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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

New Housing Minister: BMF reaction


Christopher Pincher - New Housing Minister17 February 2020

Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive, of the BMF, said:

“I congratulate Chris Pincher on taking up the housing portfolio at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Chris is an experienced minister, although he comes to domestic policy from the Foreign Office where he was Minister for Europe and the Americas. The diplomatic skills he brings from that role will be put to good use in persuading local authorities to significantly increase the rate of much-needed new house building throughout England”.

“As Mr Pincher gets his feet under the table, we want the Minister to focus on two major issues that affect BMF members - narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes”.

John Newcomb noted that Christopher Pincher MP has a steep learning curve and an unenviable in-tray ahead of him. Only last week, the Future Homes Standard consultation closed that sought views on reducing carbon emissions from new homes built after 2025 by changing Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations. The main proposal is to end gas boiler connections in 6 years’ time in favour of heat pumps, heat networks and direct electric heating.

In addition, a major White Paper is due on accelerating planning permission. The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.
Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing. See what the BMF has to say...

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
here
The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

New Housing Minister: BMF reaction


Christopher Pincher - New Housing Minister17 February 2020

Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive, of the BMF, said:

“I congratulate Chris Pincher on taking up the housing portfolio at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Chris is an experienced minister, although he comes to domestic policy from the Foreign Office where he was Minister for Europe and the Americas. The diplomatic skills he brings from that role will be put to good use in persuading local authorities to significantly increase the rate of much-needed new house building throughout England”.

“As Mr Pincher gets his feet under the table, we want the Minister to focus on two major issues that affect BMF members - narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes”.

John Newcomb noted that Christopher Pincher MP has a steep learning curve and an unenviable in-tray ahead of him. Only last week, the Future Homes Standard consultation closed that sought views on reducing carbon emissions from new homes built after 2025 by changing Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations. The main proposal is to end gas boiler connections in 6 years’ time in favour of heat pumps, heat networks and direct electric heating.

In addition, a major White Paper is due on accelerating planning permission. The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.
Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing. See what the BMF has to say...

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
here
The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
here
The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Stanley Black & Decker joins the BMF

29 January 2020

Stanley Black & DeckerThe BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member.

Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

As the largest tool company in the world, Stanley Black & Decker employ 61,000 people worldwide, manufacturing in 120 countries and selling products in over 180 countries. Merchants, tradespeople and do-it-yourselfers alike rely on them every day for the toughest, strongest, most innovative hand tools, power tools, accessories and storage solutions on the market.

Ian Taylor, National Account Manager at Stanley Black & Decker said, “Joining the BMF is a fantastic opportunity to partner with the leading merchants in the UK market and grow our businesses together”. “In our fast-moving marketplace, it’s more important than ever that leading brands and distributors identify changing consumer needs, and work in partnership to deliver a great customer experience. Stanley Black and Decker sees the BMF as a key partner to help us on this journey”.

Welcoming Stanley Black & Decker into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome such an iconic brand into BMF membership. We look forward to working together with Stanley Black and Decker, sharing our industry knowledge and widening merchant networking opportunities for them.”

“This news also coincides with our plan to launch a new Tools & Workwear Forum. We will be announcing details later this month.”

For more information about Stanley Black and Decker, please visit www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.



More more information about the benefits of BMF membership click here
The BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member. Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
here
The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Stanley Black & Decker joins the BMF

29 January 2020

Stanley Black & DeckerThe BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member.

Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

As the largest tool company in the world, Stanley Black & Decker employ 61,000 people worldwide, manufacturing in 120 countries and selling products in over 180 countries. Merchants, tradespeople and do-it-yourselfers alike rely on them every day for the toughest, strongest, most innovative hand tools, power tools, accessories and storage solutions on the market.

Ian Taylor, National Account Manager at Stanley Black & Decker said, “Joining the BMF is a fantastic opportunity to partner with the leading merchants in the UK market and grow our businesses together”. “In our fast-moving marketplace, it’s more important than ever that leading brands and distributors identify changing consumer needs, and work in partnership to deliver a great customer experience. Stanley Black and Decker sees the BMF as a key partner to help us on this journey”.

Welcoming Stanley Black & Decker into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome such an iconic brand into BMF membership. We look forward to working together with Stanley Black and Decker, sharing our industry knowledge and widening merchant networking opportunities for them.”

