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Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

The Budget: BMF reaction

12 March 2020

Budget boxReacting to the Budget Statement, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said: “For understandable reasons, the Chancellor gave a wholly different Budget to Parliament than he had originally planned to when he took up the job a month ago. The threat posed by a coronavirus outbreak and the likely impact on the building materials’ supply chain is a hot topic among BMF members”.

“A genuine worry is a downturn in the home improvement market, where projects are cancelled or postponed, because either the home-owner is confined at home, unable to work, or that their trade customers are unavailable if they have self-isolate”.

Mr Newcomb was disappointed not to hear more from Mr Sunak about investing in new buildings and existing properties to decarbonise homes on the road to a net zero carbon economy. He pointed out that household energy-efficiency was noticeable by its absence, both from his speech, and from the Budget Red Book.

John Newcomb continued: “Promises to introduce schemes for heat pumps and renewable heating in 2022, however welcome, are too vague and insufficient for the task we all face. A package of incentives - including a cut in VAT to 5% for home improvements - was what the industry had called for to persuade and encourage residents to upgrade their home”.

On housing, the BMF was pleased that the Affordable Housing programme will be boosted by a further £12 billion to build more much-needed social and affordable homes.

Elsewhere, promises to look again at improving the workings of the Apprenticeship Levy, the continued freeze of Fuel Duty, and more money to encourage the switch to using electric vehicles were all welcome developments, Mr Newcomb concluded.
Reacting to the Budget Statement, John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF said: “For understandable reasons, the Chancellor gave a wholly different Budget to Parliament than he had originally planned to when he took up the job a month ago. The threat posed by a

Nick Knowles to give keynote address at BMF Young Merchants Conference 2020

10 March 2020

Nick KnowlesTV personality Nick Knowles will be the Keynote Speaker at the BMF's Young Merchants Conference, which takes place on Wednesday 7 October, during UK Construction Week at the NEC, Birmingham.

As the presenter of the UK’s best-loved property transformation programme, Nick has become the face of construction on TV. His rapport with the builders on site and his empathy with the buildings’ future occupants has made the show compulsive viewing.  The programme not only transforms lives, it celebrates the spirit and professionalism of the building community – including the many local trades that volunteer their skills and time, and the merchants and builder materials suppliers who regularly offer support.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Nick was an extremely popular speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference last year, and we are delighted that he is continuing his association with the BMF at our second Young Merchants Conference, which we are confident will now become a bi-annual event.”

The BMF Young Merchants Group, which is hosting the conference, is open to those aged between 21 and 40 working in the building material supply industry.  Appropriately, the BMF Young Merchants Conference takes the theme “Building the Next Generation” and is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.

For full details and registration information, please email James Spillane, james.spillane@bmf.org.uk.



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TV personality Nick Knowles will be the Keynote Speaker at the BMF Young Merchants Conference, which takes place on 7 October, during UK Construction Week at the NEC, Birmingham.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

The Budget: investment needed for a net zero economy

5 March 2020

Rishi Sunak MPThe Chancellor must be bold, imaginative and use his Budget to lay the foundations for a net zero carbon economy and action to future-proof new homes and retrofit existing properties, according to the BMF.

Tackling regional imbalances in productivity by investing further in training and skills to support BMF merchants and their manufacturers, suppliers and trade customers must be the way forward.

That was the message from John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, in a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, prior to his first Budget next Wednesday.

The BMF wants Mr Sunak and his fellow ministers to concentrate on the two major issues affecting members - narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We welcome the Government’s ambition to help BMF members and the residential, commercial and public sector markets they serve to move towards a net zero carbon economy by 2050.”

“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in industrial production and new ways of business operations to make the necessary changes. However, we see a genuine need to support businesses to make that transition. That is why we urge the Chancellor to use his Budget to invest and to demonstrate a willingness to work with merchants and manufacturers.”

Next week’s hotly-anticipated Budget comes only a month after a consultation by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government closed that sought views on the Future Homes Standard aimed at decarbonising new homes. In its response, the BMF said tightening the Building Regulations is realistically the only way. But this means taxpayer funds are necessary to transform markets, improve installer skills and bring about behavioural change.

