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Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference


13 May 2021

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry ConferenceTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November. 

Tony Adams had huge success as a footballer, winning many league and cup trophies during his 22 year career. He has also battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years. More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help. 

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.  

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “At the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2019 we shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. There will undoubtedly be additional challenges for those returning to the workplace after furlough or home working, so I am delighted that Tony Adams will be sharing his expertise at this year’s Conference.” 
The Mental Health Workshop, sponsored by Encon, is one of four workshops taking place at the event.

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference
Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

First BMF net zero carbon Business Champions announced

6 May 2021

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

The initial cohort have been selected by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) having demonstrated their commitment towards the sector’s drive towards reducing carbon emissions in the delivery and operation of the built environment.  

The four BMF Business Champions, ACO Technologies, APP Wholesale, Bradfords Building Supplies and Travis Perkins plc, have each committed to share tangible evidence of their net zero carbon plans against the nine CO2nstructZero principles1, contribute to the CO2nstructZero industry reporting process and work together to support companies in the sector to develop their own plans in support of the industry change programme.

- ACO Technologies is designing their production processes and products to reduce embodied carbon as well as transport and installation carbons.
- APP Wholesale’s initiatives include a ‘Boiler Box’ scheme to collect and recycle all end of life boilers for its customers, and fleet and delivery changes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Bradfords Building Supplies is investigating an integrated electric vehicle charging system for their fleet and their customers, as well as working with architects to help - identify low carbon alternatives during the design process.
- Travis Perkins plc has set a target of net zero on scopes 1 and 2 by 2035 and is developing plans to use alternative fuels in existing vehicles and increase electric vehicles in their fleet.

The other initial Business Champions are:  

Keltbray 
Mace 
Mid Group 
Multiplex 
Laing O’Rourke 
Arcadis 
AICO
RLB
Turner & Townsend
Buro Happold

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK's Net Zero Business Champion and Chair of the  CO2nstructZero Advisory Board, said: 

“This is a hugely significant moment for the UK’s construction industry. As we look towards COP26 later this year, the whole sector must work together to drive real change. From global UK companies to the smallest local businesses, our business champions represent the best of the sector and will play a key role in helping to drive transformational change in how we deliver the built environment.

“We cannot deliver our ambitious national Net Zero Carbon ambitions without changing how we build – and our business champions will set a fantastic example for others to follow.”

Two of the initial BMF Business Champions, APP Wholesale and Bradfords Building Supplies were invited to speak at the launch event at UK Construction Week, today (6 May 2021).

Matthew Pierce, Marketing Director, from APP Wholesale, said: 

“APP Wholesale Ltd has signed up to be involved in CO2nstructZero because we supply a substantial proportion of the heating market and have an obligation to try and mitigate some of these activities. CO2nstructZero has come just at the right time when we are looking at these obligations and being part of a bigger movement is driving us to gain knowledge and having peers who we can emulate is amazing.”

Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager from Bradfords Building Supplies, said: 

“Bradfords has supported the communities in which we operate for over a quarter of a millennium.  We see net zero as the next iteration in helping the sustainability of these, our, communities.  The key CO2nstructZero priority for Bradfords is priority four: ‘supporting government to deliver retrofitting’. As a builders’ merchant our proximity to the RMI market, trades and homeowners lends itself to this.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, said:

“We are extremely proud to see four BMF member companies, representing both merchants and manufacturers, at the forefront of the CLC’s net zero initiative. It is clear that every element within construction must consider how they operate if we are to achieve the zero carbon aim.  At this early stage, it is important to have forward thinking champions as role models and I would encourage more companies in our sector to step forward.  We would be happy to help them apply for Business Champion Status and share their experience.”

The CLC is seeking further net zero champions and is running an ongoing monthly recruitment drive for more companies to commit to CO2nstructZero.  All business champions will work alongside the CLC and other major industry bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, to share innovations and best practice and act as promotors and role models.  

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference


13 May 2021

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry ConferenceTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November. 

Tony Adams had huge success as a footballer, winning many league and cup trophies during his 22 year career. He has also battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years. More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help. 

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.  

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “At the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2019 we shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. There will undoubtedly be additional challenges for those returning to the workplace after furlough or home working, so I am delighted that Tony Adams will be sharing his expertise at this year’s Conference.” 
The Mental Health Workshop, sponsored by Encon, is one of four workshops taking place at the event.

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference
Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

First BMF net zero carbon Business Champions announced

6 May 2021

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

The initial cohort have been selected by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) having demonstrated their commitment towards the sector’s drive towards reducing carbon emissions in the delivery and operation of the built environment.  

The four BMF Business Champions, ACO Technologies, APP Wholesale, Bradfords Building Supplies and Travis Perkins plc, have each committed to share tangible evidence of their net zero carbon plans against the nine CO2nstructZero principles1, contribute to the CO2nstructZero industry reporting process and work together to support companies in the sector to develop their own plans in support of the industry change programme.

- ACO Technologies is designing their production processes and products to reduce embodied carbon as well as transport and installation carbons.
- APP Wholesale’s initiatives include a ‘Boiler Box’ scheme to collect and recycle all end of life boilers for its customers, and fleet and delivery changes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Bradfords Building Supplies is investigating an integrated electric vehicle charging system for their fleet and their customers, as well as working with architects to help - identify low carbon alternatives during the design process.
- Travis Perkins plc has set a target of net zero on scopes 1 and 2 by 2035 and is developing plans to use alternative fuels in existing vehicles and increase electric vehicles in their fleet.

The other initial Business Champions are:  

Keltbray 
Mace 
Mid Group 
Multiplex 
Laing O’Rourke 
Arcadis 
AICO
RLB
Turner & Townsend
Buro Happold

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK's Net Zero Business Champion and Chair of the  CO2nstructZero Advisory Board, said: 

“This is a hugely significant moment for the UK’s construction industry. As we look towards COP26 later this year, the whole sector must work together to drive real change. From global UK companies to the smallest local businesses, our business champions represent the best of the sector and will play a key role in helping to drive transformational change in how we deliver the built environment.

“We cannot deliver our ambitious national Net Zero Carbon ambitions without changing how we build – and our business champions will set a fantastic example for others to follow.”

Two of the initial BMF Business Champions, APP Wholesale and Bradfords Building Supplies were invited to speak at the launch event at UK Construction Week, today (6 May 2021).

