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Branch Managers' Forum

14-15 March 2018

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BMF Anniversary
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VADO Rally
7-10 June 2018 (closing date for entries 22 Dec 2017)

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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

BMBI shortlisted twice at national marketing awards  


CIM Marketing Excellence Awards FinalistThe Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has been shortlisted in two categories at the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards.

The BMBI, which uses gold-standard sales-out data from GfK’s General Builders’ Merchants Panel to measure RMI in the economy, is a BMF brand launched and managed by MRA Marketing.  

The awards aim to celebrate outstanding, high quality and impactful marketing in a range of subcategories. The BMBI has been shortlisted for ‘New Product or Service Innovation’, and for ‘Best Use of Data and Insight’.  

Richard Frankcom, Senior Client Insight Manager for the Trade Panel, GfK says: “We’re delighted to be a double finalist at the CIMs. The BMBI contains data from GfK’s ground-breaking Builders’ Merchants Panel which analyses data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales in Great Britain. GfK’s Builders’ Merchants Point of Sale tracking data sets a gold standard in reliable market trends. It’s based on actual sales from merchants to builders and other trades.”  

BMF Chief Executive Officer, John Newcomb, said: “I hope the BMBI wins in both categories but we’re very pleased to have just been shortlisted. I’m proud that BMBI is being recognised for the major step forward in construction data and insight it has achieved.”  

The CIM Marketing Excellence Awards will be held on 12 April 2018 in London. 

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest BMBI report, learn more about each Expert or watch the Round Table debate videos where the Experts discuss important issues and the implications for merchants and construction overall.

If you’d like your brand to become a BMBI Expert and the voice of your market, call Lucia Di Stazio, MRA Marketing on 01453 521621.  
BMBI shortlisted twice at national marketing awards The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has been shortlisted in two categories at the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards.

Carlton Manufacturing joins the BMF


Carlton ManufacturingCarlton Manufacturing has just joined the BMF. Carlton Manufacturing produce a comprehensive range of bagged, ready-to-use products for applications such as fence & gate posts, bases for sheds & greenhouses, brick & block laying and much more. 

Marc Case, UK Packed Products Commercial Manager at Carlton Manufacturing, specialist developers & manufacturers of bagged, ready-to-use cementitious products, said: “The BMF is respected within the construction industry, working on behalf of suppliers such as ourselves to ensure any issues we face are dealt with promptly and efficiently. By joining, we are adding to the strength of this superb organisation, which strives to ensure its members continue to succeed in an increasingly crowded marketplace.”  

The BMF’s membership numbers more than 640 merchant and supplier companies. As well as working alongside industry groups and regulatory bodies including trading standards and planning departments, it is an active lobbyist with local and central government in the UK. Training and development, business support, market data access and networking opportunities are among BMF member benefits.  

Marc Case added: “Joining the BMF provides us with a voice within the marketplace and at governmental level.  It’s a huge benefit to have organisations such as this promoting our cause.”  
 
Welcoming Carlton, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said “It’s great to have Carlton on board. Our members are at the heart of everything we do and I’m sure Carlton, will gain value from being part of a strong trade body.”  

For more information on Carlton products please contact: 0808 1000 321 or visit: www.carltonmanufacturing.co.uk  
Carlton Manufacturing joins the BMF. Carlton Manufacturing produce a comprehensive range of bagged, ready-to-use products for applications such as fence & gate posts, bases for sheds & greenhouses, brick & block laying and much more.

2018 - a year of celebration as BMF marks three landmark anniversaries  


BMF anniversary 1908-2018The BMF is set for a year of celebration with three major events taking place during 2018 to commemorate a trio of landmark anniversaries.  As well as the 40th anniversary of the Builders’ Merchants Federation itself, the BMF is marking 110 years as a Trade Body and 5 years since it relocated from London to its current HQ in Coventry.  

To celebrate these milestones in the BMF’s history, the Federation is holding its first Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons, its first Young Merchants’ Conference and a special Anniversary Dinner for 200 members at the Belfry.  

The Parliamentary Reception, which takes place on 24 April, will be hosted by Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South where BMF head office is based.  The event will bring together an invited audience of BMF members, MPs and Peers to network, and to promote and explain the role, value and importance of merchants within the building supply chain.  

The Anniversary Dinner for BMF members, on 29 November, sees the BMF return to the award-winning Belfry Hotel in Warwickshire, where the BMF celebrated its Trade Body centenary in 2008. Known for its world class golf courses and state of the art leisure facilities, the Belfry was named as England’s Leading Resort and Leading Conference Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2017.  

Details of the first Young Merchants’ Conference, which takes place on 11 October, will be finalised later this month.

John Newcomb, the BMF’s Chief Executive, said: “This is a very special year for the BMF and we have planned three very different events which both commemorate the merchant industry’s heritage and look forward to a vibrant future.  While much has changed over the years, the BMF’s support for the industry and our members remains as strong as ever. We look forward to working, and celebrating, with as many members as possible throughout this milestone year.”

The BMF is also gathering historic photographs and memorabilia from the industry’s 110 year history.  Companies that wish to contribute, or that are celebrating their own landmark anniversary in 2018, should email christine.wall@bmf.org.uk to share in the BMF’s anniversary celebrations.
2018 - a year of celebration as BMF marks three landmark anniversaries . The BMF is set for a year of celebration with three major events taking place during 2018 to commemorate a trio of landmark anniversaries. As well as the 40th anniversary of

BMF assesses Carillion impact on materials supply chain  


BMFThe BMF has undertaken an initial survey of its members following the collapse of Carillion to assess the potential impact of the company’s liquidation further down the building supply chain.  

The BMF represents builders, plumbing and timber merchants as well as companies that manufacture and supply a vast array of building materials.  BMF members’ combined sales turnover is around £28bn.  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “From our initial survey of members it seemed that very few traded with Carillion directly, and it was a very small part of business amongst those who did.  However, a number believe they are likely to be indirectly exposed as their customers include Carillion sub-contractors.  

“It is well-known that Carillion operated on 120 day payment terms and most of their sub-contractors are owed money for work carried out prior to the liquidation.  At the moment it seems that most of our merchant members will be covered by credit insurance for any losses, but they would like to hear from customers who may be affected as soon as possible so they can find ways to move forward and support them.  

“We would also call on the Government to learn lessons from this and take immediate steps to promote and enforce the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter (CSCPC), which is designed to ensure that payments are made to the supply chain within 30 days.”  

The BMF is also highlighting the employment opportunities offered by the building materials industry, and urging Carillion’s 1,400 apprentices as well as other staff, to consider entering the sector.   

John Newcomb added: “There are opportunities within our sector in all parts of the country.  Through our own Apprenticeships Training Agency and our dedicated recruitment portal we can offer recruitment options to former Carillion employees who would like to find out more about furthering their career in the materials supply sector.”
BMF assesses Carillion impact on materials supply chain. The BMF has undertaken an initial survey of its members following the collapse of Carillion to assess the potential impact of the company’s liquidation further down the building supply chain.