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BMF expands team with two key appointments


29 November 2021


The Builders Merchants Federation has further strengthened its in-house team with two key appointments.  

Kerry Wilson takes up her post as Learning and Development Manager on Monday 29th November, the same day as Daniel Hodder joins as Policy and Public Affairs Advisor.

Kerry’s appointment coincides with the BMF’s appointment of LEAP as the new full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeship Plus service. As Learning and Development Manager, Kerry will champion and manage the enhanced service, helping to promote and support apprenticeship growth for the long-term benefit of the merchant sector.

Kerry joins the BMF from Travis Perkins, where she was a Lead Apprenticeship Coach, creating and facilitating learner management and delivery as well as mentoring and coaching Apprentices.  Prior to this, Kerry spent 15 years at Boots Opticians as Learning Hub Manager.

As Policy and Public Affairs Advisor, Daniel Hodder will work closely with CEO John Newcomb and longstanding Policy and Public Affairs Officer Brett Amphlett to help strengthen the BMF’s relationships and influence with government.

Daniel, who has an Honours Degree in Politics and International Relations and a Master’s Degree in International Security Studies, previously worked as a Policy Advisor at the Almshouse Association.

Commenting on the appointments, John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF said: “These appointments will strengthen our resources in support of two key themes identified as part of our latest strategic review - developing the role we play in attracting and retaining talent in the industry and helping to build awareness and influence with government.”

The Builders Merchants Federation has further strengthened its in-house team with two key appointments.

P&H Merchant sales continue year-on-year growth


25 November 2021

The Builders Merchants Federation’s latest Plumbing & Heating Merchants Index reveals that sales through specialist plumbing merchants during the third quarter of 2021 were higher than the same quarter in both 2020 and 2019.
Sales in Q3 2021 increased by +7.3% compared Q3 2020, with one less trading day this year.  

Looking back to Q3 2019, pre-Covid, finds total sales up by +1.7% in July to September 2021, again with one less trading day this year.

However, the quarter on quarter comparison for the current year show Q3 sales were -0.4% lower than Q2 2021, with three more trading days in Q3.

Total sales in the last 12-month period were +17.6% ahead of the previous 12 months (October 2019 to September 2020) with one less trading day in the most recent period.

The data for the PHMI is taken solely from P&H specialists, including City Plumbing Supplies, Graham, James Hargreaves Plumbing Deport, PTS and Wolseley, who form part of GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel, and there is no overlap or double counting between the PHMI and the BMF’s established Builders Merchants Building Index which analyses sales at generalist merchants.
 
The Builders Merchants Federation’s latest Plumbing & Heating Merchants Index reveals that sales through specialist plumbing merchants during the third quarter of 2021 were higher than the same quarter in both 2020 and 2019.

BMF Apprenticeships LEAP forward

 23 November 2021

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed LEAP, the Apprenticeship delivery team to the Travis Perkins Group, as the new full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeships Plus service with effect from 1 January 2022. 

LEAP stands for Learn as you Earn Apprenticeship Programmes and they have a unique expertise working exclusively in the construction supply sector. Each programme is designed around the specialist needs of the sector to help all learners reach their full potential.  Programmes are delivered by the award winning training team and every apprentice is supported, from day one, by an Apprentice Coach to build their skills, knowledge and behaviours to help them develop their career.

LEAP will provide a seamless end-to-end recruitment and training service that will significantly enhance the BMF Apprenticeship Plus offer. 

To coincide with LEAP’s appointment, the BMF is recruiting a full-time Learning and Development Manager to champion and manage the improved Apprenticeship Plus offer.

There are already over 1,000 apprentices enrolled onto a LEAP programme from both within the Travis Perkins Group and from other businesses in the sector including City Plumbing Supplies, Plumbing Trade Supplies and Wickes. With the current intake being 40% female and 60% male, Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to nurture a more diverse workforce within the industry.

LEAP will be delivering  12 Apprenticeship programmes for the BMF from Level 2 to Level 5 including; Trade Supplier, Hire Controller, Fitted Furniture Design Technician (Kitchens and Bathrooms), Sales and Management. The quality of training is evident with 85% of learners achieving a Merit or Distinction. As well as their apprenticeship programmes LEAP will be working with BMF to develop a suite of early career programmes to help education leavers and career changers to join the sector. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said:

“We are delighted to be working with LEAP from next year.  The BMF Apprenticeship Plus service promotes diversity, encouraging merchants to bring more young people into the industry by taking away the administrative burdens.  With a proven merchant track record, and a full UK reach, LEAP will significantly expand and enrich our service offer to all merchant members, helping us to promote and support apprenticeship growth for the long term benefit of our sector.”