“This news also coincides with our plan to launch a new Tools & Workwear Forum. We will be announcing details later this month.”

For more information about Stanley Black and Decker, please visit www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.



More more information about the benefits of BMF membership click here
The BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member. Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

New Housing Minister: BMF reaction


Christopher Pincher - New Housing Minister17 February 2020

Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive, of the BMF, said:

“I congratulate Chris Pincher on taking up the housing portfolio at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Chris is an experienced minister, although he comes to domestic policy from the Foreign Office where he was Minister for Europe and the Americas. The diplomatic skills he brings from that role will be put to good use in persuading local authorities to significantly increase the rate of much-needed new house building throughout England”.

“As Mr Pincher gets his feet under the table, we want the Minister to focus on two major issues that affect BMF members - narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes”.

John Newcomb noted that Christopher Pincher MP has a steep learning curve and an unenviable in-tray ahead of him. Only last week, the Future Homes Standard consultation closed that sought views on reducing carbon emissions from new homes built after 2025 by changing Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations. The main proposal is to end gas boiler connections in 6 years’ time in favour of heat pumps, heat networks and direct electric heating.

In addition, a major White Paper is due on accelerating planning permission. The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.
Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing. See what the BMF has to say...

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



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The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
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The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Stanley Black & Decker joins the BMF

29 January 2020

Stanley Black & DeckerThe BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member.

Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

As the largest tool company in the world, Stanley Black & Decker employ 61,000 people worldwide, manufacturing in 120 countries and selling products in over 180 countries. Merchants, tradespeople and do-it-yourselfers alike rely on them every day for the toughest, strongest, most innovative hand tools, power tools, accessories and storage solutions on the market.

Ian Taylor, National Account Manager at Stanley Black & Decker said, “Joining the BMF is a fantastic opportunity to partner with the leading merchants in the UK market and grow our businesses together”. “In our fast-moving marketplace, it’s more important than ever that leading brands and distributors identify changing consumer needs, and work in partnership to deliver a great customer experience. Stanley Black and Decker sees the BMF as a key partner to help us on this journey”.

Welcoming Stanley Black & Decker into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome such an iconic brand into BMF membership. We look forward to working together with Stanley Black and Decker, sharing our industry knowledge and widening merchant networking opportunities for them.”

“This news also coincides with our plan to launch a new Tools & Workwear Forum. We will be announcing details later this month.”

For more information about Stanley Black and Decker, please visit www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.



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The BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member. Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
here
The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Stanley Black & Decker joins the BMF

29 January 2020

Stanley Black & DeckerThe BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member.

Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

As the largest tool company in the world, Stanley Black & Decker employ 61,000 people worldwide, manufacturing in 120 countries and selling products in over 180 countries. Merchants, tradespeople and do-it-yourselfers alike rely on them every day for the toughest, strongest, most innovative hand tools, power tools, accessories and storage solutions on the market.

Ian Taylor, National Account Manager at Stanley Black & Decker said, “Joining the BMF is a fantastic opportunity to partner with the leading merchants in the UK market and grow our businesses together”. “In our fast-moving marketplace, it’s more important than ever that leading brands and distributors identify changing consumer needs, and work in partnership to deliver a great customer experience. Stanley Black and Decker sees the BMF as a key partner to help us on this journey”.

Welcoming Stanley Black & Decker into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome such an iconic brand into BMF membership. We look forward to working together with Stanley Black and Decker, sharing our industry knowledge and widening merchant networking opportunities for them.”

“This news also coincides with our plan to launch a new Tools & Workwear Forum. We will be announcing details later this month.”

For more information about Stanley Black and Decker, please visit www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.



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The BMF, are pleased to welcome Stanley Black and Decker as their latest supplier member. Established in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker are the worldwide leader in tools and storage, with an annual turnover of around $14bn.

Queen’s speech: BMF reaction

23 Decemberr 2019

Prime Minister Boris JohnsonReacting to the Queen’s Speech to Parliament that set out the UK Government’s legislative programme, John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “The Queen’s Speech reflects the Government’s desire to conclude complex, serious and far-reaching Brexit negotiations and urgently get onto domestic policy to grow the economy, encourage business investment, improve living standards and increase productivity”.

“We look forward to the consultation on the “First Homes” re-announcement aimed at boosting home ownership by making new homes available to local first-time buyers and key workers at a 30% price discount. This resembles the earlier proposals first revealed by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, to “The Times” back in August 2018”.

