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BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Investments in greener homes set to protect thousands of jobs across the building industry supply chain  


07 July 2020

A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

The BMF, has welcomed the Chancellor’s scheme, which is set to support energy saving projects for homeowners in England. 

According to the BMF, the move will help make a significant impact in addressing the carbon emissions of the nation’s housing stock.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased that the Government will provide this vital measure for the UK homeowners and at the same time bring confidence in the building materials industry.

“Thousands of jobs will be protected and investment will be kept flowing, enabling the supply chain to trade with confidence.
  
“The UK’s current housing stock contributes to 40 per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will make significant inroads to tackle that figure and provide confidence, incentive and support to homeowners to undertake the necessary upgrades.”

The BMF’s 710 members across the UK and Ireland have combined sales of £36 billion and employ more than 170,000 people in the building materials industry. Its 354 merchant members operate from 5,648 branches across the UK and Ireland.

They play a leading role in the distribution of materials across the country. That includes accounting for almost 90 per cent of the sales of insulation in the UK, a market valued at £1.2 billion.* 
Mr Newcomb added: “Builders merchants have a vital role to play in the delivery of the programme.

“The building materials sector in which our members operate is currently valued at £56 billion and directly provides more than 330,000 jobs, working across 23,000 companies in the UK.

“The sector makes a significant contribution to the economy and it’s important for us to reinforce the message of its value and significance.

“Currently, 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK.

“This home-grown sector will be more important than ever, creating vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector in the current economic climate.

“Our members are already making significant in-roads in areas including sustainability and the delivery of quieter, more energy efficient buildings and environments.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will bring more confidence to press ahead with new innovations and bring new developments to the marketplace.”
 
A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

BMF Backs consumer campaign to boost construction recovery


03 July 2020

The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.  

The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign has been developed by Trustmark, the only government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  It comes hot on the heels of the latest Office of National Statistics Survey (ONS) that found less than 4 in 10 (37%) adults would be comfortable to have someone in their home to carry out non-emergency work, and only half of adults (51%) would feel comfortable or very comfortable having someone come into their home to carry out an emergency repair, such as fixing a boiler.

A campaign booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before tradespeople visit the property, gives practical advice about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.  It also sets out helpful questions to ask, safety actions to take and which party is responsible for each task.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Consumer confidence is pivotal to our industry’s recovery but, as the latest ONS survey shows, many people are still reluctant to have tradespeople in their home.  The materials produced by Trustmark provide the guidance and reassurance householders need to feel comfortable when emergency repairs are required and to have the confidence to commission improvement work to their home.  

“This is incredibly important not only for the construction industry’s recovery, but also to the UK economy.  We fully support the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign and would encourage merchants to spread the word amongst their trades customers who will find it extremely useful to give the Trustmark booklet to householders before work begins.”

More information about the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign can be found at https://worksafesafework.info   The booklet is available at https://worksafesafework.info/resources
 
The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

BMF supports P&H Road to Recovery Survey


30 June 2020

Eureka Research P&H Road to RecoveryThe BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The research company is gathering information from as many installer businesses as possible to discover how things have changed since the early days of the crisis and the challenges they now face. The research will provide strong real-time evidence with which to lobby policymakers and decision makers in Government. It will also shape the types of services, products and support that the P&H sector will need to help it recover.

The study builds on initial research undertaken by Eureka! in April 2020 to analyse the early stage impacts of lockdown on the sector. Core questions will be repeated to provide a degree of ‘data tracking’ to show how businesses have adapted.

The research is supported by a cross sector working group* encompassing trade bodies, including the BMF, and respected P&H brands. To encourage responses and help those on the tools get back on their feet, a prize fund competition worth £4,500 is available to every P&H business that takes in the survey, which can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/y8z7rl87

The BMF is encouraging Members to spread the word amongst P&H customers as the survey will aid their understanding of the challenges and future intentions amongst this important audience. BMF Members and other interested parties can pre-register for the survey results at www.eurekaresearch.co.uk/covid19report

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer, Builders Merchants Federation said: 

“With prolonged enforced closures and delays in the materials supply chain it is more important than ever that we understand how our trade customers are coping and adapting as they return to work. We are supporting Eureka! Research in their unique initiative to understand the changing landscape in Plumbing & Heating. We would encourage as many of our Members and their customers to get behind this campaign as possible.”
 
Eureka Research P&H Road to Recovery
The BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Investments in greener homes set to protect thousands of jobs across the building industry supply chain  


07 July 2020

A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

The BMF, has welcomed the Chancellor’s scheme, which is set to support energy saving projects for homeowners in England. 

According to the BMF, the move will help make a significant impact in addressing the carbon emissions of the nation’s housing stock.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased that the Government will provide this vital measure for the UK homeowners and at the same time bring confidence in the building materials industry.

“Thousands of jobs will be protected and investment will be kept flowing, enabling the supply chain to trade with confidence.
  
“The UK’s current housing stock contributes to 40 per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will make significant inroads to tackle that figure and provide confidence, incentive and support to homeowners to undertake the necessary upgrades.”

The BMF’s 710 members across the UK and Ireland have combined sales of £36 billion and employ more than 170,000 people in the building materials industry. Its 354 merchant members operate from 5,648 branches across the UK and Ireland.

They play a leading role in the distribution of materials across the country. That includes accounting for almost 90 per cent of the sales of insulation in the UK, a market valued at £1.2 billion.* 
Mr Newcomb added: “Builders merchants have a vital role to play in the delivery of the programme.

“The building materials sector in which our members operate is currently valued at £56 billion and directly provides more than 330,000 jobs, working across 23,000 companies in the UK.

“The sector makes a significant contribution to the economy and it’s important for us to reinforce the message of its value and significance.

“Currently, 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK.

“This home-grown sector will be more important than ever, creating vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector in the current economic climate.

“Our members are already making significant in-roads in areas including sustainability and the delivery of quieter, more energy efficient buildings and environments.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will bring more confidence to press ahead with new innovations and bring new developments to the marketplace.”
 
A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

BMF Backs consumer campaign to boost construction recovery


03 July 2020

The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.  

The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign has been developed by Trustmark, the only government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  It comes hot on the heels of the latest Office of National Statistics Survey (ONS) that found less than 4 in 10 (37%) adults would be comfortable to have someone in their home to carry out non-emergency work, and only half of adults (51%) would feel comfortable or very comfortable having someone come into their home to carry out an emergency repair, such as fixing a boiler.