Andy Rayner from the LEAP team said:

“Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017 LEAP have developed a unique capability in delivering Apprenticeship and Early Careers programmes in the construction supply sector. These programmes are used by both colleagues joining the sector for the first time and those already in the sector looking to develop their careers. We are delighted that we can now offer these programmes to employees of the BMF’s member organisations helping to develop the next generation for the construction supply sector.
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed LEAP, the Apprenticeship delivery team to the Travis Perkins Group, as the new full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeships Plus service with effect from 1 January 2022.

Prime Minister’s visit puts the work of builders’ merchants centre stage

 

18 November 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw first-hand the crucial role builders’ merchants play in the national economy, and how they can support a more sustainable future, with a fact-finding visit to Travis Perkins in his constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Mr Johnson was given a tour of the Travis Perkins’ branch in South Ruislip to get a strategic and operational understanding of the industry.

Frank Elkins, Chief Operating Officer of Travis Perkins plc introduced the Prime Minister to branch colleagues, among them, some of the nearly 1000 apprentices the Group has enrolled on programmes across the Group.

Mr Elkins said, “As the industry’s leading Apprenticeship and Kickstart placements provider we outlined how these placements are supporting both the economic recovery, the development of our talent pipeline but also an opportunity to improve diversity and skills across our industry”.

“I was also really proud to showcase how we work with our customers to meet their evolving needs. As a ConstructZero Business Champion with ambitious carbon reduction targets I explained the role we have in working with customers and suppliers, sharing data and ideas to make progress on the decarbonisation and modernisation of our industry.”

During his visit, Mr Johnson climbed into the cab of a fully-electric 27 tonne CCF insulation lorry and heard how Travis Perkins is starting to prepare for a time when his Government will ban the sale of new petrol & diesel LGVs and HGVs.

The visit was organised by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as part of its industry and parliament programme, to highlight the vital role played by builders’ merchants in the construction supply chain.

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, gave the Prime Minister an overview of how its members, which include Travis Perkins, perform an essential function in distributing construction materials and home improvement products across the UK. He also explained how the industry is actively embracing a more sustainable focus.

With the UNCOP26 Climate Conference fresh in mind, the Prime Minister discussed the importance of decarbonising buildings and electrifying heating and transport with Frank Elkins and John Newcomb, who also updated the PM on the Construction Leadership Council’s National Retrofit Strategy.  BMF members will play a central role in this 20-year fully-costed plan to improve existing homes.

Mr Newcomb said: “We were delighted to show to the Prime Minister how our members can support a more sustainable future. It was a particularly timely visit, with the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference taking place”.

“Low or zero-carbon products are crucial in the building and home improvement industries to drive down emissions. We were able to demonstrate to the Prime Minister that the building supply chain is the most efficient route-to-market for these products”.

“BMF members provide the materials, products and expertise needed to de-carbonise our homes. Fitting energy-efficient, low emission and water-saving measures in properties will be key to achieving sustainability goals.”
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw first-hand the crucial role builders’ merchants play in the national economy, and how they can support a more sustainable future, with a fact-finding visit to Travis Perkins in his constituency of Uxbridge and South R

CLC’s DRAGONS’ DEN COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY: THE WINNER

15 November 2021

The CLC and BEIS recently launched a Dragons’ Den style competition, sponsored by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), targeted at young professionals in the industry, to accelerate the sector’s drive to net zero.

The panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion and consisting of Andy Mitchell (CEO, Thames Tideway and Co-Chair of the CLC), John Newcomb (CEO, BMF),Chris Goodier (Loughborough University) and Adam Cane (ACO Water Management) met last month in the Construct Zero Den to interview the final four finalists from a competition that attracted twelve exceptional entries. 

The winner, Peter Morgan of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, passionately pitched to the Dragons the idea of an online and physical presence for surplus and left-over building materials for the DIYer to utilise for a small charge. The panel agreed this could be set up with minimal delay and trialled regionally.

