Dr Peter Hindle MBE was the final merchant to take to the stage on the second day of the conference. CEO for the UK, Ireland and South Africa division of Saint-Gobain, Dr Hindle has been working in the builders' merchant industry for 43 years, and has spent time at both national and independent merchants.

Simon Blaxill has been managing director of independent builders' merchant Kent Blaxill since 1989. One of East Anglia's top businesses, Kent Blaxill itself has been trading for 175 years, and now operates across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Jonathan Austin is the man behind the Sunday Times' Best Companies To Work For lists, and he spoke to delegates about what should be sitting at the core of their businesses.

David Kilburn is chief executive of MKM Building Supplies. Now the UK's biggest independent merchant, MKM first began in 1995 and now has 39 branches stretching from Deal, in Kent, across the East Coast up to Scotland.

IKO's managing director, Andy Williamson, opened the second day of the conference by explaining what his company, along with many other manufacturers, have been doing over the past few years to make sure that their businesses are Fit for the Future.

With a company mantra of ‘innovate or die’, Dianne Thompson, CEO of the Camelot Group of Companies, immediately caught the attention of delegates as she gave a thought provoking presentation on ‘Camelot and Innovation’.

Digital health was a topic of discussion in the presentation by Richard Robinson, director business markets at Google Business Tech. The presentation centred on the theme of 'Winning the moments that matter'.

Key note speaker, Rt Hon Michael Portillo, addressed the BMF audience by giving a fascinating insight into his political career and gave his perspective on the economy - referring to a recent article he found in the Daily Telegraph discussing mortgages and how they are 14% up on last month, and two percent up on May last year, signalling a "more positive outlook for the economy".

The "Corporate Athlete" and being "Younger Next Year" were the main focus points discussed in Dr Dorian Dugmore, CEO of Wellness International's presentation at this year's BMF All-Industry Conference.

Garry McDonald from housebuilder Miller Homes posed the question of whether the construction and housebuilding sector is actually fit for a recovery.

Mark Berrisford-Smith is head economist for HSBC, and his presentation focused on the state of the UK and global economies.

This year's BMF All-Industry Conference began in style this morning, as John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders' Merchants Federation, welcomed delegates to Vilamoura in Portugal's Algarve region.

The conference begins in style with 18 holes at the Vila Sol golf course, then join the rest of the delegates at the Welcome Dinner, sponsored by Builders' Merchants News.

The first day of business sessions, with speeches from HSBC economist Mark Berrisford, Google's Richard Robinson, and keynote speaker Michael Portillo.

The final day of business sessions will include speeches from merchant industry figures including Andy Williamson, David Kilburn, Simon Blaxill and Peter Hindle MBE.

Read all about the full list of top speakers at this year's All-Industry Conference.

Austin Healey is one of English rugby’s best-known characters. His career has seen him earn 50 England caps, star on two British Lions tours and play a leading role in the Leicester Tigers. After he retired from full-time professional rugby in the 2005/06 season, he still plays at club level for Bishop's Stortford Rugby Football Club. He is also managing director of the MAP Environmental and environmental energy business.

John Newcombe, managing director of the Builders' Merchants Federation.

The theme for this year's All Industry Conference is 'Fit for the Future'.

Ben Shephard will host the Conference, bringing with him a passion for people and a wealth of sporting and presenting experience.

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) has finalised the line-up for its All Industry Conference, with high-profile names from the sporting world heading the list of presenters.

Garry McDonald of Miller Homes has been announced as a speaker at this year's All Industry Conference.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has secured one of the country’s foremost economists, Mark Berrisford-Smith, and one of the housing industry’s leading proponents of sustainability, Garry McDonald, to speak at the All Industry Conference which takes place in Portugal in June.

Jonathan Austin will speak at this year's All Industry Conference.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has secured two leading names in the world of business and merchanting to add to the speaker line-up at this year's All Industry Conference held in Vilamoura, the Algarve, Portugal.

Dianne Thompson of Camelot.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has secured two leading consumer industry executives from Camelot and Google to speak at the All Industry Conference 2013.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has secured its first three key sponsors for the major events at the All Industry Conference 2013, being held in Portugal next year.

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