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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF pledges support to the Armed Forces community


11 November 2019

The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share the same values as the armed forces.

To receive the Bronze Award, the BMF signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a nationwide pledge to support military personnel both past and present, as well as their dependents, by treating them with fairness and respect in their communities for serving with their lives.

Bronze Award holders endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in all their business dealings.  For example, by recognising the skills, qualities and contribution reservists and veterans can make to the civilian workplace, by granting extra support and leave for service spouses and ensuring reservist’s training and deployment is accommodated and supported.

The BMF is exploring opportunities with Building Heroes, which provides skills training to military veterans and support into employment in the building trades, for a pilot programme with members in BMF’s Anglia Region.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation is an important part of the Covenant we signed.  Not only will the BMF seek to support the employment of members of the Armed Forces community, we also encourage our members and others in the building materials supply industry to do the same.

“In doing so we are joining the many businesses that actively recruit from the ex-Forces pool or talent and ensure that applications are welcomed from serving spouses and reserves.”
Armed Forces Covenant
The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share th

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



For more BMF policy updates read our blogs and policy updates



Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears 

22 October 2019

BMBI August 2019After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - August 2019.


Download This Month’s Report

The latest Monthly Construction Update from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy highlights BMBI as one its sources.

You can download a copy of the update here.

About BMBI  

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market. Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full August 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.
After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

BMF pledges support to the Armed Forces community


11 November 2019

The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share the same values as the armed forces.

To receive the Bronze Award, the BMF signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a nationwide pledge to support military personnel both past and present, as well as their dependents, by treating them with fairness and respect in their communities for serving with their lives.

Bronze Award holders endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in all their business dealings.  For example, by recognising the skills, qualities and contribution reservists and veterans can make to the civilian workplace, by granting extra support and leave for service spouses and ensuring reservist’s training and deployment is accommodated and supported.

The BMF is exploring opportunities with Building Heroes, which provides skills training to military veterans and support into employment in the building trades, for a pilot programme with members in BMF’s Anglia Region.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation is an important part of the Covenant we signed.  Not only will the BMF seek to support the employment of members of the Armed Forces community, we also encourage our members and others in the building materials supply industry to do the same.

“In doing so we are joining the many businesses that actively recruit from the ex-Forces pool or talent and ensure that applications are welcomed from serving spouses and reserves.”
Armed Forces Covenant
The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share th

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



For more BMF policy updates read our blogs and policy updates



Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears 

22 October 2019

BMBI August 2019After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - August 2019.


Download This Month’s Report

The latest Monthly Construction Update from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy highlights BMBI as one its sources.

You can download a copy of the update here.

About BMBI  

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market. Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full August 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.
After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



For more BMF policy updates read our blogs and policy updates



Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk .
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



For more BMF policy updates read our blogs and policy updates



Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk .
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



Click here to view our smaller BMF Training Centres across the UK.
The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

BMF pledges support to the Armed Forces community


11 November 2019

The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share the same values as the armed forces.

To receive the Bronze Award, the BMF signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a nationwide pledge to support military personnel both past and present, as well as their dependents, by treating them with fairness and respect in their communities for serving with their lives.

Bronze Award holders endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in all their business dealings.  For example, by recognising the skills, qualities and contribution reservists and veterans can make to the civilian workplace, by granting extra support and leave for service spouses and ensuring reservist’s training and deployment is accommodated and supported.

The BMF is exploring opportunities with Building Heroes, which provides skills training to military veterans and support into employment in the building trades, for a pilot programme with members in BMF’s Anglia Region.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation is an important part of the Covenant we signed.  Not only will the BMF seek to support the employment of members of the Armed Forces community, we also encourage our members and others in the building materials supply industry to do the same.

“In doing so we are joining the many businesses that actively recruit from the ex-Forces pool or talent and ensure that applications are welcomed from serving spouses and reserves.”
Armed Forces Covenant
The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share th

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears 

22 October 2019

BMBI August 2019After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - August 2019.


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After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

BSS joins the BMF

21 October 2019

BSSThe BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

With a rich history that began over 110 years ago, BSS (part of the Travis Perkins Group) are a nationwide business with over 60 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and employing 1,200 experts. They have over 84,000 products in stock, with leading brands including Geberit, Grundfos and Polypipe. They also provide tool and equipment hire through Hire-It, a nationwide service.

