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Here are the latest news stories from the BMF

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

BMF forecasts short term slowdown in sales growth


BMF Forecast Q3 2019For the second quarter in succession, revisions to the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast of merchant sales show a drop in expected growth for 2019 over 2018.  The slowdown in growth is now expected to continue into Q1 2020.

Published by the BMF, values are forecast based on previous trends found within the Builders Merchants Building Index* (BMBI) data.  As the forecast is unable to account for external factors, such as the uncertainty caused by continuing Brexit delays and weather events that hinder construction activity, the BMF expects performance to go against previous industry trends and for growth to be lower in both Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

Despite two successive quarters of negative growth in Q2 and Q3, 2019 overall is forecast to see a marginal increase with average year on year sales growth of 1.9% (revised down from the previous forecast of 3.0%).

Year on year sales growth for Q1 2020 has also been revised down to 5.7% (from the previous forecast of 6.5%).  However, looking further forward, the forecast for overall average year on year growth in 2020 has improved to 4.6% (up from 4.3%).

The Builders Merchants Industry Forecast is a comprehensive analysis of merchant market performance* from July 2014 to September 2019 coupled with an analysis of the key factors affecting builders’ merchants’ sales to project future sales from October 2019 to December 2021.

A PDF edition of the 36pp Q3 Forecast (Winter 2019) can be purchased for £195 + VAT.  Contact Nyssa Patel, BMF Industry Analyst/Economist on 02476 854994 or email nyssa.patel@bmf.org.uk



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*The BMF’s econometric forecast model uses sales data from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) as the main sales variable. BMBI data is collated monthly from 80% of generalist builders merchants sales throughout Great Britain and analysed by research company, GfK. It is the most accurate sales date within the construction industry.  The forecast model also uses five other variables that indicated the highest level of correlation with builders merchants sales, namely: Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, Weekly Household Income, Season, All New Work, and Number of trading day (per month). 

 



For the second quarter in succession, revisions to the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast of merchant sales show a drop in expected growth for 2019 over 2018. The slowdown in growth is now expected to continue into Q1 2020.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




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The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

Climate change: BMF thanks by Lib Dem Deputy Leader


26 November 2019

“We have got to get on with insulating more homes because that’s the low-hanging fruit to make housing more energy efficient” Sir Edward Davey has told the BMF.

“And we have to find ways to re-purpose gas heating to move to a net zero carbon economy".

The BMF attended an invitation-only City of London breakfast briefing to hear the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats discuss the finance and economics of climate change prior to next month’s General Election. Ed Davey is also Shadow Chancellor and speaks for his Party on financial, economic and taxation policy. He told guests that - apart from Brexit - tackling the climate emergency is central to Lib Dem thinking.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, asked if the Shadow Chancellor was willing to intervene in the tax system and give Enhanced Capital Allowances to help manufacturers bring to market the materials and products needed to de-carbonise heating and electrify homes. His answer was an emphatic yes.

Sir Edward wants more done to re-purpose gas boilers and noted work being done by BMF members to develop boilers that burn either hydrogen or hydrogen-blended fuel. The question is whether it is do-able. If hydrogen is the answer, he said he supports tax relief for businesses to help bring to market heating that does not use fossil fuel and to scale-up to meet demand. But carbon capture and storage projects are also needed in the production of hydrogen, he added.

Ed Davey reflected on his time as Energy and Climate Change Secretary in the 2010-2015 Coalition Government. He recalled his frustration then in trying to make two different - but complimentary - regulations on energy efficiency and on heating work better together to benefit consumers.

The Shadow Chancellor has met Brett Amphlett and the BMF several times before - most recently at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Bournemouth two months ago. He thanked the BMF for all its work in trying to overcome problems surrounding the Green Deal before it ran into difficulty and eventual closure in 2015.

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“We have got to get on with insulating more homes because that’s the low-hanging fruit to make housing more energy efficient” Sir Edward Davey has told the BMF.

Minister acknowledges Building Materials Industry’s net zero carbon role

30 October 2019


Nadhim Zahawi MP and John NewcombNadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions, to help deliver the Government’s net zero target by 2050.

Mr Zahawi was speaking at the BMF’s Parliamentary Innovation Reception at the House of Commons on 29 October, which showcased some of the latest products developed by the BMF’s supplier members. Thirteen companies were on hand to show how they use materials science and process technology to develop low-carbon solutions, increase resource efficiency and improve product performance.

