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BMF’s fundraising drive tops over half a million pounds

Press Release 17/07/2023 A national trade body based in Coventry has raised more than half a million pounds in just five years for charities that support people both in the UK and abroad. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), which represents 880 builders’ merchants and suppliers across the UK, has championed a series of events and […]

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Building materials availability returning to pre-pandemic levels

22/05/2023 Trade Association PR National trade body, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed reports that the availability of building materials across the UK is on the return to pre-Covid levels. Signs of a return to pre-pandemic supply are outlined in the latest report from the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability Group, which was set […]

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Building material sales on course to bounce back after initial downturn

14/02/2023 Midlands-based trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has forecast a drop in growth this year in its Winter 2023 Forecast Report. Despite the political and economic upheaval seen in 2022, the year is expected to end with positive growth of 6.7% due to price inflation rather than increased sales volume. But ongoing volatility […]

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Recruitment drive for 60 apprentices launched to mark anniversary

06/02/2023 A total of 60 apprenticeship opportunities are being created to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS), during National Apprenticeship Week (February 6-12). NMBS, based at Meridian Business Park in Leicester, is launching the recruitment drive with support from Coventry-based national trade body, Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), which has a […]

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Coventry trade body shortlisted for three sustainability awards

25/08/2022 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR A Coventry-based trade body’s work to tackle carbon emissions in the national building materials supply chain has seen it shortlisted for three prestigious awards. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), based at Coventry Business Park, has reached the finals of the Sustainability Champion and Best New Event awards at the Association Excellence […]

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Consortium set up to develop next generation battery technology receives materials boost from Morgan Advanced Materials

16/05/2022 A consortium set up to develop the next generation in battery technology has received a significant boost, with the donation of a pioneering advanced material to the project. Morgan Advanced Materials has provided Lucideon with a high-performance lithium conducting solid-electrolyte material, which is not yet available in the marketplace. The solid electrolyte will be […]


Key appointments take Midlands’ multi-million pound SIPF programme forward

10/05/2022 Key appointments have been made to drive forward a multi-million pound collaboration, which is working to put the Midlands region at the heart of the global advanced ceramics industry. Four roles have been created to develop workstreams across the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group after it was allocated £18.27 million in government funding through UK […]

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National trade body reveals scale of inflationary pressures on the building sector

05/05/2022 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR Forecasts from a leading national construction trade body reveal that inflation will have a significant impact on the industry throughout 2022. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) says there is growing uncertainty in the supply chain, stemming from rising energy prices, with the situation escalating due to the outbreak of war in […]

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Trade body unites building industry with Ukraine appeal

23/03/2022 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR The Builders Merchants Federation is launching a national campaign, calling on its members and their customers to support the Ukraine crisis. The BMF, which represents 770 merchant and supplier companies across the UK, has set up a dedicated JustGiving page to raise vital funds at Chief Executive of the BMF, […]

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Concerns over HGV driver shortages raised by construction trade body

14/07/2021 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR Transport issues are hitting suppliers to the construction trade, as builders’ merchants work to get supplies into their stores and deliver orders to customers. Members of national trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), have reported widespread disruption and delays, with a shortfall in drivers able to transport goods across the […]