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Proud to be at BMF All-Industry Conference

14 June 2019

Heather Small, one of the seminal BritishHeather Small voices of the 1990s, whose iconic solo track “Proud” became legendary for its inspirational lyrics, is set to give a stellar performance at the BMF All-Industry Conference Gala Dinner in Dubrovnik on 16 June.

Heather first came to fame as the soulful lead singer with M People, one of the biggest English dance music bands of the 90s. With hits such as “Moving on Up”, “One Night in Heaven” and “Search for the Hero”, the band sold over 10 million records and won the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995 as well at the Mercury Music Prize for their album Elegant Slumming.

Heather went on to great success with two solo albums. The title track of her first album, Proud, became the soundtrack to London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, as well as a host of other special events, including the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2 and England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations. Oprah Winfrey also used the song to sum up the work she’d been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, inviting Heather to perform live on her show.

In addition to her music career, Heather danced her way into the public’s affection as a contestant in series 6 of Strictly Come Dancing. Since then her infectious personality and trademark sense of humour has been on display in numerous TV appearances on music, chat and celebrity quiz shows. 

Heather is also well known for her charitable work and is appearing at the Gala Dinner as an ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity, the BMF’s charity of the year. Variety provides improves the lives of children and young people in the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged, by providing coaches and specialist equipment as well as creating memorable experiences through “Variety Great Days Out”. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are absolutely delighted both to continue our support for Variety, the Children’s Charity, and to welcome Heather Small as our very special guest to close our Conference.  John Newcomb continued: “BMF and merchant industry fundraising for Variety since the BMF All Industry Conference in 2017 has raised over £90,000 for the charity.  A silent auction at the Gala Dinner is aiming to raise another substantial sum to share between Variety and our second charity for the evening, Mental Health UK, in a grand finale to the BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 that promises to be a feast of fun and fundraising.”

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group.

For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Heather Small, one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, whose iconic solo track “Proud” became legendary for its inspirational lyrics, is set to give a stellar performance at the BMF All-Industry Conference Gala Dinner in Dubrovnik on 16 June.

Paul Bence to Chair new BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum



11 May 2019

The BMF has announced the launch of its latest special interest Forum, which will focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms bringing together members with responsibility for these important product areas.  

The new Kitchen and Bathroom Forum will be chaired by Paul Bence, Managing Director of the George Bence Group.

Paul’s original role within the family run business was with Obsidian their retail brand, which was struggling to gain traction in their local market. Paul quickly turned this around and Obsidian’s award-winning showrooms now showcase the best in kitchens and bathrooms from the world’s top manufacturers. The Group’s lightside business encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms with specification and design teams adding real value to the Group’s bottom line.

Paul took over as MD in 2010 and has overseen similar growth in the Group’s branch network across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating.  He is also an active member of the Fortis Buying Group where he is Trading Director of all Showroom business across the member network.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Bence said: “Product diversification is an important aspect of the merchant industry, especially amongst the shrinking margins associated with the traditional commodity building material products. The BMF has clearly embraced the sector by creating this Forum. Personally I am honoured that the BMF has asked me to chair the group and I look forward to engaging in insightful conversation around the kitchen and bathroom supply chain.”

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “Paul is the ideal Chair for the K&B Forum, both for his knowledge of and success within the sector and for the breadth of his contacts amongst merchants and suppliers with an interest in this increasingly important area.  The Forum concept is greatly appreciated by BMF members and the launch of the K&B Forum means we are now running 14 of these successful special interest groups.”

The first Kitchen & Bathroom Forum will be held on 12 November 2019 at Roca’s new conference and showroom facility in Leicester.  For more information email Joanne.Exeter@bmf.org.uk
Paul Bence BMF K&B Chairman
The BMF has announced the launch of its latest special interest Forum, which will focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms.

BMF opens second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group

10 June 2019

BMF RCOE PageGroup BirminghamThe BMF has launched a second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group, this time in Birmingham.