Matthew Pierce, Marketing Director, from APP Wholesale, said: 

“APP Wholesale Ltd has signed up to be involved in CO2nstructZero because we supply a substantial proportion of the heating market and have an obligation to try and mitigate some of these activities. CO2nstructZero has come just at the right time when we are looking at these obligations and being part of a bigger movement is driving us to gain knowledge and having peers who we can emulate is amazing.”

Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager from Bradfords Building Supplies, said: 

“Bradfords has supported the communities in which we operate for over a quarter of a millennium.  We see net zero as the next iteration in helping the sustainability of these, our, communities.  The key CO2nstructZero priority for Bradfords is priority four: ‘supporting government to deliver retrofitting’. As a builders’ merchant our proximity to the RMI market, trades and homeowners lends itself to this.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, said:

“We are extremely proud to see four BMF member companies, representing both merchants and manufacturers, at the forefront of the CLC’s net zero initiative. It is clear that every element within construction must consider how they operate if we are to achieve the zero carbon aim.  At this early stage, it is important to have forward thinking champions as role models and I would encourage more companies in our sector to step forward.  We would be happy to help them apply for Business Champion Status and share their experience.”

The CLC is seeking further net zero champions and is running an ongoing monthly recruitment drive for more companies to commit to CO2nstructZero.  All business champions will work alongside the CLC and other major industry bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, to share innovations and best practice and act as promotors and role models.  

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards


23 April 2021

Finalists announced in BMF Training AwardsThe BMF has announced the four companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2021. They are E H Smith, Harlow, Huws Gray and LBS.

Nominated by BMF Regional Managers, who work closely with members in their area to satisfy training and other service requirements, the four shortlisted companies were selected for their commitment in supporting and developing their teams through their use of BMF training.

E H Smith encourages staff to reach their full potential through a range of class-room based and online learning programmes.  These include the Maximising Margin programme, which has run across all branches and a management training programme for branch managers. They also encourage staff development through more informal programmes, with team members active within the BMF Young Merchant Group and chairing BMF Forums in Marketing and Transport.

Huws Gray have taken their training to the next level, working with the BMF to develop a bespoke training programmes and an in-house BMF Diploma in Merchant Management group. They have also created their own online Academy Platform with BMF’s training partner Cortexa and have committed to taking on new apprentices in the coming year.

Timber specialists, Harlow, are relative newcomers to the BMF having joined in 2019. However, they quickly demonstrated the value they placed on training and continued to run face to face courses on sales and people management in a covid-safe environment throughout the pandemic as well as embracing virtual training in computer skills and subscribing to BMF Campus, which enables staff to access online product and technical learning modules tailored to their job role. 

LBS have also discovered the value of BMF Campus, developing their own Academy Platform with BMF’s training partner, Cortexa. The platform includes access to all BMF Building Blocks courses which give new recruits an excellent grounding in building materials as well as keeping more experienced staff up to date with the latest products and techniques. In addition, they have made a significant investment in sales and management training running group programmes for the BMF Diploma in Merchant Management, the BMF Certificate in Merchant Management and an ISM Essential Sales Management course tailored to the specific needs of their team.

Commenting on the nominations, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We rested our Training Award last year during the worst of the Covid pandemic, but it is clear to see that there is still a huge appetite amongst our members to develop their teams, no matter what the external circumstances.  The four companies chosen by BMF Regional Managers have all maintained, or increased, their investment in developing staff at all levels.  I am delighted that they are making full use of the broad range of formal and specialist training offered by the BMF.  Whoever wins the title, each of the nominated merchants are clearly winning in terms of building excellence within their own business.”

The overall winner will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 23 September 2021.
 
Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards
The BMF has announced the four companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2021. They are E H Smith, Harlow, Huws Gray and LBS.

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June


21 April 2021

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in JuneIn response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

To be chaired by Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager at Bradfords Building Supplies and sponsored by BMF service member, Peak, the Sustainability Forum will bring together merchants and building material manufacturers for regular briefings and discussions to share progress and best practice.

The inaugural Sustainability Forum will feature a presentation about the CLC’s Construct Zero initiative from Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineers. 

Sustainability Forum Chair Giles Bradford joined his family’s business to head up communications in September 2019 after a 12-year career as an officer in the Royal Navy, and then as a management consultant in NHS and defence sectors.  His understanding and passion for the sustainable built environment rapidly developed over the past 18 months and he now leads Bradfords’ commitment to it.

Giles Bradford said: “I’m delighted and honoured to chair the BMF Sustainability Forum. Bradfords’ approach to sustainability is underpinned with a deep-rooted understanding of the responsibility that the business has to support its communities and their futures. We must all work together.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “As manufacturers and merchants, BMF members are in the vanguard of the supply chain and have a vital role to play in championing and delivering the changes necessary for success in the Race to Zero carbon. Our new Sustainability Forum will not just raise awareness, it will also shine a spotlight on the work members are doing to deliver low carbon solutions.”

Mark Perkins, Construction Territory Lead at Peak said: “Artificial intelligence is a technology that helps merchants and manufacturers to drive growth sustainably. Peak are proud to be sponsoring the inaugural BMF Sustainability Forum and look forward to sharing ideas on best practice and innovation.”
 
BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June
In response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards


23 April 2021

Finalists announced in BMF Training AwardsThe BMF has announced the four companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2021. They are E H Smith, Harlow, Huws Gray and LBS.

Nominated by BMF Regional Managers, who work closely with members in their area to satisfy training and other service requirements, the four shortlisted companies were selected for their commitment in supporting and developing their teams through their use of BMF training.

E H Smith encourages staff to reach their full potential through a range of class-room based and online learning programmes.  These include the Maximising Margin programme, which has run across all branches and a management training programme for branch managers. They also encourage staff development through more informal programmes, with team members active within the BMF Young Merchant Group and chairing BMF Forums in Marketing and Transport.

Huws Gray have taken their training to the next level, working with the BMF to develop a bespoke training programmes and an in-house BMF Diploma in Merchant Management group. They have also created their own online Academy Platform with BMF’s training partner Cortexa and have committed to taking on new apprentices in the coming year.

Timber specialists, Harlow, are relative newcomers to the BMF having joined in 2019. However, they quickly demonstrated the value they placed on training and continued to run face to face courses on sales and people management in a covid-safe environment throughout the pandemic as well as embracing virtual training in computer skills and subscribing to BMF Campus, which enables staff to access online product and technical learning modules tailored to their job role. 

