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BMF sponsors Dragon’s Den for net zero solutions

 
 7 September 2021
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.  

Launched today by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the competition is targeted at young professionals in the industry to provide support to accelerate practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites or in factories, and which may be suitable for wider industry adoption.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning candidate will receive support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector and a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The Dragon’s Den judging panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net Zero Business Champion and comprising both industry and climate experts, will hear presentations from short-listed candidates mid-October, with the winner announced prior to COP26.
 
John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, and a member of the seven-person judging panel, said:

“The drive to zero carbon will be the single biggest challenge for the next decade and its success will be a defining factor for those who are now in the early stages of their construction career.  The BMF is pleased to support this exciting competition, and we look forward to seeing innovative and practical proposals coming forward from young professionals."

For more information about the competition and to submit your proposal, visit the CLC website . Entries must be received by midnight on 28 September 2021.
 


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Zero-carbon entrepreneur confirmed for BMF Young Merchant Conference

 

25 August 2021
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October. 

Angus, who began his career as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, switched his high-flying ambitions to sustainable housing in 2002 following an MSc in Property Development and Project Management.  He has successfully masterminded developments in Bristol and Plymouth, including a 28 acre MOD site where he developed 500 waterside homes. 

Galion offers traditionally designed homes using natural materials to reflect local vernacular and, as a keen advocate of the climate change movement, Angus is focused on sustainable construction to provide luxury newbuild and bespoke homes that have minimal impact on the environment and the communities around them.

Angus has founded two other zero-carbon companies, the first of which delivered 600MW of solar power during his 6-year tenure. In 2016 he founded the Talick Group of companies dedicated to helping reversing climate change.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The devastating impact of human activity on the earth’s climate and the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming can no longer be ignored and it is down to each and every one of us to take action now.  Angus’ experience both as a developer and within the wider low-carbon sector will make for an extremely interesting presentation for our audience of young merchants, the future leaders of our industry.”

With the theme, “Building the Next Generation”, the BMF Young Merchant Conference is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.  Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 October 2021, the event is being held in connection with UK Construction week and will include a visit to the Build Show on site.  In addition to a full day’s business programme the BMF Young Merchant Conference features an evening social event at the Sky Loft within the Park Regis Hotel which enjoys unparalleled views over the City of Birmingham.

Registration for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is now open at www.bmf.org.uk/events  

The headline sponsor for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is Knauf Insulation. 
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October.

BMF's P&H Merchant Index shows bounce back continues


23 August 2021

Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year. 

Figures released in the BMF's Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) show sales of plumbing and heating products during Q2 2021 were 93.5% higher than in the same three months last year, the trading period worst affected by the pandemic.

Sales in Q2 2021 were also higher than during the same period two years ago, before the pandemic, with the PHMI showing a 4% increase over Q2 2019. Quarter on quarter sales decreased, though this may reflect annual trading patterns within the sector. 

Sales in Q2 2021 were -6.7% lower than in Q1 2021, albeit with two more trading days in the first quarter. Taking extra days out of the equation shows that Q2 average sales a day were down by -3.7% on Q1. Overall, year to date figures for first six months of 2021 were +36.3% higher than the same period in 2020 and +3.8% higher than 2019.

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year.

BMF sponsors Dragon’s Den for net zero solutions

 
 7 September 2021
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.  

Launched today by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the competition is targeted at young professionals in the industry to provide support to accelerate practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites or in factories, and which may be suitable for wider industry adoption.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning candidate will receive support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector and a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The Dragon’s Den judging panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net Zero Business Champion and comprising both industry and climate experts, will hear presentations from short-listed candidates mid-October, with the winner announced prior to COP26.
 
John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, and a member of the seven-person judging panel, said:

“The drive to zero carbon will be the single biggest challenge for the next decade and its success will be a defining factor for those who are now in the early stages of their construction career.  The BMF is pleased to support this exciting competition, and we look forward to seeing innovative and practical proposals coming forward from young professionals."

For more information about the competition and to submit your proposal, visit the CLC website . Entries must be received by midnight on 28 September 2021.
 


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Zero-carbon entrepreneur confirmed for BMF Young Merchant Conference

 

25 August 2021
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October. 

Angus, who began his career as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, switched his high-flying ambitions to sustainable housing in 2002 following an MSc in Property Development and Project Management.  He has successfully masterminded developments in Bristol and Plymouth, including a 28 acre MOD site where he developed 500 waterside homes. 

Galion offers traditionally designed homes using natural materials to reflect local vernacular and, as a keen advocate of the climate change movement, Angus is focused on sustainable construction to provide luxury newbuild and bespoke homes that have minimal impact on the environment and the communities around them.

Angus has founded two other zero-carbon companies, the first of which delivered 600MW of solar power during his 6-year tenure. In 2016 he founded the Talick Group of companies dedicated to helping reversing climate change.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The devastating impact of human activity on the earth’s climate and the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming can no longer be ignored and it is down to each and every one of us to take action now.  Angus’ experience both as a developer and within the wider low-carbon sector will make for an extremely interesting presentation for our audience of young merchants, the future leaders of our industry.”

With the theme, “Building the Next Generation”, the BMF Young Merchant Conference is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.  Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 October 2021, the event is being held in connection with UK Construction week and will include a visit to the Build Show on site.  In addition to a full day’s business programme the BMF Young Merchant Conference features an evening social event at the Sky Loft within the Park Regis Hotel which enjoys unparalleled views over the City of Birmingham.

