Mayor backs opportunities for young builders’ merchants

Great opportunities for young people to start a career in an exciting and growing industry Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, today praised the commitment of the Builders’ Merchants Federation for encouraging more young people to join the building materials industry. During a visit to the BMF’s headquarters, the Mayor met with apprentices and […]

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WCoBM celebrates student success at City & Awards luncheon

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon in March at the City’s historic Vintners’ Hall. Introduced seven years ago, it has rapidly become an important event in the Company’s calendar, recognising achievements of individuals in the industry and within organisations the Company supports through its charitable fund. Prize […]

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BMF Promotes Industry Apprenticeships

As part of the BMF’s Youth Recruitment Campaign for 2018 the BMF’s Apprenticeship Plus team is out in force this week using the platform provided by Apprenticeship Week to promote the merchant industry as a career choice for school and college leavers. The Apprenticeship Plus team is targeting 110 new apprenticeships to begin during 2018. […]

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New Merchant Apprenticeship Launching early 2018

Trade Supplier Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have jointly championed the development of a brand new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard. It is the first Apprenticeship to be designed for our industry, by experts in our industry and is set to become the industry’s […]

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Women in Merchanting

Women in Merchanting

Kerry Lockyer, Learning and Development Business Partner at Travis Perkins Group “When I applied for a role in the Travis Perkins training team back in 2010, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had heard of Travis Perkins and some of the brands that make up the Group, but I had no idea that […]

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BMF ATA places first merchant apprentices

The first apprentices to be placed by the BMF accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), start work this month. The BMF ATA is acting as the formal employer of two of the apprentices who have been placed with member companies. Andrews Building Supplies’ Peterborough branch is hosting apprentice Harry Osman, and Beers’ Bromborough branch is hosting […]

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Apprenticeship Show Yorkshire

The BMF will be attending the National Apprenticeship Show at Harrogate Yorkshire Event Centre – Stand 7 For more information about this event please contact James Spillane. To find out more about our events click here

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BMF Launch ATA

BMF Apprenticeships

New BMF Apprenticeship Training Agency to boost apprentice employment The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has formed an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) that will help its members benefit from the opportunities created by the Apprenticeship Reforms – whether or not they are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. BMF Apprenticeships Plus is a new division […]

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BMF Young Merchants kick off 2017

St George’s Park played host to fifty Young Merchants and Suppliers in March for the group’s first meeting of the year. The day was kicked off by Fiona Kerr and Patricia Hendry, two high profile women in industry from Travis Perkins; Regional Managing Director for Scotland and North England and Regional Director for Scotland respectively. […]

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Young Merchants’ Group elect new Chair

The Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants’ Group has elected, Victoria Fiddies, Regional Sales Manager at Catnic – Tata Steel, as Chair and Glenn Paddison, Branch Director at MKM Building Supplies, as Vice Chair. Victoria, who was previously Vice Chair, takes over from Jamie Pierce, who has just completed his two-year term heading up the group. […]

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