BMF membership

The 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 from 1 Apr 2024 stands at 950 member companies who together have combined sales of over £45.3bn and employ just under 200,000 people in the building materials industry.

BMF’s 502 merchant members, including 79 now from Ireland, make up a total of over 6,400 branches across the UK and Ireland.

Benefits of BMF membership

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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 Trustpilot, Intelligent Employment Plus, Specialist Insurance Plus, Safety Plus, Energy 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.  

So whether you are a large or small merchant or a supplier of building materials or services to merchants, then the BMF is the trade association for you.

Benefits of membership

Training and development

The BMF runs a comprehensive range of industry specific and specialist training courses that can be run regionally or “in-company” and are accredited as appropriate to national standards for employees of merchants, distributors and suppliers, from yard staff to company directors. Training ranges from on-line product knowledge to specialist skills training. The BMF also offers apprenticeships through its Apprenticeships Plus Apprentice Training Agency (LEAP) and BMF Diploma in Merchant Management for trainee managers. Courses include:

• Apprenticeships and NVQ’s
• BMF Diploma in Merchant Management
Transport training from CPC driver training to Transport for non Transport Managers
• One to four-day course in general management, staff development, operations, sales and management
• BMF Campus on-line product training
• BMF Building Blocks

The BMF is striving to recruit new talent into the building materials sector in all areas ranging from yard work to sales and from manufacturing to marketing. The BMF has launched a dedicated website to promote careers and jobs in building materials and list job vacancies with BMF members.

(updated Jul20)

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Membership Types

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