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BMF launches Leadership Programme for SME managers

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched LEAD, a practical 10 month programme, to help owners and senior personnel in small and medium sized builders merchants to enhance their leadership skills and grow their business.

The LEAD programme, designed in collaboration with leadership and strategy development specialists QuoLux, aims to equip SME owner managers and directors with practical skills and relevant information they can use to make a difference within their business.

Each course deliberately mixes owner managers and directors of small and medium sized enterprises from a variety of industry sectors.

Learning occurs through a range of formats including an initial Overnight Experiential, monthly Masterclasses, one-to-one Coaching, small group Action Learning Sets, Shadowing and Reflection days.

No formal qualifications are required to take the course and it can form the first stage of a Master’s Degree. Delegates can have their learning on LEAD accredited to receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Professional Practice from the University of Gloucestershire that can form the basis for a Postgraduate Diploma and an MBA in Leading Business.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director, commented: “People assimilate information in different ways and it is important for the BMF to recognise this and offer a range of learning opportunities for people to explore.  This is also one of the first courses we have offered that focuses on the specific skills required by those leading a relatively small business, to take it to the next stage.”

Stewart Barnes, who heads up QuoLux, added: “A major focus of the course is learning from other participants’ experience and with no potential competitors in the room they find it easier to open up about the issues they are facing.  More often than not they discover they are not alone. Most problems are common across all business sectors and working together within a supportive peer-group environment is a key factor in the programme’s success.”

For more information contact [email protected].

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/bmf-launches-leadership-programme-sme-managers]

Scotland Secretary of State David Mundell MP strengthens links with builders merchants

On 6 April 2016 the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, visited Dumfries Timber Company Group to discuss the role of builders merchants in the construction supply chain and the wider economy.  

Mr Mundell heard how builders, plumbers and timber merchants supply everyday trade essentials and value-added products to both trade and retail customers.

The visit was facilitated by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), which represents 510 companies with 4500 outlets, employing over 95,000 people across the UK, 

Dumfries Timber Company Group is an independently owned group of businesses selling a full range of building materials. Later this year they will be opening a brand new home improvement centre in the town which includes a 3,000 square foot kitchens and fitted bedroom showroom.

During the visit Mr Mundell met with staff and discussed careers in construction generally, and merchanting in particular.  He heard about recent initiatives to take on more apprenticeships and attract young people into the industry.  

The Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon David Mundell MP said:“Builders merchants are the lifeblood of the building industry. I am always pleased to celebrate business success in my part of the world, and I am delighted to support Dumfries Timber Company Group who play a key role in the construction supply chain across South West Scotland”.

Donald Young, Managing Director of Dumfries Timber Company Group commented: “Just 9 years ago, Dumfries Timber Company Group was a fledgling business with just 6 employees. We now employ 42 people at 3 sites, and have a turnover of £8 million.  Dumfries is our home town, and we will continue to invest in the area. We look forward to welcoming new customers to our new showroom in the coming months.”

Brett Amphlett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the BMF added: “Builders merchants represent 10% of the total construction output in the UK, and local merchants such as Dumfries Timber Company Group play a huge part in local economies, for example by providing employment and offering credit to local builders. The BMF is delighted that the Minister has recognised the importance of our sector in his visit today.”

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/scotland-secretary-state-david-mundell-mp-strengthens-links-builders-merchants]

Forestry Commission publishes 25-year Softwood availability forecast for UK

The Forestry Commission has recently released a NFI (National Forest Inventory) summary report of the 25-year forecast of softwood availability for the UK.

The Forecasts, covering the period 2017-2041, are calculated by taking the ‘current’ woodland structure and applying the Forestry Commission’s growth and yield models to grow the woodland into the future. By applying a range of management scenarios (describing harvesting and restocking regimes) The Forestry Commission has forecasted the future timber availability and the corresponding growing stock in the woodland.

