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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



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The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BMF brings mental health to the fore with 2020 charity partners

20 September 2019

Mental Health UK & SamaritansThe BMF has nominated Mental Health UK and Samaritans as its charity partners for 2020. Both charities support people affected by mental health problems, a subject that the BMF clearly believes merits both fundraising support and greater attention within the building materials supply industry.

Mental Health UK’s CEO, Brian Dow, was one of the speakers at the the BMF All Industry Conference this Summer, alongside mental health campaigners Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, whose powerful presentation based on personal experience highlighted the importance of strengthening mental health awareness within our industry.

Mental Health UK supports people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers. Samaritans is the largest dedicated suicide prevention charity that offers emotional support to anyone in distress.  Every six seconds, a volunteer answers a call for help.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 45, affecting people from every walk of life. The Construction News 2018 Mental Health Survey found more than half of those in the construction trade (57%) said they had experienced mental health issues at some point, and one in four workers across the industry have considered taking their own life.

Brian Dow, CEO of Mental Health UK, said: “We’re really excited to announce this partnership and to develop the conversation about mental health in such a vital industry. Mental Health UK combines the strength of four charities to support people with mental health problems. This collegiate approach to the issue from the BMF is pioneering and we’re also thrilled to be working with our close friends and colleagues at Samaritans. We believe that by combining forces we can help promote the importance of mental health in the industry and make a positive impact on BMF’s members across the UK.”

Matt Lock, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Samaritans said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as charity partner of the Builders Merchants Federation for 2020. This support will allow Samaritans to continue to be there for anyone in distress. We know the risk of suicide in the construction industry is high, so we are looking forward to raising awareness of the support service and the importance of listening, as this can save lives.”

In the past two years, the BMF has worked with the industry to raise just under £250,000 for its partner charities.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The two charities selected as our partners this year are particularly pertinent as there is a growing understanding within our industry that mental health is as important as physical health. In addition to vital fundraising, and of equal importance, we will be working with our charity partners to promote training to raise awareness amongst staff and customers and improve mental health in the workplace.”
The BMF has nominated Mental Health UK and Samaritans as its charity partners for 2020. Both charities support people affected by mental health problems, a subject that the BMF clearly believes merits both fundraising support and greater attention wi

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


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The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

BMF Young Achiever of the Year winners announced

24 September 2019


Jade Terry (second from left) and JAyson Richards (right receiving their awards)The winners of the BMF’s prestigious Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed, with Jayson Richards from City Plumbing Supplies named as Young Merchant Achiever 2019 and Jade Terry of Naylor Industries named as Young Supplier Achiever 2019.  

Two honourable mentions were made in the Young Merchant Achiever category, with Fergus Bell of Bradfords Building Supplies taking the silver runners-up prize and Zia Islam of Gibbs & Dandy taking the bronze award for third place.   

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “The Young Achiever of the Year Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement amongst the next generation of BMF members.  They provide a huge confidence boost not only to the winners, but to all those nominated for an Award.  Once again we were delighted to see such a wealth of young talent within the industry and choosing the winners was a tough task.  Our congratulations to them all.”  

The BMF would like to thank Hafele, Bostik and GfK for their kind sponsorship of these Awards.


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The winners of the BMF’s prestigious 2019 Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed ....

MP’s visit sets out merchant industry’s role in meeting future housing need


MP visit to Ridgeons Builders Merchants13 September 2019

MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

Mrs Churchill visited Huws Gray Ridgeons’ Timber and Builders Merchants in the town to gain an insight into the sector, in a visit organised by the BMF.

Huws Gray Ridgeons’ Director Ian Northen hosted the visit at the company’s store in Beetons Way. He explained how builders’ merchants will play a key role in supporting the Government’s commitment to new housing.

Mr Northen said: “The Government has set a target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, our industry wants long-lasting stability, along with consistent Government focus, to act to narrow the gap between housing demand and supply.

“Events currently going on around the country to mark the centenary of council housing show the continuing need for homes of all types and tenures at prices people can afford, in Bury St Edmunds and around East Anglia.”

Hugh Guntrip, Huws Gray Ridgeons’ Area Manager and Mick Easton, Assistant Branch Manager at the Beetons Way store, as well as Brett Amphlett, BMF’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager, also attended the visit. As well as addressing the key issues around the construction of new homes, ways to create a new generation of low carbon homes from the existing housing stock were also discussed.

