Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has announced that all full members of the h&b Buying Group will become BMF members from 1 August 2020 after the two organisations agreed a group membership.
There are currently 61 h&b full Members in BMF membership and the remaining 23 will join the BMF in August. Any new h&b full Members will be auto-enrolled into BMF membership during the period of the agreement.
The BMF and h&b will also work together to agree specific training requirements for h&b members and develop programmes to encourage maximum participation.
An initial group membership scheme was launched in September 2015 which saw the then 61 H&B members join the BMF.
John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The BMF has long enjoyed a positive relationship with h&b and I am naturally delighted that this mutually beneficial agreement moves it up another level.”
Jamie Wyatt, h&b Trading Director said: “This is a major step forward in the relationship of h&b and the BMF. With many h&b members already taking an active role in the BMF we have been considering a more formalised agreement for some time. The value of a strong and proactive trade body became even more evident as individual merchants sought to navigate the Covid crisis and the clear and authoritative response of the BMF was apparent.
“The benefits afforded by this agreement fit well with the h&b ethos and our future plans. The time is right to move forward with the BMF.”