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BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin

20 January 2020

BMF RCOE at Brett MartinThe BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

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 Brett Martin’s fantastic centre, will serve BMF members across Ireland.

Brett Martin is a global player, supplying specialist plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes an impressive range of plastic sheets, factory engineered rooflight systems and plumbing and drainage systems.

Charles Burns, Divisional Director at Brett Martin said “We are delighted to provide a regional hub for BMF events so close to Belfast. The BMF is a pivotal organisation in driving the industry forward, by supplying industry-specific training, knowledge and expertise. Merchants are the heart of our business and it is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these businesses to thrive and prosper for the long term viability of our industry. We hope that Brett Martin’s convenient location will allow more Northern Ireland merchants to get involved with the BMF.”

Bill Barrie, BMF Regional Manager for Ireland and Scotland said, “We are delighted to open this excellent centre in Northern Ireland. It’s a perfect centre for members to meet more locally and attend BMF forums and training courses. I look forward to meeting many local members there in the future.”  

For details of the 31 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland click here and for more information about Brett Martin visit www.brettmartin.com.


Pictured L-R: Bill Barrie (BMF), Charles Burns (Brett Martin), David Haldane (Haldane Fisher/BMF Ireland Regional Chairman)



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The BMF has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Brett Martin in Newtownabbey, County Antrim - one of the growing network of BMF centres meaning training courses and regional meetings are now far more accessible to BMF members ac

BMF Members’ Conference themes and new sponsor announced

Sustaining Excellence: BMF Conference13 January 2020

Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference in September, with the environment and sustainability named as key topics within the business conference sessions.  There will be a particular focus on Building a Sustainable Britain, which will also be reflected in the BMF’s parliamentary programme throughout the year.

The BMF Members’ Conference is also delighted to announce Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor for 2020. 

The two-day BMF Members’ event sees the business Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner taking place on 17 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire.  The distinctive venue is set in 40 acres of parkland and created from an array of historic buildings following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.  Close to the M25 and Heathrow and with fast rail links from London and Reading, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Monument Tools, will be held on the previous day, 16 September, at the nearby Windlesham Golf Course.  An alternative social activity, sponsored by First Event, will also be on offer that day.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to have found another superb Conference venue in the Royal Borough of Windsor and look forward to welcoming members there in September. The BMF’s mission is to help members build excellence within their business, which gives us our overall theme for this year’s members’ Conference, and the sustainability of the built environment is a key concern for the industry as we strive to deliver low carbon solutions for today’s housing.  We will be announcing the full speaker programme in the coming months.

“None of this would be possible without our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their generous support.”

Commenting on his company’s sponsorship, Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director of Marshalls said: “The BMF Members’ Conference and Awards Dinner grows in stature each year and is a book-marked event across the building materials industry. We are delighted for the opportunity to support its continued development as this year’s headline sponsor.”

Bookings are now open for Early Bird merchant delegates.  For more information please contact june.upton@bmf.org.uk or call 02476 854980.
Sustaining Excellence has been announced as the overall theme of the 2020 BMF Members' Conference, with Marshalls and Stonemarket as the new headline sponsor.

Markovitz rejoins the BMF

8 January 2020

M MarkovitzThe BMF welcomes back Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

From humble beginnings spanning back to The Great War era, the company was founded in the small Derbyshire village of Tideswell by Maurice Markovitz. Now with its CEO David Hopkins (Maurice’s great nephew) at the helm, Markovitz currently operates from 13 sites, employing nearly 250 people, serving the Midlands, Yorkshire and much of the North West. Along with building and plumbing materials over the last five years the company has diversified, specialising in civils, lintels and most recently insulation and drylining, with a further two sites planned for 2020.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd said, “as our company continues to grow we are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with the BMF and all that the organisation undoubtedly has to offer. Not only is the BMF a recognised, credible voice for our industry, but also offers many engaging opportunities for our wider staff, which I’m sure they will embrace to their benefit.”

Welcoming Markovitz back into membership, BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “We are delighted to support dynamic independent merchants like Markovitz. Like them, the BMF recognises the importance of encouraging new talent and supporting staff development throughout their careers. Building team skills through training is one of the key strategic themes of our Building Excellence strategy, and we are excited to work with them again and assisting their growing team.”

For more information about Markovitz, please visit www.markovitz.co.uk.
The BMF welcomes back M Markovitz as their latest merchant member.

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