BMF Member 'Plus' Services

BMF provides a wide range of business support services:

BMF Specialist Insurance Plus

BMF Specialist Insurance Plus is an exclusive, bespoke service offered to BMF members by Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions (SRIS), which provides an enhanced insurance offering for builders merchants and suppliers.

What Does It Cover?

Motor Fleet
All aspects of motor insurance including both private and commercial vehicles with adapted enhancements that are specific to builders merchants main fleet exposures.

Property, Asset Protection and Business Interruption
Covers the loss or damage in respect of Buildings, Tenants Improvements, Glass, Contents and Stock. This also protects against Loss of Profits and/or increased costs to a business following a material damage loss.

Employers Liability

Covers an employee being injured or becoming ill at work through the fault of the employer.

Public/Products Liability
Covers third party property damage or bodily injury caused by normal business operations or the manufacture, supply or sale of any products.

With their combined experience, Specialist Risk have worked with builders merchants for many years and have an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the risks faced by businesses in this sector. Their team have vast expertise in the placement of Property, Liability and Motor Fleet insurance, particularly with specialist insurers that not all brokers can access

To find out more about BMF Specialist Insurance Plus please contact SRIS(Quote your BMF Member No.):
Alan Tattler - E: [email protected] T: 07867 369939
Laurence Owens - E: [email protected] T: 07711 850643

Builders Merchants Federation is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 473138). Registered Address: 6th Floor, One America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB. Registered in England and Wales. (Company No. 06368755).


BMF Intelligent Employment Plus

Do you want to take the pain out of workplace problems? The BMF have partnered with Halborns a specialist employment law firm and launched a new employment and HR advice service called BMF Intelligent Employment Plus. For 12 months BMF Intelligent Employment Plus allows you to focus on building your business rather managing difficult employment issues.

Running a business is challenging enough but staffing issues can take more time than they should. Take BMF Intelligent Employment Plus advice at the right time and you’ll manage the employment situation and the risks efficiently and professionally.   BMF Intelligent Employment Plus offers you the support that you need to be able to address employment issues with confidence.

Free review of employment contracts and handbooks
We know it’s difficult to ensure that your employment contracts and handbooks remain current and protect your business. On that basis, we offer a free review of those documents to help you to ensure that your business is futureproof and ready to tackle any challenge. To book a free review call Halborns on 0115 7180333 or email Halborns at [email protected]. If you decide not to access BMF Intelligent Employment Plus after the review, that’s fine. At least you’ll know what, if anything, needs to change within those documents.  Read more ...

BMF Safety Partnership

The BMF has teamed up with Opus Safety Ltd to provide the BMF Safety Partnership.

BMF Safety Partnership in association with Opus Safety Ltd
BMF Safety Partnership simplifies compliance tasks so you can focus solely on your site. Exclusive to BMF members, the service combines risk analysis, ongoing training and support, and work-saving software that simplifies safety processes across one branch or many.

BMF Safety Partnership includes:  
  • Initial gap analysis to review your current H&S programme and pinpoint risk areas
  • Bespoke H&S policies, risk assessments and staff handbooks - written by a compliance expert 
  • Company-wide programmes to head off compliance breaches and legal action
  • Accident prevention plans and post-incident support, including RIDDOR reporting
  • Tailored staff training, e-learning courses and quizzes 
  • Reduced rates on audits, assessment, and Opus's core safety consultancy service

Streamline safety with Opus Compliance Cloud

The BMF Safety Partnership also gives you access to Opus Compliance Cloud. This fully integrated cloud-based H&S management software lets you:

  • Manage all H&S activities in a central online hub
  • Access current policies, data, and documentation, 24/7
  • Capture and act on safety events in real time
  • Easily report near misses, hazards, and incidents
  • Track actions and prioritise urgent critical events, so nothing gets overlooked
  • Create a culture where everyone feels they can contribute
  • Fill knowledge gaps with engaging e-learning modules


Get to know Opus’s business-minded team with a free phone health check to discuss your current H&S approach and ensure you adopt best practice in high-risk areas.

To open the PDF click HERE.

Request your free Opus Safety health check
To book your free call and learn more about BMF Safety Partnership, email Ian Hatherly at [email protected]

BMF Business Guides

Business Guides covering subjects such as Health & Safety, Transport, Environmental, Employment, IT and Security are also available for members. Please visit Business Guides for more information

BMF Energy Plus

The BMF recognises the challenges being faced by its members with ever-increasing energy prices and so has partnered with Full Power Utilities to create and deliver ‘BMF Energy Plus ’ – an initiative to help minimise the cost of energy for all BMF members.
In teaming up with Full Power, the BMF have secured several exclusive benefits for all BMF members:
• Free energy contract review: The BMF Energy team will conduct a full paper audit of your existing energy supply contracts, to provide impartial advice on your existing tariffs and to identify any billing errors.
• Free kVA analysis report: For any ‘half-hourly’ supply points within your meter portfolio, the BMF Energy team will conduct a kVA analysis to ensure your existing allowances are optimally set and will look to reduce any that are not being fully utilised, to save you money.
• Development of a ‘BMF Buying Basket’: By combining the collective buying power of the BMF membership over time, Full Power will be able to negotiate harder with their pool of suppliers to achieve more competitive rates. This is a long-ter
m project which will take several years to implement and the more BMF members that join, the more pressure we can apply to the energy suppliers.