Andrew Griffiths MP said:

“It is heartening to see young people in construction helping the UK reach its Net Zero target with their practical ideas. Peter’s idea would help reduce the approximate 60 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste a year”

The winner Peter Morgan said:

“As a keen DIYer I'm often looking for way to source surplus materials to reduce waste and project costs. Whilst working with the Construction Innovation Hub I felt there was an opportunity to do this at scale if we work together across the industry. I'm really excited to be able to work with the CLC to make the idea a reality as a result of this dragon's den competition. “

John Newcomb said:

“In the battle against climate change the best solutions are also the easiest to implement. Peter presented a simple yet creative solution to reduce a significant amount of waste in the supply chain and I am delighted that this will now be shared with the wider industry.

”Peter will receive:

• support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector;
• a cash-prize of £1,000, kindly donated by the BMF; and,
• a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The CLC and BEIS recently launched a Dragons’ Den style competition, sponsored by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), targeted at young professionals in the industry, to accelerate the sector’s drive to net zero.

Ibstock to host Sustainability Forum at BMF All Industry Conference


29 October 2021

Ibstock to host Sustainability ForumWith this year’s BMF All Industry Conference taking place at the same time as the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, the subject of sustainability takes on particular importance.  The BMF has responded with a dedicated Sustainability Forum, sponsored and hosted by Ibstock Brick. 

Ibstock is one of the 18 BMF members to date who have achieved net zero carbon Business Champion status supporting the Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstruct Zero initiative.

Commenting on his company’s commitment to sustainability, Michael McGowan, Group Sustainability Manager, Ibstock said:

“Ibstock is proud to be sponsoring the Sustainability Forum at the BMF All Industry Conference.  Sustainability is a key strategic driver for us and our ambition is to be the most sustainable manufacturer of clay and concrete building products in the UK. As a market leader it is our responsibility to be at the forefront in this vital area, a responsibility we take very seriously.  We have developed strong relationships with our merchant partners over many decades so to be sponsoring a forum on such a vital subject for the future of our industry is a great way to continue to strengthen these relationships further as we all work together to identify ways to address the challenges and opportunities that we face in the years ahead.”

Michael will be joined on the platform by James Mitchell of Kerridge Commercial Systems.  Kerridge believes that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand and focus on supporting merchants with digital solutions that support both these twin goals. James Mitchell explains: 

“We view the acceleration of Digital Transformation in the UK’s merchant sector as key to improving performance and customer service and to creating sustainable working practices. We are proud to support the BMF initiatives to promote the Net Zero Carbon strategy, we believe that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 4-7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group.  Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.
 
With this year’s BMF All Industry Conference taking place at the same time as the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, the subject of sustainability takes on particular importance.

BMF Responds to Chancellor’s Budget Statement

27 October 2021

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) expressed its disappointment that the Chancellor’s speech did not include financial support needed to kick start the upgrade and decarbonisation of the UK’s housing stock.


However, the BMF welcomed today’s announcement of more investment in further education, which will help promote a low-carbon skills revolution.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said:

“With the UNCOP26 Climate Conference less than a week away, we believe a National Retrofit Strategy is the best way to tackle an urgent national infrastructure priority - namely to improve the energy and thermal performance of homes - especially with rising gas prices adding to pressure on household bills.

“The BMF and others involved in property RMI put together the Construction Leadership Council’s 20-year fully-costed plan to improve existing homes; an investment of £5.3 billion over the next 4 years to tackle emissions.

“Today’s news means international visitors arriving in Glasgow will see a missed opportunity to decarbonise by doing something simple - upgrading homes properly”.

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Welcoming Government support for further education as part of a low-carbon skills revolution, John Newcomb also called for reform of the Apprenticeship Levy, saying:

““The BMF is a strong believer in the parity of esteem between academic education and vocational training - so today’s announcement of more investment in further education, with employers and local colleges at the fore-front of the Chancellor’s Skills Revolution, is very welcome.

“Apprenticeships are the established way into most crafts & trades we need now, and in future. But the Apprenticeship Levy is not working as it should and must be reformed to offer employers and learners a better experience. With numbers falling, significant sums of employer contributions remain unspent and are going straight to the Treasury. 