BSS serves a wide range of sectors and trades with bespoke solutions to customers including products, technical support and aftersales care.

Angela Rushforth, BSS Managing Director says: “We are delighted to be joining the BMF. We look forward to benefiting from the industry-wide knowledge base within the BMF and are keen to support the ongoing work on diversity in merchanting.” 

Welcoming BSS into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this thriving nationwide merchant recognises that the huge variety of networking opportunities and services the BMF offers will add value to their business. I look forward to working with them.”

For more information about BSS, please visit www.bssindustrial.co.uk .
The BMF welcome their newest merchant member - BSS - the UK’s largest, leading distributor of pipeline and heating solutions.

New member Independent Slate Supplies hosts first BMF Regional Training Centre

7 October 2019

ISS BMF Training CentreThe latest company to join the BMF will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups.  This reflects the BMF’s localisation strategy to develop ways to engage with members closer to their home base and reduce the amount of time staff need to take away from the business to attend.  

With their HQ in Saltash, Cornwall, Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) are specialists in the import and distribution of natural slate for roofing, sills and flooring.  Established for over 35 years, and with two further depots in Scotland and Wales providing nationwide coverage, ISS has stock levels of 4-5 million slates at any one time. The purchasing power this provides guarantees the end user both quality products and value for money.  ISS operates a strict merchant policy with all sales fed through its network of roofing and builders merchants who are supported by its national sales team.  

Neil Kinger, Operations Director at ISS is keen to see the new BMF Regional Training Centre well used.  He said: “In looking to further our growth by supporting and developing new relationships with merchants across the UK, we can think of no better way than by engaging with fellow BMF members.  We are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at future BMF events.”  

Welcoming ISS to the BMF, Richard Jones, Regional Manager said: “It’s great to see such a well known supplier based here in the South West joining the BMF and immediately getting involved.  I am looking forward to utilising the impressive facilities that ISS has created at its Head Office as our first BMF Regional Training Centre.  This is an ideal location for members from south Devon and Cornwall to use for BMF Training Courses in the future.”



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The latest company to join the BMF - Independent Slate Supplies - will also host the BMF’s first Regional Training Centre – a mini Regional Centre of Excellence that will afford meeting and training space for smaller, local groups

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears 

22 October 2019

BMBI August 2019After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - August 2019.


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The latest Monthly Construction Update from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy highlights BMBI as one its sources.

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About BMBI  

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market. Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full August 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.
After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020


DeVere Beaumont Estate WindsorThe BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Over 285 delegates attended the Federation’s 2019 Members Conference last month where they enjoyed two days of presentations, business workshops, networking and social activities.  The Annual Awards Dinner also raised £13,500 for the BMF’s nominated charities, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Samaritans and Kisima School in Kenya.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “This year’s Conference was one of the most successful to date.  We know delegates value the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with familiar faces as well as hearing from our informative and inspirational speakers, and we are currently gathering feedback that will help inform the programme for 2020.

“In 2016 we committed to rotating our Members Conference between venues in the north, midlands and south to better serve members in all parts of the country.  Having held our last four Members’ Conferences at excellent venues in the north or the midlands, we are delighted to have found another superb venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor.”


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The BMF has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16 & 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Paymentsense joins the BMF  

25 September 2019

PaymentsenseThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.  

Paymentsense is one of the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe. They help over 70,000 businesses in UK and Ireland with card machines and e-commerce solutions, handling over £10 billion worth of sales a year. They have over 240 employees in their offices in London, Hull and Belfast. 

Kathleen Snell, Partnership Development Manager at Paymentsense says: “Paymentsense is proud to support the Builders Merchants Federation and the valuable work they do for their members. We want to provide reliable card payment solutions that reduce costs and bring added convenience for their members who can then concentrate on their work to build excellence.”  

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb says: “We are delighted that Paymentsense has joined the BMF and appreciates the value of being part of a strong trade body. We are looking forward to working with this growing company.”   

For more information about Paymentsense and their exclusive offers for BMF members please visit www.paymentsense.com or email or email Kathleen Snell at kathleen.snell1@paymentsense.com.
The BMF are delighted to welcome their newest service member – Paymentsense.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

BMF Young Achiever of the Year winners announced

24 September 2019


Jade Terry (second from left) and JAyson Richards (right receiving their awards)The winners of the BMF’s prestigious Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed, with Jayson Richards from City Plumbing Supplies named as Young Merchant Achiever 2019 and Jade Terry of Naylor Industries named as Young Supplier Achiever 2019.  

