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BMF Timber Forum 2016 | 29 November 2016 | Stoke on Trent

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will hold its next Timber Forum meeting at Meyer Timber Ltd in Stoke on Trent on Tuesday 29th November 2016.

Organised and run in collaboration with other trade and regulatory bodies, the Timber Forum aims to support merchant members and their suppliers in the timber and wood products market.

It focuses on sharing best practice, disseminating information and gathering views on legislation, product and building standards and other issues that may affect trading.

The 2016 Forum programme and agenda include:

  • 09.30 - Coffee
  • 10.00 - Introductions, matters arising and key points from the last meeting: Gary Froggatt, Howarth Timber, Forum Chairman. Will include nominations for Forum Chairman and Vice Chairman
  • 10.15 - Mike Greenland Ligna: Assuring Timber Supply Chains
  • 10.45 - Dave Hopkins Managing Director TTF: Updates on TTF and CTI
  • 11.15 - Hannah Mansell, BWF Schemes and Technical Manager: Fire Door Safety
  • 11.45 - Open Forum
  • 13.00 - Networking lunch and tour of Meyer group facility
  • 14.00 - Close of event

The event is free of charge and restricted to a maximum of 2 people per organisation.

For more information and to book a place please email Alyssa Moore at [email protected].


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BMF’s Budapest Conference 2017 sells out in record time

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) All Industry Conference, to take place in Budapest in June 2017, has already sold out.

The theme of the Conference, “Change, Challenge and Opportunity”, struck a chord with both merchants and suppliers and all 450 delegate places were snapped up within ten weeks of launch. 

The event has attracted 14% more merchant delegates compared to the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2015. A total of 72 merchant companies will attend alongside 60 supplier companies. The merchant delegates include 16 of the top 20 merchant companies and all four national merchant groups will attend the BMF All Industry Conference for the first time in 15 years.

BMF managing director, John Newcomb commented: “We believe this is the fastest that the Conference has ever sold out and reflects both the value it offers and the high esteem in which it is held by the industry. The Conference theme resonated with people post-Brexit.  In uncertain times it is even more important for the industry to come together and this is undoubtedly the biggest event in the industry’s calendar for 2017.”

BMF chairman, Peter Hindle MBE added: “The Board was delighted to hear that our next Conference had sold out so quickly. This is testimony to the progress that the BMF has made over the last few years in delivering events and services that are valued by the industry.”

Details of the first speakers will be announced in September and regular updates will be published on the Conference website,

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BMF Timber Forum 2016 | 10 May 2016 | Woking

On Tuesday 10 May 2016 the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) offices in Woking will host the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Timber Forum 2016.

The Forum programme will cover a wide range of topics concerning timber trade and distribution as well as matters arising and key points from the last meeting held on 1 December 2015 in Coventry.

A preliminary agenda for the meeting includes: - 09.30 Coffee; - 10.00 BMF Timber Forum inc tour of WWF facility; - 13.00 Networking lunch; - 14.00 Close of event. 

The decision to hold the Timber Forum 2016 at the WWF visitor centre - the Living Planet building - intends to highlight the collaboration between the environmental ONG and the BMF to promote responsible forest trade throughout the merchant supply chain.

In February 2016, the BMF joined with the WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK (GFTN-UK) pledging to work together to develop better industry practices and encourage a commitment to sustainability in the merchant sector.

GFTN-UK will share its expertise and knowledge with BMF members, helping them to exercise due diligence on their supply chains for forest goods. The conservation organisation provides a framework that enables companies to identify and move away from materials coming from unknown or unacceptable sources, towards products from credibly certified forests or recycled sources.

The Timber Forum 2016 is free of charge, and restricted to a maximum of 2 people per organisation. 

Click here to download the booking form or contact [email protected] for more information.

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'Together Towards Tomorrow': BMF Members Day 2016 announced

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced date, theme and venue for BMF Members Day 2016.

The event, 'Together Towards Tomorrow', will take place on 20 and 21 September 2016 at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

In addition to the BMF’s Annual General Meeting, Members’ Day combines informal networking opportunities, a black-tie Awards Dinner, and informative business sessions. 

The event will also include two new Awards presented at the 2016 Awards Dinner, both sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants. The top performing BMF Postgraduate Diploma student will receive £1,000, while the top performing BMF Diploma in Merchanting student will receive £500.

Find out more here.

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BMF Timber Forum on 1st December

On the 1st of December, The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will hold a new Timber Forum in its headquarter in Coventry.

The event, open to all the BMF members interested in Timber and Woodworking products, follows the successfull Timber Forums organised in November 2014 and April 2015.

The Forum aims to contribute to an improvement in the timber and wood products market place for member companies and their suppliers. It will also focus on the identification and sharing of best practices and the liaison with significant third parties.

The guest list will feature relevant voices from the Timber Industry including Dirk Vennix, CTI Chief Executive, and Yulia Young, Manager of Global Forest and Trade Network at WWF UK.

For more information, contact Richard Ellithorne at [email protected] or 02476 854980.

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