LBS have also discovered the value of BMF Campus, developing their own Academy Platform with BMF’s training partner, Cortexa. The platform includes access to all BMF Building Blocks courses which give new recruits an excellent grounding in building materials as well as keeping more experienced staff up to date with the latest products and techniques. In addition, they have made a significant investment in sales and management training running group programmes for the BMF Diploma in Merchant Management, the BMF Certificate in Merchant Management and an ISM Essential Sales Management course tailored to the specific needs of their team.

Commenting on the nominations, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We rested our Training Award last year during the worst of the Covid pandemic, but it is clear to see that there is still a huge appetite amongst our members to develop their teams, no matter what the external circumstances.  The four companies chosen by BMF Regional Managers have all maintained, or increased, their investment in developing staff at all levels.  I am delighted that they are making full use of the broad range of formal and specialist training offered by the BMF.  Whoever wins the title, each of the nominated merchants are clearly winning in terms of building excellence within their own business.”

The overall winner will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 23 September 2021.
 
Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards
The BMF has announced the four companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2021. They are E H Smith, Harlow, Huws Gray and LBS.

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June


21 April 2021

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in JuneIn response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

To be chaired by Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager at Bradfords Building Supplies and sponsored by BMF service member, Peak, the Sustainability Forum will bring together merchants and building material manufacturers for regular briefings and discussions to share progress and best practice.

The inaugural Sustainability Forum will feature a presentation about the CLC’s Construct Zero initiative from Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineers. 

Sustainability Forum Chair Giles Bradford joined his family’s business to head up communications in September 2019 after a 12-year career as an officer in the Royal Navy, and then as a management consultant in NHS and defence sectors.  His understanding and passion for the sustainable built environment rapidly developed over the past 18 months and he now leads Bradfords’ commitment to it.

Giles Bradford said: “I’m delighted and honoured to chair the BMF Sustainability Forum. Bradfords’ approach to sustainability is underpinned with a deep-rooted understanding of the responsibility that the business has to support its communities and their futures. We must all work together.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “As manufacturers and merchants, BMF members are in the vanguard of the supply chain and have a vital role to play in championing and delivering the changes necessary for success in the Race to Zero carbon. Our new Sustainability Forum will not just raise awareness, it will also shine a spotlight on the work members are doing to deliver low carbon solutions.”

Mark Perkins, Construction Territory Lead at Peak said: “Artificial intelligence is a technology that helps merchants and manufacturers to drive growth sustainably. Peak are proud to be sponsoring the inaugural BMF Sustainability Forum and look forward to sharing ideas on best practice and innovation.”
 
BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June
In response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference


13 May 2021

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry ConferenceTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November. 

Tony Adams had huge success as a footballer, winning many league and cup trophies during his 22 year career. He has also battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years. More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help. 

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.  

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “At the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2019 we shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. There will undoubtedly be additional challenges for those returning to the workplace after furlough or home working, so I am delighted that Tony Adams will be sharing his expertise at this year’s Conference.” 
The Mental Health Workshop, sponsored by Encon, is one of four workshops taking place at the event.

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference
Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

First BMF net zero carbon Business Champions announced

6 May 2021

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

The initial cohort have been selected by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) having demonstrated their commitment towards the sector’s drive towards reducing carbon emissions in the delivery and operation of the built environment.  

The four BMF Business Champions, ACO Technologies, APP Wholesale, Bradfords Building Supplies and Travis Perkins plc, have each committed to share tangible evidence of their net zero carbon plans against the nine CO2nstructZero principles1, contribute to the CO2nstructZero industry reporting process and work together to support companies in the sector to develop their own plans in support of the industry change programme.

- ACO Technologies is designing their production processes and products to reduce embodied carbon as well as transport and installation carbons.
- APP Wholesale’s initiatives include a ‘Boiler Box’ scheme to collect and recycle all end of life boilers for its customers, and fleet and delivery changes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Bradfords Building Supplies is investigating an integrated electric vehicle charging system for their fleet and their customers, as well as working with architects to help - identify low carbon alternatives during the design process.
- Travis Perkins plc has set a target of net zero on scopes 1 and 2 by 2035 and is developing plans to use alternative fuels in existing vehicles and increase electric vehicles in their fleet.

The other initial Business Champions are:  

Keltbray 
Mace 
Mid Group 
Multiplex 
Laing O’Rourke 
Arcadis 
AICO
RLB
Turner & Townsend
Buro Happold

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK's Net Zero Business Champion and Chair of the  CO2nstructZero Advisory Board, said: 

“This is a hugely significant moment for the UK’s construction industry. As we look towards COP26 later this year, the whole sector must work together to drive real change. From global UK companies to the smallest local businesses, our business champions represent the best of the sector and will play a key role in helping to drive transformational change in how we deliver the built environment.

“We cannot deliver our ambitious national Net Zero Carbon ambitions without changing how we build – and our business champions will set a fantastic example for others to follow.”

Two of the initial BMF Business Champions, APP Wholesale and Bradfords Building Supplies were invited to speak at the launch event at UK Construction Week, today (6 May 2021).

Matthew Pierce, Marketing Director, from APP Wholesale, said: 

“APP Wholesale Ltd has signed up to be involved in CO2nstructZero because we supply a substantial proportion of the heating market and have an obligation to try and mitigate some of these activities. CO2nstructZero has come just at the right time when we are looking at these obligations and being part of a bigger movement is driving us to gain knowledge and having peers who we can emulate is amazing.”

Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager from Bradfords Building Supplies, said: 

“Bradfords has supported the communities in which we operate for over a quarter of a millennium.  We see net zero as the next iteration in helping the sustainability of these, our, communities.  The key CO2nstructZero priority for Bradfords is priority four: ‘supporting government to deliver retrofitting’. As a builders’ merchant our proximity to the RMI market, trades and homeowners lends itself to this.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, said:

“We are extremely proud to see four BMF member companies, representing both merchants and manufacturers, at the forefront of the CLC’s net zero initiative. It is clear that every element within construction must consider how they operate if we are to achieve the zero carbon aim.  At this early stage, it is important to have forward thinking champions as role models and I would encourage more companies in our sector to step forward.  We would be happy to help them apply for Business Champion Status and share their experience.”

The CLC is seeking further net zero champions and is running an ongoing monthly recruitment drive for more companies to commit to CO2nstructZero.  All business champions will work alongside the CLC and other major industry bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, to share innovations and best practice and act as promotors and role models.  