The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the UK and Ireland. The latest centre, based in Page Group’s impressive office at Brindleyplace in Birmingham, will serve BMF members in the West Midlands region. The BMF are also proud to name the Page London office as another BMF Regional Centre of Excellence.

John Newcomb, BMF Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to open our second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group and our 28th in total. Localisation is an important strategy for the BMF and this is an excellent central facility where members can meet and attend BMF training courses, regional meetings and other regional events.”  

Adam McLaughlin, Manager of Michael Page Trade & Retail says: “Page Group are delighted to strengthen our partnership with the BMF with the opening of our second Regional Centre of Excellence in Birmingham. Our facilities are open to all BMF members to make use of and we encourage members to reach out with any enquiries.”

For details of all the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the UK and Ireland please visit www.bmf.org.uk/membership and for more information about Page Group visit https://www.page.com.
The BMF has launched a second Regional Centre of Excellence at Page Group (BMF's 28th in the UK), this time in Birmingham.

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

5 June 2019

Croydex

One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Trusted by the most prominent brands in the trade, Croydex is celebrating 100 years of successfully developing and manufacturing unique, practical bathroom solutions ideal for skilled professionals and tradesman.

Croydex is looking forward to another 100 years of success and promises to be a key supplier member of the BMF family.

Jon Langford, Croydex Commercial Director says, “The history of our business is deeply rooted within the UK merchant industry. Our products and services are heavily aligned to the RMI channel and we have worked for many years with key national, regional and local merchants, delivering excellent product solutions.”

“Our more recent focus on the specification market and commercial washroom applications through our Metlex brand leads to even higher levels of engagement with the merchant channel, so engaging with the key trade association makes impeccable sense. We are really looking forward to supporting the BMF and our merchant partners as part of our recent membership.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to welcome Croydex into membership in this special year of celebrations. This innovative company clearly recognise the value of being part of the largest Trade Association in the Building Materials sector and the only Association representing both Suppliers and Merchants in the industry.”
One of the latest members to join the BMF is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

cmostores.com join the BMF


cmostores.comThe BMF welcomes their latest Distributor member - cmostores.com, who are passionate about the convenience of online retail with traditional customer service, product knowledge and advice.

cmostores.com stock a range of 70,000 products under one roof, aiming to provide customers with industry-leading product choice, service and price in partnership with manufacturers.

Andy Dunkley, CEO at cmostores.com said: "We’re pleased to be welcomed to the Builders' Merchants Federation as Distributor members.”

“Our flagship website Roofing Superstore is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and we’ve launched three specialist divisions during the last decade; Drainage Superstore, Insulation Superstore and Door Superstore, with more stores planned for the future.

“It’s important that we are now be part of an organisation which works together with merchants to build excellence in building materials supply. We've already enjoyed the chance to network with members, and look forward to the other opportunities which are benefits of BMF membership, such as giving our team members the opportunity to study for recognised qualifications."

BMF CEO, John Newcomb says, “I’m delighted that this dynamic new business has joined the BMF. I am sure the variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their powerful business model as it continues to develop and grow. We look forward to working with them and assisting their growing team.”
The BMF welcomes their latest Distributor member - cmostores.com, who are passionate about the convenience of online retail with traditional customer service, product knowledge and advice.

Notts MP sees the opportunities for a low carbon future in city homes


20 May 2019

Lilian Greenwood visits Plumbase Builders MerchantsMP for Nottingham South Lilian Greenwood saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering a low carbon future for the city.

Ms Greenwood discussed how modern advances in home heating products can deliver significant improvement to air quality and energy use across the region during a visit organised by the BMF.

Mark Bradley, Chairman of the BMF Plumbing and Heating Forum, hosted the visit at Plumbase in Lenton Lane.

Mark is the MD of Plumbase and showed the politician around the company’s trade counter and showrooms to illustrate the key points under discussion.

