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Supply issues impacting on construction sector

27/01/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A shortage of construction products including roofing materials and timber is starting to impact on the building industry, according to a leading industry trade body. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) – whose members represent a £38 billion slice of the construction industry supply chain – has received reports of August availability […]

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Construction trade body raises concerns over port capacity

05/12/2020 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A leading construction industry trade body is looking into claims that building products shipped in containers from the Far East are struggling to get to the UK. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) – whose members represent a £38 billion slice of the construction industry supply chain – is acting on concerns […]

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Figures set out Brexit scenarios on UK building materials industry

24/09/2020 New figures reveal a ‘no deal’ Brexit could have a significant economic impact on the manufacture and supply of building materials across the UK in 2021. Forecasts from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) point to a 2.8 per cent increase for the sector next year if an agreement is not reached, against a 5.9 […]

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Huge surge in landscaping product sales reported across the UK

01/09/2020 Latest figures from builders’ merchants across the UK show sales of landscaping products soared. According to the Builders Merchants Federation’s Builders’ Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report, sales grew by more than 50 per cent during June this year, compared with the same month in 2019. The trade body says DIY customers are behind much […]

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BMF Back in the Office

08/06/2020 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been working extensively with the Builders Merchants Federation to help them support their members through the crisis. We’ve developed regular video briefings from CEO John Newcomb, assisted in creating an online information hub relevant to the industry and produced press releases at a […]

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Construction trade body welcomes COVID-19 plans

22/05/2020 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A trade body has welcomed the phased route map approach announced by the Scottish Government to ease lockdown restrictions. According to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), the plans set out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday (21 May) will enable its members to gear-up to meet demand when construction works are […]

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Thousands of construction jobs protected after trade credit guarantee announced

13/05/2020 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A leading construction trade body says thousands of jobs have been protected after the Government pledged to protect Trade Credit Insurance. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) says the decision by Government announced today (13 May) to guarantee business-to-business transactions will ensure confidence in the construction industry supply chain. Construction is one […]

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Trade bodies monitor construction supplies to iron out demand and production

04/05/2020 Leaders in the construction sector are joining forces to ensure confidence in the multi-billion-pound building products supply chain, to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is working with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to monitor the manufacturing and distribution of their respective members, in order to meet the […]

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

10/04/2020 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 […]

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North West business figurehead to retire from trade body role

19/02/2020 A North West business figurehead, who has carved out an inspirational career in the building industry, is set to retire from a key industry trade body. Peter Hindle MBE is retiring as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation at the end of March, after six successful years in the role. During his tenure as […]