BMF All-Industry Conference 2017

BMF All-Industry Conference 2017
SOLD OUT FOR 2017. The BMF 2017 All-industry Conference will be held at the Five Star Intercontinental hotel in Budapest. Our host will be broadcaster Gethin Jones. Headline sponsor this year is Fakro

The BMF 2017 All-industry Conference will be held at the Five Star Intercontinental hotel in Budapest. Our host will be broadcaster Gethin Jones.

Headline sponsor: Fakro 

Key sponsors: Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Bradstone, Builders Merchants News, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Marsh Industries, Polypipe, SIG.

Platinum sponsors:  ACO Technologies, Aliaxis Group, Birtley Building Products, Catnic, Celotex, Digby Stone, Forterra, Garador, H+H, Hanson, Ibstock Brick, Icopal, IKO, Keystone Group, Knauf Insulation, Lagan Cement Products, Marshalls, MRA Marketing, Natural Paving, Owlett-Jaton, Reisser, Rockwool, Saint Gobain Isover, Siniat, Rixonway Kitchens,  Velux, Wavin.

Gold sponsors: Acheson & Glover, Adey Innovations, BLM, Bostik, Brett Landscaping, Brett Martin,  British Gypsum, Fernox, Flexseal Couplings, Hargreaves Drainage, Ideal Standard, JCB, Kalsi Plastics, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Marley Eternit, Merlin Business Software, Monument Tools, Pavestone, QRL Radiators, Saniflo, Southalls, Supreme Concrete, Tarmac Cement & Lime,  Timbmet, Vado, Wienerberger,  

Silver sponsor: Cembrit


Key speakers include:

Lord Paddy Ashdown
One of the UK’s most influential politicians and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown now sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat peer.  His experience extends far beyond the bounds of domestic politics.  Before entering Parliament in 1983 he served as a Special Forces Commando in the Royal Marines, then joined the Foreign Office where he was posted to the British Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, taking part in the negotiation of several international treaties. As a leading international political strategist Lord Ashdown is well placed to speak on the future of the UK outside the EU.  

Steve Ingham, CEO of Page Group
Steve is CEO of Page Group, worldwide leader in specialist recruitment. Steve will address the challenges of recruiting young talent into the building materials industry and draw on lessons that can be learnt from other sectors.

Glen Sabin, Polypipe MD
Glen has a long and distinguished career in building products manufacturing and construction.  After an early career with Wimpey and Redland, he spent 22 years in a variety of sales, commercial, business development and marketing roles at Marshalls.  He is currently MD of Polypipe’s Plumbing & Drainage Division, having been a member of the company’s executive team for 12 years.  He is responsible for developing the performance of the business around a number of key objectives, all to be achieved through a focus of creating end-user demand, with delivery primarily thought a network of stockist and distributors.

Shanker Patel, CEO of the Lords Group
Shanker never planned a career in merchanting.  He intended to be a lawyer, but after graduating during the early 90s recession he was drawn into the family business only to discover it was on the brink of insolvency.  Since becoming MD in 1997 and CEO in 2010 he has turned the merchanting business around and diversified the group’s holdings to encompass manufacturing, distribution, retail, real estate, e-commerce and care homes growing annual turnover to £50 million in the process.  Not content with this, the business aims to double its sales within the next five years.

Andrew Harrison, Travis Perkins’ Director
Andrew Harrison, a member of Travis Perkins’ Group Executive Committee, started his merchant career back in 1980 as a management trainee with Graham Reeves in Cornwall.  Following branch and area management roles, he moved Sharpe & Fisher as Operations Director helping to grow the business to 38 branches prior to its acquisition by Travis Perkins in 1999.  Andrew was Managing Director at CCF, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, and Keyline before becoming Divisional Chief Operating Officer, General Merchanting in 2013, with responsibility for Travis Perkins, Benchmarx and Toolhire. From January 2017 he will take the role of Group Commercial and Business Development Director.

Steph McGovern, award-winning broadcaster
Steph McGovern not only hosts the Industry Forum and its lively Q&A session, she will also help set the agenda by speaking about her own career, the importance of recruiting more women to work in industry, and the significance of the construction industry to the UK economy.

Steph has worked in financial journalism for over 13 years but her first taste of broadcasting came aged 19, when she made a guest appearance on a programme about women in science.  She had just won the title of Young Engineer for Britain after saving Black & Decker money on a design she created for their Leaf Hog product. Today she travels all over the UK to cover economic and business news.  She has broadcast live from over 500 businesses for BBC Breakfast, and makes it her mission to find out what’s going on in the real economy.  

For details of all speakers click here  

Registration Companies already registered to attend the conference next year, please ensure you register your individual delegates now on the conference registration website at

For more information please contact June Upton at
15/06/2017 - 18/06/2017
Intercontinental Hotel
Budapest, Hungary

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