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.