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BMF Mastermerchant

13-15 July 2018

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF CEO in line for UFEMAT Presidency  

John NewcombJohn Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, is set to be the next President of Ufemat, the European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.  His candidature for the Presidency was unanimously accepted during the Ufemat committee meeting on 13 April, to be confirmed at the Ufemat AGM in Lisbon in October.  

Ufemat was created to represent the interests of the building materials trade and supply industry throughout Europe, with a particular remit in regard to EU legislation and standards.  The organisation also hosts an annual Conference, where members discuss issues affecting the industry throughout Europe, to promote co-operation and best practice.  

The BMF is the only trade association representing and protecting the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers to the merchanting industry in the UK and Ireland. John has headed the BMF since August 2012, during which time membership has almost doubled. Together, the BMF’s 640 members have combined sales of £28bn and employ 123,000 people.  BMF’s 340 merchant members operate from over 5,000 branches across the UK and Ireland.  

John Newcomb said: “I am extremely honoured to be nominated for the position of President of Ufemat at this time. As the UK approaches Brexit, it is even more important for the BMF to strengthen its links with our European colleagues and trade bodies. “The BMF understands how important it is to have a strong body speaking for the wider industry. With over 80% of the UK merchant industry in membership, BMF has become the trusted “go-to” organisation for national government seeking the industry’s view.  Ufemat is similarly respected by European legislators for their representation of building materials supply throughout Europe.  

Ufemat“I would like to thank Antonio Ballester López, Ufemat’s outgoing President for his excellent stewardship of the organisation.  He was instrumental in bringing the Iberian Peninsula back into the Ufemat family, supporting the development of the Polish Federation and opening the door to our friends from Ukraine, as well as successfully lobbying for subsidies to finance the Erasmus + project. I am looking forward to supporting and guiding Ufemat as we enter a further period of change and development.”  

Congratulating John Newcomb on his appointment, Antonio Ballester López said: “During my four years as President of Ufemat I have gained a far greater understanding of  the European building materials sector and the common challenges that face us in every country. Challenges such as the tech-revolution and e-commerce, well informed customers, and their desire for more environmentally sustainable products.  The strength of Ufemat enables us to face these challenges together, to share our experiences and best practice and to work with regulatory institutions in accordance with the needs of this fast-moving world.  

“I would like to congratulate John Newcomb and thank him for accepting this challenge. With his great background and knowledge of the sector, I know he will contribute to its continued success.”  

For more information on Ufemat visit www.ufemat.eu .
John Newcomb CEO of the BMF is set to be the next President of Ufemat, the European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers. His candidature for the Presidency was unanimously accepted during the Ufemat committee me

ARISTON JOINS THE BMF AS NEW SUPPLIER MEMBER


Ariston has joined the BMF as a supplier member. As a worldwide leading company in the heating and hot water industry, Ariston supplies merchants with its latest water heaters, boilers, heating system controls and accessories. These products include the recently introduced ONE Series range of condensing gas boilers, as well as Andris Lux, the UK’s number one unvented electric water heater.  

Commenting on the company’s membership, Mustafa Findik, Managing Director at Ariston, said:  “We have a large number of merchant customers throughout the UK, so it was only logical for Ariston to join the BMF. Not only is the BMF widely respected organisation throughout the heating industry, it also represents and protects the interests of merchants and their suppliers.”  

He continued: “Merchants hold a key position in the supply chain, as the conduits between manufacturers to installers and end users. As a result, it is essential they are kept up to date with recent product developments, alongside any legislative or regulatory changes. At Ariston, we work closely with our merchant partners to ensure they are always aware of the latest industry news and events; having now joined forces with BMF, we will be able to engage with a wider audience and raise awareness of key issues throughout the heating sector.”  

The BMF’s membership comprises over 640 merchant and supplier companies. Plus, it is the only trade association that represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers in the UK. Membership will allow Ariston to benefit from training, development and professional support opportunities through a variety of services and key events, where members can meet and exchange ideas with merchants, suppliers and leading industry figures.  

Ariston Thermo UK, which is part of the Ariston Thermo Group, is a manufacturer of domestic heating, hot water and renewable products. With over 20 years of experience in the UK, Ariston Thermo is a worldwide leading company in the heating and water heating industry.   For more details about Ariston and its range of boilers, controls, water heaters and other products, visit: www.ariston.co.uk. Follow @AristonUK on Twitter.
Ariston has joined the BMF as a supplier member. As a worldwide leading company in the heating and hot water industry, Ariston supplies merchants with its latest water heaters, boilers, heating system controls and accessories.

Olympian Steve Backley to speak at first BMF Young Merchants Conference

 
The BMF has confirmed that Steve Backley OBE, one of Britain’s most consistent and popular athletes who won medals at three different Olympic games, will speak at the first BMF Young Merchants Conference.  

The BMF Young Merchants Conference, one of three special events held to celebrate the BMF’s landmark anniversary year, will take place on Thursday 11 October during UK Construction Week at the NEC, Birmingham.  

For over a decade Steve established himself as one of the all-time greats of his sport. In 2002, he was awarded the OBE, after being the first British athlete to successfully win four consecutive European Championship titles. After seven gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze – at Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney - Steve finally hung up his javelin at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, showing he was still one of the world’s best by placing 4th in the final.  

Since retirement from professional sport, Steve has written three inspirational books: The Winning Mind, The Little Book of Inspiration and, most recently, The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success.  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “We are delighted that Steve will speak at our very first Young Merchant’s Conference. His consistency and winning mentality can be seen in his record of high achievement over a decade. It is a great message for the next generation of achievers in our own industry.”  

John continued: “We are looking forward to welcoming those working in the merchant and building materials supply industry to the BMF Young Merchants Conference. The day will embrace business and inspirational presentations, industry forums and networking opportunities. Held at the NEC on the last day of UK Construction Week, we encourage all those attending to spend time at the exhibition too.”  

The BMF Young Merchants Conference is free of charge to current members of the BMF Young Merchants group. The event is also open to anyone aged between 21 and 40, working in the building material supply industry for a small fee. For full details and registration information please contact james.spillane@bmf.org.uk.
The BMF has confirmed that Steve Backley OBE, one of Britain’s most consistent and popular athletes who won medals at three different Olympic games, will speak at the first BMF Young Merchants Conference.

Bristan joins the BMF

Bristan
Bristan, the UK’s number one taps and showers brand, has joined the BMF, in a show of support for its merchant partners.  

As the only trade association for builders’ merchants and suppliers in the UK, the move to join BMF is part of the company’s strategy to continue to assist merchants in the building materials distribution sector and to raise awareness of the issues they face.  

A key aim of the BMF is to be the authoritative voice for merchants and suppliers, working closely with allied industry groups and regulatory bodies such as trading standards and planning departments. By partnering with the organisation, Bristan hopes to collaborate on overcoming the challenges affecting member merchants, which is a core channel for the business.  

Ian Hansell, General Manager for Bristan, commented: “Merchants play a really important role in the industry, providing crucial advice to customers on the products and services that can have a big impact on a build.”  

“Bristan is continually looking to enhance our merchant relationships and our membership of BMF provides us with the opportunity to support merchants on the issues that affect them most. We look forward to becoming an active member of the BMF group.”  

Bristan is a market leading supplier of domestic and commercial bathroom products. For more information visit www.bristan.com

Bristan, the UK’s number one taps and showers brand, has joined the BMF, in a show of support for its merchant partners. As the only trade association for builders’ merchants and suppliers in the UK, the move to join BMF is part of the company’s