About the BMF

The BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) is the only trade association representing merchants and suppliers in the UK and Ireland. Our vision is to enable members to 'build excellence' in the building materials sector. Total membership from 1 Apr 2024 stands at 950 merchant and supplier companies who together have combined sales of over £45.3bn and employ just under 200,000 people in the building materials industry. The BMF’s 502 merchant members, including 79 now from Ireland, make up a total of over 6,400 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 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.

BMF - At a glance