Mr Newcomb pointed out that during the General Election, housing hardly featured as politicians talked predominately about Brexit, the NHS, education and policing. As ministers start dealing with their in-tray, Mr Newcomb wants them to focus on two major issues affecting BMF members: narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes.

The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals for un-controversial applications to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.

John Newcomb continued: “But there is a contradiction in what’s being promised here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are promising to build a million homes over the next 5 years - equating to 200,000 homes per year. But this is fewer than Theresa May’s target of 300,000 homes. As the latest net additional figures show, this latest pledge is 40,000 fewer than were actually completed in 2018-2019 in England”.

Most of the action needed to build more homes does not require new legislation. The BMF urges the Government to press on and implement its declared policy priorities and spend the funding already allocated since the Housing White Paper of February 2017 as quickly as possible.





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BMF CEO John Newcomb gives his reaction to the latest Queen's Speech to Parliament.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




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The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

Climate change: BMF thanks by Lib Dem Deputy Leader


26 November 2019

“We have got to get on with insulating more homes because that’s the low-hanging fruit to make housing more energy efficient” Sir Edward Davey has told the BMF.

“And we have to find ways to re-purpose gas heating to move to a net zero carbon economy".

The BMF attended an invitation-only City of London breakfast briefing to hear the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats discuss the finance and economics of climate change prior to next month’s General Election. Ed Davey is also Shadow Chancellor and speaks for his Party on financial, economic and taxation policy. He told guests that - apart from Brexit - tackling the climate emergency is central to Lib Dem thinking.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, asked if the Shadow Chancellor was willing to intervene in the tax system and give Enhanced Capital Allowances to help manufacturers bring to market the materials and products needed to de-carbonise heating and electrify homes. His answer was an emphatic yes.

Sir Edward wants more done to re-purpose gas boilers and noted work being done by BMF members to develop boilers that burn either hydrogen or hydrogen-blended fuel. The question is whether it is do-able. If hydrogen is the answer, he said he supports tax relief for businesses to help bring to market heating that does not use fossil fuel and to scale-up to meet demand. But carbon capture and storage projects are also needed in the production of hydrogen, he added.

Ed Davey reflected on his time as Energy and Climate Change Secretary in the 2010-2015 Coalition Government. He recalled his frustration then in trying to make two different - but complimentary - regulations on energy efficiency and on heating work better together to benefit consumers.

The Shadow Chancellor has met Brett Amphlett and the BMF several times before - most recently at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Bournemouth two months ago. He thanked the BMF for all its work in trying to overcome problems surrounding the Green Deal before it ran into difficulty and eventual closure in 2015.

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“We have got to get on with insulating more homes because that’s the low-hanging fruit to make housing more energy efficient” Sir Edward Davey has told the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

New Housing Minister: BMF reaction


Christopher Pincher - New Housing Minister17 February 2020

Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive, of the BMF, said:

“I congratulate Chris Pincher on taking up the housing portfolio at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Chris is an experienced minister, although he comes to domestic policy from the Foreign Office where he was Minister for Europe and the Americas. The diplomatic skills he brings from that role will be put to good use in persuading local authorities to significantly increase the rate of much-needed new house building throughout England”.

“As Mr Pincher gets his feet under the table, we want the Minister to focus on two major issues that affect BMF members - narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes”.

John Newcomb noted that Christopher Pincher MP has a steep learning curve and an unenviable in-tray ahead of him. Only last week, the Future Homes Standard consultation closed that sought views on reducing carbon emissions from new homes built after 2025 by changing Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations. The main proposal is to end gas boiler connections in 6 years’ time in favour of heat pumps, heat networks and direct electric heating.

In addition, a major White Paper is due on accelerating planning permission. The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.
Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing. See what the BMF has to say...

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



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The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

New Housing Minister: BMF reaction


Christopher Pincher - New Housing Minister17 February 2020

Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing, John Newcomb, Chief Executive, of the BMF, said:

“I congratulate Chris Pincher on taking up the housing portfolio at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Chris is an experienced minister, although he comes to domestic policy from the Foreign Office where he was Minister for Europe and the Americas. The diplomatic skills he brings from that role will be put to good use in persuading local authorities to significantly increase the rate of much-needed new house building throughout England”.

“As Mr Pincher gets his feet under the table, we want the Minister to focus on two major issues that affect BMF members - narrowing the gap between housing demand and supply, and the decarbonisation of heating and electrification of homes”.