The BMF has since learned from the recently-appointed Minister for Housing, Christopher Pincher MP, that his officials have received 3,000 responses to the Future Homes Standard consultation.


The Chancellor must be bold, imaginative and use his Budget to lay the foundations for a net zero carbon economy and action to future-proof new homes and retrofit existing properties, according to the BMF.

Get Britain Building highlights £94bn return from buying British

25 February 2020

Get Britain BuildingA renewed Get Britain Building campaign is urging the government to get behind SME builders and UK manufacturers and distributors of construction products as it ramps up investment in critical infrastructure, public and commercial buildings and housing.

The latest phase of the 11-year old Get Britain Building campaign, which launched on 25 February at the World HQ of JCB, highlights the multiplier effect of buying UK-produced materials and building new homes using local builders, which could deliver a £94bn return to the UK economy at current rates of build.

Led by the Building Alliance, the BMF, and the Federation of Master Builders, the campaign also calls for a major investment in our existing housing stock, to help achieve the government’s Net Zero Carbon target by 2050 and to encourage owner-occupiers to adapt their homes to meet changing needs.

Addressing the skills gap is another priority area, with the campaign calling upon Government to work with the industry and educators to increase the take up of construction apprenticeships and introduce an upskilling programme to encourage continuous improvement across the sector.

Commenting on the campaign, Mike Leonard, CEO of the Building Alliance said: “We are at the start of a new decade, with a new government that has a unique opportunity to build our way to success. Investing in critical infrastructure, public and commercial buildings and housing will support long term economic growth, create jobs and promote social inclusion. The UK needs high quality homes that are safe, flexible, adaptable, resilient and built to last 150 years. We currently manufacture 80% of the materials we use to build new homes in the UK. No other industry can rival this. We must continue to invest in UK manufacturing and support local builders to enjoy the huge economic multiplier that results.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF said: “The building supply chain is vital to our economy, supporting both new build and the upgrading of existing homes. The government must create a UK business environment where manufacturers of construction materials and products have the confidence and desire to invest, particularly at a time when they are asking the industry how best to construct, insulate, heat and ventilate our homes. Furthermore, if we are to achieve net zero by 2050, government must provide confidence and support to homeowners to undertake the necessary upgrades.”

Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders said: “Builders are tackling a skills shortage that could hamper growth in the sector over the new decade. More than half of builders are struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters, and intermediate apprenticeship starts are in decline. We have the tools we need to turn this around – dedicated builders passionate about their craft – we just need the Government to ensure that the policy landscape allows them to train to a high standard. That means investing in small businesses to create opportunities for young people. The Government has ambitious targets around building a million new homes and reaching a low-carbon standard for new homes by 2025. Master Builders stand ready to meet these challenges but they need the support of Government to help them secure a pipeline of new talent coming through.”

The three organisations behind Get Britain Building are encouraging other industry trade bodies to get involved and add their voices to the campaign.

Mike Leonard concluded: “There is much to support in the government’s outline construction plans, but they need to consult organisations that understand the industry. The experience of all of industry professionals and the research carried out by academics will help to guide practical, workable policies that achieve the best long-term results for our homes, our environment and our industry.”

For further information please contact Mike Leonard 07778 842831 or mike@buildingalliance.co.uk.
A renewed Get Britain Building campaign is urging the government to get behind SME builders and UK manufacturers and distributors of construction products as it ramps up investment in critical infrastructure, public and commercial buildings and housi

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro

Marshalls Design Spaces to host BMF Regional Training Centres


Marshalls Design Spaces BMF regional training centreThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier. The new Regional Training Centres will be hosted in Marshalls Design Space facilities in central Birmingham and in Clerkenwell, London. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

BMF Regional Training Centres provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together, reflecting the BMF’s localisation strategy to help members participate in events closer to their own home base, thus reducing time spent away from their business.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls’ Group Trading Managing Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”
The BMF is set to launch two further Regional Training Centres with the assistance of Marshalls.

