Chandlers Building Supplies wins Mastermerchant Challenge

“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams, who pushed them all the way, to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge.


Estimators Online took the 2017 Super Supplier Award as the top performing supplier, following their fantastic performance as first time entrants.

The winning team with Peter Hindle MBE, BMF Chair and John Newcomb, BMF CEO.
The winning team with Peter Hindle MBE, BMF Chair and John Newcomb, BMF CEO.


The competition, which is held over a weekend in the Lake District, involves a range of challenges that test the teams’ communication and problem-solving ability as much as their physical perseverance.  This is a fun event with a serious purpose as the competition is designed to help colleagues learn more about each other’s strengths and skills and what can be accomplished through teamwork.


As usual, many of this year’s tasks involved getting wet.  If contestants weren’t canoeing on the lake or scrambling through rocks and streams, they were trying to uncover clues, crack codes and guide team-mates in the “liquid sunshine” that is an essential part of the Lake District’s natural charm.  Not that this dampened any of the teams’ enthusiasm for the event, as all have pledged to return next year.


Congratulating the winners and all those taking part BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “This is a fantastic teambuilding event and I’m delighted that so many teams from merchant and supplier members take part every year.  It’s a great way for people to get to know each other better. While the day’s activities are quite intense, there is time to relax in the evening and the stunning scenery of the Lake District makes the whole experience memorable.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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