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Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference 


25 January 2021

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry ConferenceBroadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

A popular and much respected tv and radio host, Jason currently fronts TV’s Final Score, Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and his weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  Jason has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a key member of the presentation teams at the last two Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.

Away from sport, Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch, presented Wales Children in Need and tested his acting skills appearing as a news presenter in two Christmas special episodes of Dr Who.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jason will be hosting the building materials industry’s first post-pandemic Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming a full house of delegates from across the entire sector.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 22 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference
Broadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Merchant industry speakers confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum


11 January 2021

Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry ConferenceThe BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference, taking place in Harrogate in June. Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins plc and Paul Bence, MD of George Bence Group complete the four-person panel and will each present their merchant industry view.  They join the previously announced duo, Andy Mitchell Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc.

The Industry Forum brings together industry leaders from across the building materials and wider construction industry to address key issues of the day and lead the discussion with delegates.

Nick and Paul represent different ends of the merchant spectrum. While Nick leads the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction industry, Paul heads one of the country’s most successful independents, a family-run sixth generation business based in Gloucestershire.

They also came to merchanting via very different routes. 

Nick is a geologist by profession with over 25 years of international engineering consulting experience, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined Travis Perkins in 2019 from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was CEO.  He is now responsible for a £7bn market leading business including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and Wickes.

Nick is a passionate advocate of safety and wellbeing, and of working collaboratively to improve productivity and diversity in the construction industry. He also supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is Deputy Chair, Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK, whose mission is to help servicemen and women transition to successful civilian lives.   

Paul’s first role within the family business transformed their struggling Obsidian Kitchens & Bathroom brand. The Group’s lightside business now encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms. He took over as MD in 2010 and has directed similar growth across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating. He is also Trading Director of K&B Showrooms within the Fortis independent merchant buying group, chairman of the BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum. A former BMF Young Merchant, he became the youngest member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants when he joined in 2006.

Paul will draw on his experience of taking a single independent branch and delivering a multifaceted builders merchant with a clear product segmentation plan over the last decade.

The BMF’s sold-out, dual-centre All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 1 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group.  Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry Conference
The BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference 


25 January 2021

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry ConferenceBroadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

A popular and much respected tv and radio host, Jason currently fronts TV’s Final Score, Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and his weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  Jason has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a key member of the presentation teams at the last two Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.

Away from sport, Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch, presented Wales Children in Need and tested his acting skills appearing as a news presenter in two Christmas special episodes of Dr Who.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jason will be hosting the building materials industry’s first post-pandemic Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming a full house of delegates from across the entire sector.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 22 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference
Broadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Merchant industry speakers confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum


11 January 2021

Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry ConferenceThe BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference, taking place in Harrogate in June. Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins plc and Paul Bence, MD of George Bence Group complete the four-person panel and will each present their merchant industry view.  They join the previously announced duo, Andy Mitchell Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc.

The Industry Forum brings together industry leaders from across the building materials and wider construction industry to address key issues of the day and lead the discussion with delegates.

Nick and Paul represent different ends of the merchant spectrum. While Nick leads the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction industry, Paul heads one of the country’s most successful independents, a family-run sixth generation business based in Gloucestershire.

They also came to merchanting via very different routes. 

Nick is a geologist by profession with over 25 years of international engineering consulting experience, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined Travis Perkins in 2019 from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was CEO.  He is now responsible for a £7bn market leading business including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and Wickes.

Nick is a passionate advocate of safety and wellbeing, and of working collaboratively to improve productivity and diversity in the construction industry. He also supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is Deputy Chair, Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK, whose mission is to help servicemen and women transition to successful civilian lives.   

Paul’s first role within the family business transformed their struggling Obsidian Kitchens & Bathroom brand. The Group’s lightside business now encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms. He took over as MD in 2010 and has directed similar growth across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating. He is also Trading Director of K&B Showrooms within the Fortis independent merchant buying group, chairman of the BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum. A former BMF Young Merchant, he became the youngest member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants when he joined in 2006.

Paul will draw on his experience of taking a single independent branch and delivering a multifaceted builders merchant with a clear product segmentation plan over the last decade.

The BMF’s sold-out, dual-centre All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 1 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group.  Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry Conference
The BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Builders’ merchants put safety first in Tier 4 restrictions

21 December 2020

 
Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

The sector will continue to operate, after the government classed it as an essential service.

National trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) produced detailed Covid-19 protocols at the start of the pandemic, and the advice will remain in place as new restrictions are brought in.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Our members have provided emergency support for the NHS, local authority and housing association maintenance teams since lockdown began in mid-March, following Covid-19 secure guidelines.
“Since then, we have continued to operate safely, providing much-needed materials to enable a variety of works to continue over the year.

“Now, as the Tier 4 restrictions begin, we continue to work to the same operating procedures.

