About the BMF

Building excellence in materials supplyThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is the only organisation that represents and protects the interests of builders merchants, plumbing, heating, roofing, decorative and timber merchants and their suppliers in the UK and Ireland. We are the authoritative voice for the building materials distribution sector, conveying the views and issues that face merchants and suppliers, to the widest possible audience.

Total membership at 1 September 2019 stands at 701 merchant and supplier companies who together have combined sales of £31.7 bn and employ over 130,300 people in the building materials industry. BMF’s 360 merchant members operate from over 5,057 branches across the UK and Ireland.

The BMF is the active hub of merchant and supplier activity in the UK, working closely with allied industry groups and regulatory bodies such as trading standards and planning departments, to ensure that issues affecting member merchants and suppliers are tackled promptly and effectively. The BMF is an active lobbyist with local and central government in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and has an impressive track record of achievements.


We are totally dedicated to the interests of our members, providing training and professional and knowledgeable support through services such as Credit Insurance Plus, Cyber Insurance Plus, Intelligent Employment Plus, Insurance Plus, Safety Plus, and Transport Plus, as well as organising key events where members can meet and exchange ideas with fellow merchants, suppliers, and leading industry figures. We work continually to ensure that merchants survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive and fast-developing market.

BMF members enjoy 5 core benefits and more:

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

So whether you are a large or small merchant, a supplier of building materials, provide a service to merchants, or you would like to be an associate member then the BMF is the trade association for you.