Paying tribute to the innovations that BMF members have developed, Mr Zahawi said: “Whether it is to improve insulation, to develop new applications for traditional products, reduce the environmental impact of buildings or products and processes, or bringing to market emerging technologies such as heat pumps, BMF members are playing a leading role in improving the productivity and international competitiveness of the sector in the UK.”

The BMF’s industry and parliamentary programme actively engages with politicians from all parties throughout the year, representing members’ interests on relevant issues of the day and demonstrating the role they play in the construction supply chain.  

Addressing the Parliamentary Innovation Reception, BMF CEO John Newcomb stressed the need for the building materials sector to shine a spotlight on its investment in innovation and the contribution this makes to the country’s economy.

John Newcomb said: “We are aware that Construction and, in particular, the Building Materials sector has for far too long flown under the radar. Despite the importance of a sector that is overwhelmingly based in the United Kingdom, directly provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and is critical to the future economic success of the country, our industry is often overlooked by Government, perceived as “old fashioned” and lacking innovation.  Collectively we need to address this error and this event is part of that process of change. 

“It is, therefore, extremely gratifying to hear Mr Zahawi praise the innovation he has seen today. There is a concern that current Government Policy directly promotes a move away from UK manufactured materials to offsite and modular homes where the raw materials are almost all imported. If not managed carefully this could result in the long-term demise of a very important UK based industry and the loss of the multiplier effect to the circular economy.

“Our desire is to work with Government to harness the current investment in innovation within the building materials sector to help to deliver the jobs and growth that we will need in a post-Brexit economy.”

The BMF thanks UK Construction Week for their Headline sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to our supplier sponsors: ACO, Aliaxis, BSW Group, Crystal Direct, Fernox, Grundfos, Ibstock, JCB, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, Talasey, Velux and Worcester Bosch.



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Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

BMF Young Achiever of the Year winners announced

24 September 2019


Jade Terry (second from left) and JAyson Richards (right receiving their awards)The winners of the BMF’s prestigious Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed, with Jayson Richards from City Plumbing Supplies named as Young Merchant Achiever 2019 and Jade Terry of Naylor Industries named as Young Supplier Achiever 2019.  

Two honourable mentions were made in the Young Merchant Achiever category, with Fergus Bell of Bradfords Building Supplies taking the silver runners-up prize and Zia Islam of Gibbs & Dandy taking the bronze award for third place.   

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “The Young Achiever of the Year Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement amongst the next generation of BMF members.  They provide a huge confidence boost not only to the winners, but to all those nominated for an Award.  Once again we were delighted to see such a wealth of young talent within the industry and choosing the winners was a tough task.  Our congratulations to them all.”  

The BMF would like to thank Hafele, Bostik and GfK for their kind sponsorship of these Awards.


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The winners of the BMF’s prestigious 2019 Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed ....

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




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The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

Government consult with BMF on packaging responsibility reform

11 December 2019

The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF. Unlike household waste and household packaging used in high street retail, merchants already incur the cost of managing waste from their distribution and delivery services.

The BMF was responding to an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it carried out a consultation over the summer seeking views on: (a) extending current producer responsibility; (b) recycling targets to 2030; (c) incentivising good design including reusable and refillable packaging; and (d) a single point of compliance.

The BMF took part in the consultation, arguing that waste from commercial or industrial packaging should remain outside the scope of DEFRA’s proposals. Merchants sell to the trade and packaging used is for business-to-business transactions. They have contracts with waste management companies and surplus packaging has a monetary value in the secondary materials markets.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy and Public Affairs Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the last Government heeded what we said and that Environment Ministers decided to keep the status quo in favour of merchants. Extended Producer Responsibility is about the ‘value chain’ and eliminating unnecessary packaging and boosting recycling rates”.

“Whatever policy the next Government adopts, the over-riding objective must be to boost investment in waste collection and treatment - and to expand capacity and capability in the waste management industry. One way is with Capital Allowances. If firms are confident that the new ministers will provide a stable, long-term policy and regulatory framework, we ought to see investment and innovation in better, smarter and greener types of packaging.”