“Our merchants will be able to ensure customers can access supplies, including materials and parts for repair and maintenance works, such as weather-damaged buildings, frozen pipes and boiler repairs, which start to increase at this time of year.”

The full guidance can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home.
 
Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

Kickstart approves 143 work placements through BMF gateway – with more to come


7 December 2020

Kickstart approved 143 work placementsThe BMF, in partnership with businesses across the sector, has received approval under the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme for 143 work placements.

The placements are among the first to be approved in the construction industry, and the BMF is preparing to make a further application before Christmas, to help more members participate in the scheme.

Kickstart is the government’s tool to enable employers throughout Great Britain to offer high-quality, 6-month work placements to young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  

Some 60 member companies, including the BMF itself, have applied to participate in the scheme so far.  The BMF’s Apprenticeship Plus team is now liaising with local DWP work coaches to find the best candidates for the initial placements.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase our industry and find future talent, particularly amongst young people who have lost previous positions in retail due to the pandemic.”

The placements cover a range of assistant roles embracing the whole spectrum of merchanting - merchants yard, warehouse, trade counter, driver’s mate, accounts, HR and admin.  Each role has a training programme attached covering employability skills, industry specific training and BMF Building Blocks.

The BMF will be submitting a further application for Kickstart supported placements before Christmas.  Employers can claim 100% of the National Minimum Wage, up to 25 hours, plus the associated employer National Insurance and minimum automatic enrolment contributions. BMF Apprenticeship Plus provides a fully managed gateway service making it as simple as possible for all BMF members to participate.

Any BMF member who would like to be involved in the forthcoming Kickstart application should, email Carmen Daley at carmen@bmfapprenticeshipsplus.co.uk before the 17 December deadline.
 
Kickstart approved 143 work placements
The BMF, in partnership with businesses across the sector, has received approval under the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme for 143 work placements.

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Builders’ merchants put safety first in Tier 4 restrictions

21 December 2020

 
Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

The sector will continue to operate, after the government classed it as an essential service.

National trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) produced detailed Covid-19 protocols at the start of the pandemic, and the advice will remain in place as new restrictions are brought in.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Our members have provided emergency support for the NHS, local authority and housing association maintenance teams since lockdown began in mid-March, following Covid-19 secure guidelines.
“Since then, we have continued to operate safely, providing much-needed materials to enable a variety of works to continue over the year.

“Now, as the Tier 4 restrictions begin, we continue to work to the same operating procedures.

“Our merchants will be able to ensure customers can access supplies, including materials and parts for repair and maintenance works, such as weather-damaged buildings, frozen pipes and boiler repairs, which start to increase at this time of year.”

The full guidance can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home.
 
Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

Kickstart approves 143 work placements through BMF gateway – with more to come


7 December 2020

Kickstart approved 143 work placementsThe BMF, in partnership with businesses across the sector, has received approval under the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme for 143 work placements.

The placements are among the first to be approved in the construction industry, and the BMF is preparing to make a further application before Christmas, to help more members participate in the scheme.

Kickstart is the government’s tool to enable employers throughout Great Britain to offer high-quality, 6-month work placements to young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  

Some 60 member companies, including the BMF itself, have applied to participate in the scheme so far.  The BMF’s Apprenticeship Plus team is now liaising with local DWP work coaches to find the best candidates for the initial placements.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase our industry and find future talent, particularly amongst young people who have lost previous positions in retail due to the pandemic.”

The placements cover a range of assistant roles embracing the whole spectrum of merchanting - merchants yard, warehouse, trade counter, driver’s mate, accounts, HR and admin.  Each role has a training programme attached covering employability skills, industry specific training and BMF Building Blocks.

The BMF will be submitting a further application for Kickstart supported placements before Christmas.  Employers can claim 100% of the National Minimum Wage, up to 25 hours, plus the associated employer National Insurance and minimum automatic enrolment contributions. BMF Apprenticeship Plus provides a fully managed gateway service making it as simple as possible for all BMF members to participate.

Any BMF member who would like to be involved in the forthcoming Kickstart application should, email Carmen Daley at carmen@bmfapprenticeshipsplus.co.uk before the 17 December deadline.
 
Kickstart approved 143 work placements
The BMF, in partnership with businesses across the sector, has received approval under the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme for 143 work placements.

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference 


25 January 2021

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry ConferenceBroadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

A popular and much respected tv and radio host, Jason currently fronts TV’s Final Score, Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and his weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  Jason has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a key member of the presentation teams at the last two Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.

Away from sport, Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch, presented Wales Children in Need and tested his acting skills appearing as a news presenter in two Christmas special episodes of Dr Who.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jason will be hosting the building materials industry’s first post-pandemic Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming a full house of delegates from across the entire sector.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 22 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference
Broadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Merchant industry speakers confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum


11 January 2021

Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry ConferenceThe BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference, taking place in Harrogate in June. Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins plc and Paul Bence, MD of George Bence Group complete the four-person panel and will each present their merchant industry view.  They join the previously announced duo, Andy Mitchell Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc.