“To match the scale and extent of the net zero challenge, all available funds should be redirected to boost apprenticeships that equip workers with the necessary technical or occupational skills - and the interpersonal skills to reassure homeowners and explain the carbon choices they can make.”
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) expressed its disappointment that the Chancellor’s speech did not include financial support needed to kick start the upgrade and decarbonisation of the UK’s housing stock.

BMF drives net zero agenda at Parliamentary Reception

21 October 2021

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) unveiled its new “Race to Zero” policy document at a Parliamentary
Reception attended by 140 guests including members of both houses of parliament as well as builders merchants and building materials manufacturers.


With the theme Building a Sustainable Britain, the reception showcased some of the latest products developed by BMF’s supplier members that will help create the low carbon homes the country needs if we are to achieve the government’s net zero aim by 2050.


The BMF event was held on the same day the government announced its Heat and Buildings Strategy which outlined plans to drive down the cost of clean energy, including £5,000 grants for those replacing gas boilers with heat pumps to help decarbonise their homes, as well as a range of other measures.
Speaking at the event, both Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, Secretary of State for Housing and Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of heat pumps, insulation and other new technologies required to drive down carbon emissions, expressing the government’s commitment to supporting the building supply chain to build more skills and more homes.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb, said: “It is clear that we cannot achieve net zero without addressing the building environment, and our homes in particular. Our homes use 35% of all the energy in the UK and emit 20% of the carbon dioxide emissions. The vast majority are heated by gas, and many are not well insulated.  We welcome today’s announcement to support the start of the decarbonisation of our homes with a three-year grant programme to help homes suited to the technology to transition to heat pumps, but with 28 million existing homes to upgrade sustained longer-term support will be required.”


The BMF thanks UK Construction Week, headline sponsor for this Parliamentary Reception. The BMF also thanks those exhibiting at the event: Fernox, JCB, Marsh Industries, Midland Lead, Rockwool, Velux, Weinerberger, Baxi, Worcester Bosch, Grundfos Pumps, Knauf Insulation, Mannok, Polypipe Civils and PPG.

 
The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) unveiled its new “Race to Zero” policy document at a Parliamentary Reception attended by 140 guests including members of both houses of parliament as well as builders merchants and building materials manufacture

New team elected to head BMF Young Merchants


18 October 2021

Jo Callow, Head of Communications for UK & Ireland at Knauf Insulation is the new Chair of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Young Merchant Group. She will be supported by Ed Parlato, Buyer at Browns Builders Merchants, who was elected to replace Jo as Vice Chair.

Jo takes over from Glenn Paddison, who completed his term as Chair at the BMF Young Merchant Conference held this year at the NEC, Birmingham during National Construction Week and attended by 150 people.

Jo has been an active member of the Young Merchant Group for seven years, serving as Vice Chair since 2018.  She joined the Group after winning the BMF Young Supplier Achiever Award in 2014, just a year after she entered the building materials industry as a member of Knauf Insulation’s Merchant Support Team. Jo continued to work closely with merchants in her subsequent roles at Knauf Insulation as Area Sales Manager and National Merchant Support Manager. She was promoted to her current role in 2020.  
 
Jo is keen to continue developing the BMF Young Merchant’s work and influence. She said:

“I am delighted and honoured to take on the role of Chair and looking forward to working with Ed to build on all that Glenn achieved during his chairmanship. The current drive to achieve net zero makes this a particularly exciting time, offering even more opportunities for young people entering the industry. I know from my own experience how the interaction within the Young Merchant Group helps members as they build their careers. Our focus will be on delivering quality events to support this.”

Vice Chair, Ed Parlato, is currently involved in the purchasing side of Browns an independent, family run merchants in Derby, but has tackled many other roles in the business over the years. He is also part of the NBG Category Management team for tools and workwear.

Commenting on his appointment as Vice Chair, Ed said:

“The Young Merchant group has grown enormously in the past few years. When I first joined there were 20 people at the meeting, the latest Conference had over 150. Every Chair has built on the work of the last and I’m looking forward to working with Jo and supporting her over the next two years, and I will be listening to members of the group to make sure their views are represented. If the last 18 months has shown us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. I always marvel at the intelligence and creativity of all the people in Young Merchants, and I hope I can capture part of that to share with the wider industry.”

