The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) recently hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) third annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry. The BMBI is a brand of the BMF and the debate was organised for BMBI Experts to discuss topical issues, and the implications for our industry. BMF Chairman Peter Hindle representing builders’ merchants and Mike Rigby CEO of MRA Marketing who produce the BMBI reports took part in the debate.
The debate covered six main topics:
1. The skills shortage
2. Changes in buyer behaviour and how we sell
3. Manufacturers adding value
5. Grenfell – a year on
6. UK building & General economic confidence
The debate was videoed in full and a new video topic will be uploaded each week to the BMBI website at www.bmbi.co.uk/debates/round-table-debate-2018/ starting with ‘Dealing with the skills shortage’. The trailers can be viewed below the text in this blog post.
BMBI Experts taking part included: John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; Paul Holstead, Commercial Director Timbmet; Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; Adrian Forbes, Group Sales Director Keylite Roof Windows; Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation; Malcolm Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Talasey Group; Mike Tattam, Sales & Marketing Director Lakes; Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions; and Paul Roughan, Sales Director Dulux Trade.
Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to download the latest BMBI reports or to learn more about each expert.