With less than a year to go until the general election, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published its own Policy Manifesto outlining how they would like to see the supply chain and government working together.
The industry body says its manifesto promotes different ways to get cash flowing through the industry.
Highlights from the manifesto include the BMF wanting a more coherent programme of government schemes to help SMEs raise finance, extending the BMF Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme beyond its initial trial period and the enforcement of the Prompt Payment Code.
It also includes ideas to accelerate new homebuilding, upgrade existing homes and banish poorly-written regulation that makes it harder for BMF members to run their businesses.
BMF MD, John Newcomb, said: “This is possibly the first time that the BMF has so clearly set out its view on a range of policies affecting the building materials market and our members. The Manifesto will back up the BMF’s intensive programme of activity talking to MPs, their departmental officials, key party spokespeople and ministers in the House of Lords as well as local councillors and officers.”
Earlier this year, the BMF has helped to arrange parliamentary visits to EH Smith by local MP and the government’s Women in Enterprise champion, Lorely Burt, and to Pochins by Lord Newby, the deputy government chief whip in the House of Lords.
The BMF also briefed MPs, including Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, on current issues facing self- and custom builders prior to a parliamentary debate on the subject last month.
Newcomb added: “More merchant and parliamentary visits are planned for the rest of the year and in the lead up to the election as the BMF takes every opportunity to speak with one voice to ensure the industry’s views are heard where it counts.”