He said: “BMF members provide the materials, products and expertise needed to de-carbonise our homes, and this visit provided a great opportunity to discuss the workings of the industry’s supply chain and how it can help support future low carbon objectives. Fitting energy-efficient, low emission and water-saving measures in properties across Nottingham and the rest of the UK will be key to achieving sustainability goals.

“The issue is set to gain further momentum following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement in March that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025. Efficient boilers, coupled with better insulation and the small-scale generation of heat and electric power by individual householders, will be the key drivers in converting homes for a low carbon world. Our role as a trade association is to help set out how this can be achieved and to demonstrate the opportunities available to deliver meaningful environmental and economic benefits overall.”

Joining Ms Greenwood on the visit were Steve Daley, the Branch Manager at Plumbase in Lenton Lane, and Brett Amphlett, BMF’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager.

Ms Greenwood said: “I was pleased to visit Plumbase and see for myself their contribution to Nottingham’s prosperity and the wider East Midlands’ economy. I congratulate Branch Manager Steve Daley and his team in helping both trade professionals and retail customers. Their knowledge and enthusiasm on how to help people to have warmer homes, cut carbon emissions, and save on energy bills, was really good to see. It is only by working together that politicians and businesses like Plumbase can move to a low-carbon future to improve the energy performance of Nottingham’s homes. I am encouraged to see local businesses are up for the challenge.”
MP for Nottingham South Lilian Greenwood saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering a low carbon future for the city.

BMBI reports sales growth at UK builders' merchants

BMBI19 May 2019

Figures just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) show positive sales growth through UK builders merchants during the first quarter of the year.  Total Q1 sales were up +5.9% compared with the same period in 2018.

Landscaping products saw the strongest annual value growth (+15.6%). The two largest product categories also performed well with Heavy Building Materials up +6.8% and Timber & Joinery Products rising by +6.6%. Sales in all three product groups were adversely weather-affected in 2018, so a stronger performance during a relatively mild, dry winter was to be expected.

There was a mixed picture for interior product groups, with Decorating rising by +4.3%, Ironmongery up +2.3% and Kitchens & Bathrooms up +1.1%, but Plumbing, Heating & Electrical showed a marginal decrease at -0.2%.

Comparing average sales a day in Q1 2019 and Q4 2018 also shows winners and losers. Sales of Landscaping Products grew by 1.9%, while the small Renewables & Water Saving Products category showed the highest increase at +6.6%.  However, with sales values in both the largest categories – Heavy Building Materials and Timber & Joinery Products – dropping by -3%, total Quarter on Quarter Sales were down by -3%.  Kitchens & Bathrooms outperformed the average with a decrease of -0.3%, while Decorating (-3.9%) and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (-4.0 %) both underperformed.

BMBI Q1 2019However, the comparison of month on month average sales a day (March v February 2019) was largely positive. Total Month on Month sales were up by +6.5%, led by Landscaping at +27.7%, Renewables & Water Saving (+13.9%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.8%). Decorating (+5.6%), Timber & Joinery (+4.6%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+1.5%) also saw sales value growth, but Plumbing, Heating & Electrical was down -0.6%.

The BMBI uses GfK’s point of sale tracking data drawn from over 80% of builders merchants’ sales throughout the country, making it the most reliable source of data for the sector.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Overall there are more positives than negatives within the BMBI Q1 2019 results. At the moment consumer confidence is holding and homeowners continue to invest in RMI projects, but we are still living in uncertain times. No one can say for sure what impact the prolonged uncertainty over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have over the course of the next 12 months.”

Richard Frankcom, Key Account Director at GfK said: “This time last year we were waiting to see if we’d see merchant sales recover from a weather damaged start to the year, which they did.  This year it’s more about how the political situation will affect consumer and business confidence.  With value growth still outstripping volume, inflation will be putting the squeeze on already cautious consumers who are a substantial proportion of the RMI market for merchants SME trade customers.  Furthermore, any slowdown in house prices may slow the larger house builders land turn, which will further hit trade.  Time will tell, but some political clarity would really help.”

For more information about the BMBI click here.
Figures just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) show positive sales growth through UK builders merchants during the first quarter of the year.

