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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Merchant Careers floats through London

Merchant Careers is a BMF initiative to encourage young school and further education leavers and job seekers to consider a career in the builders merchants industry. The Builders Merchant Careers website is fast becoming a resource of valuable information and listing job vacancies within the industry. To promote Merchant Careers and the Builders Merchant industry […]

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Builders Merchant Careers campaign helps fill the gaps.

There is currently a shortage of young people joining the builders merchant industry. As a result the BMF launched the Builders Merchant Careers campaign to help recruit young job-seekers into all areas ranging from yard work to sales and from manufacturing to marketing. In return offering them a first-rate career with brilliant professional progression and […]

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BMF sets ambitious targets for more women merchants

The Builders Merchants Federation has today 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 profession by 2020. Builders merchanting, just one part of the […]

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BMF seeks Ambassadors for recruitment campaign

The BMF is set to recruit at least 20 Ambassadors from the ranks of its members to support a national youth recruitment campaign, Builders Merchants Careers. They will help to promote the opportunities offered by the industry to students and young job-seekers throughout the country. BMF Builders Merchants Careers is an ongoing campaign to encourage […]

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Merchants must not lose out on Apprentice Levy, warns BMF

The BMF has voiced concerns that builders merchants who are unwilling to take on apprentices may lose out when the UK Government introduces the new Apprenticeship Levy in April next year. A survey of BMF members revealed that while just over half (51%) employ at least one apprentice, almost as many (49%) have no current […]

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BMF salutes first Post Grad students

The Builders Merchants Federation saw the first eight students on its Post Graduate Diploma in Independent Merchant Leadership and Strategy, graduate, 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 […]

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BMF launch new initiative

Builders merchant industry launches website showcasing employment opportunities for young people Following the release of the A-Level and GCSE results, the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has launched a careers website promoting employment opportunities in the merchanting sector to school leavers, supported by Jobcentre Plus and the Government’s Apprenticeships Service. With a shortage of young people […]

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