The Industry Forum brings together industry leaders from across the building materials and wider construction industry to address key issues of the day and lead the discussion with delegates.

Nick and Paul represent different ends of the merchant spectrum. While Nick leads the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction industry, Paul heads one of the country’s most successful independents, a family-run sixth generation business based in Gloucestershire.

They also came to merchanting via very different routes. 

Nick is a geologist by profession with over 25 years of international engineering consulting experience, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined Travis Perkins in 2019 from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was CEO.  He is now responsible for a £7bn market leading business including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and Wickes.

Nick is a passionate advocate of safety and wellbeing, and of working collaboratively to improve productivity and diversity in the construction industry. He also supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is Deputy Chair, Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK, whose mission is to help servicemen and women transition to successful civilian lives.   

Paul’s first role within the family business transformed their struggling Obsidian Kitchens & Bathroom brand. The Group’s lightside business now encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms. He took over as MD in 2010 and has directed similar growth across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating. He is also Trading Director of K&B Showrooms within the Fortis independent merchant buying group, chairman of the BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum. A former BMF Young Merchant, he became the youngest member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants when he joined in 2006.

Paul will draw on his experience of taking a single independent branch and delivering a multifaceted builders merchant with a clear product segmentation plan over the last decade.

The BMF’s sold-out, dual-centre All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 1 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group.  Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry Conference
The BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Builders’ merchants put safety first in Tier 4 restrictions

21 December 2020

 
Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

The sector will continue to operate, after the government classed it as an essential service.

National trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) produced detailed Covid-19 protocols at the start of the pandemic, and the advice will remain in place as new restrictions are brought in.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Our members have provided emergency support for the NHS, local authority and housing association maintenance teams since lockdown began in mid-March, following Covid-19 secure guidelines.
“Since then, we have continued to operate safely, providing much-needed materials to enable a variety of works to continue over the year.

“Now, as the Tier 4 restrictions begin, we continue to work to the same operating procedures.

“Our merchants will be able to ensure customers can access supplies, including materials and parts for repair and maintenance works, such as weather-damaged buildings, frozen pipes and boiler repairs, which start to increase at this time of year.”

The full guidance can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home.
 
Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

Kickstart approves 143 work placements through BMF gateway – with more to come


7 December 2020

Kickstart approved 143 work placementsThe BMF, in partnership with businesses across the sector, has received approval under the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme for 143 work placements.

The placements are among the first to be approved in the construction industry, and the BMF is preparing to make a further application before Christmas, to help more members participate in the scheme.

Kickstart is the government’s tool to enable employers throughout Great Britain to offer high-quality, 6-month work placements to young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  

Some 60 member companies, including the BMF itself, have applied to participate in the scheme so far.  The BMF’s Apprenticeship Plus team is now liaising with local DWP work coaches to find the best candidates for the initial placements.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase our industry and find future talent, particularly amongst young people who have lost previous positions in retail due to the pandemic.”

The placements cover a range of assistant roles embracing the whole spectrum of merchanting - merchants yard, warehouse, trade counter, driver’s mate, accounts, HR and admin.  Each role has a training programme attached covering employability skills, industry specific training and BMF Building Blocks.

The BMF will be submitting a further application for Kickstart supported placements before Christmas.  Employers can claim 100% of the National Minimum Wage, up to 25 hours, plus the associated employer National Insurance and minimum automatic enrolment contributions. BMF Apprenticeship Plus provides a fully managed gateway service making it as simple as possible for all BMF members to participate.

Any BMF member who would like to be involved in the forthcoming Kickstart application should, email Carmen Daley at carmen@bmfapprenticeshipsplus.co.uk before the 17 December deadline.
 
Kickstart approved 143 work placements
The BMF, in partnership with businesses across the sector, has received approval under the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme for 143 work placements.

BMF Forecast Report highlights impact of no deal Brexit on merchant sales


9 December 2020

BMF Forecast Report highlights impact of no deal Brexit on merchant salesIn the week that the Prime Minister heads to Brussels in a final bid to agree a trade deal with the EU, the BMF’s latest Builders Merchants Industry Forecast Report presents a lacklustre picture if no deal is concluded.

The report analyses the key factors affecting builders’ merchants’ activity to project future sales from October 2020 to the end of 2021. Against the turbulent combination of Covid-19 and Brexit both the final quarter of this year and the coming year prove difficult to forecast.  

The sector remains resilient but overall confidence is subdued with Government restrictions still in place, resulting in the forecast for an 11.1% decline in average year-on-year growth for 2020. 

The outcome of the Brexit trade talks dominates the forecast for 2021, with the Report analysing two scenarios, the first based on Brexit with a deal, the second on Brexit without a deal.