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards


23 April 2021

Finalists announced in BMF Training AwardsThe BMF has announced the four companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2021. They are E H Smith, Harlow, Huws Gray and LBS.

Nominated by BMF Regional Managers, who work closely with members in their area to satisfy training and other service requirements, the four shortlisted companies were selected for their commitment in supporting and developing their teams through their use of BMF training.

E H Smith encourages staff to reach their full potential through a range of class-room based and online learning programmes.  These include the Maximising Margin programme, which has run across all branches and a management training programme for branch managers. They also encourage staff development through more informal programmes, with team members active within the BMF Young Merchant Group and chairing BMF Forums in Marketing and Transport.

Huws Gray have taken their training to the next level, working with the BMF to develop a bespoke training programmes and an in-house BMF Diploma in Merchant Management group. They have also created their own online Academy Platform with BMF’s training partner Cortexa and have committed to taking on new apprentices in the coming year.

Timber specialists, Harlow, are relative newcomers to the BMF having joined in 2019. However, they quickly demonstrated the value they placed on training and continued to run face to face courses on sales and people management in a covid-safe environment throughout the pandemic as well as embracing virtual training in computer skills and subscribing to BMF Campus, which enables staff to access online product and technical learning modules tailored to their job role. 

LBS have also discovered the value of BMF Campus, developing their own Academy Platform with BMF’s training partner, Cortexa. The platform includes access to all BMF Building Blocks courses which give new recruits an excellent grounding in building materials as well as keeping more experienced staff up to date with the latest products and techniques. In addition, they have made a significant investment in sales and management training running group programmes for the BMF Diploma in Merchant Management, the BMF Certificate in Merchant Management and an ISM Essential Sales Management course tailored to the specific needs of their team.

Commenting on the nominations, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We rested our Training Award last year during the worst of the Covid pandemic, but it is clear to see that there is still a huge appetite amongst our members to develop their teams, no matter what the external circumstances.  The four companies chosen by BMF Regional Managers have all maintained, or increased, their investment in developing staff at all levels.  I am delighted that they are making full use of the broad range of formal and specialist training offered by the BMF.  Whoever wins the title, each of the nominated merchants are clearly winning in terms of building excellence within their own business.”

The overall winner will be announced at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner, which takes place after the BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference on 23 September 2021.
 
Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards
The BMF has announced the four companies that have been nominated for the title BMF Training Company of the Year 2021. They are E H Smith, Harlow, Huws Gray and LBS.

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June


21 April 2021

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in JuneIn response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

To be chaired by Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager at Bradfords Building Supplies and sponsored by BMF service member, Peak, the Sustainability Forum will bring together merchants and building material manufacturers for regular briefings and discussions to share progress and best practice.

The inaugural Sustainability Forum will feature a presentation about the CLC’s Construct Zero initiative from Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineers. 

Sustainability Forum Chair Giles Bradford joined his family’s business to head up communications in September 2019 after a 12-year career as an officer in the Royal Navy, and then as a management consultant in NHS and defence sectors.  His understanding and passion for the sustainable built environment rapidly developed over the past 18 months and he now leads Bradfords’ commitment to it.

Giles Bradford said: “I’m delighted and honoured to chair the BMF Sustainability Forum. Bradfords’ approach to sustainability is underpinned with a deep-rooted understanding of the responsibility that the business has to support its communities and their futures. We must all work together.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “As manufacturers and merchants, BMF members are in the vanguard of the supply chain and have a vital role to play in championing and delivering the changes necessary for success in the Race to Zero carbon. Our new Sustainability Forum will not just raise awareness, it will also shine a spotlight on the work members are doing to deliver low carbon solutions.”

Mark Perkins, Construction Territory Lead at Peak said: “Artificial intelligence is a technology that helps merchants and manufacturers to drive growth sustainably. Peak are proud to be sponsoring the inaugural BMF Sustainability Forum and look forward to sharing ideas on best practice and innovation.”
 
BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June
In response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

New scheme links NHS heroes to discounts at builders’ merchants  


12 April 2021

New scheme links NHS heroes to discounts at builders’ merchants  The BMF is co-ordinating a new scheme to provide NHS workers with discounts at local builders’ merchants.

Launched today, 12 April 2021, ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting The NHS,’ has been developed in recognition of the tireless support provided by healthcare staff throughout the Covid emergency.

For the next six months, NHS Discounts will be offered by 33 BMF merchants who between them operate 1,225 branches throughout the country. 

Each participating BMF member will offer their own discount deals, averaging a 10 per cent reduction on the standard price, to NHS workers presenting ID such as an NHS staff card.

The BMF has compiled a full list of participating members, together with an overview of the discount they each provide at www.bmf.org.uk/nhs

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: 

“Throughout the pandemic, our NHS workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the health of the nation. As we start the return to ‘normality’, the merchant industry wanted to come together and thank them.

“Builders’ merchants taking part will offer be offering expert service as well as access to a wide range of home improvement products at discounted prices.”

Kieran Griffin, MD at Travis Perkins, one of the participating merchants said:

“The pandemic has shown incredible examples of personal sacrifice, generosity and community spirit, and from the start, our colleagues played their part by donating building supplies and PPE to keep NHS workers safe. So we’re proud to take part in this BMF initiative and offer NHS workers a 10% dedicated discount when they buy from us as a small recognition and thank you to those who have been – and remain – on the front line caring for us and our families, for which we’re all so grateful.”
 
New scheme links NHS heroes to discounts at builders’ merchants
The BMF is co-ordinating a new scheme to provide NHS workers with discounts at local builders’ merchants.

New BMF Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index confirms 2020 second half recovery


3 March 2021

PHMI Q4 2020 NewsThe BMF in partnership with MRA Research and GfK has launched a new statistical report focused exclusively on the plumbing and heating market.   The new Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index sets the gold standard in reliable market trends.

The first edition of the Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) analyses sales values through plumbing and heating outlets in Q4 2020, and provides an overview for the full year. 

Sales in Q4 2020 continued the bounce back from the low point in Q2. A direct comparison of Q4 sales in 2020 and 2019 found sales were down by just -0.4%, with one more trading day this year. 

Looking back, the impact of the first lockdown on 2020 Q2 results had seen year on year sales fall by -46.3% compared with Q2 2019. However, the start of the recovery was apparent in Q3 2020, where sales were down by -5.3% on the same period the previous year.