Registration for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is now open at www.bmf.org.uk/events  

The headline sponsor for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is Knauf Insulation. 
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October.

BMF's P&H Merchant Index shows bounce back continues


23 August 2021

Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year. 

Figures released in the BMF's Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) show sales of plumbing and heating products during Q2 2021 were 93.5% higher than in the same three months last year, the trading period worst affected by the pandemic.

Sales in Q2 2021 were also higher than during the same period two years ago, before the pandemic, with the PHMI showing a 4% increase over Q2 2019. Quarter on quarter sales decreased, though this may reflect annual trading patterns within the sector. 

Sales in Q2 2021 were -6.7% lower than in Q1 2021, albeit with two more trading days in the first quarter. Taking extra days out of the equation shows that Q2 average sales a day were down by -3.7% on Q1. Overall, year to date figures for first six months of 2021 were +36.3% higher than the same period in 2020 and +3.8% higher than 2019.

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Leadership, diversity and performance to the fore at BMF All Industry Conference 

4 August 2021

Nicky Moffat CBE, who was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in November.

Nicky’s expertise and insights as a leader are drawn from roles as a Recruitment Training Commander, Training Regiment Commander and Director of her Branch of the Army. Throughout, she led diverse mission-focused groups in an organisation both steeped in tradition but subject to rapid and significant changes of policy, technology and resources.

In her largest command, as brigadier, she led some 4,500 soldiers within the Army’s personnel and finance function. More broadly, Nicky served in strategy, policy, career management and finance roles in the Army’s Personnel Centre, Army Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence.

She oversaw the Armed Forces Workforce Planning and Pay Review Programmes, focusing on recruitment, retention and on valuing and supporting service personnel financially for their work on operations.

She also advised Army board members on the retention and progression of female talent, with a view to developing a more inclusive high-performing culture. In 2012, Nicky left the Army to set up What Good Leadership Looks Like. She now helps companies develop their people and make transformative and sustainable improvements in leadership and culture.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Nicky will give her perspective on the role of strong leadership in driving inclusive change and optimum performance, in what promises to be another fascinating session at the much -anticipated BMF All Industry Conference.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk 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.
Nicky Moffat CBE, who was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in November.

Six Blaze a trail with IoBM


8 July 2021

Six trailbazers, Aco, Knauf Insulation, the Keystone Group, Mannok, the NMBS and Reisser have joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as Corporate Supplier members, the recently enhanced membership category for manufacturers and suppliers to the merchant industry who support the IoBM’s professional training ethos.

Fees paid by Corporate Supplier members will fund the support of training and development throughout the professional Institute.  In return they may nominate two employees as IoBM contacts within their business, and the Institute will include details of any free CPD or merchant training programmes offered by Corporate Supplier members. 

John Newcomb BMF Chief Executive said: 

“The past year has shown the power of working together and ‘inclusivity’ will become a watchword of the IoBM.  Corporate Supplier members will help us embrace the entire building materials sector within the Institute. That this category has rapidly gained support from the industry’s leading buying society and five major building materials suppliers signals its relevance and value across the whole industry.”  

“We are also looking to attract a diverse group of individual members, particularly younger members, and have an initial target of 1000 new members within the first year.”

The Institute’s new management committee which includes representatives of the BMF Young Merchant group as well as two BMF directors and two long-term IoBM board members has also agreed that all BMF Young Merchants will automatically be enrolled into the Institute during its first year as a brand of the BMF.

Knauf Insulation was one of the first suppliers to sign up to the enhanced Corporate Supplier membership category.  Jo Callow, an IoBM member in her own right and Head of Communications at Knauf Insulation said:

“We became IoBM Corporate Supplier members as we recognise the work that the IoBM and the BMF have done together to breathe life back into the Institute. We are keen to encourage training, development and learning for individuals throughout the industry and recognise that this is a great way to support that.”
 
John Ryszkowski, Managing Director of ACO, another IoBM trailblazer, said:

“ACO are delighted to be one of the first Trailblazers to sign up to support the newly merged Institute under the BMF brand and look forward to helping to promote IoBM membership throughout the industry.”  

Find out more about IoBM Corporate membership at www.bmf.org.uk/IOBM
 
Six trailbazers, Aco, Knauf Insulation, the Keystone Group, Mannok, the NMBS and Reisser have joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as Corporate Supplier members, the recently enhanced membership category for manufacturers and suppliers t

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference


6 July 2021

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day ConferenceAnna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 September 2021.  

Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast.   She joined the CBI in 2008 and moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012 where she leads on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.

Before this Anna worked in the Government Economic Service (GES) and at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  She also undertook a secondment to the Treasury Select Committee to work on their inquiry into the private equity industry and their early inquiries at the start of the financial crisis.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “BMF members are always keen to hear expert analysis of the economy. The extraordinary times we have lived through recently makes this session even more pertinent than usual and I am delighted that the CBI has responded with a ‘two-for one’ speaker opportunity.   I look forward to welcoming Anna in person and Rain via video link.”

This year’s BMF Members’ Day Conference and Awards, which takes the theme “Reshape, Renew, Rebuild” will be held at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, a new venue for the event, which marks the BMF’s return to hosting large scale physical meetings.  The event’s headline sponsor is Marshalls Stonemarket.

While the Awards Dinner is now sold out, we can accommodate a few more delegates at the Business Conference. To find out more please email [email protected]
 
CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference
Anna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 S

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Leadership, diversity and performance to the fore at BMF All Industry Conference 

4 August 2021

Nicky Moffat CBE, who was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in November.