Under the first scenario, Quarter 1 2021 performance shows strong growth (+8%) if a trade deal is agreed, alongside the implementation of the Covid vaccination programme helping to boost confidence.  However, Q1 2021 growth is limited to +3.3% under the no deal scenario.

The forecast shows the outcome of the trade deal affecting sales during the whole of 2021. Against the backdrop of a poor performing 2020, the forecast with a trade deal shows encouraging growth of 16.8%, but a more pessimistic increase of 12.5% if no deal can be concluded.

This edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast includes an overview of economic performance and the valuation of the European Builders Merchants market alongside the impact of Brexit on immigration and employment.

A PDF edition of the Autumn Covid-19 Special edition Builders Merchants Industry Forecast 2020 - 2021 can be purchased for £250 + VAT. Contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist on 02476 854994 or email nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk.
 
BMF Forecast Report highlights impact of no deal Brexit on merchant sales
In the week that the Prime Minister heads to Brussels in a final bid to agree a trade deal with the EU, the BMF’s latest Builders Merchants Industry Forecast Report presents a lacklustre picture if no deal is concluded.

BMBI wins Best Use of Research & Insight award at the CMAs


30 November 2020

BMBI wins Best use of research insight The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a joint enterprise between GfK, the BMF and MRA Marketing, has won the ‘Best Use of Research & Insight’ award at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). 

A finalist in no fewer than four CMA categories in the 2020 awards, BMBI’s latest win highlights the continued success of the index and its stakeholders’ commitment to improving each year. 

Over the past year, usage of the BMBI report within the construction sector has increased substantially, and it has also become more visible to people outside of the industry. The index now reaches decision-makers, advisors and influencers; economists; analysts and commentators; and in the past twelve months it has obtained extensive coverage in national and trade media, with over 200 press appearances for BMBI and its panel of experts.

“The success of the BMBI has exceeded all expectations both inside and outside the industry. In working together, the BMF, MRA and GfK have developed the most accurate analysis of current sales through UK builders’ merchants, adding an important segment to the available data on construction output. We are delighted that its value has been recognised in these Awards,” comments John Newcomb, CEO of Builders Merchants Federation. 

Since July 2019, BMBI has also been a regular feature of the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) monthly construction update.

“The BMBI has come a long way since winning ‘Best Product Launch’ at the 2017 CMAs,” says Mike Rigby, CEO of MRA Marketing. “In the last twelve months alone, the report’s print circulation has increased by 56%, with an 85% increase online. LinkedIn followers have gone through the roof, and five new BMBI Experts joined the panel. Best of all, in the words of the CMA judges, it now reaches regularly into the heart of Government at a senior level. 

“While the data generated by BMBI – and the reporting of it – is hugely valuable and reveals the trends affecting the industry, the real power of BMBI lies in the quarterly analysis and interpretation of the data by experts, who explain trends, add perspective and give meaning. For building material and product brands, it has become a powerful and extremely cost-effective channel to reach the decision makers who matter.”

BMBI is the most reliable source of data for RMI, the UK’s housing repair, maintenance and improvement market. The index is based on data from GFK’s Builders Merchants Panel, which analyses sales by value from over 80% of the sales of the UK’s generalist builders’ merchants. Thirteen leading industry brands, the BMBI Experts, speaking for their markets, explain trends and issues and add insight and context to the data. 

The CMAs are the only awards of their kind and are a national measure of excellence in construction marketing, research and strategy. Winners were announced at a virtual ceremony on 26th November. View the full list of winners at www.cmawards.co.uk.

To download the latest BMBI reports, BMBI Expert comments and Round Table debate videos, visit www.bmbi.co.uk
 

 
BMBI wins Best use of research insight
The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a joint enterprise between GfK, the BMF and MRA Marketing, has won the ‘Best Use of Research & Insight’ award at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs).

Builders Merchants sales bounce back in Q3


23 November 2020

Figures for the third quarter of 2020 published today (23 November) in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reflect the resilience of the sector, with sales bouncing back to near normal levels.

Comparing Q3 and Q2 2020 sales values highlights the dramatic impact of the first lockdown earlier in the year, with total Builders’ Merchants’ sales up by +63.2% in Q3 (+53.2% when adjusted for trading days in each quarter).

September 2020 sales delivered a particularly strong performance, increasing by +8.3% compared to September 2019, albeit with one extra trading day 

Looking at year on year changes, total Builders’ Merchants’ sales in Q3 2020 saw growth of +1.0% compared to Q3 2019. Of the two largest categories, Timber & Joinery grew by 3.5% in value from Q3 2019, while Heavy Building Materials saw a decrease of -1.0%. 

Landscaping was the big winner with year on year sales growth of +24.2% in value, with performance driven by Decking, Garden Walling / Paving and Fencing & Gates, which all saw substantial growth from last year. 

