The third Builders Merchant Building Index Round Table Debate recently took place to discuss topical issues and the implications for the industry.

The BMBI is a brand of the Builders Merchants Federation, which hosted the debate at its offices in Coventry.

Both BMF Chairman Peter Hindle, who represents builders’ merchants, and Mike Rigby, CEO of MRA Marketing, produce the BMBI reports. They took part in the debate which was chaired by Jennie Ward representing Builders’ Merchants News.

The debate covered six main topics:

1. The skills shortage

2. Changes in buyer behaviour and how we sell

3. Manufacturers adding value

4. Brexit

5. Grenfell – a year on

6. UK building & General economic confidence

The debate was videoed in full and a new video topic will be uploaded each week to the BMBI website , starting with ‘Dealing with the skills shortage’.

BMBI Experts taking part included: John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; Paul Holstead, Commercial Director Timbmet; Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; Adrian Forbes, Group Sales Director Keylite Roof Windows; Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation; Malcolm Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Talasey Group; Mike Tattam, Sales & Marketing Director Lakes; Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions; and Paul Roughan, Sales Director Dulux Trade.

Visit to download the latest BMBI reports or to learn more about each Expert. Follow @TheBMBI on Twitter.

If you’d like your brand to become an Expert and the voice of your market, call Lucia Di Stazio of MRA Marketing on 01453 521621.