BMF and IoBM to merge in May

Three years after it was first proposed, the merger between builders merchants organisations  the Institute of Builders’ Merchants and  the Builders Merchants Federation is to go ahead with effect from May 1 2021.

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The Institute will be separately managed and operate as a brand within the BMF.

Members approved the move that will give the Institute access to wider resources and personnel whilst retaining its own management body at the IoBM AGM/SGM held on 27 April.

The assets, activities and membership of the IoBM will be transferred to the BMF, with the Institute managed by a new Management Committee comprising the CEO and Membership Services Director of the BMF, the Chair and Vice Chair of BMF Young Merchants and two existing Institute Board Members.

All Institute Members will maintain their current membership grade upon transfer, subject to the payment of annual subscriptions.

Moving forward, IoBM Membership grades will be aligned with BMF training, other accredited courses and qualifications including in-company training where relevant. Membership will be available to all individuals employed within the builders’ merchants’ industry.

The IoBM Charity Trust, which provides grants to support the Institute and for training purposes, will continue to operate under the existing Trustees, with the BMF nominating two additional Trustees to assist.

Dave Saunders, President of the IoBM, said: “The Institute and the BMF have a common ethos around training, professionalism and certification within the industry and I am delighted that we have agreed a joint way ahead.  As a separately managed brand within the BMF, the Institute will remain open to all those employed within the industry and benefit from the surety provided by the greater operational resources of the BMF.”

CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, John Newcomb, said: “This energising fusion of two aligned organisations serving the merchant industry will open up fresh opportunities, while maintaining the traditional values of the IoBM.  The Management Committee together with the BMF Board has pledged to develop and publish a 3-5 year strategic plan during 2021, mapping the pathway for the Institute’s development. We look forward to a bright and relevant future for the Institute.”

 Richard Hill, Chair of the BMF Board, said: “The merger creates an exciting opportunity to build on the existing professionalism of the merchant sector, creating opportunities for colleagues at every level to study for a recognised certificate of personal development.”

The idea of a merger of the two organisations was first announced at the IoBM’s Parliamentary lunch in March 2018 and further details released at the BMF Members day in September. However, it was vetoed at the IoBM AGM in November of that year. 

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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