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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


Click here to log in and view the report in the Members' Zone
The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


Click here to log in and view the report in the Members' Zone
The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Award-winning Journalist takes Business Brief at BMF Members Conference


2 September 2019

The award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference on 27 September.

Joe regularly appears on BBC News, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme covering business, the economy, EU, UK and Ireland. His report exposing RBS’ mistreatment of its small business customers won the 2018 Headline Money Award for Business Story of the Year and led to a parliamentary enquiry. He has also won a prestigious Wincott Award for Financial Journalism.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Joe gave a great analysis of Europe, the economy and factors affecting the merchant sector when he spoke at our Members Conference last year. With Parliament prorogued and the UK all but certain to exit the EU on 31 October we are looking forward to hearing his assessment for the coming year.”

The BMF Members Annual Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams. The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate day tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
The award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference on 27 September.

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Award-winning Journalist takes Business Brief at BMF Members Conference


2 September 2019

The award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference on 27 September.

Joe regularly appears on BBC News, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme covering business, the economy, EU, UK and Ireland. His report exposing RBS’ mistreatment of its small business customers won the 2018 Headline Money Award for Business Story of the Year and led to a parliamentary enquiry. He has also won a prestigious Wincott Award for Financial Journalism.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Joe gave a great analysis of Europe, the economy and factors affecting the merchant sector when he spoke at our Members Conference last year. With Parliament prorogued and the UK all but certain to exit the EU on 31 October we are looking forward to hearing his assessment for the coming year.”

The BMF Members Annual Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams. The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate day tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
The award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference on 27 September.

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


Click here to log in and view the report in the Members' Zone
The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Award-winning Journalist takes Business Brief at BMF Members Conference


2 September 2019

The award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference on 27 September.

Joe regularly appears on BBC News, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme covering business, the economy, EU, UK and Ireland. His report exposing RBS’ mistreatment of its small business customers won the 2018 Headline Money Award for Business Story of the Year and led to a parliamentary enquiry. He has also won a prestigious Wincott Award for Financial Journalism.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Joe gave a great analysis of Europe, the economy and factors affecting the merchant sector when he spoke at our Members Conference last year. With Parliament prorogued and the UK all but certain to exit the EU on 31 October we are looking forward to hearing his assessment for the coming year.”

The BMF Members Annual Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams. The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18 September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

A limited number of delegate day tickets are still available for this event. For more information visit the BMF website at www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
The award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference on 27 September.

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


Click here to log in and view the report in the Members' Zone
The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

9 August 2019

AVS Fencing & Landscaping SuppliesThe BMF are delighted to welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

AVS is the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England. Formed in 1993 it currently operates from 10 locations and has over 100 team members with its branch support centre being based in Horsham, West Sussex.

The company prides itself on both its quality of service and products supplied to customers, as well as the staff development and career pathway programme. All of these factors are key in providing a truly sustainable and resilient business.

AVS Managing Director and former BMF Vice-Chair Stewart Pierce, said ‘Having been at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the BMF, I appreciate the importance of staff career industry-specific development and training, as well as the need for a strong trade association for the industry’.

BMF Chief Executive, John Newcomb said: “We are thrilled to welcome AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies into membership. They are already planning to take a very active role with the BMF and clearly appreciate the value of being part of a strong trade body.”

“This thriving independent merchant clearly recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. The BMF team look forward to working with them.”

For more information about AVS please visit www.avsfencing.co.uk



Interested in joining the BMF?  Click here to view the benefits available.

BMF welcome their newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies - the leading supplier of fencing, decking and landscaping materials in the south east and east of England.

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.



Read the latest BMF policy updates here

“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 shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for 5th year


TAF 2019 Awards Finalist Membership Engagement17 May 2019

The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

TAF is “the trade association for trade associations” representing over 300 of the top trade bodies in the UK and there is always fierce competition amongst members to win a Best Practice Award. 

The BMF is shortlisted for the Membership Engagement Award in recognition of its localisation strategy, whereby the Federation worked with members to identify appropriate facilities as regional hubs for local groups to come together for meetings, forums and training.  This led to the development of 27 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the country, with more due to come on stream this year.

