BMF members account for approx. £2.03 billion annual sales, employ more than 5,500 people, and trade from 430 locations in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government have devolved responsibilities for:
- economic development
- climate change, net zero & energy-efficiency
- education, training & skills
- manufacturing
- construction & infrastructure
- transport
- housing & planning
- water & flood defence.


The BMF is a founder member of the Construction Industry Collective Voice. The CICV is an industry alliance that comprises 29 trade associations, employers’ federations and professional bodies that represent Scottish companies active today in the construction, house-building & property RMI markets. We chair the CICV Post-Brexit & Trade Sub-Group. Please visit:

The BMF also participates in the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum, a joint government and industry partnership that strives to improve business practices, and implement a wider agenda for change to develop the construction industry.


The Scottish Government decided that construction and its supply chain was not an essential industry. Building sites had to close except if work was essential in fighting coronavirus. Normal 
housing & commercial projects had to stop by law. Unless activity fell into narrowly-defined critical industries, merchants were not allowed to serve non-essential customers.

The BMF quickly began to collaborate with CICV colleagues to find ways round common problems - e.g. the correct PPE - before the phased return to work began. The CICV was in routine contact with the Scottish Government to monitor the impact of Covid throughout the pandemic.

Two notable BMF achievements:
- we were the first to find discrepancies between public health regulations and official guidance. Guidance was only guidance, not backed up in law. We helped merchants to open and operate click & collect and deliver-to-site services safely, without fear of enforcement being taken;
- we successfully argued that emergency works and essential repairs & maintenance to private homes, commercial property and other buildings should continue - and merchants were vital in supporting such activities.

The BMF supported its members with regular advice & guidance - as restrictions were tightened or eased - to help them manage & mitigate risk, uphold physical distancing and other safeguards.

Current Topics

Low Emission Zones

In May 2022, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils introduced Low Emission Zones (LEZ) to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Low Emission Zones in Scotland are complete bans on polluting vehicles that no do meet minimum emission standards of Euro 4 for petrol or Euro 6 for diesel. There is no option to pay a daily charge for non-compliant vehicles to go into designated zones. Penalty Charge Notices will be issued to operators who send such vehicles into a LEZ. Penalties are on a sliding scale, starting at £60 but rising to £420 (cars & vans) or £900 (HGVs) for a fourth offence.

These cities have a 2-year grace period during which enforcement will not happen to allow private motorists and businesses time to prepare. Full enforcement using Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras and financial penalties will come into effect in June 2024. More information about financial assistance, exemptions and zone maps is here:

Your first point-of-contact is Brett Amphlett on (020) 7451 7316 or [email protected]