Two honourable mentions were made in the Young Merchant Achiever category, with Fergus Bell of Bradfords Building Supplies taking the silver runners-up prize and Zia Islam of Gibbs & Dandy taking the bronze award for third place.   

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “The Young Achiever of the Year Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement amongst the next generation of BMF members.  They provide a huge confidence boost not only to the winners, but to all those nominated for an Award.  Once again we were delighted to see such a wealth of young talent within the industry and choosing the winners was a tough task.  Our congratulations to them all.”  

The BMF would like to thank Hafele, Bostik and GfK for their kind sponsorship of these Awards.


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The winners of the BMF’s prestigious 2019 Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed ....

MP’s visit sets out merchant industry’s role in meeting future housing need


MP visit to Ridgeons Builders Merchants13 September 2019

MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

Mrs Churchill visited Huws Gray Ridgeons’ Timber and Builders Merchants in the town to gain an insight into the sector, in a visit organised by the BMF.

Huws Gray Ridgeons’ Director Ian Northen hosted the visit at the company’s store in Beetons Way. He explained how builders’ merchants will play a key role in supporting the Government’s commitment to new housing.

Mr Northen said: “The Government has set a target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. If this is to be achieved, our industry wants long-lasting stability, along with consistent Government focus, to act to narrow the gap between housing demand and supply.

“Events currently going on around the country to mark the centenary of council housing show the continuing need for homes of all types and tenures at prices people can afford, in Bury St Edmunds and around East Anglia.”

Hugh Guntrip, Huws Gray Ridgeons’ Area Manager and Mick Easton, Assistant Branch Manager at the Beetons Way store, as well as Brett Amphlett, BMF’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager, also attended the visit. As well as addressing the key issues around the construction of new homes, ways to create a new generation of low carbon homes from the existing housing stock were also discussed.

Mr Northen added: “BMF members provide the materials, products and expertise needed to de-carbonise our homes. Fitting energy-efficient, low emission and water-saving measures in properties in the town, around Suffolk and further afield will be key to achieving sustainability goals.

“The issue is set to gain further momentum following the Government’s announcement in March that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil fuel heating in new homes by 2025. Efficient boilers, coupled with better insulation and the small-scale generation of heat and electric power by individual householders, will be the key drivers in converting homes for a low carbon world. This visit provided a great opportunity to discuss the workings of the industry’s supply chain and how it can help support future low carbon objectives.”

Mrs Churchill said: “I was delighted to visit Huws Gray Ridgeons and learn how they have looked after their customers for over a century. As a significant regional employer, Huws Gray Ridgeons makes a vital contribution to our local economy by ensuring that building materials and home improvement products are delivered, all year round, when and where they are needed”.

“I congratulate Mick Easton and the team in helping customers to make the correct choices for their projects. Their knowledge and expertise in helping people to have warm homes, save on energy bills and use water wisely, was really encouraging. I am keen that merchants play their part in helping constituents move to healthy, low-carbon living on the way to net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.
MP visit to Ridgeons Builders Merchants
MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

Carbon emissions: Shadow Chancellor reassures the BMF

2 July 2019

John McDonnell MP“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy", John McDonnell MP has told the BMF. "And if there needs to be support for businesses to help in the transition, we’ll look at tax reliefs to help them scale-up."

The Shadow Chancellor was answering a question from Brett Amphlett, who represented the BMF at a Labour Party event in the City of London this week. Mr McDonnell was giving a keynote televised speech on tackling the ‘climate emergency’ in the wake of recent public protests.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, asked John McDonnell MP if he - as a future Chancellor of the Exchequer - is prepared to intervene in the tax system and give Enhanced Capital Allowances to help manufacturers scale up for hydrogen or new fuels not yet discovered. He reminded the MP that BMF members make and deliver the gas-powered central heating and hot water systems, heat pumps and other technologies used in all types of buildings.

Mr McDonnell said he wants public and private finance to invest in the technology needed to deal with the climate crisis. The Labour Party is looking at a combination of regulation and incentives to ensure future requirements have proper regulation and proper standards for retrofit and new build.