A campaign booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before tradespeople visit the property, gives practical advice about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.  It also sets out helpful questions to ask, safety actions to take and which party is responsible for each task.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Consumer confidence is pivotal to our industry’s recovery but, as the latest ONS survey shows, many people are still reluctant to have tradespeople in their home.  The materials produced by Trustmark provide the guidance and reassurance householders need to feel comfortable when emergency repairs are required and to have the confidence to commission improvement work to their home.  

“This is incredibly important not only for the construction industry’s recovery, but also to the UK economy.  We fully support the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign and would encourage merchants to spread the word amongst their trades customers who will find it extremely useful to give the Trustmark booklet to householders before work begins.”

More information about the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign can be found at https://worksafesafework.info   The booklet is available at https://worksafesafework.info/resources
 
The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

BMF supports P&H Road to Recovery Survey


30 June 2020

Eureka Research P&H Road to RecoveryThe BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The research company is gathering information from as many installer businesses as possible to discover how things have changed since the early days of the crisis and the challenges they now face. The research will provide strong real-time evidence with which to lobby policymakers and decision makers in Government. It will also shape the types of services, products and support that the P&H sector will need to help it recover.

The study builds on initial research undertaken by Eureka! in April 2020 to analyse the early stage impacts of lockdown on the sector. Core questions will be repeated to provide a degree of ‘data tracking’ to show how businesses have adapted.

The research is supported by a cross sector working group* encompassing trade bodies, including the BMF, and respected P&H brands. To encourage responses and help those on the tools get back on their feet, a prize fund competition worth £4,500 is available to every P&H business that takes in the survey, which can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/y8z7rl87

The BMF is encouraging Members to spread the word amongst P&H customers as the survey will aid their understanding of the challenges and future intentions amongst this important audience. BMF Members and other interested parties can pre-register for the survey results at www.eurekaresearch.co.uk/covid19report

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer, Builders Merchants Federation said: 

“With prolonged enforced closures and delays in the materials supply chain it is more important than ever that we understand how our trade customers are coping and adapting as they return to work. We are supporting Eureka! Research in their unique initiative to understand the changing landscape in Plumbing & Heating. We would encourage as many of our Members and their customers to get behind this campaign as possible.”
 
Eureka Research P&H Road to Recovery
The BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Construction industry sets out plan for recovery


1 June 2020

Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Task Force, which represents the entire construction supply chain from product manufacturers and merchants to contractors, housebuilders and specialists, has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. 

The proposals, which have been developed and agreed by the sector’s leading trade bodies, include recommendations to:

Get industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so
Maximise employment and retain key skills
Ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector
Boost productivity to secure improved value
Transform the industry through technology & digitalisation

The task force was established as the crisis took hold to provide focus on industry efforts to combat the impact of coronavirus.  In the early days of the crisis it tackled immediate issues such as development of Site Operating Procedures to safeguard workers and addressing shortages of product availability. 

With the UK Government encouraging businesses to return to work wherever possible, the task force examined the challenges that would arise as the industry entered the recovery phase of the crisis. Today’s report looks at the short, medium and long-term actions that will be required to overcome these problems, while grasping the opportunities to build a better industry in the future.  

Industry bodies will work together to develop four sector specific plans that align to the CLC’s overarching recovery plan.  The Builders Merchant Federation will work with others to progress detailed plans for the Housing and RMI sectors.  

The task force is now engaging with Government to test how the plans proposals might be delivered. 

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Our commitment to get Britain building is central to the mission of this government, which is why last month I ensured home building can restart in a way that is safe. We are a pro-development government that wants to build houses of all types in all parts of the country, so that people have the homes that they need. I welcome the CLC’s Roadmap to Recovery and I will be continuing to work closely with the industry to ensure we’re backing the success of our construction sector.”
 
Builders Merchants Federation, Chief Executive Officer, John Newcomb said: “Since its formation at the start of the crisis the CLC’s Covid-19 Taskforce has shown how effective the industry can be when it works towards a common goal.  As we enter the recovery phase we have a real opportunity to deliver a coordinated programme that will benefit the whole industry and support the UK economy.”

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

The CLC Roadmap to Recovery can be viewed online at the CLC website.
 
Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

New furlough plans throw lifeline to protect multi-billion pound building supply chain


12 May 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

The BMF has been actively pressing for a more flexible programme from the Government, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council, which is co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to BMF chief executive, John Newcomb, the nation’s multi-billion pound builders’ merchant and building material supply sector would have been severely hampered to help get Britain building without some flexibility in the system.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “An incredible 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK. We need to protect this home-grown sector, which creates vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector.

“The extension to the furlough and the new levels of flexibility it brings have thrown us a lifeline that will enable us to do that.

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to our representations through the Construction Leadership Council. With our members now able to plan ahead, livelihoods will be protected, with the number one priority being safety.”

 The federation says the industry is well-prepared for the restart of construction and has already produced new branch operating guidelines  for its members to follow, which set a blueprint for procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Newcomb added: “We are preparing for the construction industry to get back on site. Over the past three weeks, since the publication of our new branch operating guidelines, we have seen increasing numbers of merchants safely re-opening or expanding operations to support their trade customers.

“It is clear the Government now sees a return to work for the construction industry as a priority. We are prepared for that, with the safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers paramount. The number one priority is to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.”

The BMF is also working in a specialist group to ensure confidence in the building products supply chain, to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period.

It is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members, in order to meet the needs of housebuilders, contractors and SME builders. They are heading up the Product Availability Group, set-up by the Construction Leadership Council.
The BMF says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

New website shows how industry helped in the fight against Covid-19


28 April 2020

Construction Response WebsiteThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19. 

Since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020, merchants and building materials producers, along with businesses from across the construction industry have been playing their part in fighting the disease, providing vital resources to those on the frontline, and safeguarding construction workers and local communities.

Today sees the launch of a website www.constructioncovid19response.co.uk  that showcases examples of these responses, with a focus on four themes:

1. Building NHS Capacity
2. PPE Donations
3. Safeguarding Workers
4. Helping Communities

The site has been prepared as part of the work of the Construction Leadership Council Covid-19 Taskforce, comprising representatives from the industry’s trade bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, client organisations and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Commenting on the new website, Andy Mitchell CBE, co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said:

“No-one can have any doubt that the true heroes of the pandemic are those who work day in, day our in our NHS and care system, risking their lives to help others.

“But I have also been proud to see the response of the UK construction industry, which has come together to support our NHS, change the way we work, and support the communities in which we live.

“The delivery of the NHS Nightingale hospitals within a matter of weeks has required 24 hour working at all levels of the UK construction supply chain, and a level of co-operation that has shown UK construction at its very best.