Timber was the key driver in Timber & Joinery growth, with Cladding also contributing. Heavy Building Materials’ small decline was due to a mix of both single digit increases and decreases across the board, with Aggregates, Bricks, Cement and Roofing Products the best performing subcategories.

However, year on year sales declined in some categories, with both Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (-11.9%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (-7.1%) down on Q3 2019.

Only Landscaping and Workwear & Safetywear have seen growth year to date, increasing by +1.5% and +1.2% respectively. Workwear & Safetywear Q3 growth was also up by 8.0% in value as COVID-19 safety requirements remain at the forefront. 

Commenting on the Q3 sales data, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:
“The level of activity over the summer and early autumn has been extremely encouraging, but we must also recognise that this has been against a backdrop of furlough payments, stamp duty holidays and continuing work on existing sites. It remains to be seen how consumer confidence holds up going forward.  The construction industry should benefit from government initiatives such as the Green Homes Grant, which has just been extended through to March 2022.   But with lockdown measures continuing throughout the nations of the UK we are likely to see more volatility in the coming months.”
Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade at GfK added:

“There is an expectation that the remainder of the year will be more challenging due to the second lockdown, but the merchant sector will benefit from being allowed to remain open for trading. Digital development will continue at a rapid pace, while looking further ahead, Brexit will bring its own challenges in 2021. The recent performance does however underline some positivity after this turbulent and uncertain year.”
 
Figures for the third quarter of 2020 published today (23 November) in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reflect the resilience of the sector, with sales bouncing back to near normal levels.

Safety first in builders’ merchants across England    


4 November 2020

Construction leaders are taking steps to ensure safety first in builders’ merchants,  as the new Covid-19 restrictions come into place.

Builders’ merchants in England can remain open under the new Covid-19 restrictions, with the sector gaining Parliamentary recognition, along with other key sectors, to continue to operate.

The BMF produced detailed Covid-19 protocols at the start of the pandemic, and the advice will remain in place as new restrictions are brought in.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, welcomed Government legislation allowing builders’ merchants to remain open and continue working as a crucial part of the construction supply chain.

He said: “Our members have provided emergency support for the NHS, local authority and housing association maintenance teams since lockdown began in mid-March.

“Since then we have continued to operate safety, providing much-needed materials to enable a variety of works to continue over summer.

“Now, as new restrictions begin, we continue to work to the same operating procedures.

“Our merchants will be able to ensure customers can access supplies, including materials and parts for repair and maintenance works, such as weather-damaged buildings, frozen pipes and boiler repairs, which start to increase at this time of year.”

The BMF’s guidance has been endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which has created a Construction Industry Task Force to provide a focal point for co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

BMF is a member of the Task Force, which comprises of leading trade associations representing both large and small firms in the construction sector, contractors, specialist contractors, home builders, product manufacturers, merchants and associated professional services, as well as Government Departments and major clients of the industry.

Mr Newcomb added: “The Government has made it clear that merchants are a vital part of the construction supply chain and it is important they continue to support the construction industry to operate on sites, and to provide the link between product manufacturers and the firms and tradespeople that use and install the products they make.” 
 
Construction leaders are taking steps to ensure safety first in builders’ merchants, as the new Covid-19 restrictions come into place.

BMF builds evidence case on imported product availability for Government


15 December 2020

BMF builds evidence case on imported product availability for GovernmentThe BMF is collating reports from members on product availability issues relating to capacity problems at British ports and advising government on the impact this is having on the sector.

The current issues mainly relate to goods imported from the Far East, including  sanitaryware, power tools, screws and fixings, and timber products imported from Scandinavia where supplies of soft wood are under pressure due to increased demand worldwide.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb, who co-chairs the Construction Leadership Council’s working group on product availability and the movement of goods and materials following Brexit, is in regular dialogue with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to share intelligence with relevant parties across Government. BEIS has relayed these discussions to the key relevant Departments, including the Department of Transport, which is monitoring the issue and increasing their engagement with the shipping industry.

John Newcomb said: “Pretty much all the availability issues at the moment are Covid-related and the result of factories closing and re-opening, along with the shortage of container capacity, which also flows from Covid. At the moment we view Brexit as a complicating factor rather than the main area of concern, but we have also raised the issue of the preparedness of UK ports and customs post-Brexit with our contacts at BEIS.”

John Newcomb added: “While shortages are not reported to be impacting sites yet, there are a lot of suppliers and merchants already flashing warning signs.  It takes only one material to be unavailable to impact work on site.”

The BMF has requested anyone experiencing delays or other issues with imported products to email details to John Newcomb directly, at john.newcomb@bmf.org.uk, as they continue to build an evidence case to present to Government.
 
BMF builds evidence case on imported product availability for Government
The BMF is collating reports from members on product availability issues relating to capacity problems at British ports and advising government on the impact this is having on the sector.

