Builders merchants organisation the Builders Merchant Federation is holding an Open Day on April 30 to show off its new headquarters to the merchant industry.
The 7,000 sq ft building has been designed to be a hub for the building industry in the Midlands, with the first floor devoted to meeting and seminar suites to accomodate groups ranging in size from 6 to 60 plus.
The Open Day starts at 10.30am, when guests can tour the meeting facilities. The official opening will be performed at 12 noon by Andrew Day, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants, and rugby hero, Martin Johnson, the ex-Leicester Tigers and England captain, who was born less than 13 miles from the BMF’s new office.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Tim Sawdon will also attend the formal opening ceremony.
Following lunch, the new seminar suites will host the first BMF Supplier Liaison seminar at the new venue. Delegates can choose from presentations by market research agency GFK on a new tailored market research programme for the BMF, and one from Duncan King of the CPA who will explain what merchants need to know about the latest EU Directive on CE marking.
Managing director, John Newcomb said: “This is not just a working office for the BMF, but a welcoming hub for the whole industry with impressive meeting and seminar facilities. The building itself is around 20 years old and we have completely renovated the interior to suit our requirements, reconfiguring the layout and making sure the building is as energy efficient as possible. A new condensing gas boiler will keep heating bills down, while LED lighting throughout and electricity generating PV panels installed on the roof will reduce the cost of powering the building.”
He added: “I would also like to thank Twyfords and BMF supplier members: Neff; Thomas Dudley; Pendock; Rixonway Kitchens and Polypal who have generously helped with the fitting out of our kitchen, washroom and storeroom facilities, as well as merchant members John A Stephens and the Green Energy Centre for helping with the supply of our energy efficient heating and power systems.”