“Industry has not only stepped up to the plate in a time of crisis, but has donated millions of pieces of much-needed PPE to hospitals, care-homes, and other front-line workers.

“We have also moved at speed to implement safe working practices in response to Covid-19 so where work can be done safely it can continue.

“Industry and Government’s priority now must be a long-term recovery plan for our sector, which will be at the very heart of the UK’s economic revival in the months and years ahead.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “A number of BMF members are already featured in case studies on the website but we know many more in our sector have stepped up magnificently both to change the way they are working and to support the NHS and their local communities.

“We are seeking more case studies to showcase the commitment and dedication of our industry through the work you are doing to overcome this crisis.”

If you have a great story to tell, please email details to john.newcomb@bmf.org.uk.
Construction Response Website
The BMF is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Construction industry sets out plan for recovery


1 June 2020

Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Task Force, which represents the entire construction supply chain from product manufacturers and merchants to contractors, housebuilders and specialists, has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. 

The proposals, which have been developed and agreed by the sector’s leading trade bodies, include recommendations to:

Get industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so
Maximise employment and retain key skills
Ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector
Boost productivity to secure improved value
Transform the industry through technology & digitalisation

The task force was established as the crisis took hold to provide focus on industry efforts to combat the impact of coronavirus.  In the early days of the crisis it tackled immediate issues such as development of Site Operating Procedures to safeguard workers and addressing shortages of product availability. 

With the UK Government encouraging businesses to return to work wherever possible, the task force examined the challenges that would arise as the industry entered the recovery phase of the crisis. Today’s report looks at the short, medium and long-term actions that will be required to overcome these problems, while grasping the opportunities to build a better industry in the future.  

Industry bodies will work together to develop four sector specific plans that align to the CLC’s overarching recovery plan.  The Builders Merchant Federation will work with others to progress detailed plans for the Housing and RMI sectors.  

The task force is now engaging with Government to test how the plans proposals might be delivered. 

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Our commitment to get Britain building is central to the mission of this government, which is why last month I ensured home building can restart in a way that is safe. We are a pro-development government that wants to build houses of all types in all parts of the country, so that people have the homes that they need. I welcome the CLC’s Roadmap to Recovery and I will be continuing to work closely with the industry to ensure we’re backing the success of our construction sector.”
 
Builders Merchants Federation, Chief Executive Officer, John Newcomb said: “Since its formation at the start of the crisis the CLC’s Covid-19 Taskforce has shown how effective the industry can be when it works towards a common goal.  As we enter the recovery phase we have a real opportunity to deliver a coordinated programme that will benefit the whole industry and support the UK economy.”

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

The CLC Roadmap to Recovery can be viewed online at the CLC website.
 
Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

New furlough plans throw lifeline to protect multi-billion pound building supply chain


12 May 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

The BMF has been actively pressing for a more flexible programme from the Government, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council, which is co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to BMF chief executive, John Newcomb, the nation’s multi-billion pound builders’ merchant and building material supply sector would have been severely hampered to help get Britain building without some flexibility in the system.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “An incredible 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK. We need to protect this home-grown sector, which creates vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector.

“The extension to the furlough and the new levels of flexibility it brings have thrown us a lifeline that will enable us to do that.

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to our representations through the Construction Leadership Council. With our members now able to plan ahead, livelihoods will be protected, with the number one priority being safety.”

 The federation says the industry is well-prepared for the restart of construction and has already produced new branch operating guidelines  for its members to follow, which set a blueprint for procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Newcomb added: “We are preparing for the construction industry to get back on site. Over the past three weeks, since the publication of our new branch operating guidelines, we have seen increasing numbers of merchants safely re-opening or expanding operations to support their trade customers.

“It is clear the Government now sees a return to work for the construction industry as a priority. We are prepared for that, with the safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers paramount. The number one priority is to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.”

The BMF is also working in a specialist group to ensure confidence in the building products supply chain, to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period.

It is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members, in order to meet the needs of housebuilders, contractors and SME builders. They are heading up the Product Availability Group, set-up by the Construction Leadership Council.
The BMF says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

New website shows how industry helped in the fight against Covid-19


28 April 2020

Construction Response WebsiteThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19. 

Since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020, merchants and building materials producers, along with businesses from across the construction industry have been playing their part in fighting the disease, providing vital resources to those on the frontline, and safeguarding construction workers and local communities.

Today sees the launch of a website www.constructioncovid19response.co.uk  that showcases examples of these responses, with a focus on four themes:

1. Building NHS Capacity
2. PPE Donations
3. Safeguarding Workers
4. Helping Communities

The site has been prepared as part of the work of the Construction Leadership Council Covid-19 Taskforce, comprising representatives from the industry’s trade bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, client organisations and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Commenting on the new website, Andy Mitchell CBE, co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said:

“No-one can have any doubt that the true heroes of the pandemic are those who work day in, day our in our NHS and care system, risking their lives to help others.

“But I have also been proud to see the response of the UK construction industry, which has come together to support our NHS, change the way we work, and support the communities in which we live.

“The delivery of the NHS Nightingale hospitals within a matter of weeks has required 24 hour working at all levels of the UK construction supply chain, and a level of co-operation that has shown UK construction at its very best.

“Industry has not only stepped up to the plate in a time of crisis, but has donated millions of pieces of much-needed PPE to hospitals, care-homes, and other front-line workers.

“We have also moved at speed to implement safe working practices in response to Covid-19 so where work can be done safely it can continue.

“Industry and Government’s priority now must be a long-term recovery plan for our sector, which will be at the very heart of the UK’s economic revival in the months and years ahead.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “A number of BMF members are already featured in case studies on the website but we know many more in our sector have stepped up magnificently both to change the way they are working and to support the NHS and their local communities.

“We are seeking more case studies to showcase the commitment and dedication of our industry through the work you are doing to overcome this crisis.”

If you have a great story to tell, please email details to john.newcomb@bmf.org.uk.
Construction Response Website
The BMF is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Investments in greener homes set to protect thousands of jobs across the building industry supply chain  


07 July 2020

A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

The BMF, has welcomed the Chancellor’s scheme, which is set to support energy saving projects for homeowners in England. 

According to the BMF, the move will help make a significant impact in addressing the carbon emissions of the nation’s housing stock.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased that the Government will provide this vital measure for the UK homeowners and at the same time bring confidence in the building materials industry.

“Thousands of jobs will be protected and investment will be kept flowing, enabling the supply chain to trade with confidence.
  