The speech took place at UK Finance, the financial services’ trade association, in front of an invited audience of bankers, mortgage providers and business representatives like the BMF.

The Shadow Chancellor also told Brett Amphlett that Labour is reviewing the entire financial system to see how each sector of the economy is responding to the ‘climate emergency’. “Each of Labour’s shadow ministerial teams is tasked with producing a programme of action defining their Department’s contribution to tackling climate change”, John McDonnell added.



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“Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy", John McDonnell MP has told the BMF. "And if there needs to be support for businesses to help in the transiti

BMF pledges support to the Armed Forces community


11 November 2019

The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share the same values as the armed forces.

To receive the Bronze Award, the BMF signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a nationwide pledge to support military personnel both past and present, as well as their dependents, by treating them with fairness and respect in their communities for serving with their lives.

Bronze Award holders endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in all their business dealings.  For example, by recognising the skills, qualities and contribution reservists and veterans can make to the civilian workplace, by granting extra support and leave for service spouses and ensuring reservist’s training and deployment is accommodated and supported.

The BMF is exploring opportunities with Building Heroes, which provides skills training to military veterans and support into employment in the building trades, for a pilot programme with members in BMF’s Anglia Region.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation is an important part of the Covenant we signed.  Not only will the BMF seek to support the employment of members of the Armed Forces community, we also encourage our members and others in the building materials supply industry to do the same.

“In doing so we are joining the many businesses that actively recruit from the ex-Forces pool or talent and ensure that applications are welcomed from serving spouses and reserves.”
Armed Forces Covenant
The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share th

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears 

22 October 2019

BMBI August 2019After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - August 2019.


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The latest Monthly Construction Update from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy highlights BMBI as one its sources.

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About BMBI  

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market. Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full August 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.
After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

BMF pledges support to the Armed Forces community


11 November 2019

The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share the same values as the armed forces.

To receive the Bronze Award, the BMF signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a nationwide pledge to support military personnel both past and present, as well as their dependents, by treating them with fairness and respect in their communities for serving with their lives.

Bronze Award holders endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in all their business dealings.  For example, by recognising the skills, qualities and contribution reservists and veterans can make to the civilian workplace, by granting extra support and leave for service spouses and ensuring reservist’s training and deployment is accommodated and supported.

The BMF is exploring opportunities with Building Heroes, which provides skills training to military veterans and support into employment in the building trades, for a pilot programme with members in BMF’s Anglia Region.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation is an important part of the Covenant we signed.  Not only will the BMF seek to support the employment of members of the Armed Forces community, we also encourage our members and others in the building materials supply industry to do the same.

“In doing so we are joining the many businesses that actively recruit from the ex-Forces pool or talent and ensure that applications are welcomed from serving spouses and reserves.”
Armed Forces Covenant
The BMF has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The scheme encourages employers to support the defence community and highlights companies that share th

Toolstation joins the BMF


Toolstation Regional Centre of ExcellenceToolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

First established in 2003, Toolstation prides itself on making its customers’ work easier by ensuring they can get the right product for the job just when they need it. Low prices, stock availability and convenience are key to the brand.  More than 20,000 selected products are available from over 380 branches, open 7 days a week and offering a speedy click and collect or next day delivery service, via the Toolstation website or dedicated UK call centre.

James MacKenzie, Toolstation’s MD said: “We are really pleased that Toolstation is now a member of the Builders Merchants Federation and having access to all it has to offer. The work that the BMF does in supporting our industry is commendable and gives us some fantastic benefits in joining. It’s particularly great to have the reassurance for our customers that we are supported by this organisation so we can offer the best buying experience to them.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Toolstation to the BMF and we are looking forward to working with them.  It is clear that they are keen to play an active role within the BMF and recognise the value this ultimately adds to their customer experience.”
Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



For more BMF policy updates read our blogs and policy updates



Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears 

22 October 2019

BMBI August 2019After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - August 2019.


Download This Month’s Report

The latest Monthly Construction Update from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy highlights BMBI as one its sources.

You can download a copy of the update here.

About BMBI  

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market. Visit www.bmbi.co.uk/the-index to see the full August 2019 report. Read trends, analysis and industry issues from our panel of construction industry experts.
After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.
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