BMF Young Merchant Conference

BMF Young Merchant Conference
With the theme "Building for the Future", BMF are holding the first ever Young Merchant Conference as part of its 110 year anniversary.

“Be encouraged, be enthused, be inspired...”

BMF Young Merchants Forum plays a key role in engaging a vital demographic within the Builders Merchants Federation and contributes to the Federation’s key strategic aims of youth recruitment and succession planning. 

In the 1990s, the first incarnation of the BMF Young Merchants group proved an invaluable introduction to the merchant industry. Many of the original members are now senior directors having used the opportunities presented to develop their knowledge and industry standing. Today the BMF Young Merchant Forum comprises almost 80 young managers, aged 21-40, in BMF member companies. These individuals represent their businesses as future leaders within the construction supply chain. 

Sharing knowledge, promoting understanding, developing relationships If you would like to see what the Young Merchants is all about then this year's Conference is the perfect opportunity to do. Sign-up below.

Venue: Concourse Suite, NEC, Birmingham

Opened by HM The Queen officially in 1976, the NEC has grown significantly in size and reputation to become the UK's number one venue of choice for organisers, exhibitors and visitors. With over six million guests and 500 events every year the Concourse Suite is a popular Conference destination. 

Located in the midlands at the centre of UK's motorway network it can be reached from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6.

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Being held on the final day of UK Construction Week will allow delegates to visit the exhibition and Grand Designs Live free of charge.

 Some of the Speakers...

George Clarke - Keynote Speaker

Architect and television presenter will be the Keynote Speaker for the event. Whether he is designing a new home, restoring or converting historic buildings or transforming existing houses on television, he recognizes and values the process that enables people to unlock the beauty of where they live. His TV shows have featured everything from brave restorations to new builds on a budget, prefabricated or built from scratch, recycled, vintage or new. If their success has one thing in common it is the value of the team, sharing skills and knowledge.   

Steve Backley OBE - Two Time Olympic Silver Medalist in the Javelin

Click on the picture of Steve above to see his preview video welcome message!

Sheri Hughes: UK Diversity & Inclusion Director, PageGroup

From the worldwide leader in specialist recruitment, Sheri will share her views on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace as an aspect of good people management. With the aim of increasing diversity within the workforce and a culture of inclusion, Sheri will impart useful knowledge in engaging your workforce to share your mission and have a true sense of belonging.

John Cremer: Reading People - Decoding Human Beings

Imagine if you could understand a client within seconds of meeting them, so you could build rapport in an instant. Imagine gaining new insight into members of your team and knowing the words and imagery that will get the best out of them. Imagine having another view of your won innate resources so you could make the best use of your strengths. Reading people is an ancient system which is ideally suited to our fast paced business world which people of any role will find useful.

Industry Heavyweights - Industry Forum Speakers & Interactive Q&A

Peter Hindle MBE, 
Chairman of BMF

David Kilburn, 
Executive Chairman of MKM Building Supplies

Andrew Harrison, Deputy CEO P&H of Travis Perkins

  Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions 

The full conference programme can be found HERE

Evening Entertainment
The evening's events will all take place within the dazzling and contemporary Resorts World overlooking the Pendigo lake next to the NEC. The complex hosts 4 themed bars, a spa and the Genting International Casino. The bar and lounge for Young Merchant's delights will be the Highline New York where a buffet dinner will be served along with a wide selection of American-focused brews, ales and cocktails with an NYC twist.