“The UK’s current housing stock contributes to 40 per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will make significant inroads to tackle that figure and provide confidence, incentive and support to homeowners to undertake the necessary upgrades.”

The BMF’s 710 members across the UK and Ireland have combined sales of £36 billion and employ more than 170,000 people in the building materials industry. Its 354 merchant members operate from 5,648 branches across the UK and Ireland.

They play a leading role in the distribution of materials across the country. That includes accounting for almost 90 per cent of the sales of insulation in the UK, a market valued at £1.2 billion.* 
Mr Newcomb added: “Builders merchants have a vital role to play in the delivery of the programme.

“The building materials sector in which our members operate is currently valued at £56 billion and directly provides more than 330,000 jobs, working across 23,000 companies in the UK.

“The sector makes a significant contribution to the economy and it’s important for us to reinforce the message of its value and significance.

“Currently, 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK.

“This home-grown sector will be more important than ever, creating vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector in the current economic climate.

“Our members are already making significant in-roads in areas including sustainability and the delivery of quieter, more energy efficient buildings and environments.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will bring more confidence to press ahead with new innovations and bring new developments to the marketplace.”
 
A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

BMF Backs consumer campaign to boost construction recovery


03 July 2020

The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.  

The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign has been developed by Trustmark, the only government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  It comes hot on the heels of the latest Office of National Statistics Survey (ONS) that found less than 4 in 10 (37%) adults would be comfortable to have someone in their home to carry out non-emergency work, and only half of adults (51%) would feel comfortable or very comfortable having someone come into their home to carry out an emergency repair, such as fixing a boiler.

A campaign booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before tradespeople visit the property, gives practical advice about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.  It also sets out helpful questions to ask, safety actions to take and which party is responsible for each task.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Consumer confidence is pivotal to our industry’s recovery but, as the latest ONS survey shows, many people are still reluctant to have tradespeople in their home.  The materials produced by Trustmark provide the guidance and reassurance householders need to feel comfortable when emergency repairs are required and to have the confidence to commission improvement work to their home.  

“This is incredibly important not only for the construction industry’s recovery, but also to the UK economy.  We fully support the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign and would encourage merchants to spread the word amongst their trades customers who will find it extremely useful to give the Trustmark booklet to householders before work begins.”

More information about the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign can be found at https://worksafesafework.info   The booklet is available at https://worksafesafework.info/resources
 
The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

BMF supports P&H Road to Recovery Survey


30 June 2020

Eureka Research P&H Road to RecoveryThe BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The research company is gathering information from as many installer businesses as possible to discover how things have changed since the early days of the crisis and the challenges they now face. The research will provide strong real-time evidence with which to lobby policymakers and decision makers in Government. It will also shape the types of services, products and support that the P&H sector will need to help it recover.

The study builds on initial research undertaken by Eureka! in April 2020 to analyse the early stage impacts of lockdown on the sector. Core questions will be repeated to provide a degree of ‘data tracking’ to show how businesses have adapted.

The research is supported by a cross sector working group* encompassing trade bodies, including the BMF, and respected P&H brands. To encourage responses and help those on the tools get back on their feet, a prize fund competition worth £4,500 is available to every P&H business that takes in the survey, which can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/y8z7rl87

The BMF is encouraging Members to spread the word amongst P&H customers as the survey will aid their understanding of the challenges and future intentions amongst this important audience. BMF Members and other interested parties can pre-register for the survey results at www.eurekaresearch.co.uk/covid19report

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer, Builders Merchants Federation said: 

“With prolonged enforced closures and delays in the materials supply chain it is more important than ever that we understand how our trade customers are coping and adapting as they return to work. We are supporting Eureka! Research in their unique initiative to understand the changing landscape in Plumbing & Heating. We would encourage as many of our Members and their customers to get behind this campaign as possible.”
 
Eureka Research P&H Road to Recovery
The BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Construction industry sets out plan for recovery


1 June 2020

Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Task Force, which represents the entire construction supply chain from product manufacturers and merchants to contractors, housebuilders and specialists, has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. 

The proposals, which have been developed and agreed by the sector’s leading trade bodies, include recommendations to:

Get industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so
Maximise employment and retain key skills
Ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector
Boost productivity to secure improved value
Transform the industry through technology & digitalisation

The task force was established as the crisis took hold to provide focus on industry efforts to combat the impact of coronavirus.  In the early days of the crisis it tackled immediate issues such as development of Site Operating Procedures to safeguard workers and addressing shortages of product availability. 

With the UK Government encouraging businesses to return to work wherever possible, the task force examined the challenges that would arise as the industry entered the recovery phase of the crisis. Today’s report looks at the short, medium and long-term actions that will be required to overcome these problems, while grasping the opportunities to build a better industry in the future.  

Industry bodies will work together to develop four sector specific plans that align to the CLC’s overarching recovery plan.  The Builders Merchant Federation will work with others to progress detailed plans for the Housing and RMI sectors.  

The task force is now engaging with Government to test how the plans proposals might be delivered. 

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Our commitment to get Britain building is central to the mission of this government, which is why last month I ensured home building can restart in a way that is safe. We are a pro-development government that wants to build houses of all types in all parts of the country, so that people have the homes that they need. I welcome the CLC’s Roadmap to Recovery and I will be continuing to work closely with the industry to ensure we’re backing the success of our construction sector.”
 
Builders Merchants Federation, Chief Executive Officer, John Newcomb said: “Since its formation at the start of the crisis the CLC’s Covid-19 Taskforce has shown how effective the industry can be when it works towards a common goal.  As we enter the recovery phase we have a real opportunity to deliver a coordinated programme that will benefit the whole industry and support the UK economy.”

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

The CLC Roadmap to Recovery can be viewed online at the CLC website.
 
Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

New furlough plans throw lifeline to protect multi-billion pound building supply chain


12 May 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

The BMF has been actively pressing for a more flexible programme from the Government, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council, which is co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to BMF chief executive, John Newcomb, the nation’s multi-billion pound builders’ merchant and building material supply sector would have been severely hampered to help get Britain building without some flexibility in the system.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “An incredible 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK. We need to protect this home-grown sector, which creates vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector.

“The extension to the furlough and the new levels of flexibility it brings have thrown us a lifeline that will enable us to do that.

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to our representations through the Construction Leadership Council. With our members now able to plan ahead, livelihoods will be protected, with the number one priority being safety.”

