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BMF shortlisted for Trade Association Best Practice Awards

For the second year running, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted for three prestigious Trade Association Best Practice Awards in the Trade Association Forum’s (TAF’s) annual contest to take place on 6 July 2016 in London.

The BMF is shortlisted for Magazine of the Year for its quarterly member magazine, One Voice, for Event of the Year for BMF Members’ Day 2015, and for Website of the Year for its dedicated youth recruitment site, www.merchant-recruitment.co.uk.

Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of Trade Association Forum, commented: “Year on year, the standard of entries for the Awards gets higher and higher and this means that our Sifting Panels had an exceptionally difficult job in deciding which entries should go on the shortlist.  However, after lengthy debate, we have a strong list of finalists, all of which have entered some fantastic projects which we will be showcasing in due course at our TA Best Practice Exchange in November later this year.” 

BMF MD, John Newcomb added: “The BMF team works exceptionally hard to support our members and I am delighted that their work has again been recognised. Last year the BMF went on to win two TAF awards and it would be fantastic to have similar success this year, but reaching the shortlist against such stiff competition is worth celebrating in its own right.”

 

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BMF launches new App to bring company information to employees’ fingertips

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new mobile App specifically designed to create a regular communications stream between companies and their employees.

Developed by Corsby Associates and named BMF Employee Engage App, the App is ideal for multi-site builders merchants or building materials suppliers.

By making essential HR information visible at all times, including the company’s Employee Handbook, Policy & Procedures and the employee’s Contract, the App reduces the time HR staff spend on dealing with basic enquiries.

It can also be configured to push notifications through to each user, so important information is instantly available. With the App on their mobile device, employees can also quickly complete topic surveys when it suits them.

Other functions, such as the Employee of the Month, are designed to encourage and thank workers. Staff members can also interact with each other via the App.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director, said: “We are extremely excited to offer a fresh approach to employee communications. Most of us use apps everyday for different functions at home so why not use one at work? Particularly one that makes it so simple to interact with directly with everyone in your business.”

John Porter, MD Crosby Associates, added: “The Employee Engage App provides a new way of thinking and working for many HR functions. Everyone who sees it, loves it, because it is not a one-size fits all approach.  he app can be customised to include the modules that suit the needs of different organisations, and the look and feel can also reflect the company brand. It is also simple to update and include new features and content at a later date.”

For more information, or to book a demonstration of the BMF Employee Engage App, contact [email protected].

 

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Timbmet MD Nigel Cox is the new BMBI Expert for timber and panel products

Timbmet Managing Director Nigel Cox has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) as the Expert for Timber and Panel Products. Featuring from Q1 2016 report, Mr Cox (in the picture on the left) will focus on timber and panel products market, explaining issues, trends, and new opportunities.

Launched in 2015 by MRA Marketing, under the aegis of the Builders’ Merchant Federation (BMF), the BMBI offers data from GFK’s General Builders’ Merchant Panel with input from national and regional builders’ merchants accounting for over 80% of industry sales. 

Nigel Cox commented: “We are pleased to join the BMBI as the Expert for our market. It’s a great initiative to raise awareness of our industry to a wide audience. BMBI provides a platform for Experts to educate, inform and explain their own markets and add perspective to overall trends and issues. I’m excited about the plans to develop BMBI and pleased that Timbmet is speaking exclusively for Timber and Panel Products.”

BMF Managing Director John Newcomb added: “It’s great to have Timbmet on board. Their support endorses the growing awareness and significance of BMBI to our industry. We’ve only just scratched the surface with our plans to develop understanding of our markets and leading brands outside the industry.” 

Timbmet is a leading national supplier and distributor of hardwood timber, engineered timber and panel products. Other BMBI Experts include: Knauf Insulation, Keylite, Hanson Cement, Keystone Lintels, Crystal Direct, IKO PLC and Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

 

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BMF claims victory on Government climbdown over reduced VAT for energy-saving materials

The Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has welcomed the announcement that the Government will keep the current reduced rate of Value-Added Tax on the supply and professional installation of energy-saving materials despite losing a European court case last year.

On Monday the Prime Minister told the House of Commons that his Government will not oppose a move by Conservative MPs - acting with the Labour Party - to stop VAT on insulation, heating & hot water system controls, heat pumps, and solar panels being levied at the 20% standard rate.

Since June 2012, the BMF has been working with economists and Government representatives to keep 5% VAT on energy-saving materials defined in eleven product categories under EU law. In particular materials and products affected are: - insulation for walls, floors, ceilings, roofs or lofts, or water tanks, pipes or other plumbing fittings; - draught-stripping for windows & doors; - central heating system controls inc. thermostatic radiator valves;- hot water system controls;- solar panels;- wind and water turbines; - air-source and ground-source heat pumps; - micro-combined heat and power units; - boilers fuelled by wood, straw or similar plant matter.

Brett Amphlett, BMF Policy & Public Affairs’ Manager, commented: “We are very pleased the Government will keep the reduced rate on materials and products that BMF members distribute. This is a significant victory for the BMF and a good news for merchants, manufacturers, solar panel installers and insulation contractors".

“Now the legislation has been passed, improvements can continue to enjoy the 5% rate to make homes warmer, cut bills and save money. omorrow (Thursday) Energy and Climate Change ministers will be in the House for their monthly question time. I hope, by then, the Government will have clarified its position so we know how ministers intend to keep existing relief despite being at odds with EU law and the court ruling”, Mr Amphlett concluded.

 

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BMF launches free Branch Finder app

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched an new Branch locator app that will help customers and tradesmen find the nearest builders merchant outlet across the whole UK.

Available free of charge on Apple iOS and Android, the app enables to search by the merchant’s name, products sold or current location. It uses GPS tracking and geolocation functionality to display a list of the nearest outlets.

BMF MD, John Newcomb commented: “This is the only free app providing information and direct access to thousands of builders merchants throughout the country.  Many tradesmen rely on their smartphone to contact merchants and order materials. This will be a real help when they are working on site, particularly when they are away from their usual merchants. As there is no cost involved, I would urge everyone to download the app today, so it is ready on your smartphone when you need it.”

The BMF Branch Locator App can be freely downloaded at http://apps.excelpublishing.co.uk/bmf/ or via Apple and Android app stores.

 

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