The BMF Young Merchant Group supports merchants and suppliers aged between 18 and 40 in their career development. Membership is open to those holding a key management position within their organisation. They benefit from twice yearly meetings and networking events, and an annual fact-finding trip, normally overseas.

For further information on the BMF Young Merchant Group contact [email protected]
 
Jo Callow, Head of Communications for UK & Ireland at Knauf Insulation is the new Chair of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Young Merchant Group. She will be supported by Ed Parlato, Buyer at Browns Builders Merchants, who was elected to rep

BMF's Covid response wins multiple Awards 

 

14 October 2021

The BMF support for members during the Covid pandemic scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards.  

The BMF’s entry covering “Getting Merchants Back to Business” won the overall Award for the Best Membership Support during Covid 19 (under 800 members) category. The merchant industry’s trade body also gained a bronze award for the Best Covid 19 Response (under 4000 members) category, where their entry focussed on the success of the industry’s PPE appeal in support of the NHS.

The Association Excellence Awards, which have been run annually since 2014, celebrate and encourage the vital work undertaken by associations, trade organisations, unions and professional organisations, for and on behalf of their members to ensure their voices are heard and their causes are championed. 

Awarding the BMF the prize for Best Membership Support during Covid 19, the judges highlighted the Federation’s structured and impactful approach, the level and range of support given to members during the pandemic including comprehensive Branch Operating Guidelines, as well as the appreciative feedback from members. 

The BMF’s success in the Association Excellence Awards, comes hot on the heels of its Highly Commended award for Member Support during Covid 19 at the Memcom Awards.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Our members are at the heart of everything we do so I am absolutely delighted that these awards are for our work on their behalf throughout the pandemic. We have some great people working for the BMF and I’m extremely proud to see the hard work and achievements of the whole team recognised in this way.”

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) support for members during the Covid pandemic scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards.

Hundreds of Travis Perkins apprentices join IoBM 


06 October 2021

Travis Perkins has become the first national merchant to support The Institute of Builders Merchants’ (IOBM) ambitious plans to professionalise the merchant industry by signing up a large number of its apprentices as student members.

More than 800 Travis Perkins apprentices joined the IOBM on 1 October 2021. New apprentices joining Travis Perkins will also be given the opportunity to join the Institute.

Student members benefit from the IOBM’s role as an independent accreditation body and its structured framework for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Bi-annual conferences for student members are also planned and due to begin in autumn 2022.

Unlike most employers, Travis Perkins is an accredited provider of apprenticeships with over 40 apprenticeship programmes on offer, suited to a wide range of candidates. These include existing employees who want to develop their skills or build expertise in other areas as they progress to new roles, as well as those joining the industry, either from school or university or migrating over to an apprenticeship having joined the business from the Government’s Kickstarter programme, or those switching from a former occupation and joining the sector later in their careers.

Andy Rayner, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers for Travis Perkins Group, said:

“We pride ourselves on providing a full range of apprenticeships from the branch counter to the Boardroom. Our apprenticeships are designed to support existing employees as well as individuals with no prior knowledge of our industry or our business, to give them the skills they need to become valued colleagues.  

“This is very much in line with the ethos of the IOBM and by introducing our apprentices to the Institute as student members, they will be able to assess how active membership can support them as they continue to develop their careers. We asked our 1,000 apprentices if they wanted to become members of the IOBM and we were delighted that the vast majority did.”

Announcing the news at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Conference, BMF CEO, John Newcomb said:

“The IOBM Management Committee set a membership target of 1,000 new members by the end of the year. With the support of Travis Perkins, we will achieve this by the end of October. 

“It is particularly encouraging to see the largest builders’ merchant in the UK bringing such a significant number of new recruits to the industry into membership. Through accreditation and CPD the IOBM has set out a pathway to professionalism in the merchanting industry which can support them through their entire career. We hope others will now follow this example.”

The IOBM merged with the BMF earlier this year and operates as a separate brand of the BMF, with its own management body. The IOBM has a clear aim to become a Chartered Institute, supporting the highest standards of professionalism within the industry.  
 
Travis Perkins has become the first national merchant to support The Institute of Builders Merchants’ (IoBM) ambitious plans to professionalise the merchant industry by signing up a large number of its apprentices as student members.