 The federation says the industry is well-prepared for the restart of construction and has already produced new branch operating guidelines  for its members to follow, which set a blueprint for procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Newcomb added: “We are preparing for the construction industry to get back on site. Over the past three weeks, since the publication of our new branch operating guidelines, we have seen increasing numbers of merchants safely re-opening or expanding operations to support their trade customers.

“It is clear the Government now sees a return to work for the construction industry as a priority. We are prepared for that, with the safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers paramount. The number one priority is to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.”

The BMF is also working in a specialist group to ensure confidence in the building products supply chain, to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period.

It is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members, in order to meet the needs of housebuilders, contractors and SME builders. They are heading up the Product Availability Group, set-up by the Construction Leadership Council.
The BMF says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

New website shows how industry helped in the fight against Covid-19


28 April 2020

Construction Response WebsiteThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19. 

Since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020, merchants and building materials producers, along with businesses from across the construction industry have been playing their part in fighting the disease, providing vital resources to those on the frontline, and safeguarding construction workers and local communities.

Today sees the launch of a website www.constructioncovid19response.co.uk  that showcases examples of these responses, with a focus on four themes:

1. Building NHS Capacity
2. PPE Donations
3. Safeguarding Workers
4. Helping Communities

The site has been prepared as part of the work of the Construction Leadership Council Covid-19 Taskforce, comprising representatives from the industry’s trade bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, client organisations and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Commenting on the new website, Andy Mitchell CBE, co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said:

“No-one can have any doubt that the true heroes of the pandemic are those who work day in, day our in our NHS and care system, risking their lives to help others.

“But I have also been proud to see the response of the UK construction industry, which has come together to support our NHS, change the way we work, and support the communities in which we live.

“The delivery of the NHS Nightingale hospitals within a matter of weeks has required 24 hour working at all levels of the UK construction supply chain, and a level of co-operation that has shown UK construction at its very best.

“Industry has not only stepped up to the plate in a time of crisis, but has donated millions of pieces of much-needed PPE to hospitals, care-homes, and other front-line workers.

“We have also moved at speed to implement safe working practices in response to Covid-19 so where work can be done safely it can continue.

“Industry and Government’s priority now must be a long-term recovery plan for our sector, which will be at the very heart of the UK’s economic revival in the months and years ahead.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “A number of BMF members are already featured in case studies on the website but we know many more in our sector have stepped up magnificently both to change the way they are working and to support the NHS and their local communities.

“We are seeking more case studies to showcase the commitment and dedication of our industry through the work you are doing to overcome this crisis.”

If you have a great story to tell, please email details to john.newcomb@bmf.org.uk.
Construction Response Website
The BMF is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19.

Merchant sales tumble in April – but recovery beckons


17 June 2020

Figures for April 2020 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) highlight the dramatic initial effect of the Government’s Covid-19 Lockdown measures on sales through UK builders’ merchants.

Total Builders Merchants sales during April were down -76.3% compared with April 2019.  Tools took the biggest hit (-90.0%), with Kitchens & Bathrooms (-86.8%) close behind. Workwear & Safetywear saw the lowest year on year decline at -60.2%, having been up +36.5% in March against the previous year.

Although these figures show a variance to April’s construction output estimates from the Office of National Statistics, which reported a drop of -44.0%, the BMBI uses GfK’s point of sale tracking data drawn from over 80% of builders’ merchants’ sales throughout the country, making it the most reliable source of data for the sector. 

BMF CEO John Newcomb commented: 

“Sadly, April’s figures come as no surprise with the majority of construction sites and builders merchants closing, or significantly reducing operations, as a first response to the Government’s lock down measures to prevent to transmission of Covid-19.  

“However, the BMF tracked the operational status of our members throughout the crisis and the majority quickly adapted their business to offer phone or online sales and, following publication of our new branch operating guidelines, many were able to open branches and trade safely.  Throughout May we could see the numbers open for business increasing on a daily basis and today all are operational.  

“With construction, housing and home improvement works all back on site, we expect the picture to improve as data for the rest of Q2 becomes available.  

“It will be vital for the construction industry to work together to implement the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Recovery Plan in the months ahead and the BMF is involved in developing outputs to accelerate the Housing and RMI sectors, both key customer groups for builders merchants.”
 
Figures for April 2020 just released in the BMF’s BMBI highlight the dramatic initial effect of the Government’s Covid-19 Lockdown measures on sales.

Construction industry sets out plan for recovery


1 June 2020

Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Task Force, which represents the entire construction supply chain from product manufacturers and merchants to contractors, housebuilders and specialists, has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. 

The proposals, which have been developed and agreed by the sector’s leading trade bodies, include recommendations to:

Get industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so
Maximise employment and retain key skills
Ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector
Boost productivity to secure improved value
Transform the industry through technology & digitalisation

The task force was established as the crisis took hold to provide focus on industry efforts to combat the impact of coronavirus.  In the early days of the crisis it tackled immediate issues such as development of Site Operating Procedures to safeguard workers and addressing shortages of product availability. 

With the UK Government encouraging businesses to return to work wherever possible, the task force examined the challenges that would arise as the industry entered the recovery phase of the crisis. Today’s report looks at the short, medium and long-term actions that will be required to overcome these problems, while grasping the opportunities to build a better industry in the future.  

Industry bodies will work together to develop four sector specific plans that align to the CLC’s overarching recovery plan.  The Builders Merchant Federation will work with others to progress detailed plans for the Housing and RMI sectors.  

The task force is now engaging with Government to test how the plans proposals might be delivered. 

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Our commitment to get Britain building is central to the mission of this government, which is why last month I ensured home building can restart in a way that is safe. We are a pro-development government that wants to build houses of all types in all parts of the country, so that people have the homes that they need. I welcome the CLC’s Roadmap to Recovery and I will be continuing to work closely with the industry to ensure we’re backing the success of our construction sector.”
 
Builders Merchants Federation, Chief Executive Officer, John Newcomb said: “Since its formation at the start of the crisis the CLC’s Covid-19 Taskforce has shown how effective the industry can be when it works towards a common goal.  As we enter the recovery phase we have a real opportunity to deliver a coordinated programme that will benefit the whole industry and support the UK economy.”

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

The CLC Roadmap to Recovery can be viewed online at the CLC website.
 
Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

Builders Merchants Q1 sales confirm Coronavirus effect


20 May 2020

Sales figures for the first quarter of 2020 revealed in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reflect the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and Government measures to reduce transmission of the virus.

Figures for Q1 2020 compared with Q1 2019, show a decline of -6.7% in total builders’ merchants’ sales during the first quarter of this year.  