Construction trade body raises concerns over port capacity 


03 December 2020

A leading construction industry trade body is looking into claims that building products shipped in containers from the Far East are struggling to get to the UK.

The BMF - whose members represent a £38 billion slice of the construction industry supply chain – is acting on concerns raised over delays.   

John Newcomb, chief executive of the BMF and co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council’s Brexit Movement of Building Products and Materials Group, has raised the issue with Government

Mr Newcomb said: “There is a concern over the availability of products imported in containers, mainly from the Far East, such as ironmongery, plumbing items, tools and natural stone.

“There appears to be an increasing issue getting these products through ports, with some ships being stopped from landing and sent back to Rotterdam.

“Rather than taking a maximum of one week to unload, it is taking up to four weeks.

“We’ve raised this matter with Government and asked about the readiness of ports and customs, as we head into Brexit.

“Our members manufacture 76 per cent of building products in the UK. 

“However, we need to ensure access to goods from around the world, to keep the industry running.”
 
A leading construction industry trade body is looking into claims that building products shipped in containers from the Far East are struggling to get to the UK.

Uncertainty looms for construction industry under no deal Brexit 

28 October 2020

The impact of a potential no deal Brexit will bring far-reaching repercussions for the construction sector.

Members of the Construction Leadership Council’s Brexit Movement of Building Products and Materials Group have warned that tariffs, border controls and disruption to the supply chain will impact an industry already balancing the challenges of Covid-19. 

John Newcomb, Co-Chair of the Group and Chief Executive of the Builders Merchants Federation, said: “We need a deal with the EU. 

“Without it, the impact of large-scale price increases across the industry and other issues will present a big blow to the UK economy.

“Our worry is if we have no deal and then go to World Trade Organisation tariffs, we will definitely get significant price increases across this multi-billion-pound sector.”

Peter Caplehorn, fellow Co-Chair of the CLC’s Brexit Movement of Building Products and Materials Group and CEO of the Construction Products Association, said: “In addition to the potential for increased prices the sector is concerned that a no deal will result in further uncertainty over the availability of components, materials, and significant commodity’s. 

“Clearly our members will do everything they can to mitigate these issues but without a deal we will be confronted with some difficult situations just at a time where the industry has robustly responded to the challenges of the pandemic while keeping those employed safe and contributing to the much needed economic recovery. 

“Every effort should be made to ensure a deal is delivered.”

Fears of an impact on prices are echoed by Tom Reynolds, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. He said: “Looking ahead new customs procedures will incur significant additional costs on businesses, not all of which can be absorbed.

“A significant proportion of bathroom products come from the EU, so new tariffs, possibly ranging from two to 12 percent will, in most cases, need to be passed through into price rises.”

According to Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, Covid-19 has already affected confidence in the trade, and Brexit uncertainty risks adding to this.

Mr Berry said: “Across several regions, the feedback we have received is that ongoing uncertainty and price increases are having a real impact on builders’ ability to plan for jobs.

“They are struggling to reliably cost jobs and quote for work because they don’t know what the cost of materials will be from one week to the next.”

Concerns about the future are also evident in the supply chain among manufacturers and merchants. 

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director at SIG UK, said: “Most of the feedback we are receiving is around a no deal situation, rather than a deal, which could mean working under WTO rules in a number of areas and this is where possible price increases are coming.”

And Ian McConville, Group Procurement Director, of MKM Building Supplies, added: “We are seeing no evidence of material prices at the moment due to Brexit.

“However, we have seen notifications of potential increases dependent on WTO tariffs being applied.”   
 
The impact of a potential no deal Brexit will bring far-reaching repercussions for the construction sector.

BMF to lead on Movement of Goods & Materials in CLC Brexit Working Group


19 August 2020

The BMF is to lead one of four workstreams within a dedicated Brexit Working Group set up by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) in advance of the expiration of the UK’s transition period with the European Union on 31 December 2020.

The CLC Brexit Working Group will advise the government on how to protect construction if no deal is agreed between the UK and the EU by the end of the year.  It will also signpost business guidance and information to assist construction industry preparedness to maintain business continuity at the end of the transition period.

The BMF will co-chair the Movement of Goods and Materials workstream along with the Construction Products Association.  The two organisations also co-chair the CLC’s Product Availability Group, set up in the wake of COVID-19. 

Movement of Goods and Materials will cover preparing for the new customs regime, guidance on WTO rules in the event of no agreement with the EU and alternative sourcing opportunities in the rest of the world and the domestic market.

Other workstreams will cover:

Movement of People: preparing for the new immigration rules, accessing alternative labour supply and reciprocal arrangements on skills and qualifications in the new trade deals.

Standards and Alignment: guidance on the Construction Products Regulation, EU notified bodies, CE marking, UK designated standards, UKCA marking and the longer term prospects of (de)harmonisation and (de)alignment.