BMF backs CLC emergency plan to save UK construction


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today, requesting clear and visible encouragement and support for the production of building materials to continue, if at all possible, and for builders’, plumbing and electrical merchants to remain open so that essential maintenance and construction works can continue.

The CLC, which comprises the CEOs of the 11 leading federations and representative bodies across the construction industry, has appealed to the Government to both recognise and support the essential role of the construction industry during the current crisis and to put in place measures to reduce current cashflow pressures affecting every business, which is essential if they are to play a full role in supporting a strong economic recovery.

The CLC has asked the Prime Minister to
- suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty
- defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis
- advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain
- support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed
- direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain
- extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are aware that merchants, building materials producers and construction workers who continue to operate through the crisis are being criticised by members of the public, and at times hampered by public officials, who are not aware of the crucial role they are playing.  We are calling on Government to make it absolutely clear that they are essential workers playing a vital role in building and maintaining NHS estates, enabling the transport sector to function and keeping the lights on in homes around the country. 

“But of equal importance, the UK economy requires a functioning construction sector once this crisis is over to get Britain building once more.  Our letter calls on Government to take steps to save jobs and companies in the long term, and to ensure that our sector can continue to function throughout the current crisis.”
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was a co-signatory to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister today.

Secretary of State thanks merchants, manufacturers and construction workers for critical support during COVID-19


The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our country.

Earlier this week, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published Site Operating Procedures (SOP) that align with the latest guidance from Public Health England to help ensure the safety of those who continue working on site. The BMF is one of the 12 leading construction trade bodies forming the CLC, the taskforce in daily contact with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on the developing situation that faces our sector. 

The BMF also secured from government a template letter for delivery drivers to use while continuing to deliver materials to essential customers during the COVID-19 crisis, should they be challenged.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Alok Sharma’s letter makes it clear that the Government needs the support of the whole construction industry to build temporary hospital wards, construct the infrastructure that society needs to function and ensure that people have safe and healthy homes to live in.

“But we are also extremely mindful that we are not in a ‘business as usual’ situation. Operations on construction sites and within builders’ merchants and building materials’ manufacturing plants must follow Public Health England guidelines to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus and, where people cannot work from home, to provide a safe workplace. The BMF is here to provide support, but our members must make the best decision for their individual business.

“As a member of the CLC we are able to provide our members with the very latest information and advice from government.  And, of course, within that forum we are also raising the issues that are causing our members the most concern and finding ways to help overcome them.”
The BMF has circulated to members a letter from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them fo

BMF P&H Spring Forum to be held online


30 March 2020

The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer from May 11-15, 2020.

The digital event will replicate the structure of a physical Forum with presentations, interactive discussions and even end of session networking online.  Members must register their interest and will be emailed details to login to the virtual event.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We have had to postpone a number of events in response to COVID-19 restrictions and have been looking at different ways to adapt to changing circumstances. 

“We are delighted that the Plumbing & Heating Forum will go ahead on 13 May as planned and thank Installer2020 for their support.  Members will be able to come together through a digital interface as opposed to face-to-face, but they will enjoy the same great content, discussion and debate.”

Installer2020 Event Director Mike Costain said: “We’re delighted to partner with the BMF to support the P&H Forum. We had to make the difficult decision to postpone Installer2020 following guidance by Government and Public Health England. The well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority, so we hope you will agree that postponement is the sensible thing to do.

“However, Installer’s market-leading online channels and audience are growing, especially now, and provide the perfect platform to host important digital industry get-togethers.

“We’re delighted to have the BMF Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum as part of our ground-breaking InstallerFESTIVAL.”

Installer2020 has been rescheduled to 1-3 December 2020 and the BMF will now hold their Winter Plumbing & Heating Forum on 1 December at the exhibition.
The BMF will be holding its first virtual Forum in May. The Spring Plumbing & Heating Forum, which was due to be held at Installer2020, will now be delivered as part of InstallerFESTIVAL – a virtual industry gathering being organised by Installer fro
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