For more details visit or contact Sam Gottlieb-Hunt at [email protected] / 020 3972 8339. 


The BMF has partnered with Trustpilot, a company which allows companies to put reviews and customer feedback at the very heart of their business to improve their customer engagement.

Trustpilot gives you the tools to empower your customer-focused team to help deliver better customer service and it facilitates a two-way relationship with customers online. You can also respond to and resolve customer issues faster to increase brand value and loyalty. There is a 10% discount available to BMF members.

To find out how your business can benefit from Trustpilot contact Graham Wilkinson, Senior Partnerships Manager at Trustpilot at [email protected] or visit

BMF Apprenticeships Plus

As we enter a new era of training and upskilling, BMF Apprenticeships Plus offers a unique approach to the recruitment and management of apprentices.

This BMF initiative is specifically designed and regulated to support both large and small members who wish to take advantage of the many benefits of an apprentice.

Employers wish to engage with the far reaching and positive opportunities available through the apprenticeship reforms but do not wish to struggle with the complexities, risks and recruitment and management costs inherent in the new processes. By acting on behalf of members in the recruitment processes, employment, contracts of employment, HR, payroll, sourcing and contracting with training providers and funding agencies; BMF Apprenticeships Plus will enable all members to get the very best out of apprenticeships.

Members access the benefits of BMF Apprenticeships Plus by simply contacting BMF Learning & Development on 0333 305 7657 or [email protected].

The BMF has appointed LEAP, as full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeships Plus service.

LEAP stands for Learn as you Earn Apprenticeship Programmes and they have a unique expertise working exclusively in the construction supply sector, with each programme “designed around the specialist needs of the sector to help all learners reach their full potential”.

Apprenticeships are a successful way to train and upskill new and existing colleagues within the sector, BMF and LEAP have enhanced the BMF Apprenticeships Plus offer to give ‘end to end’ support to both large and small members who wish to take advantage of the many benefits of an apprentice.

Employers who wish to engage with the far reaching and positive opportunities available through the apprenticeship can gain support with finding the right training, the apprenticeship service registration, funding and claims – Including incentivised payments, levy transfers and contracting with external training providers.

BMF Apprenticeships Plus will enable all members to get the very best out of apprenticeships.

Members can access the benefits of BMF Apprenticeships Plus through LEAP by simply contacting Kerry Wilson on 02476 854982 or email [email protected].

Hannah Taylor, who was formerly the BMF's apprentice Marketing Assistant talks about the advantages of being an apprentice and our members highlight the benefits of employing apprentices below:

Being an apprentice

Advantages of employing apprentices

BMF Transport Plus

BMF Transport Plus   is designed to help you manage one of your biggest company cost centres-your vehicle fleet. Not only are vehicle operations a major area of expenditure but they are also one of the most heavily regulated areas of your business. BMF Transport Plus will ensure your company’s vehicle operations comply with road transport regulations, driver hours and employment legislation and also with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) compliance requirements. The service is operated by Prompt whose team of advisors are industry qualified and vastly experienced within the transport industry. Their guidance, advice and recommendations will help you become compliant, remain compliant and protect your operator licence.  

In our new BMF Transport Plus brochure Prompt are offering a FREE eight-point transport compliance health check for our members. To book your free transport compliance health check contact Prompt Training on 01773 850428 or email [email protected]  

The BMF Transport Plus Service assists members in every aspect of compliance with Goods Vehicle Operators Licence Undertakings and Legislation. Prompt Training Ltd are pleased to provide this service on behalf of the BMF. Contact Prompt Training on 01773 850428 or email [email protected].    Read more ...

BMF Legal Helpline 0870 420 7373  

The BMF legal helpline is provided for Members by carefully selected employment and commercial lawyers at law firms Halborns.  The helpline provides high quality legal advice, quickly and conveniently. The first 15 minutes of your call to the helpline will be free of charge.

The helpline is available for use between 9am to 5pm on weekdays (excluding bank holidays). Outside of those hours you can leave a message for the legal team and your call will be returned within two hours of the start of the next working day. The helpline will provide advice on any employment matter (excluding health & safety) relating to your normal business activities. For any query which cannot be resolved within your 15-minute free call, your lawyer will ask you if you wish to take the matter further. No further work will be undertaken without your consent or agreement to the additional cost.

Benefits to you:
  • Employment law advice from straight-talking lawyers
  • Solutions focused advice
  • Lawyers with a practical understanding of our sector
  • Clear and concise communication
  • Outstanding client care