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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."