Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has agreed a group membership scheme with merchant buying group Fortis.
All Fortis members will join the BMF from 1 April 2014. Fortis is the fifth major buying group to collectively join the BMF since June 2013.
Fortis is a mixed timber, building and lightside merchant purchasing group representing 39 member companies with a combined annual turnover of £1bn.
While 16 Fortis companies are currently BMF members, the new agreement will bring a further 23 merchants into BMF membership. These include Covers, MP Moran and Haldane Fisher, CW Berry, George Bence, John Nicholls and Carvers.
The Fortis members also include nine specialist plumbing merchants who will benefit from the BMF’s new Plumbing & Heating Sector which meets for the first time this month.
BMF MD, John Newcomb said: “I’m delighted to welcome all Fortis members to the BMF. With their support, we will have 18 of the UK’s Top 20 merchants by turnover in membership and a total membership in excess of 450 companies for the first time since 2007.”
Fortis joint-Chairman, Stuart Mason-Elliot said: “Fortis members voted overwhelmingly for the BMF group membership scheme and we are looking forward to working with the BMF to help develop its role as the voice of our industry.”