Industry News

BMF celebrates first students group to achieve its Post Graduate Diploma

The Builders Merchants Federation’s professional and personal development programme achieved a new landmark this week, when the first eight students graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Independent Merchant Leadership and Strategy, three of them with Distinction.

Five of the graduates, Andrew Brooker of T Brooker, Jason Rothwell of Howarth Timber, and Lee Church, Jake Feek and Jamie Pierce from Parker Building Supplies attended Birmingham City University’s Winter Award Ceremony, donning traditional gowns to receive their Diplomas.

The three other graduates were Gary Froggatt of Howarth Timber and Darren MacAskill and Steven Webber both from Elliott Brothers.

The ceremony was attended by BMF Managing Director John Newcomb, Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director and Stewart Pierce, BMF Vice Chair. “I am proud and delighted to congratulate the first group to achieve the BMF Post Graduate Diploma.  I believe they are all planning to continue their studies at Birmingham City University towards a merchant-specific Masters Degree that has been developed in conjunction with the BMF", Mr Newcomb said. "This is a fantastic endorsement of the relevance of the BMF’s development programme for the industry."

2017 BMF All Industry Conference to be sponsored again by FAKRO

For the third year in a row, FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) All Industry Conference in 2017.

FAKRO  is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of roof windows in the world.  In the UK, distribution is via major builders merchants nationwide.  With a service and support offer geared to the merchant market, the company’s long-standing relationship with the BMF is a natural extension.

BMF MD, John Newcomb commented: “We are delighted that FAKRO is to sponsor the BMF All Industry Conference for a third time. The last two have both been hugely successful, with delegate numbers increasing each year. We have already started planning for 2017 and it promises to be the best event yet, so watch out for details of dates and venue later in the year.”

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