Nicky’s expertise and insights as a leader are drawn from roles as a Recruitment Training Commander, Training Regiment Commander and Director of her Branch of the Army. Throughout, she led diverse mission-focused groups in an organisation both steeped in tradition but subject to rapid and significant changes of policy, technology and resources.

In her largest command, as brigadier, she led some 4,500 soldiers within the Army’s personnel and finance function. More broadly, Nicky served in strategy, policy, career management and finance roles in the Army’s Personnel Centre, Army Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence.

She oversaw the Armed Forces Workforce Planning and Pay Review Programmes, focusing on recruitment, retention and on valuing and supporting service personnel financially for their work on operations.

She also advised Army board members on the retention and progression of female talent, with a view to developing a more inclusive high-performing culture. In 2012, Nicky left the Army to set up What Good Leadership Looks Like. She now helps companies develop their people and make transformative and sustainable improvements in leadership and culture.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Nicky will give her perspective on the role of strong leadership in driving inclusive change and optimum performance, in what promises to be another fascinating session at the much -anticipated BMF All Industry Conference.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk 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.
Nicky Moffat CBE, who was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in November.

Six Blaze a trail with IoBM


8 July 2021

Six trailbazers, Aco, Knauf Insulation, the Keystone Group, Mannok, the NMBS and Reisser have joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as Corporate Supplier members, the recently enhanced membership category for manufacturers and suppliers to the merchant industry who support the IoBM’s professional training ethos.

Fees paid by Corporate Supplier members will fund the support of training and development throughout the professional Institute.  In return they may nominate two employees as IoBM contacts within their business, and the Institute will include details of any free CPD or merchant training programmes offered by Corporate Supplier members. 

John Newcomb BMF Chief Executive said: 

“The past year has shown the power of working together and ‘inclusivity’ will become a watchword of the IoBM.  Corporate Supplier members will help us embrace the entire building materials sector within the Institute. That this category has rapidly gained support from the industry’s leading buying society and five major building materials suppliers signals its relevance and value across the whole industry.”  

“We are also looking to attract a diverse group of individual members, particularly younger members, and have an initial target of 1000 new members within the first year.”

The Institute’s new management committee which includes representatives of the BMF Young Merchant group as well as two BMF directors and two long-term IoBM board members has also agreed that all BMF Young Merchants will automatically be enrolled into the Institute during its first year as a brand of the BMF.

Knauf Insulation was one of the first suppliers to sign up to the enhanced Corporate Supplier membership category.  Jo Callow, an IoBM member in her own right and Head of Communications at Knauf Insulation said:

“We became IoBM Corporate Supplier members as we recognise the work that the IoBM and the BMF have done together to breathe life back into the Institute. We are keen to encourage training, development and learning for individuals throughout the industry and recognise that this is a great way to support that.”
 
John Ryszkowski, Managing Director of ACO, another IoBM trailblazer, said:

“ACO are delighted to be one of the first Trailblazers to sign up to support the newly merged Institute under the BMF brand and look forward to helping to promote IoBM membership throughout the industry.”  

Find out more about IoBM Corporate membership at www.bmf.org.uk/IOBM
 
Six trailbazers, Aco, Knauf Insulation, the Keystone Group, Mannok, the NMBS and Reisser have joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as Corporate Supplier members, the recently enhanced membership category for manufacturers and suppliers t

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference


6 July 2021

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day ConferenceAnna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 September 2021.  

Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast.   She joined the CBI in 2008 and moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012 where she leads on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.

Before this Anna worked in the Government Economic Service (GES) and at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  She also undertook a secondment to the Treasury Select Committee to work on their inquiry into the private equity industry and their early inquiries at the start of the financial crisis.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “BMF members are always keen to hear expert analysis of the economy. The extraordinary times we have lived through recently makes this session even more pertinent than usual and I am delighted that the CBI has responded with a ‘two-for one’ speaker opportunity.   I look forward to welcoming Anna in person and Rain via video link.”

This year’s BMF Members’ Day Conference and Awards, which takes the theme “Reshape, Renew, Rebuild” will be held at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, a new venue for the event, which marks the BMF’s return to hosting large scale physical meetings.  The event’s headline sponsor is Marshalls Stonemarket.

While the Awards Dinner is now sold out, we can accommodate a few more delegates at the Business Conference. To find out more please email [email protected]
 
CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference
Anna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 S

BMF sponsors Dragon’s Den for net zero solutions

 
 7 September 2021
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.  

Launched today by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the competition is targeted at young professionals in the industry to provide support to accelerate practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites or in factories, and which may be suitable for wider industry adoption.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning candidate will receive support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector and a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The Dragon’s Den judging panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net Zero Business Champion and comprising both industry and climate experts, will hear presentations from short-listed candidates mid-October, with the winner announced prior to COP26.
 
John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, and a member of the seven-person judging panel, said:

“The drive to zero carbon will be the single biggest challenge for the next decade and its success will be a defining factor for those who are now in the early stages of their construction career.  The BMF is pleased to support this exciting competition, and we look forward to seeing innovative and practical proposals coming forward from young professionals."

For more information about the competition and to submit your proposal, visit the CLC website . Entries must be received by midnight on 28 September 2021.
 


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Zero-carbon entrepreneur confirmed for BMF Young Merchant Conference

 

25 August 2021
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October. 

Angus, who began his career as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, switched his high-flying ambitions to sustainable housing in 2002 following an MSc in Property Development and Project Management.  He has successfully masterminded developments in Bristol and Plymouth, including a 28 acre MOD site where he developed 500 waterside homes. 

