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First forum speakers for BMF Conference announced


Builders merchants trade association, the Builders Merchants Federation has secured two top industry names to headline its Conference Industry Forum at the All Industry Conference next June.


Polypipe managing director, Glen Sabin (left) and Shanker Patel, CEO of the Lords Group are the first two confirmed speakers.


The Conference takes place in Budapest from June 15 to18 2017. All places are now sold out.


The Industry Forum enables delegates from every sector of the industry to debate the key business issues of the day.  The session begins with topical presentations from industry leaders who bring a broad range of experience to the debate.


Sabin worked for Wimpey and Redland, before sppending 22 years in a variety of sales, commercial, business development and marketing roles at Marshalls.  He is currently managing director of Polypipe’s Plumbing & Drainage Division.


Patel intended to be a lawyer, but ended up joining the family business instead.  He became managing director in 1997 and CEO in 2010; the group’s holdings now encompass manufacturing, distribution, retail, real estate, e-commerce and care homes, with annual turnover of £50m.


BMF managing director John Newcomb, said: “With political upheaval both in Europe and across the Atlantic, our Conference theme of Change, Challenge and Opportunity could not be more appropriate.  We are all coming to terms with how these macro changes will affect our business and I’m delighted we have been able to confirm two very different speakers to help set the agenda for our Industry Forum. A third speaker will be announced shortly, along with a high profile moderator for the debate, making this a truly unmissable session for Conference delegates.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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