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. Their career experiences and prediction for the future of merchanting in the UK fuelled some very weighty discussion.

The industry issues segment of the day focused around Supplier and Merchant views on price increases, product allocation with both sides giving their point of view. The Apprenticeship Levy, as a timely issue was discussed, with merchants discussing the potential fall out this would have within their companies. The BMF Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) launch was discussed. The BMF ATA, designed to deal with the recruiting of new apprentices on behalf of our members giving them access to a larger network of training providers whilst taking away the administrative burden was brought to the floor as a remedy for any headaches member companies may be facing.

The keynote speaker section of the day was led by James Pearce, BBC sports journalist and Communication Guru who led a lively workshop on effective communication touching on ways to get the message across clearly in interactions and how to deal with any tricky questions!

The day’s fun carried on into the evening with a VIP guided tour of England’s Training Facilities led by Dr Dorian Dugmore a world leader in fitness coaching which proved very insightful for the group. The evening was wrapped up with a sports quiz led by James Pearce who kindly stayed on well into the evening ensuring the group got the most out of the day and venue.

The Young Merchants will assemble again this summer with a trip to Milan, kindly hosted by Mapei. The group will get a chance to see Mapei’s operations in Milan and see where it all began for this adhesives and chemical products world leader. The group will be visit the sites in Milan and the delights of Lake Como with a guided tour from June 29th to July 1st. There will even be an opportunity to see an Italian Builder’s Merchant. Many thanks to our hosts for this great opportunity and until then, Ciao!

The next domestic and final Young Merchant meeting of the year will take place at Microsoft’s HQ in Paddington, London on 23rd November. The group will have the chance to experience what working in a high tech company offices ahead of the curve will feel like with hosted facilities and a presentation on the ‘Internet of things’.

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