Galion offers traditionally designed homes using natural materials to reflect local vernacular and, as a keen advocate of the climate change movement, Angus is focused on sustainable construction to provide luxury newbuild and bespoke homes that have minimal impact on the environment and the communities around them.

Angus has founded two other zero-carbon companies, the first of which delivered 600MW of solar power during his 6-year tenure. In 2016 he founded the Talick Group of companies dedicated to helping reversing climate change.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The devastating impact of human activity on the earth’s climate and the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming can no longer be ignored and it is down to each and every one of us to take action now.  Angus’ experience both as a developer and within the wider low-carbon sector will make for an extremely interesting presentation for our audience of young merchants, the future leaders of our industry.”

With the theme, “Building the Next Generation”, the BMF Young Merchant Conference is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.  Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 October 2021, the event is being held in connection with UK Construction week and will include a visit to the Build Show on site.  In addition to a full day’s business programme the BMF Young Merchant Conference features an evening social event at the Sky Loft within the Park Regis Hotel which enjoys unparalleled views over the City of Birmingham.

Registration for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is now open at www.bmf.org.uk/events  

The headline sponsor for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is Knauf Insulation. 
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October.

BMF's P&H Merchant Index shows bounce back continues


23 August 2021

Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year. 

Figures released in the BMF's Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) show sales of plumbing and heating products during Q2 2021 were 93.5% higher than in the same three months last year, the trading period worst affected by the pandemic.

Sales in Q2 2021 were also higher than during the same period two years ago, before the pandemic, with the PHMI showing a 4% increase over Q2 2019. Quarter on quarter sales decreased, though this may reflect annual trading patterns within the sector. 

Sales in Q2 2021 were -6.7% lower than in Q1 2021, albeit with two more trading days in the first quarter. Taking extra days out of the equation shows that Q2 average sales a day were down by -3.7% on Q1. Overall, year to date figures for first six months of 2021 were +36.3% higher than the same period in 2020 and +3.8% higher than 2019.

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Leadership, diversity and performance to the fore at BMF All Industry Conference 

4 August 2021

Nicky Moffat CBE, who was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in November.

Nicky’s expertise and insights as a leader are drawn from roles as a Recruitment Training Commander, Training Regiment Commander and Director of her Branch of the Army. Throughout, she led diverse mission-focused groups in an organisation both steeped in tradition but subject to rapid and significant changes of policy, technology and resources.

In her largest command, as brigadier, she led some 4,500 soldiers within the Army’s personnel and finance function. More broadly, Nicky served in strategy, policy, career management and finance roles in the Army’s Personnel Centre, Army Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence.

She oversaw the Armed Forces Workforce Planning and Pay Review Programmes, focusing on recruitment, retention and on valuing and supporting service personnel financially for their work on operations.

She also advised Army board members on the retention and progression of female talent, with a view to developing a more inclusive high-performing culture. In 2012, Nicky left the Army to set up What Good Leadership Looks Like. She now helps companies develop their people and make transformative and sustainable improvements in leadership and culture.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Nicky will give her perspective on the role of strong leadership in driving inclusive change and optimum performance, in what promises to be another fascinating session at the much -anticipated BMF All Industry Conference.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk 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.
Nicky Moffat CBE, who was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in November.

Six Blaze a trail with IoBM


8 July 2021

Six trailbazers, Aco, Knauf Insulation, the Keystone Group, Mannok, the NMBS and Reisser have joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as Corporate Supplier members, the recently enhanced membership category for manufacturers and suppliers to the merchant industry who support the IoBM’s professional training ethos.

Fees paid by Corporate Supplier members will fund the support of training and development throughout the professional Institute.  In return they may nominate two employees as IoBM contacts within their business, and the Institute will include details of any free CPD or merchant training programmes offered by Corporate Supplier members. 

John Newcomb BMF Chief Executive said: 

“The past year has shown the power of working together and ‘inclusivity’ will become a watchword of the IoBM.  Corporate Supplier members will help us embrace the entire building materials sector within the Institute. That this category has rapidly gained support from the industry’s leading buying society and five major building materials suppliers signals its relevance and value across the whole industry.”  

“We are also looking to attract a diverse group of individual members, particularly younger members, and have an initial target of 1000 new members within the first year.”

The Institute’s new management committee which includes representatives of the BMF Young Merchant group as well as two BMF directors and two long-term IoBM board members has also agreed that all BMF Young Merchants will automatically be enrolled into the Institute during its first year as a brand of the BMF.

Knauf Insulation was one of the first suppliers to sign up to the enhanced Corporate Supplier membership category.  Jo Callow, an IoBM member in her own right and Head of Communications at Knauf Insulation said:

“We became IoBM Corporate Supplier members as we recognise the work that the IoBM and the BMF have done together to breathe life back into the Institute. We are keen to encourage training, development and learning for individuals throughout the industry and recognise that this is a great way to support that.”
 
John Ryszkowski, Managing Director of ACO, another IoBM trailblazer, said:

“ACO are delighted to be one of the first Trailblazers to sign up to support the newly merged Institute under the BMF brand and look forward to helping to promote IoBM membership throughout the industry.”  

Find out more about IoBM Corporate membership at www.bmf.org.uk/IOBM
 
Six trailbazers, Aco, Knauf Insulation, the Keystone Group, Mannok, the NMBS and Reisser have joined The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) as Corporate Supplier members, the recently enhanced membership category for manufacturers and suppliers t

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference


6 July 2021

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day ConferenceAnna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 September 2021.  

Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast.   She joined the CBI in 2008 and moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012 where she leads on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.

Before this Anna worked in the Government Economic Service (GES) and at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  She also undertook a secondment to the Treasury Select Committee to work on their inquiry into the private equity industry and their early inquiries at the start of the financial crisis.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “BMF members are always keen to hear expert analysis of the economy. The extraordinary times we have lived through recently makes this session even more pertinent than usual and I am delighted that the CBI has responded with a ‘two-for one’ speaker opportunity.   I look forward to welcoming Anna in person and Rain via video link.”

This year’s BMF Members’ Day Conference and Awards, which takes the theme “Reshape, Renew, Rebuild” will be held at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, a new venue for the event, which marks the BMF’s return to hosting large scale physical meetings.  The event’s headline sponsor is Marshalls Stonemarket.

While the Awards Dinner is now sold out, we can accommodate a few more delegates at the Business Conference. To find out more please email [email protected]
 
CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference
Anna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 S

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference


6 July 2021

CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day ConferenceAnna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 September 2021.  

Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast.   She joined the CBI in 2008 and moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012 where she leads on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.

Before this Anna worked in the Government Economic Service (GES) and at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  She also undertook a secondment to the Treasury Select Committee to work on their inquiry into the private equity industry and their early inquiries at the start of the financial crisis.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive said: “BMF members are always keen to hear expert analysis of the economy. The extraordinary times we have lived through recently makes this session even more pertinent than usual and I am delighted that the CBI has responded with a ‘two-for one’ speaker opportunity.   I look forward to welcoming Anna in person and Rain via video link.”

This year’s BMF Members’ Day Conference and Awards, which takes the theme “Reshape, Renew, Rebuild” will be held at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, a new venue for the event, which marks the BMF’s return to hosting large scale physical meetings.  The event’s headline sponsor is Marshalls Stonemarket.

While the Awards Dinner is now sold out, we can accommodate a few more delegates at the Business Conference. To find out more please email [email protected]
 
CBI Economist confirmed for BMF Members Day Conference
Anna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will provide insights into the state of the UK economy, following a video introduction by CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith, at the BMF Members Conference on 23 S

Building materials sales continue upward growth trend 


26 May 2021

Building materials sales continue upward growth trendThe latest report from the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows sales of building materials continuing their upward growth trend during Q1 2021.

One year on from the onset of the Covid pandemic, comparisons with Q1 2020 inevitably reference the initial fall in sales during the first lockdown period, which began on 24 March 2020.   The reality of the bounceback is impressive nonetheless with Q1 2021 sales volumes continuing the upward trend seen in Q4 2020, and comparing well with the pre-Covid levels seen in Q1 2019.

Looking at Q1 2021 in detail, January was down -3.7% on the same month the previous year, with February seeing annual growth of 2.3%. March however was a record month for the industry, with sales increasing by 47.4% against March 2020 and by 23.0% against March 2019.

This results in overall Q1 growth of 15.1% against Q1 2020 and 6.0% against Q1 2019.  The figures also confirm overall growth of 8.6% against Q4 2020, helped by three more trading days in Q1. Average sales a day were up by 3.4%.

Q1 2021 vs Q1 2020
The strongest year on year performers were Landscaping, up by +41.4% on Q1 2020, and Timber & Joinery (+30.5%).  Sales of Tools increased by +15.9% year on year, and were also up for the largest product group, Heavy Building Materials (+10.3%) and Plumbing, Heating and Electrical products (+3.7%).  

Workwear and Safetywear (-8.9%), one of the strongest performers a year ago when PPE was in great demand, was one of only four categories to record a fall in year on year sales for the quarter.

Q1 2021 vs Q1 2019
Comparing Q1 2021 with Q1 2019, Landscaping (+32.3%) and Timber & Joinery (+15.8%) were again the strongest performers.  Heavy Building Materials also increased (+1.3%), but sales of Tools (-1.8%) and Plumbing Heating and Electrical products (-4.4%) were both lower on the two year comparison.

Q1 2021 vs Q4 2020
A similar picture emerges when comparing quarter on quarter results. Sales increased in 11 out of 12 categories in Q1 2021 vs Q4 2020, again led by Landscaping (+26.2%) and Timber & Joinery (+12.9%), strongly supported by Tools (+9.9%), Heavy Building Materials (+5.9%) and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+5.9%).  

Kitchens and Bathrooms was one of the few areas to record a fall in sales in Q1 2021 against all three comparators, at -2.1% vs Q4 2020, -1.8% vs Q1 2020 and -6.7% vs Q1 2019.  This may be due to showrooms being deemed non-essential retail and closed during the period.

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation said:

“The first three months of the year may have seen the country once again in lockdown but even this could not prevent a boom in construction activity.  This is an excellent start to the year and we are already seeing strong product demand in many areas, notably timber which has been one of the main drivers for growth during the quarter.  Managing product demand and supply will be a recurring theme this year and the Construction Leadership Council, product availability group, which I co-chair, is issuing monthly updates to assist with forward planning.” 

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade at GfK added:

“To say the first quarter, and March in particular, has gone well is an understatement. It was not only the big hitters such as timber, bricks, aggregates, insulation, cement and plasterboard reporting record sales, but also areas such as tool hire, plumbing equipment, power tools, hand tools, boilers, tanks and boiler accessories.  Repair, maintenance and improvement is expected to be the main driver during the first half of the year, and quite possibly beyond, which bodes well for the industry if supply can keep up with demand.”
 