John Newcomb noted that Christopher Pincher MP has a steep learning curve and an unenviable in-tray ahead of him. Only last week, the Future Homes Standard consultation closed that sought views on reducing carbon emissions from new homes built after 2025 by changing Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations. The main proposal is to end gas boiler connections in 6 years’ time in favour of heat pumps, heat networks and direct electric heating.

In addition, a major White Paper is due on accelerating planning permission. The Conservatives have a target to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, Mr Newcomb said there must be unrelenting political determination to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions. The whole thrust must be implementation, he added, to enable BMF members to invest confidently in the people and materials and products needed.
Reacting to news that the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has been appointed as the Minister for Housing. See what the BMF has to say...

BMF to cut the cost of trade counter card payments


13 February 2020

PaymentsenseThe BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments. 

The new service for BMF members is designed to simplify the merchant’s card payment process as well as reducing costs.  The service is already saving one early adopter around £350 a month on card transactions at a single site.

Paymentsense combines cutting edge technology with the ability to design their service around each client’s needs, so they are not charged for elements they don’t use.   Nor is there any charge for terminal rentals, and all funds arrive in the client’s bank account on the following business day.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director said: “Having looked at a number of providers we chose to partner with Paymentsense because their dedication to service excellence reflects the BMF’s mission to help our members build excellence within their  business.”

To find out more please contact Paymentsense on 020 3985 0185 or visit https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/partners/bmf



For more information about Paymentsense and other BMF Plus services click here
The BMF has partnered with Paymentsense, the leading provider of card payment solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland, to cut the cost of trade counter card payments.

BMF turns to the lightside with latest Tools Forum

10 February 2020

Simon BicknellThe BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.   

To be chaired by Simon Bicknell, Marketing Director at Toolbank, the Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will meet for the first time on July 7, 2020 at BMF’s head office and training centre in Coventry.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Simon is the ideal Chair for our latest Forum. He has worked in different commercial roles within the tool trade for over forty years, as a retailer, manufacturer and distributor, and has a wealth of experience to share.”

Simon Bicknell said: “I am really pleased to be able to help the BMF co-ordinate the sharing of some of the best ideas and excellent initiatives that are being practised throughout the industry. We know that products like Tools, Workwear, PPE & Fixings are a relatively small element of a merchant’s business, but they are absolutely fundamental to every trade and task so it will be good if we can help raise their profile.

“One of the benefits of working as part of the Toolbank team for many years is that I have met and worked with many great suppliers, customers and influencers from several markets and we will be encouraging them to share some of their best initiatives and successes with BMF members.”

The first Tools, Fixings and Workwear Forum will include speakers from Stanley Black & Decker, Dickies, Reisser, Band of Builders – a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through practical projects - and Rachel Fryer from Merrit & Fryer, winners of the Lightside Showroom of the Year in the 2019 Builders Merchants Awards.



To view the agenda and to book up to 2 places per organisation on this forum click
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The BMF turns to the lightside with its latest product Forum which will focus on Tools, Fixings and Workwear.

Band of Builders joins the BMF


Band of BuildersThe BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member.

Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.

Originally formed in 2016, BoB now has nearly 10,000 members, who all share the aim of helping fellow tradespeople in their hour of need.

Previous projects by Band of Builders have included: the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, so he could safely watch his children play; finishing the renovations at the home of a plumber who died before he could complete them and creating a bedroom for a plasterer’s daughter who spent the first half of her life in hospital, as well as installing a downstairs bathroom for her carers.

Shane McCormick, Trustee at Band of Builders, said: “There is a natural connection between Band of Builders and the BMF in terms of our communities, but to have agreed a formal partnership is a huge milestone for BoB.

“For us, the partnership with the BMF will not only raise awareness of what we do in general, but it means we can reach out to the BMF’s 710 members, who turnover £32bn per annum, and talk directly to their customer base - the people who we help and who form our membership and volunteers.”

Welcoming Band of Builders into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said, “It’s fantastic to welcome this great national charity into BMF membership. After seeing their work over the past few years, we look forward to working together with them to help members of the UK construction industry and their families in their hour of need.”

For more information about Band of Builders please visit www.bandofbuilders.org.
The BMF, are pleased to welcome the Band of Builders as their latest associate member Band of Builders is a registered charity set up to help members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury, through practical projects.
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