Industry News

BMF meets Scottish National Party in Aberdeen

On 16 October, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) met the Scottish National Party at its Annual Conference in Aberdeen. The event represented a precious occasion to hear first-hand from government ministers and party officials about their ideas and policies - and to explain the role, value and importance of merchants and the Federation itself to the Scottish economy.

The pivotal meeting was with Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, to discuss improving the thermal & energy performance of existing buildings. Interesting notes also came from Nicola Sturgeon MSP's speach. Sturgeon pledeged that if her Party was re-elected, her Government would oversee the building of 50,000 new affordable homes, costing £3 billion, over the next five years. Ministers said they are on track to exceed their current five-year target of 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016.

“I was glad to have the chance to outline the role, value and importance of merchants to the Scottish economy. We went to brief the SNP about our supply chain and the role of BMF members in helping to build and improve homes and workplaces”, said Graham Bolton, BMF Regional Manager. 

To read the complete briefing notes click here.

Travis Perkins and Keyline return to the BMF

Travis Perkins and Keyline have rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Both became members on 1st September 2015 boosting the BMF’s growing membership to 500 companies.

Travis Perkins is one of the largest builders merchants supplying the UK’s building and construction industry, while Keyline is the UK's leading distributor of civils, fvdrainage and heavy building materials.  The two companies employ over 8,500 people between them and, together with its Rudridge business, trade from over 740 branches nationwide.  All three are included in the new membership arrangement, although Rudridge, which was acquired by Keyline earlier this year, was previously a BMF member in its own right.

BMF Chairman, Peter Hindle MBE, said: “The return of two of the industry’s largest players after a long absence is a significant milestone for the Federation. It makes the BMF a complete representation of the merchant industry, with 39 of the top 40 companies – including every one of the top 20 companies by turnover - now in membership.”

BMF launches new careers' website for young people

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has recently launched a new careers’ website to promote the wide range of employment opportunities offered by merchants & manufacturers.

The new online platform ( is aimed at school and college leavers, their parents and the school careers advisers and Jobcentres who support them as they consider career options. 

BMF's target is to make young people more aware of diversity of roles, opportunities for progression and earnings potential in the sector. Not to mention the industry’s formal vocational training programmes – recently recognised with the 2015 Skills Development Award from the Trade Association Forum. 

“We believe this campaign, the biggest initiative of its kind ever undertaken by the BMF, will be the driving force behind attracting more young people into the sector and helping builders merchants and suppliers to continue to invest in the next generation", said John Newcomb, BMF MD.

 "With opportunities across disciplines, from fork lift drivers and customer service to HR and design services, from first job roles all the way to the board room, there really are great opportunities to meet young peoples’ aspirations at every level.”

For more information click here.

BMF to celebrate 150 Supplier Members

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will celebrate its 150th Supplier Member when Weber, a world leader in the manufacture of industrial mortars, joins the Federation later this month.

Part of the worldwide Saint Gobain group, Weber operates in 54 countries supported by almost 200 production units which ensure that products are produced close to the markets they supply and that consistent quality is maintained.  Three of these manufacturing plants are in the UK supplying Weber’s core product range of external renders, technical mortars, tile fixing and floor screeds.

“I’m delighted that Weber has joined the BMF as our landmark 150th Supplier Member. I look forward to welcoming them into membership and having them attend our next major event, BMF Members Day in September, where I am sure they will once again see the value of our networking and business conference programme.”, commented John Newcomb, BMF MD.

BMF will support Walking with the Wounded charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has chosen Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) as its charity partner for 2016.

Founded in 2010 by two ex-servicemen, Walking with the Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to long-term security, independence and employment. Crucial to fulfilling this aim is to provide beneficiaries with nationally recognised skills and qualifications post-military service that are relevant to Corporate UK and which will provide the long-term security and independence required for themselves and their families.

“We want to make a real difference, not just in terms of fundraising but also to help provide job opportunities for other veterans supported by the charity through their retraining programme.”, BMF Managing Director John Newcomb commented.

Find out more on BMF website.