Builders’ merchants unite to provide vital equipment to the healthcare sector


Builders’ merchants across the UK are joining forces to deliver much-needed personal protective equipment to NHS staff.

With intense supply chain pressures affecting the ability of healthcare professionals to source the equipment, national trade body the Builders Merchants Federation is co-ordinating a response across its membership

They are appealing for merchants to donate visors and safety glasses, in a bid to tackle the shortages.

The BMF membership draws on a significant part of the UK economy, comprising of 710 members, with combined annual sales of over £32 billion – employing around 138,000 people from more than 5,450 branches.

John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “The unique nature of the BMF network, with so many sites across the UK, and their stock of PPE, puts them in pole position to make a difference to our nation’s healthcare professionals at this difficult time.

“These are unprecedented times, but we can work together to pull through.”

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