The Regional Centres have proved hugely successful, with a total of 92 events taking place between January 2018 and April 2019, attracting 1,240 delegates.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are always delighted to be short-listed for a prestigious TAF Award. The BMF team is always looking for new and better ways to support our members but it is still a remarkable achievement to have been shortlisted fourteen times in five years. This year it is particularly gratifying that we have been shortlisted for a programme that has boosted our engagement with members who have limited time to travel and who are now able to attend BMF events close to their home base.”

Commenting on the shortlist, Linda Cavender, TAF CEO, said: “The Awards offer TAF members an excellent opportunity to showcase their organisation, its expertise and recent achievements. I am always astounded at the quality of the entries and only the very best reach the shortlist. They provide a benchmark for running a successful organisation which focuses on members’ needs.”

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Best Practice Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 9 July at County Hall, London.
The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

James Hipkins to chair BMF West Midlands Region


James HipkinsJames Hipkins, MD of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new Chairman of the BMF West Midlands Region.  James takes over from Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer, Jewson & Managing Director Local Merchant Group.   

James, who grew up in the West Midlands, began his merchanting career as a trainee manager with Jewson in North Wales where, at 24, he became their youngest branch manager at the time.  He joined the Joseph Parr Group as MD Designate of Emerys Builders Merchants in 1999 when Emerys was a small merchant in Stoke on Trent.  Now, it is not only the largest merchant in the area, it also operates a thriving second depot in Telford.

Outside of work he is a passionate restorer of classic cars and bikes and his skills will no doubt come in handy as part of the Emerys team in this year’s Pavestone Rally, which raises money for charity.

Commenting on his appointment, James Hipkins said: “I consider it an honour to be asked and a privilege to take on the role of Chair of the BMF West Midlands Region.  I hope my experience within a national merchant and my current role within an independent merchant puts me in a good position to understand the collective needs and challenges faced by all members of the BMF.”
James Hipkins, MD of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new Chairman of the BMF West Midlands Region. James takes over from Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer Jewson & Managing Director Local Merchant Group.

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


Click here to log in and view the report in the Members' Zone
The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

17 September 2019

BMF KPI Report 2019The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Key findings indicate a resilient industry with a 9.9% increase in sales despite the economic and political uncertainty experience through the prolonged Brexit process. 

The full BMF KPI Report is one of a suite of survey reports available exclusively to BMF Members. As well as the changes in sales, it analyses ratios such as trading margins, sales from stock, gross profit, profit per employee and other key indicators.

The survey was carried out among BMF merchant members in mid-2019. Member returns covered the periods to their year ends that fell between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The ratios used within the report are a selection from the full survey findings. The BMF KPI Report uses a core sample of participants that enables a true like for like comparison with previous years ratios.

For more information please contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist at nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk or on 02476 854994.


Click here to log in and view the report in the Members' Zone
The BMF has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019. ​

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.

What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

12 September 2019

BMF Members' Conference and Awards appFor the first time, this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

The BMF Conference App will help them to meet other attendees, send messages, build their own personal schedule and access all the Conference information they require.

The App is being launched today, giving delegates ample time to download and explore its key features before they go to the Conference.

Using the App, delegates will be able to:

- Access the full Conference programme, with live updates
- Find out more about the speakers
- Discover who else is attending
- Send direct messages to other delegates
- View exhibitor offers
- Receive push notifications to keep up to date with all Conference activities
- View slides from speaker sessions
- Access social media directly in the App and join Conference conversations

If you are attending, watch out for the email explaining how to download this helpful App and get the most from this fantastic annual industry event.



For more information about the Conference and Awards Dinner please click here


For the first time this year Conference delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference on 18-19 Sept at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

BMF shortlisted for five more Awards


AEA Awards 2019 nominationsThe work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).

Described as a beacon of good practice and innovation, the Association Awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.

The BMF was also shortlisted for the Best Membership Initiative, Best Learning and Professional Development Programme and Best Leadership of an Association.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted and proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in multiple categories of the Association Awards.  Our initiatives are designed to benefit members and to raise standards, but it undoubtedly gives the BMF team a boost to see their hard work being recognised by their peers in other trade bodies.”

The Award Ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London in October.
The work of the BMF in supporting members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards, with the Federation shortlisted in five categories, including Best Association Team and Overall Best Association (under 1000 members).
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