The BMF’s service offer focused on business support, lobbying and training – with members benefiting from significant discounts on all courses – is also attracting companies into membership for the first time.

“We hoped that making membership more affordable would encourage both past members and new companies to become part of the BMF and the immediate response is very encouraging,” said BMF chairman Terry Parker.

Frank Key Builders Merchants, which has rejoined after a six-year absence, said the previous way of calculating subscriptions had meant BMF membership was an expensive luxury.

Otford Builders Merchants has also rejoined, citing its expansion plans (opening a second branch and introducing a wider product range), as a reason to benefit from BMF training. Other new members include Sydenhams and Lawsons.