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for 5th year


TAF 2019 Awards Finalist Membership Engagement17 May 2019

The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

TAF is “the trade association for trade associations” representing over 300 of the top trade bodies in the UK and there is always fierce competition amongst members to win a Best Practice Award. 

The BMF is shortlisted for the Membership Engagement Award in recognition of its localisation strategy, whereby the Federation worked with members to identify appropriate facilities as regional hubs for local groups to come together for meetings, forums and training.  This led to the development of 27 BMF Regional Centres of Excellence around the country, with more due to come on stream this year.

The Regional Centres have proved hugely successful, with a total of 92 events taking place between January 2018 and April 2019, attracting 1,240 delegates.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We are always delighted to be short-listed for a prestigious TAF Award. The BMF team is always looking for new and better ways to support our members but it is still a remarkable achievement to have been shortlisted fourteen times in five years. This year it is particularly gratifying that we have been shortlisted for a programme that has boosted our engagement with members who have limited time to travel and who are now able to attend BMF events close to their home base.”

Commenting on the shortlist, Linda Cavender, TAF CEO, said: “The Awards offer TAF members an excellent opportunity to showcase their organisation, its expertise and recent achievements. I am always astounded at the quality of the entries and only the very best reach the shortlist. They provide a benchmark for running a successful organisation which focuses on members’ needs.”

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Best Practice Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 9 July at County Hall, London.
The BMF has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

James Hipkins to chair BMF West Midlands Region


James HipkinsJames Hipkins, MD of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new Chairman of the BMF West Midlands Region.  James takes over from Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer, Jewson & Managing Director Local Merchant Group.   

James, who grew up in the West Midlands, began his merchanting career as a trainee manager with Jewson in North Wales where, at 24, he became their youngest branch manager at the time.  He joined the Joseph Parr Group as MD Designate of Emerys Builders Merchants in 1999 when Emerys was a small merchant in Stoke on Trent.  Now, it is not only the largest merchant in the area, it also operates a thriving second depot in Telford.

Outside of work he is a passionate restorer of classic cars and bikes and his skills will no doubt come in handy as part of the Emerys team in this year’s Pavestone Rally, which raises money for charity.

Commenting on his appointment, James Hipkins said: “I consider it an honour to be asked and a privilege to take on the role of Chair of the BMF West Midlands Region.  I hope my experience within a national merchant and my current role within an independent merchant puts me in a good position to understand the collective needs and challenges faced by all members of the BMF.”
James Hipkins, MD of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new Chairman of the BMF West Midlands Region. James takes over from Neil Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer Jewson & Managing Director Local Merchant Group.

BMF puts the building materials industry in the national spotlight

29 April 2019

Shepherd PRThe BMF is championing the value and significance of the building materials industry in a new regional and national approach.

Trade association specialist Shepherd PR has been appointed by the Federation to promote and amplify BMF’s key strategic goals nationwide.

Activity will include a focus on the rewarding employment opportunities and career pathways within the industry – emphasised by the BMF’s relaunched website www.buildingmaterialcareers.com

The Federation’s new Builders Merchants Industry Forecast – which analyses market performance – will be promoted, as well as the regional Builders Merchant Building Index.

Commentary on materials supply to meet housing demand, and the implications of Brexit on the trading environment, will also be included in the campaign.

Some of the communications will integrate with the BMF’s successful trade PR activity for maximum impact.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “The appointment comes at an exciting time for the Federation. We are pressing ahead with a bold strategy to attract and develop new people into the industry and PR will play a key role in that approach.”

“We also want to demonstrate the scope and scale of the sector using our new Industry Forecast and regional data, to clearly attribute the value the UK merchant sector brings to the economy.

“Another important element is, with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, that the voice of our members is clearly heard, to ensure we help secure the best outcomes in the business climate.”

The BMF will also continue to work with Alison Parkes on trade press announcements.
The BMF is championing the value and significance of the building materials industry in a new regional and national approach.

