The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been overwhelmed by the industry’s response to next year’s All Industry Conference in Malta.
Announced last month at the NMBS Conference 2014 in Tenerife, the industry body has revealed 35 merchant companies have already booked places for over 95 delegates.
Twenty sponsorship packages have also been taken up including the headline sponsor, Fakro, and five other key sponsors, SIG, Aggregate Industries, Polypipe, Alumasc and Builders Merchants News.
MD of the BMF, John Newcomb, said: “This is a phenomenal endorsement by the whole industry for an annual All-Industry event. And from a BMF viewpoint, we can’t help but be delighted by the incredible speed of the response for next year’s Conference, particularly from the merchants.
“When you consider that attendance is typically 80 merchant companies and 50 suppliers, we are already at 40% capacity in the first week of launch.”
The 2015 BMF Conference will be held at the Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julians Bay, Malta from the 18th to 21st June.
Olympic and Commonwealth gold medal winner Sharron Davies MBE will be the host for the event, with the theme ‘Building Momentum and Focus’.
Newcomb added: “In designing the Conference agenda we always look to build upon the best of what’s gone before and to bring new ideas and approaches.
“We are delighted to introduce the first female host for the event – though perhaps we should be surprised that there hasn’t been one before.
“Sharron’s own commitment to her sporting and subsequent careers embodies the Conference theme which will bring another dimension to the whole event.”
Early bird conference rates apply for both merchants and suppliers until the end of the year.