Young Merchants Group

The Young Merchants Group aim is to bring together young senior management from both merchant and supplier companies to network, build long lasting business relationships and therefore have an influence on the future of our industry. Events include around the table open debates on important business issues, presentations from business speakers and overseas visits to see how our European partners operate. There is also a good social programme at the events as well.  

If you are under 40 years of age, have a middle/senior management role in your company and wish to become a member of the group please contact James Spillane at who coordinates the Young Merchants group and activities.

 Pictured: Glenn Paddison (Chairman) and Jo Callow (Vice Chairman)

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BMF Young Merchant trip to Milan, Italy, hosted by Mapei

BMF Young Merchants at Mapei, MilanIn June 2017 Mapei hosted 13 BMF Young Merchants on a weekend tour of Mapei S.p.A. Milan offices and showroom, manufacturing facilities and laboratories for the group’s annual international trip and to celebrate the Mapei groups’ 80th birthday, showcasing Mapei products and services to the next generation of builders merchants.  

The tour was designed to present an opportunity for the Young Merchants to learn more about the Mapei Group and to experience what the Italian Merchanting Industry is like with a visit to 4BILD builders merchants in Milan. During the trip, the group visited the Research and Development facility which acts as Mapei’s Corporate Research Centre, being one of 18 main research centres in 13 countries. 12% of the Group’s employees and 5% of annual turnover are invested into R&D. The R&D facilities work with the most sophisticated equipment available, collaborating with prestigious universities and scientific and industrial research institutes.  

The BMF Young Merchant visitors were also given a guided tour of the Mapei S.p.A. production facility in Medigila. Mapei’s 73 production facilities worldwide collectively produce more than 5,000 products for the building industry, shipping 25,000 tons of product every day - 4.5 million tons per year – to supply Mapei’s 66,000 customers worldwide.

The second day of the visit included a tour of the stunning Villa Del Balbianello which has been used as a location for films such as James Bond - Casino Royale and Star Wars. Interestingly Mapei’s products were used for some of the building restoration. Mape-Antique products were used to restore the building’s façade before Silancolor Primer and Silancolor Paints were used to decorate and protect the antique building. Mapei produce a range of products suitable for use at cultural sites and antique buildings, with locations visited on the trip providing an opportunity to showcase cultural links that Mapei promote in areas of sport, learning and the arts.  

Dave Jordan, National Business Development Manager at Mapei UK commented: “Hosting the BMF Young Merchants meant that Mapei could demonstrate first-hand how much time and effort we put into quality control, from the design stage through to production to ensure that all Mapei products are of the highest quality. It was good to see that the group were fully involved in the activities and tours and enjoyed the whole trip; I know that the Mapei team enjoyed the time spent with the BMF Young Merchants and we look forward to developing our strong working relationships across the network in the UK.”  

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, commented: “I would like to thank Mapei for their hospitality throughout the weekend and for generously giving our young merchants access to both their R&D facility and to their vast production plant.  The opportunity to speak to experts in each product area and view production was invaluable, and seeing how the products had been used in the restoration of the stunning Vila Del Balbianello was a fantastic highlight of the trip. The aim of the BMF Young Merchant Group is to develop knowledge, share experience and build relationships. Thanks to Mapei’s excellent organisation, all three were accomplished over this weekend.”

Read more about the 2017 Young Merchant trip to Mapei, Milan in James Spillane's blog here