BMF promotes best practice to branch managers

Builders merchants trade organisation the Builders Merchants Federation is to focus on branch performance in 2014 with a new two-day event for branch managers on April 30 and May 1.
The BMF Branch Managers Forum is designed to help BMF branch managers, and those aspiring to branch management, to run their depots more effectively and improve performance in every aspect. With a full programme of seminars and product master classes the Forum will fully utilise the dedicated conference facilities at the BMF’s Coventry HQ.

BMF managing director, John Newcomb said: “This is a hugely exciting new venture for the BMF. Branch Managers are the lynchpin of industry and this is the first major forum designed specifically for them. We are lining up are a fantastic range of speakers to stimulate new thinking and galvanise action when delegates return to their branches.”

The BMF Branch Managers Forum will showcase product masterclasses on plumbing and heating, insulation, bricks and blocks, roofing, landscaping and timber. Other masterclasses will help BMs design their showrooms to maximise sales and present the BMF Wellness Programme, developed with Dr Dorian Dugmore following last year’s Conference and designed to ensure that merchant staff are physically fit and adequately protected from the stresses and strains of corporate life.

Penny Mallory, whose inspirational and thought-provoking address impressed delegates at the BMF Members Day returns as the event’s Keynote Speaker. The first woman to drive a World Rally Car, Mallory is a precision stunt driver and presenter of many motoring and lifestyle TV programmes. She has first hand experience of what it takes to be a world-class performer, and believes it’s a choice that everyone can make.

The event is limited to just two branch managers for each merchant company.

Sponsors include, Ibstock, Iko, SIG, SCA, Stonemarket and MMA Marketing.

To reserve places, contact Christine Harding at, or June Upton at

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