Year on Year sales were down in all three months, falling by -2.6% in January 2020 compared with January 2019, and by -1.3% in February 2020 compared with February 2019.  Social distancing and lockdown measures introduced during March led to the largest decline of the quarter with sales down by -15.1% on March 2019.  March sales were also down by
-3.5% on February 2020.

Comparing the Q1 performance of different product categories vs Q1 2019, 
Tools (-12.7%) and Timber & Joinery Products (-11.1%) reported the biggest falls, with Plumbing, Heating & Electrical down -7.4%, Heavy Building Materials down -6.5%, Decorating down -5.1% and Kitchens & Bathrooms down -4.1%.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the one outstanding performance was in Workwear and Safetywear up by +24.2%.

The BMBI uses GfK’s point of sale tracking data drawn from over 80% of builders’ merchants’ sales throughout the country, making it the most reliable source of data for the sector. 

The quarterly BMBI figures paint a slightly less negative picture than Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) first quarterly estimates for Q1 2020, which showed Private Housing RMI work – a mainstay of builders’ merchants’ sales – down by 14.6% compared with Q1 2019 , having dropped 18.6% in March 2020 vs March 2019 and by -8.6% vs February 2020.  The decline in the first quarter reported by the ONS is the largest since data was first published in Q2 2012.

Commenting on the BMBI results, John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation said: 

“In the current circumstances no-one will be surprised by the results for Q1, with confidence dropping as coronavirus spread across the world to the UK and many building sites and builders’ merchants shutting down completely when the lockdown took effect on 24 March.  

“Sites are now beginning a gradual return to work whilst maintaining enhanced safe working practices.  Although this demonstrates the construction industry’s desire to assist in the recovery of the UK economy, with contractors reporting a slump in new orders and reports of projects being postponed it is far too early to say how long that recovery will take.”
 
Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade at GfK added:

“With at least one week of trading lost, it comes as no surprise that March saw a noticeable decrease in sales. The true effect of the lockdown will only become known once April data becomes available, with the path to recovery being a long journey with no clear end destination.”

“The next few months will be a key indicator as to how well the industry will adapt to a new normal, with there being an acceptance that online merchant sales will see further growth going forward.”
 
Sales figures for the first quarter of 2020 revealed in the BMF’s BMBI reflect the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

New furlough plans throw lifeline to protect multi-billion pound building supply chain


12 May 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

The BMF has been actively pressing for a more flexible programme from the Government, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council, which is co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to BMF chief executive, John Newcomb, the nation’s multi-billion pound builders’ merchant and building material supply sector would have been severely hampered to help get Britain building without some flexibility in the system.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “An incredible 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK. We need to protect this home-grown sector, which creates vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector.

“The extension to the furlough and the new levels of flexibility it brings have thrown us a lifeline that will enable us to do that.

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to our representations through the Construction Leadership Council. With our members now able to plan ahead, livelihoods will be protected, with the number one priority being safety.”

 The federation says the industry is well-prepared for the restart of construction and has already produced new branch operating guidelines  for its members to follow, which set a blueprint for procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Newcomb added: “We are preparing for the construction industry to get back on site. Over the past three weeks, since the publication of our new branch operating guidelines, we have seen increasing numbers of merchants safely re-opening or expanding operations to support their trade customers.

“It is clear the Government now sees a return to work for the construction industry as a priority. We are prepared for that, with the safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers paramount. The number one priority is to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.”

The BMF is also working in a specialist group to ensure confidence in the building products supply chain, to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period.

It is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members, in order to meet the needs of housebuilders, contractors and SME builders. They are heading up the Product Availability Group, set-up by the Construction Leadership Council.
The BMF says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

Construction industry sets out plan for recovery


1 June 2020

Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Task Force, which represents the entire construction supply chain from product manufacturers and merchants to contractors, housebuilders and specialists, has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. 

The proposals, which have been developed and agreed by the sector’s leading trade bodies, include recommendations to:

Get industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so
Maximise employment and retain key skills
Ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector
Boost productivity to secure improved value
Transform the industry through technology & digitalisation

The task force was established as the crisis took hold to provide focus on industry efforts to combat the impact of coronavirus.  In the early days of the crisis it tackled immediate issues such as development of Site Operating Procedures to safeguard workers and addressing shortages of product availability. 

With the UK Government encouraging businesses to return to work wherever possible, the task force examined the challenges that would arise as the industry entered the recovery phase of the crisis. Today’s report looks at the short, medium and long-term actions that will be required to overcome these problems, while grasping the opportunities to build a better industry in the future.  

Industry bodies will work together to develop four sector specific plans that align to the CLC’s overarching recovery plan.  The Builders Merchant Federation will work with others to progress detailed plans for the Housing and RMI sectors.  

The task force is now engaging with Government to test how the plans proposals might be delivered. 

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Our commitment to get Britain building is central to the mission of this government, which is why last month I ensured home building can restart in a way that is safe. We are a pro-development government that wants to build houses of all types in all parts of the country, so that people have the homes that they need. I welcome the CLC’s Roadmap to Recovery and I will be continuing to work closely with the industry to ensure we’re backing the success of our construction sector.”
 
Builders Merchants Federation, Chief Executive Officer, John Newcomb said: “Since its formation at the start of the crisis the CLC’s Covid-19 Taskforce has shown how effective the industry can be when it works towards a common goal.  As we enter the recovery phase we have a real opportunity to deliver a coordinated programme that will benefit the whole industry and support the UK economy.”

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

The CLC Roadmap to Recovery can be viewed online at the CLC website.
 
Plans for a post-Covid-19 revival of the UK construction sector have been published today by the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force.

New furlough plans throw lifeline to protect multi-billion pound building supply chain


12 May 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

The BMF has been actively pressing for a more flexible programme from the Government, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council, which is co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to BMF chief executive, John Newcomb, the nation’s multi-billion pound builders’ merchant and building material supply sector would have been severely hampered to help get Britain building without some flexibility in the system.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “An incredible 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK. We need to protect this home-grown sector, which creates vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector.

“The extension to the furlough and the new levels of flexibility it brings have thrown us a lifeline that will enable us to do that.

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to our representations through the Construction Leadership Council. With our members now able to plan ahead, livelihoods will be protected, with the number one priority being safety.”

 The federation says the industry is well-prepared for the restart of construction and has already produced new branch operating guidelines  for its members to follow, which set a blueprint for procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Newcomb added: “We are preparing for the construction industry to get back on site. Over the past three weeks, since the publication of our new branch operating guidelines, we have seen increasing numbers of merchants safely re-opening or expanding operations to support their trade customers.