Building materials sales continue upward growth trend
The latest report from the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows sales of building materials continuing their upward growth trend during Q1 2021.

BMF’s P&H Merchant Index confirms steady sales increase in Q1


26 May 2021

P&H Merchant Index confirms steady sales increase in Q1The latest edition of the BMF Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) confirms that sales of plumbing and heating products remain steady, with evidence of a slight upward trend in Q1 2021.

A year on from the onset of the Covid pandemic and the temporary closure of branches at the start of the first lockdown period, from 24 March 2020, an increase in year on year sales was to be expected.  However, comparing sales values with Q4 2020 and with the pre-Covid levels seen in Q1 2019 sheds more light on current market performance.

The latest figures reveal that:
Sales in Q1 2021 were up +6.8% compared with Q1 2020
Sales in Q1 2021 were up +3.5% compared with Q1 2019 (pre-Covid)
Sales in Q1 2021 were +3.1% higher than in Q4 2019, helped by three more trading days in Q1.  However, average sales a day were -1.8% lower in Q1.
Comparing monthly sales in Q1 2021 shows a slight month on month increase. March
returns were +15.5% higher than in February, albeit helped by three more trading days 
in March.  Taking extra days out of the equation, shows that average sales a day nudged up by 
+0.4%.
The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
P&H Merchant Index confirms steady sales increase in Q1
The latest edition of the BMF Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) confirms that sales of plumbing and heating products remain steady, with evidence of a slight upward trend in Q1 2021.

New scheme links NHS heroes to discounts at builders’ merchants  


12 April 2021

New scheme links NHS heroes to discounts at builders’ merchants  The BMF is co-ordinating a new scheme to provide NHS workers with discounts at local builders’ merchants.

Launched today, 12 April 2021, ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting The NHS,’ has been developed in recognition of the tireless support provided by healthcare staff throughout the Covid emergency.

For the next six months, NHS Discounts will be offered by 33 BMF merchants who between them operate 1,225 branches throughout the country. 

Each participating BMF member will offer their own discount deals, averaging a 10 per cent reduction on the standard price, to NHS workers presenting ID such as an NHS staff card.

The BMF has compiled a full list of participating members, together with an overview of the discount they each provide at www.bmf.org.uk/nhs

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: 

“Throughout the pandemic, our NHS workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the health of the nation. As we start the return to ‘normality’, the merchant industry wanted to come together and thank them.

“Builders’ merchants taking part will offer be offering expert service as well as access to a wide range of home improvement products at discounted prices.”

Kieran Griffin, MD at Travis Perkins, one of the participating merchants said:

“The pandemic has shown incredible examples of personal sacrifice, generosity and community spirit, and from the start, our colleagues played their part by donating building supplies and PPE to keep NHS workers safe. So we’re proud to take part in this BMF initiative and offer NHS workers a 10% dedicated discount when they buy from us as a small recognition and thank you to those who have been – and remain – on the front line caring for us and our families, for which we’re all so grateful.”
 
New scheme links NHS heroes to discounts at builders’ merchants
The BMF is co-ordinating a new scheme to provide NHS workers with discounts at local builders’ merchants.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Labour and product shortages putting pressure on the construction industry

21 July 2021

Labour and product shortages are having a significant impact on the construction industry’s supply chain across the UK leading to delayed deliveries and rising prices.

An unprecedented demand for building products has been reported throughout the year, but the latest statement from the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability Group has identified a lack of labour as a rising concern.

All regions are reporting that hauliers, HGV and LGV drivers are in short supply and very difficult to recruit.  There are further issues with recruiting skilled and unskilled staff, including experienced bricklayers and yard operatives, across the supply chain and these labour shortages are being exacerbated by the high number of staff being required to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace programme.

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, and co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability Group, said:

“The supply chain is extremely stretched on all fronts, but our members are pulling out the stops to keep supplies in branches and deliveries out to customers in very challenging. circumstances.

“Alongside pricing, stability and accuracy of supply remains the overarching concern and regular, accurate and transparent communication throughout the supply chain to the end client is deemed vital by all.  It is important that all parties recognise the extent of the extraordinary challenges we are currently experiencing and adopt a flexible and collaborative approach to finding solutions. 

The latest Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability Group report is available here
 
Labour and product shortages are having a significant impact on the construction industry’s supply chain across the UK leading to delayed deliveries and rising prices.

Concerns over HGV driver shortages raised by construction trade body

14 July 2021

Transport issues are hitting suppliers to the construction trade, as builders’ merchants work to get supplies into their stores and deliver orders to customers.

Members of national trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), have reported widespread disruption and delays, with a shortfall in drivers able to transport goods across the country.

Across the BMF membership, companies are recruiting and retraining existing staff into driving roles, but have reported difficulties sourcing new and replacement drivers, as well as struggling to secure agency cover due to demand.

Limited test slots are also preventing staff from taking HGV driving tests, while holiday plans over the summer further reduce driver availability.

BMF East Midlands Regional Chairman, Jim Parlato, a Director at Browns Builders Merchant, said: “Drivers are our biggest concern at present.

“We have two of our warehouse and yard operatives taking their tests shortly but getting courses and booking tests has become an issue with demand meaning months of waiting.”

The issues are leading to extended lead times for some products, and even failed deliveries.

BMF South West Regional Chairman, David Young, of Bradfords Building Supplies, said: “We have 16 LGV driver vacancies at the moment. We’re struggling to recruit and also no agency cover is available due to demand.

“The knock-on effect is lead times to our customers are extended by a day, from one-to-two days to two-to-three days.