According to the report, softwood availability will change over the period in exam; it is expected to increase from 18.1 million m3 per annum in 2017–21 to 19.3 million m3 per annum in 2027–31 before reducing to 16.8 million m3 per annum in 2037–41.

In terms of volume, the forecast of softwood availability for the UK forest estate is an average of 18.3 million m3 of softwood timber per annum over the 25-year period. The forecast for England is an average of 4.1 million m3 per annum; for Scotland 11.9 million m3 ; for Wales 1.8 million m3 ; and for Northern Ireland 0.5 million m3 . 

These figures assume that FC/NRW/FS estate and Private sector estate profiles are different. Over the forecast period, the Forestry Commission (FC), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Forest Service (FS) [FC/NRW/FS] estate will show an overall reduction in forecast availability  with an average of 5.5 million m3 per annum for the next 25 years, if existing forest management plans are followed and production is not constrained.

On the contrary, over the next 25 years, the Private sector estate will experience an overall increase. The upturn will run for the first half of the forecast period and will be followed by a decline in the second half of the period, with annual availability in the last period (2037–41) returning to a level similar to the 2017–21 period. The potential availability of softwood timber from the Private sector estate for the UK is expected to reach an average of 12.2 million m3 per annum. 

For the complete report click here.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/forestry-commission-publishes-25-year-softwood-availability-forecast-uk]

Ian Austin MP visits Lathams Ltd in Dudley

Ian Austin, Member of Parliament for Dudley North, visited Lathams' trading office in Dudley last week. The MP was welcomed by Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Ltd and was shown round the site at Yorks Park on Blowers Green Road in Dudley.

Lathams Ltd is a leading importer and distributor of wood panel products, joinery quality softwood and hardwood and hardwood flooring. The award-winning company is the trading subsidiary of James Latham PLC and has 11 trading offices operating from 10 sites throughout the UK. Lathams employs 21 staff and stocks up to 22,000 cubic feet of timber products at the Dudley site.

This was the MP’s first visit to a timber business and he was impressed by the scale of the business. “I have driven past the site thousands of times but you don’t realise until you enter the trading office what’s in there”, said Ian Austin MP. “I was amazed by the volume and range of high quality timber which is responsibly sourced from all over the world.”

Ian Austin MP has been Member of Parliament for Dudley North since 2005. He served as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions under Ed Miliband. In 2015 Ian Austin joined the Education Select Committee and was appointed as chair of the Labour Party's Education committee. Ian Austin MP is also a member of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries promoting the use of timber UK wide. The new APPG is supported by the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and has cross-party support from more than 40 parliamentarians including MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, SNP, Liberal Democrats and Northern Irish parties.

Ian Austin MP added, “I was particularly pleased to hear about Latham’s strong commitment to training. They provide an excellent range of trainee and advanced training courses which will help secure their managers of the future. We’ve been lucky to have a major timber business like Lathams in Dudley for over 15 years and I am keen to continue to support them as much as I can ”, he added.

Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Ltd, said: “We were delighted to receive a visit from our distinguished local MP and I am glad he had the time to speak to some of our staff too. Lathams have always been very committed to looking after our people and securing the highest possible environmental standards through responsibly sourced and sustainable timber from across the globe. We are determined to continue to raise the bar in a way which has seen this family owned company flourish since it was founded in 1757.”

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/ian-austin-mp-visits-latham-ltd-dudley]

Ian Austin MP visit to Lathams Ltd
1 April 2016, Dudley

Press Release - Ian Austin MP visits Latham Ltd in Dudley

Ian Austin MP visits LathamS Ltd in Dudley


Ian Austin, Member of Parliament for Dudley North, visited Lathams' trading office in Dudley last week. The MP was welcomed by Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Ltd and was shown round the site at Yorks Park on Blowers Green Road in Dudley.

This was the MP’s first visit to a timber business and he was impressed by the scale of the business. “I have driven past the site thousands of times but you don’t realise until you enter the off what’s in there”, said Ian Austin MP. “I was amazed by the volume and range of high quality timber which is responsibly sourced from all over the world.”

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