Jewson have re-joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) after resigning from the association three years ago.
The national chain announced their decision at a press conference this morning in which both the BMF and Jewson said they were delighted to be working together again.
The about face, said Jewson managing director Peter Hindle, is a “reflection both of the company’s commitment to the strategic development of the merchant industry and of the positive changes which have taken place within the BMF over the past two years.”
The change to which he refers is the federation’s decision to pull out of the retail sector and concentrate wholly and solely on builders merchants. Withdrawing that retail element was the “indicator to consider rejoining” said Mr Hindle.
“The BMF is unique in being focused entirely upon the merchant industry. We have seen that focus grow strongly and sharply in the last few months particularly with the move away from retailer membership,” he said. “We feel it is more important than ever for Jewson to play an active role in this vital industry forum.”
He was also keen to point out that Jewson were not rejoining simply to put a BMF sticker in the window of each branch. Rather, the move “is all about contributing to and supporting the activities of the federation. We are delighted to be back.”
BMF managing director Chris Pateman shared Mr Hindle’s sentiments. “Now more than ever, the merchant trade needs to speak with one voice, unalloyed by the commercial and competitive considerations, which govern most relationships in our industry.
“Jewson’s support and involvement will help to strengthen our arm and our voice,” he added. And moving forward, does the BMF expect other national chains, such as Travis Perkins and Wolseley to follow suit? “We’re very hopeful,” said Mr Pateman. “We’re hugely encouraged by the [Jewson] decision, but also with the conversations the BMF has had with the principles of all the national chains. And,” he added, “there’s nothing like the example of your peers.”