Highlighting the bounce back in the second half of the year, P&H sales in the final quarter of 2020 were +11.9% higher than Q3 2020.  However, with Q4 having five fewer trading days, average sales a day (which take trading days into account) were up +21.3%. 

Cumulative year-to-date sales turned negative in March 2020, and fell sharply in both April (-17.8%) and May (-24.5%). Since then, sales have steadily improved, finishing down -13.2% on 2019 by the year end. 
PHMI trend data is indexed on the 12 months of 2019. The fourth quarter PHMI index (based on 2019 sales) was 103.4, making it the first quarter to exceed 100 in 2020. 
The ground-breaking research report is the first to analyse point of sales tracking data collated from a range of specialist plumbing and heating merchants with combined annual sales of £3bn, representing 75-80% of the total sales value of this market.  

Commenting on the launch, BMF CEO John Newcomb said: 

“Plumbing & Heating is an important segment within the overall building materials market, with an annual value of around £5.4bn.  While P&H sales through generalist merchants are reported in our established Builders Merchant Building Index, the majority of transactions are through specialist P&H merchants which have not previously been reported. The new Plumbing & Heating Index rectifies this and will deliver a far more accurate picture of sales activity in this segment.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade at GfK added:

“With the crisis still in full swing and the roadmap to the end of lockdown recently announced, the launch of the Plumbing & Heating Index comes at an appropriate time. This will enhance visibility and shed light on an important part of the Trade sector which up until now has not been possible.”

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
PHMI Q4 2020 News
The BMF in partnership with MRA Research and GfK has launched a new statistical report focused exclusively on the plumbing and heating market. The new Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index sets the gold standard in reliable market trends.

BMF Responds to Budget Statement


3 March 2021

BMF Responds to Budget StatementCommenting on today’s Budget Statement, John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation said:

“The Chancellor largely struck the right notes in announcing continued support for business as we move through the final stages of the coronavirus roadmap and plan for recovery.  

“We were particularly pleased that the Chancellor sought to support smaller businesses by recognising the need for continued furlough support and business rates discounts, which will help our SME members as they return to pre-covid levels of operation.  Similar extensions to self-employment grants will help small builders and other trades who form the main merchant customer base and ensure they are still in business to service the needs of homeowners helped by the new government-backed mortgage guarantee scheme and the extension of the Stamp Duty Holiday.

“We also welcome the announcement of a new UK Infrastructure Bank which was a key ask of our Construction Leadership Council colleagues, and noted the reference to investment by construction firms in the Chancellor’s announcement of his Super Deduction tax initiative.  Clearly, he is looking to the construction industry to help drive economic recovery.

“However, while the Chancellor spoke of the Government’s commitment to Green Growth, we were disappointed that this announcement did not include support for a National Retrofit Strategy.  This would not only upgrade the country’s housing stock to the highest levels of energy efficiency, but would also provide a platform to upskill the building trade with skills required both to retrofit existing homes and build low carbon new homes, helping to achieve the Government’s Net Zero ambition.”
 
BMF Responds to Budget Statement
Commenting on today’s Budget Statement, John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation said: " The Chancellor largely struck the right notes...

Builders merchants sales continue positive trend in Q4 2020


25 February 2021

Builders merchants sales continue positive trend in Q4 2020Figures for the final quarter of 2020 published today (25 February 2021) in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirm the sector’s continued bounce back from the April lockdown which led to a dramatic decline in sales during Q2.  

The BMBI had previously reported a strong performance in Q3 with sales returning to near normal levels.  The positive trend continued in Q4 2020, with total builders’ merchants’ sales growth of +5.4% compared with Q4 2019, helped by one more trading day this year.  

The Q4 year-on-year increase was driven by strong performances in Landscaping (+22.9%), Timber & Joinery (+12.7%) and Heavy Building Materials (+4.3%).  Sales value growth in Timber & Joinery was predominantly driven by Timber, with the well documented stock shortages a key driver.  No other product category sold more in Q4 2020 than Q4 2019, with Plumbing, Heating and Electrical (-6.0%) the lowest performer.

There is normally a seasonal sales decline in Q4 and 2020 was no exception.  With five fewer trading days in Q4, total builders’ merchants’ sales were down by -10.8% compared to Q3 2020.  The average sales a day figure for Q4 (-3.4%) was also down on Q3.

Taking 2020 as a whole, total sales value was down by -10.7% on 2019.  Given the public’s focus on their gardens during the first lockdown, it is no surprise that Landscaping was the only category to show an annual increase in sales value (+5.4%), with Workwear and Safetywear (-0.1%) the next best performer.  The weakest annual results were found in the more lightside oriented categories with Tools (-20.2%), Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (-19.1%), Kitchens & Bathrooms (-18.1%) and Decorating (-16.5%).

Commenting on the Q4 sales data, John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“Given widespread site closures both at the start of the pandemic and for extended Christmas shut down periods, the continued year-on year growth seen in the final quarter of 2020 provides a positive indicator of the building industry’s recovery.  No doubt the Covid effect, including its impact on product availability, will be felt for some time to come. But the adaptability to enforced changes demonstrated by merchants and their trade customers over the past 12 months gives me a cautious degree of optimism for the coming year.”

Emile van der Ryst, Senior Client Insight Manager – Trade at GfK added:

“A final review of this year highlights just how well the sector has bounced back. During Q2 the economic outlook for the remainder of 2020 seemed perilous, but a combination of RMI activity plus relaxed restrictions in Q3, followed by Brexit uncertainty combined with anticipated stock shortages in Q4 turned the ship.  Taking all the above into consideration the final annual result of a -10.7% value declines seems a lot more palatable. 2021 now provides a realistic hope of a return to normality and an expected economic upswing.”
 
Builders merchants sales continue positive trend in Q4 2020
Figures for the final quarter of 2020 published 25 February 2021 in the BMF’s BMBI confirm the sector’s continued bounce back from the April lockdown which led to a dramatic decline in sales during Q2.

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June


21 April 2021

BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in JuneIn response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

To be chaired by Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager at Bradfords Building Supplies and sponsored by BMF service member, Peak, the Sustainability Forum will bring together merchants and building material manufacturers for regular briefings and discussions to share progress and best practice.

The inaugural Sustainability Forum will feature a presentation about the CLC’s Construct Zero initiative from Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineers. 