More BMF members become net zero Business Champions

 

5 October 2021

A further five BMF members were amongst the ten companies announced today as net zero carbon Business Champions supporting the Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstruct Zero initiative. 

Velux, Forktruck Solutions, The Pallet LOOP, Genuit Group and Marshalls plc achieved Business Champion status in the fourth wave of monthly applications. This brings the total number of BMF net zero Business Champions to eighteen.

Velux launched its 2030 Sustainability Strategy in September 2020. The 15 point plan targets Velux becoming a net zero business by 2030, and reducing the embodied carbon in its products and thus its supply chain by 50%. By 2041 they have committed to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral and also to repay their historic carbon footprint.

Diesel emissions are a key area of concern for Forktruck Solutions, and they have committed to scrap fossil fuels completely from their field sales vehicle fleet, opting for full EV.  They also have a mission to convert every relevant business in the UK to use Lithium powered material handling equipment and forklift trucks.

Net zero is central to The Pallet LOOP’s business. Due to launch in Q4 2001, and for operational roll-out in 2022, this brand new, circular economy deposit-based pallet reuse scheme is founded on the premise of recover, repair, reuse.  Less than 10% of the 18 million pallets distributed throughout the UK construction industry every year are currently reused. The Pallet LOOP is on a mission to change this, repositioning pallets as a valuable resource that can be used again and again, actively eliminating avoidable waste from the supply chain. 

Genuit Group manufactures low energy ventilation systems including a wide range of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery solutions. The group is actively engaged in developing new products and solutions which will allow the UK to scale up the transition to low carbon heat sources. This includes scaling the use of heat pumps, developing solutions to enable local heat networks and infrastructure solutions for hydrogen transmission.

Marshalls plc has been working to drive carbon out of their operations since 2008. By 2020 they had reduced their carbon footprint by 50%, during a period of significant growth, and have committed to reducing emissions by a further 40% by 2030. They are constantly looking for ways to reduce the embodied carbon of their products and have replaced at least 45% of cement in their concrete blocks, and as much as 60% at some sites.  

 The five BMF members were amongst 10 organisations confirmed in the fourth wave of CO2nstruct Zero Business Champions, the others being Arup, Baxall Construction, Ferrovial Construction, GKR Scaffolding Ltd and Bam Nuttall. 

The CLC is running an ongoing monthly recruitment drive for more companies to commit to CO2nstruct Zero as Business Champions. If any BMF member would like to be considered, please email [email protected] in the first instance.
 
A further five BMF members were amongst the ten companies announced today as net zero carbon Business Champions supporting the Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstruct Zero initiative.

Martin Bayfield to co-host BMF All Industry Conference

 

4 October 2021

England rugby forward and tv presenter, Martin Bayfield will be one of two hosts for the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in York and Harrogate in November.

Martin Bayfield will now share duties with previously announced host, tv and radio presenter Jason Mohammad, with Jason hosting Friday’s Conference sessions and Martin presiding on Saturday.  

Martin will also compere the live auction at Saturday’s Gala Dinner, where he will have no problem spotting those bidding.  At 6’10”, Martin is likely to be the tallest man in the room; he even doubled as a giant during filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  

In the 1990s Martin used his height to full advantage as one of England’s most potent forwards, winning 31 caps and two Grand Slams. Since retiring he has become an established member of the BT Sport and ITV Sport commentary teams as well as fronting a range of other programmes and displaying his own culinary skills on Celebrity MasterChef. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are looking forward to a fantastic conference with two brilliant hosts each with their own sporting backgrounds, with Jason also known for his football and Olympics broadcasts. I can’t wait to welcome a full house of delegates to what promises to be a superb event.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 4-7 November 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

The headline sponsor for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include the Conference Host sponsor ACO, plus BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.

 
England rugby forward and tv presenter, Martin Bayfield will be one of two hosts for the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in York and Harrogate in November.

BMF names Band of Builders as new charity partner 

 

24 September 2021 

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Band of Builders as its charity partner for 2022.  Band of Builders provides practical assistance to support members of the construction industry and their families who are faced with life changing or limiting circumstances.

Founded in 2016, fuelled by one man’s desire to help a friend in his hour of need, it has become a national charity run by and for those working in the building industry, whether as a tradesperson or a merchant.  Over the last five years Band of Builders has completed projects in England, Scotland and Wales and will undertake its first in Northern Ireland early in 2022.  In addition, the charity’s latest Big Brew campaign will both raise awareness and fund a new range of mental health support services for supply chain companies, small businesses and the self-employed. 

