Industry News

BMF welcomes support for apprenticeships in Emergency Budget

John Newcomb, Managing Director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), commented yesterday's Emergency Budget welcoming the support for apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships are the life blood of our economy", said Newcomb. "We have been urging the Chancellor to ensure the future funding provision for apprenticeships is sufficiently attractive to encourage employers to invest in developing new talent and training. The apprenticeship levy is a welcome and much needed boost to this. It means there is a real incentive to take on apprentices."

“The setting of the level of the Annual Investment Allowance to £200,000 by January and raising the Employment Allowance by £1,000 to £3,000 by April next year will help our SME members, in particular", Newcomb added. 

“The freezing of fuel is also good news but and will be offset by the higher wage bills due to the rise in the Living Wage.  Members will be squeezed by this in the short term especially as the fall in corporation tax to 18% will not take full effect until 2020.” 

BMF relaunches MOL distance learning courses

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the relaunch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge distance learning courses for the merchant sector.

MOL has been developing and delivering professional qualifications for over 30 years. Their courses have proved popular with merchants in the past, not least because they lead to a City & Guilds (C&G) qualification, which is internationally recognised.

MOL’s workbook-based distance learning modules cover a wide range of specialist subjects in four key areas, Plumbing and Heating, Timber and Building, Climate Management and Electrical Products. They are designed to help students build a generic understanding of the principles of each subject area and thus enhance their ability to advise and support customers.

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Dave Heeley to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Dave Heeley, an inspirational, fundraising adventurer has been confirmed as the latest speaker for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day on 16-17 September 2015. 

"Blind Dave", as he is known to his friends, is the first and only blind man to complete three separate incredible physical challenges. Among these the Marathon de Sables, a six-day, 156 mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert.

Significantly, 2015 Members' Day theme is "People, Purpose & Passion" and Dave is the perfect speaker to talk about the importance of teamwork, the power of trusting in your team, and effective communication and how to use it.

Find out more on BMF website.

Dennis Smith takes interim role at BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed Dennis Smith on a consultancy basis as Interim Membership Services Director.  He will assist the BMF for a three-month period, while the trade body seeks a permanent replacement for its long-standing Federation Secretary, Peter Matthews. Read more here.