BMF and h&b announce group membership scheme28 July 2020
All full members of the h&b Buying Group will become members of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) from August 1 following the conclusion of a group membership agreement between the two organisations.
h&b is one of the UK’s largest co-operative buying organisations for independent merchants with a collective buying power of nearly £1bn.
There are currently 61 h&b full members in BMF membership and the remaining 23 will join the BMF in August. Any new h&b full members will be auto-enrolled into BMF membership during the period of the agreement.
The BMF and h&b will also work together to agree specific training requirements for h&b members and develop programmes to encourage maximum participation.
“This is a landmark occasion,” said John Newcomb, BMF chief executive officer. The BMF has long enjoyed a positive relationship with h&b and I am naturally delighted that this mutually beneficial agreement moves it up another level.
“I have made it my personal mission to develop the membership of the BMF and strengthen our sectors’ profile and influence, both within the wider construction industry and with legislative bodies. The last few months have shown how far we have travelled in that direction, demonstrating the strength that comes from acting together and the collective benefits that brings.”
“This is a major step forward in the relationship of h&b and the BMF,” said Jamie Wyatt, h&b trading director.
“With many h&b members already taking an active role in the BMF we have been considering a more formalised agreement for some time. The value of a strong and proactive trade body became even more evident as individual merchants sought to navigate the Covid crisis and the clear and authoritative response of the BMF was apparent.
“The benefits afforded by this agreement fit well with the h&b ethos and our future plans. The time is right to move forward with the BMF.”