Mr Amphlett warned that full net cost recovery must be designed in a way that strikes a fair balance between the cost of collection and handling and the second-hand value of packaging. The worry is that if policy is not introduced with care, illegal fly-tipping will increase - especially as merchants’ premises are prone to dumping at night and weekends. He argued that part of increased producer fees must go to local councils to fund proper clean-up and enforcement action.

The intended date for these proposals to come into force is 2023. DEFRA will conduct a second consultation about implementation after the Department formulates the next stage of its proposals.




For the latest BMF policy updates please click here.
The Government is right to exclude packaging for commercial and industrial applications from proposals to introduce full net cost recovery, according to the BMF.

BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

9 December 2019

John Newcomb of the BMF at TrustpilotThe BMF today announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

With more than 71 million reviews of over 320,000 domains, Trustpilot gives customers a place to discover others’ opinions, validate their decision to use any business and share their own experiences. It also gives companies the tools to listen, respond and use review insights to improve service.

Trustpilot will join the BMF as a service member on 1 January 2020 and the BMF has negotiated at 10% discount for BMF members signing up for Trustpilot’s Lite, Pro or Enterprise plans after that date.  To help companies get started with collecting reviews from their customers, Trustpilot also offers a free account with limited access to its full range of tools.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK at Trustpilot said: “We are already working with a number of BMF members who recognise the value of listening and engaging with their customers in a way that is helping them build greater trust.  We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and helping even more merchants, both to track and analyse customer satisfaction and to showcase and grow their business.”  

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “This is an exciting partnership promoting customer engagement. Trustpilot provides an independent platform on which to assess and showcase customer service, which fits well with the BMF’s strategy to help members build excellence in every aspect of their business. In particular, merchants can gain insights about their customers’ experience and identify trends and patterns in feedback. Should they identify a particular issue, the BMF is always able to provide assistance with training solutions to help develop a more customer centric approach.”
The BMF has announced its partnership with Trustpilot, the leading global review platform, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

6 December 2019

BMF RCOE at Ideal StandardThe BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London.

The BMF launched the new centre during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

The BMF’s growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence means training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members across the UK and Ireland. This BMF centre, based in Ideal Standard’s stunning new Clerkenwell Design and Specification centre, will serve BMF members in the London/South East region.

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100% focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the UK - Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Together they form the leading manufacturer of bathroom and washroom products in the country and have a strong presence in every sector of the construction market. These resources mean the Company are able to combine expertise and experience with the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a range of high quality, high performance products.

Katie Cope, Marketing Director at Ideal Standard comments “We are really proud that our London centre is the 30th BMF Centre of Excellence, providing a place for their members to meet, train and network. Investing in skills is incredibly important to the ongoing strength of the merchant sector, the investment and support that the BMF is able to offer to members of all sizes is central to the values of the organisation.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This is an excellent centre and we are extremely grateful that Ideal Standard are opening the centre to our members too, as localisation is an important strategy for the BMF. We look forward to holding future meetings and training courses here for members in the region.”  

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Ideal Standard visit www.ideal-standard.co.uk.



Pictured L-R: Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)
The BMF has just launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard at Clerkenwell in London, during the Winter meeting of the BMF Young Merchants on 5 December.

NMBS backs BMF launch of ETIM product data model

6 December 2019

NMBSThe NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

The ETIM model, which simplifies the transfer of information between manufacturer and merchant, was first introduced to the UK’s electro-technical sector by the EDA, now the BMF is to begin work on its expansion into two further sectors, Building Materials and HVAC & Sanitary. 

Chris Hayward, MD of NMBS said: “As a buying society we strive to develop and strengthen independent merchants by innovating and adding value at every opportunity.  Clearly ETIM has as important role to play in this regard and we will support the BMF as they work with the industry to roll out this data-model in the building materials and HVAC sectors.”

ETIM not only ensures that all users of the product data employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values, it streamlines the transfer of information, removes inefficiency in the supply chain and facilitates the transition to online trading.  More and more trade customers have grown up with the internet and there is a growing demand to order building products and manage trade accounts online.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “I am delighted that NMBS has announced their support for an initiative that will help independent merchants address the challenge of digitalisation. A major barrier to digitalisation in our sector is the need to obtain and manage standardised e-commerce friendly product data.  ETIM provides that standard and its introduction will be a priority for the BMF in 2020.” 


For more information about ETIM click here
The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.
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