A new award has been launched which aims to reward the achievements of young people working in the building materials supplier sector.
The BMJ/BMF Young Supplier Achiever of the Year aims to recognise the achievements of those young suppliers who have worked with their merchant customers to benefit both sides of the business.
BMJ Editor-in-Chief Fiona Russell-Horne says: “We talk a lot about the need to encourage young people to join and then work their way through the merchant industry. It’s also important to remember those that join the supply side of the industry as well and recognise and celebrate their achievements.
“Builders and plumbers merchants succeed by the quality of the service they are able to offer their customers. However, a merchant’s good service record can be affected by the service levels they receive from their suppliers.
“Good, solid business relationships between merchants and suppliers can work wonders in boosting service levels throughout the supply chain, ensuring that every end customer gets the right product, at the right time, for the right price.
BMF Managing Director John Newcombe says: “Without our Supplier Members, our Merchant Members would have nothing to sell. Young people are the lifeblood of our industry, whether they are from our Merchant Members or our Supplier Members.
“Talent needs to be recognised and nurtured if it is to grow and succeed. We already have the Young Merchant Achiever Award . Now, we feel it is only right that we also recognise the achievements of young people on the Supplier side. Our aim is to encourage young people from the whole supply chain to develop their careers in this industry and recognising their achievements in this way is a major part of that.”