A newly-created judged award for the TTJ Awards has been created in association with the BMF – the TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award – which will reward timber and builders’ merchants which have undertaken initiatives and investments to develop and improve the timber side of their businesses.

This may involve a range of actions covering, for example (but not limited to), improving the timber product range, delivery service, site and infrastructure investment (buildings, handling equipment, storage, showrooms/shop), investment in management/ordering software and initiatives to educate the end-user in correct timber specification.

“A lot of good work has been done by merchants to boost their timber business,” said TTJ editor Stephen Powney.

“With this new award we’re embarking on a nationwide search to find exemplar projects which have taken merchants’ timber businesses to a whole new level. We’re delighted the BMF has got on board to support this new award.”

The BMF represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers to the building materials industry in the UK and Ireland, with 800 members who together have combined sales of over £43bn and employ over 221,000 people in the building materials industry. 

“Almost 70% of our merchant members cite timber as a key element of their business so we are delighted that this new TTJ Award will recognise the essential role merchants play in the timber supply chain.  We look forward to seeing great examples of innovation and best practice from merchants who are growing their business by supporting their customers,” said John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF.

Projects must have been undertaken between January 2021 to June 2022. To enter the TTJ Timber Merchanting Development Award and download an entry form visit TTJAwards.

Entries must be submitted before July 6.

The TTJ Awards 2022, the 26th edition of the popular event, is a lunchtime awards ceremony that will take place at The InterContinental London Park Lane on September 30 in the heart of London’s Mayfair. It attracts companies from the whole timber supply chain, including sawmills, distributors, merchants and wood product manufacturers.

For more details visit TTJAWARDS2020.