Sustainability Forum Chair Giles Bradford joined his family’s business to head up communications in September 2019 after a 12-year career as an officer in the Royal Navy, and then as a management consultant in NHS and defence sectors.  His understanding and passion for the sustainable built environment rapidly developed over the past 18 months and he now leads Bradfords’ commitment to it.

Giles Bradford said: “I’m delighted and honoured to chair the BMF Sustainability Forum. Bradfords’ approach to sustainability is underpinned with a deep-rooted understanding of the responsibility that the business has to support its communities and their futures. We must all work together.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “As manufacturers and merchants, BMF members are in the vanguard of the supply chain and have a vital role to play in championing and delivering the changes necessary for success in the Race to Zero carbon. Our new Sustainability Forum will not just raise awareness, it will also shine a spotlight on the work members are doing to deliver low carbon solutions.”

Mark Perkins, Construction Territory Lead at Peak said: “Artificial intelligence is a technology that helps merchants and manufacturers to drive growth sustainably. Peak are proud to be sponsoring the inaugural BMF Sustainability Forum and look forward to sharing ideas on best practice and innovation.”
 
BMF Sustainability Forum to launch in June
In response to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) ambition to drive carbon out of construction the BMF is launching a new Sustainability Forum, which will meet for the first time on 9 June.

BMF applauds widespread endorsement of National Retrofit Strategy


17 March 2021

BMF applauds widespread endorsement of National Retrofit StrategyThe BMF, which has been campaigning in support of the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) National Retrofit Strategy expressed its delight that the consultation document has received widespread endorsement.

50 organisations including representatives of the energy and water sectors are backing the CLC National Retrofit Strategy which sets out a twenty-year blueprint to transform the nation’s housing stock to make it greener and more energy efficient. 

Britain’s 28 million homes contribute 20% of the country’s carbon emissions so unless these are retrofitted to make them more energy efficient we won’t achieve a zero carbon economy by 2050. The CLC National Retrofit Strategy is structured into four phases and calls on the Government to invest an initial £5.3bn over the next four years to help kickstart the retrofit market. The benefits of this investment would lead an additional 100,000 new jobs; a saving to the NHS of £1.4bn; and a reduction in householders’ energy bills by as much as £436. 

Andy Mitchell, Co-Chair of the CLC Task Force, said: 

“Given our homes contribute 20% of the nation’s carbon emissions it is essential that we start to retrofit them to make them more energy efficient. With widespread industry support the CLC is calling on the Government to adopt the National Retrofit Strategy to make our homes greener. Our strategy has been fully costed and offers a roadmap about how the Government can create a low carbon built environment by 2040.” 

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, and one of the 16 members of the CLC Domestic RMI Working Group who compiled the National Retrofit Strategy, said:

“It is extremely encouraging that the wider construction industry, water and energy sectors all agree the need for a Government-backed National Retrofit Strategy.  We cannot achieve a zero carbon economy by 2050 if we don’t address the energy efficiency of our existing homes, which make up the vast majority of the UK’s housing stock. This strategy is a ready-made solution for a Government that is putting such high emphasis on the success of the COP26 Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November.”
 
BMF applauds widespread endorsement of National Retrofit Strategy
The BMF, which has been campaigning in support of the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) National Retrofit Strategy expressed its delight that the consultation document has received widespread endorsement.

BMF backs CLC’s CO2nstruct Zero industry change programme


9 March 2021

The BMF is supporting CO2nstruct Zero, the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) response to the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published in November 2020, which set out a path to Net Zero by 2050. 

CO2nstruct Zero is the CLC’s cross industry change programme to drive carbon out of all parts of the construction supply chain by 2050. From manufacturing and design to construction and operation of assets, the programme sets out how the industry can together meet the Net Zero challenge. It uses the Climate Change Committee’s 6th Carbon budget to establish the priorities that frame the action plan and how we will collectively measure and hold ourselves to account.

The BMF has announced the launch of its own Sustainability Forum to raise awareness amongst members and will be supporting the CO2nstruct Zero message at three milestone events this year – the BMF Members’ Day Conference in September, where there will be a dedicated section on the drive to net zero; the BMF Parliamentary Reception in October, with the headline theme, Building a Sustainable Britain; and at the BMF All Industry Conference in November, where one of four themed workshops will be devoted to sustainability.  

BMF members will be encouraged to become Business Champions sharing their approach to delivering on the nine priority areas encompassed within CO2nstruct Zero. The priority areas include:

- Accelerating the shift to zero emission vehicles

- Working with Government to deliver retrofitting to improve the energy efficiency of existing housing stock

- Scaling up industry capability to deliver low carbon heat solutions in buildings, supporting heat pump deployment, trials of hydrogen heating systems and heat networks

- Supporting the development of innovative low carbon materials (in particular concrete and steel) as well as advancing low carbon solutions for manufacturing processes and distribution

- Maximising use of modern methods of construction and improved onsite logistics, reducing waste and transport to sites.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “Over the past 12 months the construction industry demonstrated what can be achieved when it combined its effort as a single force to tackle Covid-19. In the lead up to the COP26 Climate Change Conference in November, the industry has another great opportunity to work together and make real progress in the Race for Zero. As manufacturers and merchants, BMF members are in the vanguard of the supply chain and have a vital role to play in championing and delivering the changes necessary for success.”
 
The BMF is supporting CO2nstruct Zero, the CLC's response to the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published in November 2020, which set out a path to Net Zero by 2050.

Supply issues impacting on construction sector 


26 January 2021

Supply issues impacting on construction sectorA shortage of construction products including roofing materials and timber is starting to impact on the building industry, according to a leading industry trade body.

The BMF - whose members represent a £38 billion slice of the construction industry supply chain – has received reports of August availability for some roofing products, while timber prices are surging by an average of 20 per cent.

Factors including high demand, coupled with escalating prices for shipping and delays at some British ports, are all having a major impact. 

John Newcomb is chief executive of the BMF and co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council’s Brexit Movement of Building Products and Materials Group.

He said: “We’ve had a report of a merchant being quoted as far ahead as August availability for some roofing products, particularly pitched roof tiles.

“We are also facing significant issues with timber supplies. 

“Merchants have seen an exceptional demand for building materials since the first lockdown. 

“In November we saw an average growth of nine per cent across our membership compared to the same time last year.

“Looking at December’s figures, we are predicting that growth could be double digits, and that’s unprecedented.

“We know a number of roof tile manufacturers are taking extensive steps to meet this exceptional demand.