Gavin Crane, chair of the board of trustees for Band of Builders said: “We are truly excited to announce this partnership with the BMF, particularly as our Big Brew Mental Health campaign launches in October, adding another dimension to our support for the industry.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “We are delighted to support Band of Builders as our charity partner for the coming year.  Since its formation it has shown how much can be achieved when people unite to help others.  Their ethos, summed up by the charity’s strapline ‘Together Stronger’, is very similar to that of the BMF. After the challenges we have all faced over the past 18 months, we are looking forward to fund-raising with our members to support the work of Band of Builders.”

 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Band of Builders as its charity partner for 2022. Band of Builders provides practical assistance to support members of the construction industry and their families who are faced with life changin

Final speakers announced for BMF Young Merchant Conference


17 September 2021

The final two speakers, Sam McAlister and Nyasha Pitt at this year’s BMF Young Merchants Conference are both experts in communications but will focus on very different aspects of the art in their presentations.

Sam, a former barrister, turned to journalism after a successful career in criminal law. As interviews producer on BBC2’s flagship news programme, Newsnight, she used her negotiation skills to build trust and secure head-to-head pieces with World Leaders, Silicon Valley CEOs, Hollywood stars and, most famously, HRH Prince Andrew.  

Sam worked closely with the programme’s journalists to develop the right questions for these carefully planned features - questions that would not be met with rejection or hostility, whilst still being searching and relevant to the audience.  She examines the persuasion, compromise and empathy required to develop trust, understand who you are dealing with and what they’ll be prepared to agree to.

Nyasha is a creative, commercial communicator with more than two decades’ experience working both in-agency and in-house supporting diverse industries and sectors from Butlins to English Heritage, National Express to The London Taxi Company and Land Securities to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. 

Passionate about creativity, networking, personal development, diversity and inclusion, and volunteering, in 2019 Nyasha launched iDNetwork, a business network for Black professionals. She is a seasoned panellist, an energetic and engaging public speaker and an accredited Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.

With the theme, “Building the Next Generation”, the BMF Young Merchant Conference is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse.  Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 October 2021, the event is being held in connection with UK Construction week and will include a visit to the Build Show on site.  In addition to a full day’s business programme the BMF Young Merchant Conference features an evening social event at the Sky Loft within the Park Regis Hotel which enjoys unparalleled views over the City of Birmingham.

Registration for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is now open at www.bmf.org.uk/events  

The headline sponsor for the BMF Young Merchant Conference is Knauf Insulation.
 
The final two speakers, Sam McAlister and Nyasha Pitt at this year’s BMF Young Merchants Conference are both experts in communications but will focus on very different aspects of the art in their presentations.

BMF sponsors Dragon’s Den for net zero solutions

 
 7 September 2021
 
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.  

Launched today by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the competition is targeted at young professionals in the industry to provide support to accelerate practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites or in factories, and which may be suitable for wider industry adoption.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning candidate will receive support from a CLC member to develop and implement their proposal into the sector and a 12-month mentoring arrangement with a CLC Business Leader.

The Dragon’s Den judging panel, chaired by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net Zero Business Champion and comprising both industry and climate experts, will hear presentations from short-listed candidates mid-October, with the winner announced prior to COP26.
 
John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, and a member of the seven-person judging panel, said:

“The drive to zero carbon will be the single biggest challenge for the next decade and its success will be a defining factor for those who are now in the early stages of their construction career.  The BMF is pleased to support this exciting competition, and we look forward to seeing innovative and practical proposals coming forward from young professionals."

For more information about the competition and to submit your proposal, visit the CLC website . Entries must be received by midnight on 28 September 2021.
 


The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is sponsoring a £1,000 prize for the winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition to accelerate the construction sector’s drive to net zero.

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The Builders Merchants Federation is the only trade association that represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers to the building materials industry in the UK and Ireland.

Total membership at 1 July 2021 stands at 760 merchant, supplier and service companies who together have combined sales of £39bn and employ around 207,000 people in the building materials industry. BMF’s 393 merchant members operate from over 5,900 branches across the UK and Ireland.

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