TV’s Nick Knowles confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

29 April 2019

Nick KnowlesPrime-time TV personality Nick Knowles is the final speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June. 

For many, Nick is the face of construction on TV. While boasting no skills of his own, he presents one of the nation’s best-loved transformation programmes where trades come together to create a new or renovated building that dramatically improves the lives of its occupants. The show’s popularity is in no small part due to the many local trades that volunteer their skills and time for free on each job, and to the merchants and building material suppliers who regularly offer support.  Nick always stresses that the show would not be possible without them.

Over the past twelve years, Nick has not only been seen mucking in with the builders, when he is suited and booted he regularly hosts Saturday night quiz shows for BBC1. In 2017, he presented a documentary following a group of ten unlikely runners living with or affected by different mental health issues as they trained for the ultimate test of mind over matter, the London marathon. In 2018 he appeared in yet another guise, as a contestant in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winning a new legion of fans. 

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Nick Knowles to Conference this year. Many BMF members – merchants and suppliers, national companies and independents alike – and their customers have supported projects on his construction show.  Anyone who has watched the programme has seen how it transforms lives, and how it celebrates the spirit and professionalism of the building community. 

“Nick’s involvement in mental health awareness chimes with yet another theme at this year’s Conference. His presence completes a fantastic and diverse line of speakers at the industry’s main event of the year.”

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Prime-time TV personality Nick Knowles is the final speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

TECHNONICOL to sponsor 2019 UFEMAT Congress

24 April 2019

TECHNONICOLUFEMAT (the European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers) have announced that BMF member TECHNONICOL will be Platinum sponsors of this year’s UFEMAT Congress in Montreux on 17-19 October.

The Congress will be held at the Five Star Luxury Hotel Lake Geneva - Fairmont Montreux Palace: a luxury destination. Home to the famous Montreux Jazz Festival and the celebrated Christmas Market. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, overlooking the Alps. Built in 1906, this is a Jewel of Belle-Époque architecture.

TECHNONICOL Corporation is one of the largest European manufacturers and suppliers of roofing, waterproofing and thermal insulation materials. The company was founded in 1992 and since then has accumulated considerable experience in the building materials market. They offer up-to-date materials and technologies that combine global expertise and innovation from their own R&D centers. 

UFEMAT President and BMF CEO John Newcomb said “We are delighted to welcome TECHNONICOL as our key sponsor of this important annual UFEMAT event.”

Merchants can download a Congress booking form here. Or for more information about the Congress please visit www.ufemat.eu or contact John Newcomb, UFEMAT President and BMF CEO at john.newcomb@bmf.org.uk or Marnix Van Hoe UFEMAT General Secretary at marnix@ufemat.eu

UFEMAT have announced that BMF member TECHNONICOL will be Platinum sponsors of this year’s UFEMAT Congress in Montreux on 17-19 October.

Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete to speak at BMF All-Industry Conference

17 April 2019

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBEBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete, joins the line-up of speakers from the worlds of business, politics and sport at the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

Tanni has performed at world class level in distances ranging from 100m to the marathon and has competed in every major international event. She has won 15 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds and six gold medals in the London Marathon. Together with her comprehensive set of British and World records, this makes her achievements second to none in the disability sport arena.

In the build-up to the 2012 Olympics Tanni was vice chair of the athletes committee and sat on the Diversity and Inclusion committee which looked at recruiting a diverse range of Gamesmakers / team members. She also played a key role in the planning and sustainability of the infrastructure and buildings to ensure a long term benefit to the local communities after the games were completed.

Her work in the administration, management and politics of sport has resulted in a much higher profile and improved access for sports for people with disabilities. One of her greatest achievements must be in making people more aware of disability and what can be accomplished with will-power and sheer determination.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Baroness Tanni is an outstanding example of mental and physical fortitude. She not only succeeded at the highest level in her sporting career, she has lobbied and promoted issues and causes associated with disability sport and disability in general to effect real change. Delegates can look forward to a totally inspirational key-note speech.”