“We do have 22 internal drivers being trained up but there are not enough test slots available so this is taking longer than normal.

“Suppliers to builders’ merchants have also been hit by the shortfall, resulting in restrictions on some products and failed deliveries at short notice.”

BMF Anglia Regional Chairman, Hugh Guntrip, of Huws Gray Ltd, added: “We are struggling to recruit new and replacement drivers within our merchant branches.

“The largest impact is on our suppliers resulting in product restrictions and failed incoming deliveries at very short notice.”

The BMF has 760 merchant and supplier member companies, who together have combined sales of £39bn and employ over 207,000 people in the building materials industry.

The issue comes as figures from The Road Haulage Association (RHA) show an existing deficit of 60,000 lorry drivers has been compounded by 15,000 European drivers leaving the UK and the cancellation of 30,000 HGV driving tests during the pandemic.

The BMF is now compiling information across its member network to share with Government and look towards a solution to address the issue.

BMF CEO, Mr John Newcomb said: “It is clear that there is a major deficit of HGV drivers and issues with training and supporting new recruits into the role, and this is now causing delayed deliveries and rising costs across the UK.”
 
Transport issues are hitting suppliers to the construction trade, as builders’ merchants work to get supplies into their stores and deliver orders to customers.

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June


21 April 2021

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in JuneIn response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

To be chaired by Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager at Bradfords Building Supplies and sponsored by BMF service member, Peak, the Sustainability Forum will bring together merchants and building material manufacturers for regular briefings and discussions to share progress and best practice.

The inaugural Sustainability Forum will feature a presentation about the CLC’s Construct Zero initiative from Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineers. 

Sustainability Forum Chair Giles Bradford joined his family’s business to head up communications in September 2019 after a 12-year career as an officer in the Royal Navy, and then as a management consultant in NHS and defence sectors.  His understanding and passion for the sustainable built environment rapidly developed over the past 18 months and he now leads Bradfords’ commitment to it.

Giles Bradford said: “I’m delighted and honoured to chair the BMF Sustainability Forum. Bradfords’ approach to sustainability is underpinned with a deep-rooted understanding of the responsibility that the business has to support its communities and their futures. We must all work together.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “As manufacturers and merchants, BMF members are in the vanguard of the supply chain and have a vital role to play in championing and delivering the changes necessary for success in the Race to Zero carbon. Our new Sustainability Forum will not just raise awareness, it will also shine a spotlight on the work members are doing to deliver low carbon solutions.”

Mark Perkins, Construction Territory Lead at Peak said: “Artificial intelligence is a technology that helps merchants and manufacturers to drive growth sustainably. Peak are proud to be sponsoring the inaugural BMF Sustainability Forum and look forward to sharing ideas on best practice and innovation.”
 
BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June
In response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

BMF sponsors Dragon’s Den for net zero solutions

 
 7 September 2021
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.  

Launched today by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the competition is targeted at young professionals in the industry to provide support to accelerate practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites or in factories, and which may be suitable for wider industry adoption.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning candidate will receive support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector and a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The Dragon’s Den judging panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net Zero Business Champion and comprising both industry and climate experts, will hear presentations from short-listed candidates mid-October, with the winner announced prior to COP26.
 
John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, and a member of the seven-person judging panel, said:

“The drive to zero carbon will be the single biggest challenge for the next decade and its success will be a defining factor for those who are now in the early stages of their construction career.  The BMF is pleased to support this exciting competition, and we look forward to seeing innovative and practical proposals coming forward from young professionals."

For more information about the competition and to submit your proposal, visit the CLC website . Entries must be received by midnight on 28 September 2021.
 


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Zero-carbon entrepreneur confirmed for BMF Young Merchant Conference

 

25 August 2021
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October. 

Angus, who began his career as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, switched his high-flying ambitions to sustainable housing in 2002 following an MSc in Property Development and Project Management.  He has successfully masterminded developments in Bristol and Plymouth, including a 28 acre MOD site where he developed 500 waterside homes. 

Galion offers traditionally designed homes using natural materials to reflect local vernacular and, as a keen advocate of the climate change movement, Angus is focused on sustainable construction to provide luxury newbuild and bespoke homes that have minimal impact on the environment and the communities around them.

Angus has founded two other zero-carbon companies, the first of which delivered 600MW of solar power during his 6-year tenure. In 2016 he founded the Talick Group of companies dedicated to helping reversing climate change.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The devastating impact of human activity on the earth’s climate and the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming can no longer be ignored and it is down to each and every one of us to take action now.  Angus’ experience both as a developer and within the wider low-carbon sector will make for an extremely interesting presentation for our audience of young merchants, the future leaders of our industry.”

With the theme, “Building the Next Generation”, the BMF Young Merchant Conference is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.  Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 October 2021, the event is being held in connection with UK Construction week and will include a visit to the Build Show on site.  In addition to a full day’s business programme the BMF Young Merchant Conference features an evening social event at the Sky Loft within the Park Regis Hotel which enjoys unparalleled views over the City of Birmingham.

Registration for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is now open at www.bmf.org.uk/events  

The headline sponsor for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is Knauf Insulation. 
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October.

BMF's P&H Merchant Index shows bounce back continues


23 August 2021

Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year. 

Figures released in the BMF's Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) show sales of plumbing and heating products during Q2 2021 were 93.5% higher than in the same three months last year, the trading period worst affected by the pandemic.

Sales in Q2 2021 were also higher than during the same period two years ago, before the pandemic, with the PHMI showing a 4% increase over Q2 2019. Quarter on quarter sales decreased, though this may reflect annual trading patterns within the sector. 