Data Adequacy: business awareness of the potential impact and mitigating actions on data flow in the event of no agreement with the EU and no decision by the European Commission on the UK’s ‘data adequacy”.

In addition, the existing workstreams of the CLC will take on Brexit-readiness related work, helping to produce guidance on matters including procurement and contracts.

Andy Mitchell CBE, Co-chair of the CLC said: “The CLC has a leading role to play in getting our business ready for the changes that will come at the end of the transition period. While businesses contend with the fallout from COVID-19 and adjust to the new ways of working, the clock continues to tick on reaching an agreement with the EU. Whether we reach an agreement or not, our relationship with our European neighbours and the rest of the world will change and we’ll be doing all we can to help the industry adapt, adjust and rise to meet the Prime Minister’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ ambition.”

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “The four workstream areas are critical for business continuity following the Brexit transition period, and the Movement of Goods and Materials is particularly relevant for the building materials sector. 

“The BMF will also be helping members keep abreast of changes through a dedicated Brexit landing page on our website.  This will go live in September and will host guidance and advice produced by ourselves, the CLC, government and other relevant bodies, to help prepare merchants and manufacturers for changes in our trading relationship with the EU.  

“This information will also be included in our regular sector Forums and will be covered in online seminars hosted by the CLC in the Autumn.”

The CLC’s Brexit Working Group has been welcomed by Government.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry said: “The construction industry is a key part of the UK economy, and I am grateful for the ongoing hard work and support the CLCL continues to provide, helping to ensure the sector can take the actions needed to ensure a smooth transition from 1 January 2021.”
 
The BMF is to lead one of four workstreams within a dedicated Brexit Working Group set up by the CLC in advance of the expiration of the UK’s transition period with the European Union on 31 December 2020.

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference 


25 January 2021

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry ConferenceBroadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

A popular and much respected tv and radio host, Jason currently fronts TV’s Final Score, Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and his weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  Jason has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a key member of the presentation teams at the last two Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.

Away from sport, Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch, presented Wales Children in Need and tested his acting skills appearing as a news presenter in two Christmas special episodes of Dr Who.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jason will be hosting the building materials industry’s first post-pandemic Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming a full house of delegates from across the entire sector.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 22 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference
Broadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Merchant industry speakers confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum


11 January 2021

Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry ConferenceThe BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference, taking place in Harrogate in June. Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins plc and Paul Bence, MD of George Bence Group complete the four-person panel and will each present their merchant industry view.  They join the previously announced duo, Andy Mitchell Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc.

The Industry Forum brings together industry leaders from across the building materials and wider construction industry to address key issues of the day and lead the discussion with delegates.

Nick and Paul represent different ends of the merchant spectrum. While Nick leads the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction industry, Paul heads one of the country’s most successful independents, a family-run sixth generation business based in Gloucestershire.

They also came to merchanting via very different routes. 

Nick is a geologist by profession with over 25 years of international engineering consulting experience, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined Travis Perkins in 2019 from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was CEO.  He is now responsible for a £7bn market leading business including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and Wickes.

Nick is a passionate advocate of safety and wellbeing, and of working collaboratively to improve productivity and diversity in the construction industry. He also supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is Deputy Chair, Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK, whose mission is to help servicemen and women transition to successful civilian lives.   

Paul’s first role within the family business transformed their struggling Obsidian Kitchens & Bathroom brand. The Group’s lightside business now encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms. He took over as MD in 2010 and has directed similar growth across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating. He is also Trading Director of K&B Showrooms within the Fortis independent merchant buying group, chairman of the BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum. A former BMF Young Merchant, he became the youngest member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants when he joined in 2006.

Paul will draw on his experience of taking a single independent branch and delivering a multifaceted builders merchant with a clear product segmentation plan over the last decade.

The BMF’s sold-out, dual-centre All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 1 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group.  Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry Conference
The BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference 


25 January 2021

Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry ConferenceBroadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

A popular and much respected tv and radio host, Jason currently fronts TV’s Final Score, Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and his weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  Jason has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a key member of the presentation teams at the last two Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.

Away from sport, Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch, presented Wales Children in Need and tested his acting skills appearing as a news presenter in two Christmas special episodes of Dr Who.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jason will be hosting the building materials industry’s first post-pandemic Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming a full house of delegates from across the entire sector.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 22 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Broadcaster Jason Mohammad to host BMF All Industry Conference
Broadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in June.

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product data


18 January 2021

Travis Perkins and H&B join BMF ETIM Trailblazers to fast track implementation of consistent product dataTravis Perkins has pledged to support the Builders Merchants Federation and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will help the BMF to fast track the implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will simplify the transfer of product information between manufacturer and merchant. More than 20 other merchant and supplier members have also signed up as ETIM Trailblazers, as well as key buying groups including H&B and NMBS.  