The BMF All-Industry Conference 2019 takes place in Dubrovnik from 13 to 16 June. Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones will host the sold-out event. Our thanks to the BMF All-Industry Conference headline sponsor, Crystal Group. For more information visit www.bmfconference.co.uk
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete, joins the line-up of speakers from the worlds of business, politics and sport at the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

Schneider Electric joins the BMF

16 April 2019

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation has joined the BMF.

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications.

Schneider Electric provide a comprehensive range of products for the Wholesale and Merchant market including wiring devices, circuit protection, cable management and installation materials.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Schneider are keen to develop relationships and play an active role within the BMF, and we are looking forward to working with them.”


Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation has joined the BMF.

Housing Minister to address BMF Members Annual Conference

10 April 2019

Kit Malthouse MPKit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, will speak at the BMF Members’ Annual Conference on 19 September 2019. 

Mr Malthouse is responsible for housing & home ownership and planning & development in England. Specific policies such as Help to Buy, affordable & social housing, Building Regulations and the National Planning Policy Framework come under his portfolio. He is the minister tasked with increasing the housing supply to fulfil his Government’s pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

Mr Malthouse was elected as Conservative MP for North-West Hampshire in May 2015. Prior to this he was Deputy London Mayor for Policing, and then Deputy London Mayor for Business & Enterprise, under Boris Johnson. A chartered accountant by profession, he worked for Touche Ross and then Deloitte, before becoming finance director and later chairman of a construction plant hire business in the Midlands

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “We are extremely pleased that the Housing Minister will attend our annual Members’ Conference. Housing remains a key construction issue and builders merchants and their customers play a vital role in the supply chain both to deliver new homes and to upgrade existing housing stock.”

The BMF Members Annual Conference and black-tie Awards Dinner takes place on 19 September at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent, the home of England’s national football teams.  The BMF’s annual Golf Tournament will be held on the previous day, 18th September at the newly-opened JCB Golf and Country Club.

The BMF thanks our Members’ Conference headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, and Marsh Industries and JCB, sponsors of the Awards Dinner and Golf Tournament.

For more information on BMF Members’ Day click here or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk
Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, will speak at the BMFMembers’ Annual Conference on 19 September 2019.

BMF relaunches industry recruitment website

8 April 2019

The BMF has launched Building Materials Careers, a new, improved website to encourage more people to join the building materials sector by highlighting the wide range of careers available both in merchant and supplier businesses.

The relaunch follows policy research with members who told the BMF they wanted the Federation to help promote the widest possible range of job opportunities in the industry, fostering diversity and inclusion, helping members to recruit a workforce from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.

As part of the BMF’s bold new strategy, unveiled at its annual Members’ Day Conference in September, attracting and developing talented people in to the industry will continue to be a main strategic goal.

The website - www.buildingmaterialscareers.com - promotes apprenticeships, life-long learning and gives members the opportunity to manage their job advertisements free of charge using the ‘Advertise A Job’ facility. Potential apprentices and employees will then be able to easily locate these roles, using the region, sector and location search filters.

The website features merchant and supplier employees’ video profiles . Each profile explains how they came to work in the materials supply industry and what they like about their specific job. Job seekers will be inspired by the range of career opportunities available to them in the building materials industry, no matter what educational qualifications they achieved at school or university. The site also highlights the BMF’s Ambassador programme, and explains that schools and colleges can invite someone working in the industry to share their experience at careers events.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said, “We are delighted to launch our new Building Materials Careers website to help the industry attract and develop new people. This is a fantastic opportunity for BMF members to get involved, by not only promoting their job vacancies, but by also becoming industry Ambassadors to spread the word about the great careers available in building materials.”

For more information about the website visit www.buildingmaterialscareers.com or contact Hannah Taylor, BMF Marketing Assistant on 02476 854990 or email hannah.taylor@bmf.org.uk
The BMF has launched Building Materials Careers, a new, improved website to encourage more people to join the building materials sector.