“It is clear the Government now sees a return to work for the construction industry as a priority. We are prepared for that, with the safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers paramount. The number one priority is to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.”

The BMF is also working in a specialist group to ensure confidence in the building products supply chain, to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period.

It is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members, in order to meet the needs of housebuilders, contractors and SME builders. They are heading up the Product Availability Group, set-up by the Construction Leadership Council.
The BMF says the furlough extension has thrown the construction industry a crucial lifeline, which will protect a vital element of the UK economy.

New website shows how industry helped in the fight against Covid-19


28 April 2020

Construction Response WebsiteThe Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19. 

Since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020, merchants and building materials producers, along with businesses from across the construction industry have been playing their part in fighting the disease, providing vital resources to those on the frontline, and safeguarding construction workers and local communities.

Today sees the launch of a website www.constructioncovid19response.co.uk  that showcases examples of these responses, with a focus on four themes:

1. Building NHS Capacity
2. PPE Donations
3. Safeguarding Workers
4. Helping Communities

The site has been prepared as part of the work of the Construction Leadership Council Covid-19 Taskforce, comprising representatives from the industry’s trade bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, client organisations and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Commenting on the new website, Andy Mitchell CBE, co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said:

“No-one can have any doubt that the true heroes of the pandemic are those who work day in, day our in our NHS and care system, risking their lives to help others.

“But I have also been proud to see the response of the UK construction industry, which has come together to support our NHS, change the way we work, and support the communities in which we live.

“The delivery of the NHS Nightingale hospitals within a matter of weeks has required 24 hour working at all levels of the UK construction supply chain, and a level of co-operation that has shown UK construction at its very best.

“Industry has not only stepped up to the plate in a time of crisis, but has donated millions of pieces of much-needed PPE to hospitals, care-homes, and other front-line workers.

“We have also moved at speed to implement safe working practices in response to Covid-19 so where work can be done safely it can continue.

“Industry and Government’s priority now must be a long-term recovery plan for our sector, which will be at the very heart of the UK’s economic revival in the months and years ahead.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “A number of BMF members are already featured in case studies on the website but we know many more in our sector have stepped up magnificently both to change the way they are working and to support the NHS and their local communities.

“We are seeking more case studies to showcase the commitment and dedication of our industry through the work you are doing to overcome this crisis.”

If you have a great story to tell, please email details to john.newcomb@bmf.org.uk.
Construction Response Website
The BMF is calling on merchants and building materials manufacturers to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19.

BMF launches video to support Covid-19 Branch Operating Guidelines


BMF Branch Operating Guidelines video The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has produced a video info-graphic outlining the key elements of the practical advice provided in their Branch Operating Guidelines during Covid-19 document published last week.

Like the full document, the video provides safe operating guidelines for builders’ merchants branch operations while Covid-19 restrictions continue.  The guidelines cover 5 key areas - head/branch office and trade counter environments, customer collections, supplier deliveries, deliveries to construction sites and tool hire.

The guidelines incorporate Public Health England (PHE) guidance on social distancing, hygiene and cleaning procedure and are endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council, which has itself published Site Operating Procedures to facilitate safe working on building sites.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers is paramount.  The Branch Operating Guidelines in the video and the more detailed document show how risks can be managed with safe systems of work during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The video-infographic can be viewed on the BMF’s Covid-19 online information hub , which is keeping members up to date with the latest advice and developments relating to the building material sector throughout the crisis.
BMF Branch Operating Guidelines video
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has produced a video info-graphic outlining the key elements of the practical advice provided in their Branch Operating Guidelines during Covid-19 document published last week.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Investments in greener homes set to protect thousands of jobs across the building industry supply chain  


07 July 2020

A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

The BMF, has welcomed the Chancellor’s scheme, which is set to support energy saving projects for homeowners in England. 

According to the BMF, the move will help make a significant impact in addressing the carbon emissions of the nation’s housing stock.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased that the Government will provide this vital measure for the UK homeowners and at the same time bring confidence in the building materials industry.

“Thousands of jobs will be protected and investment will be kept flowing, enabling the supply chain to trade with confidence.
  
“The UK’s current housing stock contributes to 40 per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will make significant inroads to tackle that figure and provide confidence, incentive and support to homeowners to undertake the necessary upgrades.”

The BMF’s 710 members across the UK and Ireland have combined sales of £36 billion and employ more than 170,000 people in the building materials industry. Its 354 merchant members operate from 5,648 branches across the UK and Ireland.

They play a leading role in the distribution of materials across the country. That includes accounting for almost 90 per cent of the sales of insulation in the UK, a market valued at £1.2 billion.* 
Mr Newcomb added: “Builders merchants have a vital role to play in the delivery of the programme.

“The building materials sector in which our members operate is currently valued at £56 billion and directly provides more than 330,000 jobs, working across 23,000 companies in the UK.

“The sector makes a significant contribution to the economy and it’s important for us to reinforce the message of its value and significance.

“Currently, 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK.

“This home-grown sector will be more important than ever, creating vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector in the current economic climate.

“Our members are already making significant in-roads in areas including sustainability and the delivery of quieter, more energy efficient buildings and environments.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will bring more confidence to press ahead with new innovations and bring new developments to the marketplace.”
 
A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

BMF Backs consumer campaign to boost construction recovery


03 July 2020

The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.  

The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign has been developed by Trustmark, the only government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  It comes hot on the heels of the latest Office of National Statistics Survey (ONS) that found less than 4 in 10 (37%) adults would be comfortable to have someone in their home to carry out non-emergency work, and only half of adults (51%) would feel comfortable or very comfortable having someone come into their home to carry out an emergency repair, such as fixing a boiler.

A campaign booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before tradespeople visit the property, gives practical advice about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.  It also sets out helpful questions to ask, safety actions to take and which party is responsible for each task.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Consumer confidence is pivotal to our industry’s recovery but, as the latest ONS survey shows, many people are still reluctant to have tradespeople in their home.  The materials produced by Trustmark provide the guidance and reassurance householders need to feel comfortable when emergency repairs are required and to have the confidence to commission improvement work to their home.  

“This is incredibly important not only for the construction industry’s recovery, but also to the UK economy.  We fully support the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign and would encourage merchants to spread the word amongst their trades customers who will find it extremely useful to give the Trustmark booklet to householders before work begins.”

