Our latest updates on COVID-19

We have created this online hub of information for you to refer to. It sets out the BMF position and what we are doing for the sector at this time. 

Please note, all information is issued as guidance only. In a fast-changing situation, please consult official Government resources for clarity.  



BMF's working during the pandemic

This video shows what the BMF has been during to help support its members and the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What our members say...

"Thank you BMF for your assistance in achieving clarity here. Great example of an Industry Federation being pro-active on behalf of members. You and we are reaping the benefits of the hard yards gained over the past 7 months, keeping close to the decision makers and promoting the vital service our businesses provide in maintaining the economic and wellbeing needs of our localities, our staff and the country as a whole." - Mark Davies, LBS Builders Merchants

"I would like to personally express my thanks and gratitude to the BMF for taking such a proactive role in advising and communicating with its membership during the coronavirus crisis. It is accurate to state that the BMF have been on the front foot throughout and I am pleased to declare that I have used the BMF as my ‘go to’ source for information during this crisis. I have felt very fortunate and proud to be part of the Federation. It has been quite remarkable how you have achieved continued proactivity with your membership whilst having to restructure and reorganise your own working practices. Very well done to all staff members."Tony Hobbs, Southern Sheeting 

"John Newcomb has been so pro-active through this whole issue and what a brilliant job John and his team have done at the BMF in trying to help us all. Once again on behalf of our businesses, can i please say a huge thanks to you and everyone at the BMF for all your help and support. It is genuinely appreciated by us." - Stewart.G.Shaw (Jnr), Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies Ltd.

"BMF's COVID-19 support was 10/10, particularly with regard to representation in the political arena." - David Young, Bradfords

"BMF's response has been very strong, doing everything possible to ensure merchants trade safely." - Dennis O'Connor, Home Project Centre

"BMF responded extremely well, communicating with merchants, suppliers and customer groups." - Mike Newnham, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland and Jewson

"Having been on several of the recent zoom forums and keeping track of your email updates.  You have been exceptionally busy, working hard to ensure our sector is best represented with government during these exceptional times.  As we have been open and working through this whole pandemic (supporting UK and Export customers) I understand more than most how busy you have been." - Jamie Fisher, Monument Tools

"I hope that you are keeping well, the BMF is now well recognised within Government circles and the letter is a great recognition of the effort that both you and the team have put in during the CV-19 period." - Ian Haldane, Haldane Fisher

"BMF has been brilliant, especially talking to government to gain clarity. These were essential services." - Steve Robinson, JT Dove

"BMF adapted fast. We took our plumbing & heating forum online with twice the usual attendance." - Mark Bradley, Frontline Bathrooms

"BMF has done a fantastic job. They were out of the starting blocks fast, helping to keep builders' merchants open." - David Haldane, Haldane Fisher
"Thank you for the great support you and the BMF have provided during the Covid-19 pandemic." - Nick Howarth, Howarth Timber Group

"The BMF have been absolutely fantastic in leading the industry through this period. I cannot recall a time when the profile of the business has been higher for all the right reasons" - Mark Davies, LBS Builders Merchants 

"Communication has been first class. The BMF kept us up to date and supported us when we needed it most. We all need to be in this together and the BMF is the glue." - Kevin Moore, Stuart Turner

"Without the BMF a lot of people would be left in the dark. The BMF has ensured continuity in the supply chain and its role as the collective voice of the industry has been essential." - Mark Bungay, Rockwool UK

"We are backing the BMF all the way. The clarity of their communication and the support they have provided to keep the cash flowing through the supply chain has been brilliant." - Kevin Morgan, Crystal

"What I must say is that you and the BMF have done a fantastic and invaluable job during this pandemic. It has been so helpful to our company." - Chris West, West Building Supplies 

Branch Operating Guidelines

The BMF has published Branch Operating Guidelines for the safe operation of builders’ merchants while Covid-19 restrictions continue.

The 18-page document sets out guidelines and additional precautions to follow in the office, at trade counters, during customer and supplier deliveries, customer collection and tool hire. 

The Guidelines incorporate Public Health England (PHE) social distancing and hygiene procedures and have been prepared in consultation with merchants, Highways England and the Construction Leadership Council, which has itself published Site Operating Procedures for use on all building sites to facilitate safe working.

This document is for members of the BMF only. To view this document, please sign in and click here.

Any merchant requiring equipment for the implementation of the guidelines should contact the following BMF Supplier Members.

STS Ltd - View brochure - Contact now
Birkdale - View brochure - Contact now

BMF members in the community 

From donating PPE, supporting communities, safeguarding workers and building capacity in the NHS, BMF members have been working hard to support the national effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve put together some case studies of their work here.

Naylor Industries
Branch Bros
Bradfords 1
Bradfords 2
Bart Murphy, MP Moran
Quinn Building Products
Travis Perkins
Mark Vitow
Wolseley 1
Wolseley 2 
Mid-Sussex Timber

Which BMF merchants and suppliers are open or closed?

The BMF, working in partnership with the Construction Products Association (CPA), is surveying our respective members to determine their operational status in response to the COVID-19 virus. The BMF has posted updates of its merchants and suppliers that can be found below.

To view which BMF builders merchant member companies are open or shut during the COVID-19 crisis click here.


To view with BMF supplier member companies are open click here.