Welcome to the BMF 

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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Featured Events

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

UK Construction Week - London

   7-9 May 2024

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

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

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Latest News

Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Chadwicks Group joins the BMF boosting membership in Ireland

Chadwicks Group has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), significantly extending the trade body’s presence in Ireland.

Chadwicks, which is part of the Grafton Group, is Ireland’s leading builders merchants and home improvement specialist with a network of over 50 branch locations across the country. The Chadwicks Group also includes the brands Cork Builders Providers, Davies, Heiton Steel, Telfords and The Panelling Centre.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“We are delighted to welcome Chadwicks Group to the BMF and look forward to helping them with training and services that support their business ambitions. We are committed to extending the BMF’s reach and strengthening our position in the Irish market and this extends our membership in Ireland to 75 merchants operating from 225 branches across the country.”

Patrick Atkinson, CEO of the Chadwicks Group said:

“Chadwicks are present in more communities around Ireland than any other merchant and we want to give our customers the best advice as well as the best products. We invest in our colleagues who provide first class service. The BMF shares our approach to building excellence, and we look forward to a long association with them.”

Chadwicks Group has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), significantly extending the trade body’s presence in Ireland.

STARK Group Chief Strategy Officer to speak at European Builders Merchants Conference

Mathias Lönneker, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of STARK Group, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the UFEMAT European Builders Merchants Conference, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark in September.

The conference will also mark the conclusion of BMF CEO, John Newcomb’s 6-year term of office as President of UFEMAT.

Since Mathias Lönneker joined STARK Group in early 2018, he has played a crucial role in the company’s transformative journey. Initially operating solely in the Nordics, STARK Group has, during the past six years, quadrupled in size, entering markets such as the UK, Germany and Austria. This has made the company a leading European merchant and distributor of heavy building materials. Mathias holds responsibility for strategy, business development and value creation plans for larger M&A. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Group.

Today, STARK Group operates 1,150 branches and distribution centres across Europe through six subsidiary companies. STARK Building Materials UK Ltd, which comprises 14 brands, including Jewson, is one of the UK’s largest retailers and distributors of building and construction materials.

The UFEMAT Conference brings together builders’ merchants, building material suppliers and trade bodies from across Europe.

John Newcomb, UFEMAT President and BMF CEO, said:

“I’m delighted that Mathias will speak at my final conference as UFEMAT President. STARK Group has a proud 125-year history in Denmark and became the largest builders’ merchant in the Nordic region in the early 2000s. But I am most interested in hearing about its most recent transformation into the biggest building materials distributor in Northern Europe.

“I’m sure that many others in the BMF’s merchant and supplier community will want to join me at this year’s UFEMAT Conference, which takes place from 26 to 28 September.”

UK merchants who wish to attend should contact Mike Tattam at [email protected]

UK suppliers may join through a sponsorship package, details of which can be obtained from Oz Bham at [email protected]

Mathias Lönneker, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of STARK Group, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the UFEMAT European Builders Merchants Conference, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark in September.

Red Sea disruption prompts call for advanced planning

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging housebuilders and construction professionals to secure future supply of building materials by ordering in advance.

Rebel attacks in the Red Sea have disrupted shipping from India and China, resulting in longer sea journeys and higher costs for products ranging from decorative sandstone to plywood and ironmongery.

BMF CEO John Newcomb is co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council’s Materials Supply Chain Group, which issued its latest statement this week.

Mr Newcomb said: “The Group is monitoring the availability and cost of supplies from the Indian subcontinent and Asia such as decorative sandstone, plywood, sheet materials and ironmongery.

“With an additional 10 to 15 days at sea needed to navigate around Africa rather than take the usual route through the Suez Canal, the main concern here relates to price increases stemming from increased shipping and container costs for these products.”

The BMF represents 950 merchant and supplier companies across the UK and Ireland with combined sales of more than £44.9bn.

BMF member company H&B Buying Group is a buying group with a network of more than 130 independent builders’ merchants.

Paul Pennick, Procurement Director at H&B Buying Group, said: “Of the total number of global container shipments, 30% would normally take the route via the Red Sea and Suez Canal.

“If a vessel takes an alternative route, it adds two or three weeks on lead time and adds approximately $1.5 million in fuel costs alone.

“The situation is very fluid, so we are keeping a close watch on the situation.”

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging housebuilders and construction professionals to secure future supply of building materials by ordering in advance.

Registration 'Now Live' for UK’s largest event for the built environment

A host of new features, interactive demos, international pavilions from across the globe, and a charity Gumball Rally across the country have all been announced by the organisers of the UK’s largest event for the built environment, UK Construction Week (UKCW), which makes a welcome return to London’s ExCeL from 7-9 May 2024.

The multi award-winning show will see the debut of a new Live Demo Theatre; Skills and Training Hub; a construction-specific Recruitment Zone; new C-Suite Summits; a ‘Gumball Rally’ which finishes at UKCW London; a host of international exhibitors housed in pavilions from India, China, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.

UKCW London is once again co-located with Concrete Expo and The Offsite Show, as well as the UK’s premier event for the self-build sector, Grand Designs Live.

New features at UKCW London include:

  • Live Demo Theatre - a showcase of the latest construction products, techniques and innovations from across the world, the Demo Theatre will bring them to life in front of a live audience of industry professionals looking to be ahead of the curve.
  • C-suite Summits - an exclusive new area for the sector’s top decision makers, the C-suite Summits will see top execs offering their invaluable insights and forecasts to their peers. The new zone will also be a top level networking forum for dialogue and debate.
  • Skills and Training Hub - a first-time collaboration with the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), the new hub will address the Skills Shortage head-on with a three-day programme featuring a myriad talks and workshops to support skills development within the industry and ultimately, build better.
  • Careers and Recruitment Zone - another new area created in response to exhibitor and visitor feedback, this will not only be a focal point for all those working in recruitment, or simply looking for that next new role. Visitors will have face to face access to specialist recruiters from the construction sector, with discreet interview rooms allowing candidates to have onsite consultations.
  • Construction Sport Gumball Rally - spearheaded by UKCW regulars Construction Sport, a charity which supports construction workers’ mental and physical health through sport, the ‘white van’ Gumball Rally will see teams of drivers navigate their way across the UK, stopping off at famous infrastructure projects along the way - raising funds along the way. Two rallies will take place in 2024, each in the week prior to the UK Construction Week shows in London (May) and Birmingham (October). More details will follow in the coming months.
  • International Pavilions - the largest international representation of manufacturers to date at any UK construction event. Businesses from India, China, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany and France will take centre stage at UK Construction Week London, bringing together a myriad innovations from across the world.

Sam Patel, UKCW event director, commented: “Construction is a fast-paced and evolving industry, and so our show needs to reflect that - hence the new areas which focus on skills, training and recruitment to address the skills gap which we all know has been affecting the sector for a number of years.”

Registration for UKCW London is now live (and free) through the new-look website.

The London show is complemented by its sister event, UKCW Birmingham, which takes place at the NEC from October 1-3.

The NEC was the birthplace of UK Construction Week in 2015 and the trade show has grown to become the UK's largest built environment event. Details on the Birmingham programme of events and speakers will be announced in due course, but exhibition space is already filling up - to enquire for your business, contact  [email protected]

To find out more about both shows and to register for UKCW London for free, visit https://ukcw-london-2024.reg.buzz/cab-pr

Hear from industry leaders, explore countless networking opportunities, source new products and see the latest innovations at UK Construction Week (UKCW), at London’s ExCeL
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