The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the two bodies working together more closely to develop the professionalism of the industry.
The aims of the two organisations are already well aligned. While the BMF represents merchant and supplier companies, the IoBM represents the individuals whose skills and professionalism help make those companies succeed.
Under the partnership agreement the IoBM will promote learning and development across the builders’ merchants sector and ensure the availability of suitable training. Wherever possible, that training will be provided by the BMF and the IoBM will accredit the BMF’s training courses. The IoBM will also create a CPD Training Programme for its members.
The IoBM will continue to fund training for deserving individuals in support of their personal development. Applications for this fund will be open to employees from all BMF member companies, both merchant and supplier. The aim would be for all IoBM additional net funds to be awarded in full every year with IoBM-approved BMF courses being used wherever possible.
The BMF will support and promote the IoBM, offering Affiliate membership free of charge to all BMF member company employees and running IoBM networking events at BMF Regional Centres of Excellence.
Commenting on the partnership, John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, said: “In many respects our two organisations share common goals, particularly in relation to the professional development of the industry. We are continually developing our own training offer to ensure it is appropriate for current industry needs. This will now be endorsed through the independent accreditation of the industry’s professional body.”
IoBM president, Dennis Smith, added: “Our aim is to grow membership and support our members as they progress through their careers. Working closely with the BMF will bring the IoBM to the attention of a far wider community of merchants and building materials suppliers, all of whom are potential members.”
The IoBM will continue to work with other industry bodies involved in supporting educational learning and development, and will work with the BMF to promote the builders’ merchants industry as a quality career choice for young people
The two bodies will operate as separate entities from the BMF’s Coventry head office and the IoBM will employ a dedicated administrator to co-ordinate its activities.