“Through the Construction Leadership Council, we are also working together with Government to address the issues we face, but it’s a complex situation with many different factors leading us into this position.”

The BMF is also looking into the massive surge in costs of building products shipped in containers from the Far East.

Mr Newcomb added: “As we reported late last year, we continue to see issues with the availability of products imported in containers, mainly from the Far East, such as screws and fixings, tools, plumbing items, bathroom suites and shower enclosures.

“Since then, the situation has only got worse. 

“Our members manufacture 76 per cent of building products in the UK. 

“However, we need to ensure access to these goods from around the world, to keep the industry running.”
 
Lakes Showering, a manufacturer and supplier of showering spaces, walk-ins and bath screens, is a family-owned business, based in Tewkesbury, which imports into the UK, via the China-Europe shipping route. 

Sales and Marketing Director, Mike Tattam, said: “We are facing a perfect storm caused by a number of factors, including a shortage of containers because of unprecedented demand, ships mothballed with their containers and crew, and carriers reluctant to take bookings for the UK because of the congestion at UK ports.

“The latest development is that we’ve found the shipping companies are not even quoting contract rates, it’s all based on spot pricing, where you get what’s available at a price, on that day. 

“Currently we are looking at the cost for a container of around $15,000. This time last year it was $2,100.

“We’ve even heard reports of costs going to $30,000, and that’s untenable. 

“It’s having a very serious impact and it’s a situation that’s getting rapidly worse.”
 
Supply issues impacting on construction sector
A shortage of construction products including roofing materials and timber is starting to impact on the building industry, according to a leading industry trade body.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference


13 May 2021

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry ConferenceTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November. 

Tony Adams had huge success as a footballer, winning many league and cup trophies during his 22 year career. He has also battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years. More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help. 

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.  

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “At the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2019 we shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. There will undoubtedly be additional challenges for those returning to the workplace after furlough or home working, so I am delighted that Tony Adams will be sharing his expertise at this year’s Conference.” 
The Mental Health Workshop, sponsored by Encon, is one of four workshops taking place at the event.

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference
Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

First BMF net zero carbon Business Champions announced

6 May 2021

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

The initial cohort have been selected by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) having demonstrated their commitment towards the sector’s drive towards reducing carbon emissions in the delivery and operation of the built environment.  

The four BMF Business Champions, ACO Technologies, APP Wholesale, Bradfords Building Supplies and Travis Perkins plc, have each committed to share tangible evidence of their net zero carbon plans against the nine CO2nstructZero principles1, contribute to the CO2nstructZero industry reporting process and work together to support companies in the sector to develop their own plans in support of the industry change programme.

- ACO Technologies is designing their production processes and products to reduce embodied carbon as well as transport and installation carbons.
- APP Wholesale’s initiatives include a ‘Boiler Box’ scheme to collect and recycle all end of life boilers for its customers, and fleet and delivery changes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Bradfords Building Supplies is investigating an integrated electric vehicle charging system for their fleet and their customers, as well as working with architects to help - identify low carbon alternatives during the design process.
- Travis Perkins plc has set a target of net zero on scopes 1 and 2 by 2035 and is developing plans to use alternative fuels in existing vehicles and increase electric vehicles in their fleet.

The other initial Business Champions are:  

Keltbray 
Mace 
Mid Group 
Multiplex 
Laing O’Rourke 
Arcadis 
AICO
RLB
Turner & Townsend
Buro Happold

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK's Net Zero Business Champion and Chair of the  CO2nstructZero Advisory Board, said: 

“This is a hugely significant moment for the UK’s construction industry. As we look towards COP26 later this year, the whole sector must work together to drive real change. From global UK companies to the smallest local businesses, our business champions represent the best of the sector and will play a key role in helping to drive transformational change in how we deliver the built environment.

“We cannot deliver our ambitious national Net Zero Carbon ambitions without changing how we build – and our business champions will set a fantastic example for others to follow.”

Two of the initial BMF Business Champions, APP Wholesale and Bradfords Building Supplies were invited to speak at the launch event at UK Construction Week, today (6 May 2021).

Matthew Pierce, Marketing Director, from APP Wholesale, said: 

“APP Wholesale Ltd has signed up to be involved in CO2nstructZero because we supply a substantial proportion of the heating market and have an obligation to try and mitigate some of these activities. CO2nstructZero has come just at the right time when we are looking at these obligations and being part of a bigger movement is driving us to gain knowledge and having peers who we can emulate is amazing.”

Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager from Bradfords Building Supplies, said: 

“Bradfords has supported the communities in which we operate for over a quarter of a millennium.  We see net zero as the next iteration in helping the sustainability of these, our, communities.  The key CO2nstructZero priority for Bradfords is priority four: ‘supporting government to deliver retrofitting’. As a builders’ merchant our proximity to the RMI market, trades and homeowners lends itself to this.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, said:

“We are extremely proud to see four BMF member companies, representing both merchants and manufacturers, at the forefront of the CLC’s net zero initiative. It is clear that every element within construction must consider how they operate if we are to achieve the zero carbon aim.  At this early stage, it is important to have forward thinking champions as role models and I would encourage more companies in our sector to step forward.  We would be happy to help them apply for Business Champion Status and share their experience.”

The CLC is seeking further net zero champions and is running an ongoing monthly recruitment drive for more companies to commit to CO2nstructZero.  All business champions will work alongside the CLC and other major industry bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, to share innovations and best practice and act as promotors and role models.  

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF


14 May 2021

Support the vaccination campaign urges BMFThe BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK.  The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all colleagues to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  

The BMF is just one of the leading businesses, employer and industry bodies that have come together to support the biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history.  They will urge member companies to play their part and do everything they can to ensure colleagues are protected and get everyone back to work safely.

The Government is calling upon all UK organisations to introduce internal awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of vaccines.  BMF members will be supplied with a range of promotional resources co-branded with the NHS providing accurate and reliable information to encourage staff to get the vaccine.  BMF members will also be asked to provide flexibility for colleagues to attend vaccine appointments during work hours. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The building materials community has been incredibly supportive of the NHS since the start of the pandemic, supplying PPE equipment during the initial shortage and joining the BMF’s ‘Builders’ Merchants Supporting the NHS’ scheme to offer NHS workers discounts at local builders’ merchants.

“We are confident that our community will do everything it can to support the NHS once more by promoting vaccine uptake and making it as easy as possible for team members to attend appointments to get their jab.” 

Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Vaccines save lives, they protect you and your loved ones from this terrible virus and they are the best way out of this pandemic.

“Thank you to all of the organisations which have joined this incredibly important campaign to promote vaccine uptake.

“I call on every business in the UK, no matter how big or small, to join the national charge and help your employees to access life-saving jabs when they are eligible.”

With more than 54 million vaccines administered so far, people aged 38 and over are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15 April and is on track to offer a jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

For BMF/NHS vaccine campaign resources, email Hannah.Taylor@bmf.org.uk
 
Support the vaccination campaign urges BMF
The BMF is throwing its weight behind a Government campaign to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. The Federation will be helping to spread the message amongst builders’ merchants and building materials manufacturers, urging them to encourage all co

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference


13 May 2021

Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry ConferenceTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November. 

Tony Adams had huge success as a footballer, winning many league and cup trophies during his 22 year career. He has also battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years. More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help. 

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.  

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “At the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2019 we shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. There will undoubtedly be additional challenges for those returning to the workplace after furlough or home working, so I am delighted that Tony Adams will be sharing his expertise at this year’s Conference.” 
The Mental Health Workshop, sponsored by Encon, is one of four workshops taking place at the event.

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference is due to take place in Harrogate and York from 4 to 7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
Tony Adams to speak on Mental Health at BMF All Industry Conference
Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF


10 May 2021

Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMFThe BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership. 

Established in 1847, Robert Price is one of the oldest merchants in country.  Today it is the largest independent merchant in South East Wales employing some 250 people and serving a diverse customer base that encompasses housebuilders, commercial contractors, public sector organisations, local tradesmen and DIYers. The group operates a network of 23 branches that includes timber, roofing and insulation specialists and an agricultural division as well as 16 general merchants.

Robert Price has a wealth of previous experience as an active member of the BMF, and its predecessor the National Federation of Builders and Plumbers Merchants, with senior team members serving on a number of committees and Managing Director, Will Godfrey serving several terms as Area Chairman. 

Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price said:

“We are delighted to join the BMF again and looking forward to utilising the benefits that membership will bring. The past twelve months have showcased the benefits of industry collaboration, especially when it comes to lobbying and regulatory updates.  We are eager to get involved with the BMF’s exciting networking and collaborative opportunities, the wealth of staff training provision available and other brilliant initiatives and schemes they deliver.”

Richard Jones, BMF Regional Manager for Wales said:

“I am very happy that we are able to welcome Robert Price back into BMF membership at this time.  Our aim is to help every member build excellence in their business and I am looking forward to working with the senior management team on a range of business support services, including Welsh Government public sector initiatives, and helping them identify learning and development opportunities for their growing team.”
 
Historic Welsh merchant returns to the BMF
The BMF is pleased to welcome Robert Price (Builders’ Merchants) Ltd back into membership.

First BMF net zero carbon Business Champions announced

6 May 2021

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.

The initial cohort have been selected by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) having demonstrated their commitment towards the sector’s drive towards reducing carbon emissions in the delivery and operation of the built environment.  

The four BMF Business Champions, ACO Technologies, APP Wholesale, Bradfords Building Supplies and Travis Perkins plc, have each committed to share tangible evidence of their net zero carbon plans against the nine CO2nstructZero principles1, contribute to the CO2nstructZero industry reporting process and work together to support companies in the sector to develop their own plans in support of the industry change programme.

- ACO Technologies is designing their production processes and products to reduce embodied carbon as well as transport and installation carbons.
- APP Wholesale’s initiatives include a ‘Boiler Box’ scheme to collect and recycle all end of life boilers for its customers, and fleet and delivery changes to reduce carbon emissions.
- Bradfords Building Supplies is investigating an integrated electric vehicle charging system for their fleet and their customers, as well as working with architects to help - identify low carbon alternatives during the design process.
- Travis Perkins plc has set a target of net zero on scopes 1 and 2 by 2035 and is developing plans to use alternative fuels in existing vehicles and increase electric vehicles in their fleet.

The other initial Business Champions are:  

Keltbray 
Mace 
Mid Group 
Multiplex 
Laing O’Rourke 
Arcadis 
AICO
RLB
Turner & Townsend
Buro Happold

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK's Net Zero Business Champion and Chair of the  CO2nstructZero Advisory Board, said: 

“This is a hugely significant moment for the UK’s construction industry. As we look towards COP26 later this year, the whole sector must work together to drive real change. From global UK companies to the smallest local businesses, our business champions represent the best of the sector and will play a key role in helping to drive transformational change in how we deliver the built environment.

“We cannot deliver our ambitious national Net Zero Carbon ambitions without changing how we build – and our business champions will set a fantastic example for others to follow.”

Two of the initial BMF Business Champions, APP Wholesale and Bradfords Building Supplies were invited to speak at the launch event at UK Construction Week, today (6 May 2021).

Matthew Pierce, Marketing Director, from APP Wholesale, said: 

“APP Wholesale Ltd has signed up to be involved in CO2nstructZero because we supply a substantial proportion of the heating market and have an obligation to try and mitigate some of these activities. CO2nstructZero has come just at the right time when we are looking at these obligations and being part of a bigger movement is driving us to gain knowledge and having peers who we can emulate is amazing.”

Giles Bradford, Communications and Engagement Manager from Bradfords Building Supplies, said: 

“Bradfords has supported the communities in which we operate for over a quarter of a millennium.  We see net zero as the next iteration in helping the sustainability of these, our, communities.  The key CO2nstructZero priority for Bradfords is priority four: ‘supporting government to deliver retrofitting’. As a builders’ merchant our proximity to the RMI market, trades and homeowners lends itself to this.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, said:

“We are extremely proud to see four BMF member companies, representing both merchants and manufacturers, at the forefront of the CLC’s net zero initiative. It is clear that every element within construction must consider how they operate if we are to achieve the zero carbon aim.  At this early stage, it is important to have forward thinking champions as role models and I would encourage more companies in our sector to step forward.  We would be happy to help them apply for Business Champion Status and share their experience.”

The CLC is seeking further net zero champions and is running an ongoing monthly recruitment drive for more companies to commit to CO2nstructZero.  All business champions will work alongside the CLC and other major industry bodies, including the Builders Merchants Federation, to share innovations and best practice and act as promotors and role models.  

Four BMF member companies were amongst the first fourteen champions from across the UK’s construction supply chain to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency.
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