David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) South West region, taking over from Julian Milligan, managing director of Kellaway.
Founded in 1770, Bradfords Building Supplies is believed to be the oldest builders’ merchant in Britain. Headquartered in Yeovil, the company has 700 employees and 43 stores located across a wide geographical area, from Hereford and Worcester, stretching across the length and breadth of the South West and down into Penzance.
In his position as Chair, Young will lead the BMF’s activities in the area. His priorities will be to encourage more people into the industry, and also create a stimulating environment for debate among members.
He said: “Recruitment is a challenge for us, with low unemployment in the South West leading to issues when recruiting and expanding; but this is a great industry, with many opportunities for training and development, and we need to get that message across.
“I am also keen to drive engagement among the membership across the South West.
“The aim is to make our meetings as interesting and appealing as possible and ensure key live topics are discussed and debated.”
As well as taking the role of BMF Chair in the South West, Young also leads the Federation’s national Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping forum.
BMF CEO John Newcomb, said: “David is a passionate supporter of the industry and we are delighted he is chairing our South West region. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.”