The Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day will be supported by a headline sponsor for the first time ever when the event returns in September.
The trade association has revealed ACO Academy as the main sponsor and confirmed “Accelerating Growth” as the theme for this year’s event, which takes place over two days, 16-17 September, at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.
The BMF Awards Dinner also has a new look, which has been renamed as the BMF / ACO Academy Awards.
Held on the first evening, it is now a black tie event that recognises the industry’s outstanding apprentices and will see one youngster crowned BMJ/BMF Young Merchant Achiever of the Year 2014.
BMF MD, John Newcomb, said: “We are delighted to secure our first ever headline sponsor for Members Day, it’s a sign of the high esteem that the event is now held in. This year’s theme, Accelerating Growth, does not just refer to company growth, it’s about the growth of the people working in the industry too. I know ACO are just as passionate as the BMF in supporting continuous personal development and I’m looking forward to a sparkling Awards Night, celebrating individual achievements throughout the year, as well as an informative conference with an array of thought-provoking speakers.”
Richard Hill, MD of ACO Technologies said: “We continue to work closely with the merchant sector ensuring that their knowledge on product and relevant industry legislation is to the highest standard. Our sponsorship shows our commitment to this industry and our growing confidence in the growth potential of the economy – we look forward to working with the BMF to make this the best Members Day yet.”
The BMF has already announced Lord Wolfson, CEO of Footsie 100 company Next, as a VIP guest at the Awards night and a keynote speaker for the business programme on the following day. More distinguished names attending both the Awards night and speaking at the Conference will be announced over the next two months.