

AVS Managing Director and former BMF Vice-Chair Stewart Pierce, said ‘Having been at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the BMF, I appreciate the importance of staff career industry-specific development and training, as well as the need for a strong trade association for the industry’.

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb said: “We are thrilled to welcome AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies into membership. They are already planning to take a very active role with the BMF and clearly appreciate the value of being part of a strong trade body.”

“This thriving independent merchant clearly recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. The BMF team look forward to working with them.”

For more information about AVS please visit www.avsfencing.co.uk



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BMF welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies - the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

9 August 2019

AVS Fencing & Landscaping SuppliesThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

AVS is the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England. Formed in 1993 it currently operates from 10 locations and has over 100 team members with its branch support centre being based in Horsham, West Sussex.

The company prides itself on both its quality of service and products supplied to customers, as well as the staff development and career pathway programme. All of these factors are key in providing a truly sustainable and resilient business.

AVS Managing Director and former BMF Vice-Chair Stewart Pierce, said ‘Having been at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the BMF, I appreciate the importance of staff career industry-specific development and training, as well as the need for a strong trade association for the industry’.

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb said: “We are thrilled to welcome AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies into membership. They are already planning to take a very active role with the BMF and clearly appreciate the value of being part of a strong trade body.”

“This thriving independent merchant clearly recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. The BMF team look forward to working with them.”

For more information about AVS please visit www.avsfencing.co.uk



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BMF welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies - the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England.

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders' merchants


BMBIFigures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

In value terms, total merchant sales for the Q2 2019 were down -1.2% against the same period last year.  The negative figures were exacerbated by poor trading in June when sales were down by -8.1% year on year, albeit with one less trading day in June 2019.

A comparison of average sales per day (which removes the impact of trading day differences) saw a small Q2 increase of 0.4% over the same period last year.

Sales of Heavy Building Materials (the largest category) declined by -1.6%, with the next largest category Timber & Joinery also showing a slight decline at -0.1%.  Plumbing, Heating & Electrical product sales fell by -3.6%, while Kitchens & Bathrooms was down -1.3%. Landscaping products, sales of which normally rise significantly during the second quarter, was the best performing category, rising by 1.2%.

Comparing Year to Date performance figures for the first six months of 2019 against 2018 continues to show value growth, but this has slowed to +2.1%, with value inflation the likely driver rather than volume.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is the first quarter we have seen a year on year decline since the BMBI was launched in 2014 but we remain cautiously optimistic that it will prove to be a blip. The slowdown may be weather related, with weather patterns reversed in 2019 and unseasonably wet an windy weather in June delaying work on site, or it may reflect an unwinding in the stockpiling that boosted sales volumes in Q1. A third possibility is that people are reluctant to commit to buying or improving their homes until Brexit is resolved once and for all.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade, at GfK said: “While business and consumer confidence has been impacted by continued Brexit uncertainty in 2019, it is the effect that extreme weather has had on the industry over the past 18 months that stands out. Q2 2018 sales spiked due to external construction delays in Q1 following the Beast from the East, so assessing Q2 2019 too harshly following a mild winter would be wrong.  Year to date figures still show value growth against 2018 with core sub-categories within the two main product areas driving this performance. Bricks, Plasterboards, Insulation, Timber & Flooring have all seen higher than market average increases during the first half of the year, providing a positive indicator that the market continues to plug away with better days hopefully ahead.”


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BMBI figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

9 August 2019

AVS Fencing & Landscaping SuppliesThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

AVS is the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England. Formed in 1993 it currently operates from 10 locations and has over 100 team members with its branch support centre being based in Horsham, West Sussex.

The company prides itself on both its quality of service and products supplied to customers, as well as the staff development and career pathway programme. All of these factors are key in providing a truly sustainable and resilient business.

AVS Managing Director and former BMF Vice-Chair Stewart Pierce, said ‘Having been at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the BMF, I appreciate the importance of staff career industry-specific development and training, as well as the need for a strong trade association for the industry’.

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb said: “We are thrilled to welcome AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies into membership. They are already planning to take a very active role with the BMF and clearly appreciate the value of being part of a strong trade body.”

“This thriving independent merchant clearly recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. The BMF team look forward to working with them.”

For more information about AVS please visit www.avsfencing.co.uk



Interested in joining the BMF?  Click here to view the benefits available.

BMF welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies - the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

9 August 2019

AVS Fencing & Landscaping SuppliesThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

AVS is the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England. Formed in 1993 it currently operates from 10 locations and has over 100 team members with its branch support centre being based in Horsham, West Sussex.

The company prides itself on both its quality of service and products supplied to customers, as well as the staff development and career pathway programme. All of these factors are key in providing a truly sustainable and resilient business.

AVS Managing Director and former BMF Vice-Chair Stewart Pierce, said ‘Having been at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the BMF, I appreciate the importance of staff career industry-specific development and training, as well as the need for a strong trade association for the industry’.

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb said: “We are thrilled to welcome AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies into membership. They are already planning to take a very active role with the BMF and clearly appreciate the value of being part of a strong trade body.”