More information about the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign can be found at https://worksafesafework.info   The booklet is available at https://worksafesafework.info/resources
 
The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

BMF supports P&H Road to Recovery Survey


30 June 2020

Eureka Research P&H Road to RecoveryThe BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The research company is gathering information from as many installer businesses as possible to discover how things have changed since the early days of the crisis and the challenges they now face. The research will provide strong real-time evidence with which to lobby policymakers and decision makers in Government. It will also shape the types of services, products and support that the P&H sector will need to help it recover.

The study builds on initial research undertaken by Eureka! in April 2020 to analyse the early stage impacts of lockdown on the sector. Core questions will be repeated to provide a degree of ‘data tracking’ to show how businesses have adapted.

The research is supported by a cross sector working group* encompassing trade bodies, including the BMF, and respected P&H brands. To encourage responses and help those on the tools get back on their feet, a prize fund competition worth £4,500 is available to every P&H business that takes in the survey, which can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/y8z7rl87

The BMF is encouraging Members to spread the word amongst P&H customers as the survey will aid their understanding of the challenges and future intentions amongst this important audience. BMF Members and other interested parties can pre-register for the survey results at www.eurekaresearch.co.uk/covid19report

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer, Builders Merchants Federation said: 

“With prolonged enforced closures and delays in the materials supply chain it is more important than ever that we understand how our trade customers are coping and adapting as they return to work. We are supporting Eureka! Research in their unique initiative to understand the changing landscape in Plumbing & Heating. We would encourage as many of our Members and their customers to get behind this campaign as possible.”
 
Eureka Research P&H Road to Recovery
The BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

BMF support for Construction Talent Retention Scheme


08 July 2020

The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.

The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers seeking new staff.  It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Formally launching later this month, the CTRS will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.  The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their workforce.  We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.

“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”

The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.  

John Newcomb added: 

“This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register their interest so they are fully up to speed when the portal goes live.”

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme at: www.trs-system.co.uk/construction
 

 
The BMF has expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement today (8 July).

Investments in greener homes set to protect thousands of jobs across the building industry supply chain  


07 July 2020

A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

The BMF, has welcomed the Chancellor’s scheme, which is set to support energy saving projects for homeowners in England. 

According to the BMF, the move will help make a significant impact in addressing the carbon emissions of the nation’s housing stock.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased that the Government will provide this vital measure for the UK homeowners and at the same time bring confidence in the building materials industry.

“Thousands of jobs will be protected and investment will be kept flowing, enabling the supply chain to trade with confidence.
  
“The UK’s current housing stock contributes to 40 per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will make significant inroads to tackle that figure and provide confidence, incentive and support to homeowners to undertake the necessary upgrades.”

The BMF’s 710 members across the UK and Ireland have combined sales of £36 billion and employ more than 170,000 people in the building materials industry. Its 354 merchant members operate from 5,648 branches across the UK and Ireland.

They play a leading role in the distribution of materials across the country. That includes accounting for almost 90 per cent of the sales of insulation in the UK, a market valued at £1.2 billion.* 
Mr Newcomb added: “Builders merchants have a vital role to play in the delivery of the programme.

“The building materials sector in which our members operate is currently valued at £56 billion and directly provides more than 330,000 jobs, working across 23,000 companies in the UK.

“The sector makes a significant contribution to the economy and it’s important for us to reinforce the message of its value and significance.

“Currently, 80 per cent of all building products used in the construction of homes and buildings are manufactured in the UK.

“This home-grown sector will be more important than ever, creating vital jobs in manufacturing, construction and the service sector in the current economic climate.

“Our members are already making significant in-roads in areas including sustainability and the delivery of quieter, more energy efficient buildings and environments.

“The Chancellor’s proposal will bring more confidence to press ahead with new innovations and bring new developments to the marketplace.”
 
A leading building industry trade body says Government plans to create greener homes will protect thousands of jobs and lead to new innovations in the sector.

BMF Backs consumer campaign to boost construction recovery


03 July 2020

The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.  

The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign has been developed by Trustmark, the only government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  It comes hot on the heels of the latest Office of National Statistics Survey (ONS) that found less than 4 in 10 (37%) adults would be comfortable to have someone in their home to carry out non-emergency work, and only half of adults (51%) would feel comfortable or very comfortable having someone come into their home to carry out an emergency repair, such as fixing a boiler.

A campaign booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before tradespeople visit the property, gives practical advice about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.  It also sets out helpful questions to ask, safety actions to take and which party is responsible for each task.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Consumer confidence is pivotal to our industry’s recovery but, as the latest ONS survey shows, many people are still reluctant to have tradespeople in their home.  The materials produced by Trustmark provide the guidance and reassurance householders need to feel comfortable when emergency repairs are required and to have the confidence to commission improvement work to their home.  

“This is incredibly important not only for the construction industry’s recovery, but also to the UK economy.  We fully support the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign and would encourage merchants to spread the word amongst their trades customers who will find it extremely useful to give the Trustmark booklet to householders before work begins.”

More information about the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign can be found at https://worksafesafework.info   The booklet is available at https://worksafesafework.info/resources
 
The BMF is backing new guidance launched today (July 3) to provide reassurance to homeowners to have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

BMF supports P&H Road to Recovery Survey


30 June 2020

Eureka Research P&H Road to RecoveryThe BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The research company is gathering information from as many installer businesses as possible to discover how things have changed since the early days of the crisis and the challenges they now face. The research will provide strong real-time evidence with which to lobby policymakers and decision makers in Government. It will also shape the types of services, products and support that the P&H sector will need to help it recover.

The study builds on initial research undertaken by Eureka! in April 2020 to analyse the early stage impacts of lockdown on the sector. Core questions will be repeated to provide a degree of ‘data tracking’ to show how businesses have adapted.

The research is supported by a cross sector working group* encompassing trade bodies, including the BMF, and respected P&H brands. To encourage responses and help those on the tools get back on their feet, a prize fund competition worth £4,500 is available to every P&H business that takes in the survey, which can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/y8z7rl87

The BMF is encouraging Members to spread the word amongst P&H customers as the survey will aid their understanding of the challenges and future intentions amongst this important audience. BMF Members and other interested parties can pre-register for the survey results at www.eurekaresearch.co.uk/covid19report

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer, Builders Merchants Federation said: 

“With prolonged enforced closures and delays in the materials supply chain it is more important than ever that we understand how our trade customers are coping and adapting as they return to work. We are supporting Eureka! Research in their unique initiative to understand the changing landscape in Plumbing & Heating. We would encourage as many of our Members and their customers to get behind this campaign as possible.”
 
Eureka Research P&H Road to Recovery
The BMF is supporting Eureka! Research as they seek to understand what working life is really like for the plumbing and heating trades as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.
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