Sales in Q2 2021 were -6.7% lower than in Q1 2021, albeit with two more trading days in the first quarter. Taking extra days out of the equation shows that Q2 average sales a day were down by -3.7% on Q1. Overall, year to date figures for first six months of 2021 were +36.3% higher than the same period in 2020 and +3.8% higher than 2019.

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year.

BMF sponsors Dragon’s Den for net zero solutions

 
 7 September 2021
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.  

Launched today by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the competition is targeted at young professionals in the industry to provide support to accelerate practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites or in factories, and which may be suitable for wider industry adoption.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning candidate will receive support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector and a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The Dragon’s Den judging panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net Zero Business Champion and comprising both industry and climate experts, will hear presentations from short-listed candidates mid-October, with the winner announced prior to COP26.
 
John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, and a member of the seven-person judging panel, said:

“The drive to zero carbon will be the single biggest challenge for the next decade and its success will be a defining factor for those who are now in the early stages of their construction career.  The BMF is pleased to support this exciting competition, and we look forward to seeing innovative and practical proposals coming forward from young professionals."

For more information about the competition and to submit your proposal, visit the CLC website . Entries must be received by midnight on 28 September 2021.
 


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.

Haulage a priority for BMF


3 September 2021

Haulage a priority for BMFNew data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK. 

A snap survey of BMF members found 67% of builders’ merchant respondents and 86% of supplier respondents are affected by haulage issues, citing it as their number one concern.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: 

“Haulage, and in particular the shortage of HGV drivers, has become our industry’s number one concern, and the results of our member survey have been fed into discussions between the transport industry and government.

“Some suppliers are reporting that the standard five-day lead time has more than doubled. In some cases, we are even seeing increases of up to four weeks. We have heard reports that suppliers are asking merchants to collect orders as they cannot get enough drivers to complete deliveries.

“Driver recruitment is the main challenge. Both suppliers and merchants are prepared to recruit or retrain existing staff as drivers, but there are limited opportunities for training and testing.  They want more testing to be made available to help get new HGV drivers on the road.”

The issue is not confined to the building materials industry.  The Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and tax changes have contributed to haulage challenges, with transport industry bodies estimating a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with an estimated 15,000 lost following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Logistics UK’s May 2021 tracker survey found 61% of respondents considered recruitment of HGV drivers to be a ‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ challenge, while 50% cited the availability of testing as a ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’ barrier to recovery.

John Newcomb added: 

“Builders merchants have done a fantastic job managing product demand and supply in the face of high global demand and reduced capacity resulting from the pandemic. Haulage is the latest challenge and our top priority.  We are doing everything we can to assist discussions between the freight industry and government as they seek to agree both short and long term solutions.”
 
Haulage a priority for BMF
New data from the BMF reveals the shortage of HGV drivers as the main challenge faced by its members, who are already performing a balancing act to keep the building materials supply chain running across the UK.

Zero-carbon entrepreneur confirmed for BMF Young Merchant Conference

 

25 August 2021
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October. 

Angus, who began his career as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot, switched his high-flying ambitions to sustainable housing in 2002 following an MSc in Property Development and Project Management.  He has successfully masterminded developments in Bristol and Plymouth, including a 28 acre MOD site where he developed 500 waterside homes. 

Galion offers traditionally designed homes using natural materials to reflect local vernacular and, as a keen advocate of the climate change movement, Angus is focused on sustainable construction to provide luxury newbuild and bespoke homes that have minimal impact on the environment and the communities around them.

Angus has founded two other zero-carbon companies, the first of which delivered 600MW of solar power during his 6-year tenure. In 2016 he founded the Talick Group of companies dedicated to helping reversing climate change.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The devastating impact of human activity on the earth’s climate and the immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming can no longer be ignored and it is down to each and every one of us to take action now.  Angus’ experience both as a developer and within the wider low-carbon sector will make for an extremely interesting presentation for our audience of young merchants, the future leaders of our industry.”

With the theme, “Building the Next Generation”, the BMF Young Merchant Conference is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.  Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 October 2021, the event is being held in connection with UK Construction week and will include a visit to the Build Show on site.  In addition to a full day’s business programme the BMF Young Merchant Conference features an evening social event at the Sky Loft within the Park Regis Hotel which enjoys unparalleled views over the City of Birmingham.

Registration for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is now open at www.bmf.org.uk/events  

The headline sponsor for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is Knauf Insulation. 
 
Angus Macdonald, founder and CEO of award-winning property development company Galion, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the BMF Young Merchant Conference in October.

BMF's P&H Merchant Index shows bounce back continues


23 August 2021

Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year. 

Figures released in the BMF's Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) show sales of plumbing and heating products during Q2 2021 were 93.5% higher than in the same three months last year, the trading period worst affected by the pandemic.

Sales in Q2 2021 were also higher than during the same period two years ago, before the pandemic, with the PHMI showing a 4% increase over Q2 2019. Quarter on quarter sales decreased, though this may reflect annual trading patterns within the sector. 

Sales in Q2 2021 were -6.7% lower than in Q1 2021, albeit with two more trading days in the first quarter. Taking extra days out of the equation shows that Q2 average sales a day were down by -3.7% on Q1. Overall, year to date figures for first six months of 2021 were +36.3% higher than the same period in 2020 and +3.8% higher than 2019.

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
Sales through specialist plumbing and heating merchants during the second quarter of the year show the market’s recovery following the adverse impact of the initial Covid lockdown last year.
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