“This thriving independent merchant clearly recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. The BMF team look forward to working with them.”

For more information about AVS please visit www.avsfencing.co.uk



Interested in joining the BMF?  Click here to view the benefits available.

BMF welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies - the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England.

New Housing Minister: BMF Reaction


29 July 2019

Reacting to the news that the Rt Hon Esther McVey MP has been appointed as the new Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said:

“I congratulate Esther McVey on taking up her new role at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in succession to Kit Malthouse MP who we thank for his energy and enthusiasm to build ‘More, Better and Faster’ homes”.

“Ester’s appointment may add to critics keen to trot out the line that we have seen 10 Tory Housing Ministers in 9 years. But it ignores the fact she is an experienced minister and comes to the job with first-hand knowledge of construction from before she was first elected to Parliament”.

Mr Newcomb pointed to the make-up of the new Government, noting there are two ministers at the Cabinet table with responsibility for housing: Esther and her Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP.

John Newcomb continued: “In addition, there are four former Housing Ministers in the Cabinet - namely Dominic Raab, Alok Sharma, Brandon Lewis and Grant Shapps - and one former Secretary of State, Sajid Javid. And if you add Boris Johnson’s experience of housing and planning policy when he was London Mayor, this could be the most pro-housing Cabinet the BMF has seen its entire 111-year history”.

“The Conservatives have set a target of 300,000 new build homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, the BMF wants long-lasting stability and unflinching determination by Boris Johnson and his ministers to act to narrow the gap between housing demand and supply”.

Mr Newcomb said events currently going on around the country to mark the centenary of council housing show the continuing need for homes of all types and tenures at prices people can afford.
Reacting to the news that the Rt Hon Esther McVey MP has been appointed as the new Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said...

Revised BMF Forecast shows drop in sales growth for 2019


26 July 2019

The ongoing economic uncertainty linked to Brexit is a major factor in the revised Builders Merchants Industry Forecast of merchant sales, with a drop of -1.8% in expected growth for 2019 over 2018.

Published by the BMF the Q2 baseline forecast predicts year on year annual sales growth at 3.0% (revised down from the predicted growth of 4.8% in the Q1 Forecast).  The BMF Forecast also includes scenarios based on a soft and hard Brexit, downward revisions here show annual growth at 2.9% (previously 3.8%) and at 2.6% (previously 3.4%) respectively.

Our weather is another contributing factor within the forecast. The impact of the Beast from the East experienced in Q1 2018, slowed sales in Q1 last year, with a subsequent boost in Q2. The boost seen in the second quarter last year is not likely to be reflected this year with the baseline forecast showing an expected -0.7% decline in Q2 2019 sales over the same period last year.

The Builders Merchants Industry Forecast is a comprehensive analysis of merchant market performance* from July 2014 to April 2019 coupled with an analysis of the key factors affecting builders’ merchants’ sales to project future sales from May 2019 to December 2021.

A PDF edition of the 36pp Q2 Forecast (July 2019) can be purchased for £195 + VAT. Contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist on 02476 854994 or email nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk.
The ongoing economic uncertainty linked to Brexit is a major factor in the revised Builders Merchants Industry Forecast of merchant sales, with a drop of -1.8% in expected growth for 2019 over 2018.

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.

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.



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“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.

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders' merchants


BMBIFigures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

In value terms, total merchant sales for the Q2 2019 were down -1.2% against the same period last year.  The negative figures were exacerbated by poor trading in June when sales were down by -8.1% year on year, albeit with one less trading day in June 2019.

A comparison of average sales per day (which removes the impact of trading day differences) saw a small Q2 increase of 0.4% over the same period last year.

Sales of Heavy Building Materials (the largest category) declined by -1.6%, with the next largest category Timber & Joinery also showing a slight decline at -0.1%.  Plumbing, Heating & Electrical product sales fell by -3.6%, while Kitchens & Bathrooms was down -1.3%. Landscaping products, sales of which normally rise significantly during the second quarter, was the best performing category, rising by 1.2%.

Comparing Year to Date performance figures for the first six months of 2019 against 2018 continues to show value growth, but this has slowed to +2.1%, with value inflation the likely driver rather than volume.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is the first quarter we have seen a year on year decline since the BMBI was launched in 2014 but we remain cautiously optimistic that it will prove to be a blip. The slowdown may be weather related, with weather patterns reversed in 2019 and unseasonably wet an windy weather in June delaying work on site, or it may reflect an unwinding in the stockpiling that boosted sales volumes in Q1. A third possibility is that people are reluctant to commit to buying or improving their homes until Brexit is resolved once and for all.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade, at GfK said: “While business and consumer confidence has been impacted by continued Brexit uncertainty in 2019, it is the effect that extreme weather has had on the industry over the past 18 months that stands out. Q2 2018 sales spiked due to external construction delays in Q1 following the Beast from the East, so assessing Q2 2019 too harshly following a mild winter would be wrong.  Year to date figures still show value growth against 2018 with core sub-categories within the two main product areas driving this performance. Bricks, Plasterboards, Insulation, Timber & Flooring have all seen higher than market average increases during the first half of the year, providing a positive indicator that the market continues to plug away with better days hopefully ahead.”


