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'UK Trade organizations will work together to address post-Brexit vote', says BMF MD

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has issued a statement on the result of the EU Referendum

"The BMF fully respects the democratic decision that has been made by the British people and in which our members, their employees and customers have participated", said BMF Managing Director John Newcomb.

"Our priority now is to work together in the BMF and with other trade bodies to make sure the construction industry is properly consulted and engaged in discussions with the government about the implications of the vote to leave the EU. There are many important issues to raise on behalf of BMF members about future changes that impact on jobs and the future of projects and funding that are linked to the government and in some cases to the EU." 

"Next week the BMF will enter a period of detailed discussions with other leading Trade Associations such as the CBI, CPA and FMB about the impact of today's decision on our sector and a more detailed statement will be issued from the BMF Board to all Members following these discussions",
Mr Newcomb added.

 

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BMF pledges to double number of women entering merchant industry by 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has pledged to help address unemployment and poorly paid employment amongst young women by signing up to the Young Women’s Trust employer pledge. 

The BMF has set an ambitious target to double the number of women and girls entering the merchant industry by 2020.  At present only 11 per cent of merchanting apprentices are female.

The BMF announcement follows figures released by CITB which show that 232,000 jobs will be created in construction industry over the next 5 years and the findings of the charity the Young Women’s Trust which has found that over 1 million women aged between 16 and 30 are in poorly paid roles and looking for work.

“Merchanting is a fantastic career with great progression and I want to open up the sector to more women across the country. This is a huge opportunity for our members who need a full mix of skills and experience in their branches and I am certain that we will meet, if not exceed, our ambitious target", said John Newcomb, BMF Managing Director.

Carole Easton, Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust added: “There is much more that can be done to help young women into work. We believe that positive action can play a part and we are delighted that the BMF have signed our pledge and have gone even further in setting their own gender diversity targets for the merchanting sector. Our apprenticeships report unveiled a shocking story around women’s apprenticeships and we are very keen to work with industry partners to address this”.

 

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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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