Builders merchant Travis Perkins and its civils specialist merchants Keyline are to rejoin the Builders Merchants Federation after an absence of some 12 years.
The announcement was made at the BMF Members’ Day in Chester today (September 17) and takes effect from September 1.
BMF Chairman, Peter Hindle MBE, said: “The return of two of the industry’s largest players after a long absence is a significant milestone for the Federation. It makes the BMF a complete representation of the merchant industry, with 39 of the top 40 companies – including every one of the top 20 companies by turnover – now in membership.”
BMF MD, John Newcomb said: “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Travis Perkins and Keyline back to the BMF. It demonstrates the Federation’s relevance to the full range of companies within our industry, and will clearly add power to our campaigning voice.”
Andrew Harrison, Divisional Chief Operating Officer, General Merchanting, Travis Perkins plc, said: “It is 12 years since Travis Perkins and Keyline were last involved with the BMF and much has changed in both businesses during that time. We recognise the value of the work that John and his team are undertaking and it is an appropriate time for the businesses to rejoin the fold and play our part.
“We will certainly be a proactive member of the BMF. Travis Perkins is an organisation known for wanting to make a difference to the industry and create solid foundations for future generations to build on. There are a number of key areas where we look to add value in our business, which could also add value to the BMF. These include our safety initiatives, our environmental commitments, and training and developing our people.”
The BMF now has more members than at anytime since 2003.