For more information about the BMBI and other BMF market data click here

BMBI figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders' merchants


BMBIFigures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

In value terms, total merchant sales for the Q2 2019 were down -1.2% against the same period last year.  The negative figures were exacerbated by poor trading in June when sales were down by -8.1% year on year, albeit with one less trading day in June 2019.

A comparison of average sales per day (which removes the impact of trading day differences) saw a small Q2 increase of 0.4% over the same period last year.

Sales of Heavy Building Materials (the largest category) declined by -1.6%, with the next largest category Timber & Joinery also showing a slight decline at -0.1%.  Plumbing, Heating & Electrical product sales fell by -3.6%, while Kitchens & Bathrooms was down -1.3%. Landscaping products, sales of which normally rise significantly during the second quarter, was the best performing category, rising by 1.2%.

Comparing Year to Date performance figures for the first six months of 2019 against 2018 continues to show value growth, but this has slowed to +2.1%, with value inflation the likely driver rather than volume.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is the first quarter we have seen a year on year decline since the BMBI was launched in 2014 but we remain cautiously optimistic that it will prove to be a blip. The slowdown may be weather related, with weather patterns reversed in 2019 and unseasonably wet an windy weather in June delaying work on site, or it may reflect an unwinding in the stockpiling that boosted sales volumes in Q1. A third possibility is that people are reluctant to commit to buying or improving their homes until Brexit is resolved once and for all.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade, at GfK said: “While business and consumer confidence has been impacted by continued Brexit uncertainty in 2019, it is the effect that extreme weather has had on the industry over the past 18 months that stands out. Q2 2018 sales spiked due to external construction delays in Q1 following the Beast from the East, so assessing Q2 2019 too harshly following a mild winter would be wrong.  Year to date figures still show value growth against 2018 with core sub-categories within the two main product areas driving this performance. Bricks, Plasterboards, Insulation, Timber & Flooring have all seen higher than market average increases during the first half of the year, providing a positive indicator that the market continues to plug away with better days hopefully ahead.”


For more information about the BMBI and other BMF market data click here

BMBI figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference


Bobby DavroBobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

Bobby Davro’s versatility has kept him in the public eye throughout a career spanning almost four decades.  He hosted popular Saturday night shows on both ITV and BBC in the 1980s and 1990s, including Bobby Davro on the Box, Public Enemy Number One and Winner Takes All. In the 2000s he played the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders and has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals and in pantomime as well as taking part in reality TV shows including Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of young people in the building material supply industry, and the companies that support their development, the Awards Dinner is one of the BMF’s major charity fundraising events each year. Bobby Davro will host a live charity auction raising money to be shared equally between the BMF’s charity of the year, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and Samaritans.

He will also present the prizes for the BMF annual Golf Tournament and to the winners of this year’s other social event, a Five-a-Side Football match.

The BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks Pavestone for sponsoring Mr Davro’s appearance, as well as our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the BMF Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s Annual Conference, on 19 September.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls


BMF RCOE at MarshallsThe BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This 29th BMF centre, based in Marshall’s purpose-built Eaglescliffe premises, will serve BMF members in the North East region.

Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality; supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, whilst also caring for the environment and communities in which it operates.

Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc said: “It’s good to be working so closely with the BMF. We have many joint opportunities to address in our industry, not least of which is attracting, retaining and training new young blood into our sector.

“Working with the BMF cements our relationship with our merchant customers and the opening of the BMF Centre of Excellence at our Eaglescliffe plant is another step on a journey we are proud to be part of. We hope to support the BMF more with other locations around the UK.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “We are delighted to open our first North East regional centre at this superb Marshalls plant. Our 29 BMF centres now cover every region of the UK, offering a local solution for BMF North East meetings as well as our own training courses for members in the region.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please click here or for more information about Marshalls visit www.marshalls.co.uk .
The BMF has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards


2019 BMF Young Achiever AwardsThe BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

The Awards are presented to managers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond their day to day duties, for example by implementing new ideas or spotting new opportunities that truly enhance their business.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “With two categories, those nominated came from a diverse range of job roles and had taken various routes into the industry from traditional apprenticeships to fast track graduates.  It is clear that there are a great many talented young people working in our industry and the judging panel had a tough job drawing up the shortlists.”

Young Supplier Achiever 2019 shortlist

Sam Morrell, Merchant Support (North & Scotland), Knauf Insulation
Jade Terry, Key Account Manager, Naylor Industries Dina Vaisman, Co-Founder and Director, Wonderbuilds

Young Merchant Achiever 2019 shortlist

Jack Rowley, Internal Sales, Emerys Builders Merchants
Amy Vincent, Organisational Development Manager, Local Merchant Group - Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Zia Islam, Key Account Manager, Gibbs and Dandy
Jayson Richards, Branch Manager, City Plumbing Supplies (Travis Perkins)
Fergus Bell, eCommerce Manager, Bradfords Building Supplies
Mike Nicholson, Branch Manager, Elliotts

The winners of the Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the BMF Awards Dinner on Thursday 19 September, which follows the BMF Annual Members Conference.

The BMF has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.
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