ETIM is a system of classifying technical product data that ensures all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values. It is widely used in Europe and has already been adopted by the electrical products sector in the UK. The BMF is implementing the model in the UK for building, HVAC and plumbing products. 

The first quarter of 2021 will see ETIM working groups meet to review and agree the data terms to be used for each component in each product area. 

In addition to relevant personnel from its ETIM Trailblazers, the BMF is inviting manufacturers and suppliers of building, HVAC and plumbing products to participate in the appropriate working group.

In part the task is to anglicise existing European product terminology but the working groups will also identify and incorporate UK specific elements so it is vital that as many product experts as possible are fully involved to provide their input.

Speaking on behalf of the ETIM Trailblazer group, Rob Barbour, Travis Perkins’ Data and Insights Director said: “Accurate and consistent product data information is fundamental to empower customers to make better buying decisions, drive better safety and technical performance, and lower emissions of construction output. We are really excited at the prospect of working with our peers to improve our standards across the industry through a common product communication language to the benefit of customers and suppliers. The ETIM standard will help us do just that; ensuring we have clear, accurate and trustworthy data shared between suppliers, merchants and customers, which in turn will minimise errors and drive down costs, and so significantly improve our supply chain efficiency.”

Jamie Wyatt, Trading Director, H&B Group, confirmed the importance of ETIM to the independent merchant sector: “As more independent builders merchants move into ecommerce, standardisation and classification of product data becomes ever more important, ensuring smooth and cost-effective digital transactions. h&b support the ETIM initiative and the benefits it will bring to its members and the wider industry.”  

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive concluded: “The response of Travis Perkins and H&B in wanting to push forward with ETIM is typical of BMF members we have engaged with to date.  It shows that need for standardised technical data and attributes for building, HVAC and plumbing products has never been greater, and the importance of the BMF’s ETIM working groups to fast-track the process cannot be over-emphasised.  I encourage manufacturers in every product area to get involved when invited to do so.”
 
Travis Perkins has pledged to support the BMF and take a leading role in a diverse group of ETIM Trailblazers.

BMF opens 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG Valor Park 


14 January 2020

BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIGThe BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.  

The 169,000 sq.ft. site holds over £3m worth of stock across all product areas, with over 30 delivery vehicles to support the sales network across London and the Home Counties.  It also provides excellent meeting facilities which can now be used by BMF members for training courses and regional meetings.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “We may be in the midst of the country’s third national lockdown, but the BMF is looking ahead to the time when industry colleagues can meet in person once more.  SIG Valor Park will provide a superb facility for our members for many years to come.”

Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, SIG UK said: “The new SIG Valor Park site is an extremely well-connected location for transport which makes it an ideal space for regional meetings. We are delighted that our new centre will be supporting BMF members and look forward to welcoming them later in the year.”
 
BMF opens 32nd RCOE at SIG
The BMF has created its 32nd Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) with the support of SIG Distribution. The latest RCoE will be hosted at SIG Distribution’s state of the art, warehouse at Valor Park, West London which opened in May 2020.

Merchant industry speakers confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum


11 January 2021

Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry ConferenceThe BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference, taking place in Harrogate in June. Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins plc and Paul Bence, MD of George Bence Group complete the four-person panel and will each present their merchant industry view.  They join the previously announced duo, Andy Mitchell Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc.

The Industry Forum brings together industry leaders from across the building materials and wider construction industry to address key issues of the day and lead the discussion with delegates.

Nick and Paul represent different ends of the merchant spectrum. While Nick leads the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction industry, Paul heads one of the country’s most successful independents, a family-run sixth generation business based in Gloucestershire.

They also came to merchanting via very different routes. 

Nick is a geologist by profession with over 25 years of international engineering consulting experience, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined Travis Perkins in 2019 from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was CEO.  He is now responsible for a £7bn market leading business including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and Wickes.

Nick is a passionate advocate of safety and wellbeing, and of working collaboratively to improve productivity and diversity in the construction industry. He also supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is Deputy Chair, Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK, whose mission is to help servicemen and women transition to successful civilian lives.   

Paul’s first role within the family business transformed their struggling Obsidian Kitchens & Bathroom brand. The Group’s lightside business now encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms. He took over as MD in 2010 and has directed similar growth across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating. He is also Trading Director of K&B Showrooms within the Fortis independent merchant buying group, chairman of the BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum. A former BMF Young Merchant, he became the youngest member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants when he joined in 2006.

Paul will draw on his experience of taking a single independent branch and delivering a multifaceted builders merchant with a clear product segmentation plan over the last decade.

The BMF’s sold-out, dual-centre All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

Second stage registration will launch on Monday 1 February, when attendees will be invited to confirm delegate names, hotel choices and optional social activities.

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group.  Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Bence and Roberts BMF All-Industry Conference
The BMF has announced the final line up of speakers for the popular Industry Forum session at the 2021 All Industry Conference
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