Mr Northen added: “BMF members provide the materials, products and expertise needed to de-carbonise our homes. Fitting energy-efficient, low emission and water-saving measures in properties in the town, around Suffolk and further afield will be key to achieving sustainability goals.

“The issue is set to gain further momentum following the Government’s announcement in March that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil fuel heating in new homes by 2025. Efficient boilers, coupled with better insulation and the small-scale generation of heat and electric power by individual householders, will be the key drivers in converting homes for a low carbon world. This visit provided a great opportunity to discuss the workings of the industry’s supply chain and how it can help support future low carbon objectives.”

Mrs Churchill said: “I was delighted to visit Huws Gray Ridgeons and learn how they have looked after their customers for over a century. As a significant regional employer, Huws Gray Ridgeons makes a vital contribution to our local economy by ensuring that building materials and home improvement products are delivered, all year round, when and where they are needed”.

“I congratulate Mick Easton and the team in helping customers to make the correct choices for their projects. Their knowledge and expertise in helping people to have warm homes, save on energy bills and use water wisely, was really encouraging. I am keen that merchants play their part in helping constituents move to healthy, low-carbon living on the way to net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.
MP visit to Ridgeons Builders Merchants
MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

Carbon emissions: Shadow Chancellor reassures the BMF

2 July 2019

John McDonnell MP“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy", John McDonnell MP has told the BMF. "And if there needs to be support for businesses to help in the transition, we’ll look at tax reliefs to help them scale-up."

The Shadow Chancellor was answering a question from Brett Amphlett, who represented the BMF at a Labour Party event in the City of London this week. Mr McDonnell was giving a keynote televised speech on tackling the ‘climate emergency’ in the wake of recent public protests.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, asked John McDonnell MP if he - as a future Chancellor of the Exchequer - is prepared to intervene in the tax system and give Enhanced Capital Allowances to help manufacturers scale up for hydrogen or new fuels not yet discovered. He reminded the MP that BMF members make and deliver the gas-powered central heating and hot water systems, heat pumps and other technologies used in all types of buildings.

Mr McDonnell said he wants public and private finance to invest in the technology needed to deal with the climate crisis. The Labour Party is looking at a combination of regulation and incentives to ensure future requirements have proper regulation and proper standards for retrofit and new build.

The speech took place at UK Finance, the financial services’ trade association, in front of an invited audience of bankers, mortgage providers and business representatives like the BMF.

The Shadow Chancellor also told Brett Amphlett that Labour is reviewing the entire financial system to see how each sector of the economy is responding to the ‘climate emergency’. “Each of Labour’s shadow ministerial teams is tasked with producing a programme of action defining their Department’s contribution to tackling climate change”, John McDonnell added.



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“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy", John McDonnell MP has told the BMF. "And if there needs to be support for businesses to help in the transiti

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for 5th year


TAF 2019 Awards Finalist Membership Engagement17 May 2019

The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

TAF is “the trade association for trade associations” representing over 300 of the top trade bodies in the UK and there is always fierce competition amongst members to win a Best Practice Award. 

The BMF is shortlisted for the Membership Engagement Award in recognition of its localisation strategy, whereby the Federation worked with members to identify appropriate facilities as regional hubs for local groups to come together for meetings, forums and training.  This led to the development of 27 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the country, with more due to come on stream this year.

The Regional Centres have proved hugely successful, with a total of 92 events taking place between January 2018 and April 2019, attracting 1,240 delegates.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are always delighted to be short-listed for a prestigious TAF Award. The BMF team is always looking for new and better ways to support our members but it is still a remarkable achievement to have been shortlisted fourteen times in five years. This year it is particularly gratifying that we have been shortlisted for a programme that has boosted our engagement with members who have limited time to travel and who are now able to attend BMF events close to their home base.”

Commenting on the shortlist, Linda Cavender, TAF CEO, said: “The Awards offer TAF members an excellent opportunity to showcase their organisation, its expertise and recent achievements. I am always astounded at the quality of the entries and only the very best reach the shortlist. They provide a benchmark for running a successful organisation which focuses on members’ needs.”

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Best Practice Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 9 July at County Hall, London.
The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk.
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


For more information about this event click here
The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.
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