The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the theme, host and location for its Annual Conference and Awards in September.

Taking the theme, Building a Material Difference, the BMF Conference and Awards will be hosted by the TV and radio presenter, Colin Murray, who has covered everything from sport to music to lifestyle in his varied career.

A three-time Sony Gold winner, Murray has hosted Radio 5 Live’s sports panel show Fighting Talk, marshalling the egos of the competing pundits, comedians, and journalists, and anchored Quest's football league highlights show, EFL on Quest as well as BBC’s Match of the Day 2. He took over the reins from Anne Robinson as the host of C4’s Countdown, and continues to present two shows with a sports focus on Radio 5 Live. He hosted the virtual Builders' Merchants Awards in 2020. 

The BMF’s annual flagship event will take place on 18 and 19 September at the Leonardo Hotel and Conference Venue at Hinckley Island in Leicestershire.

In addition to informative and entertaining conference sessions, interactive workshops and exhibition, the event includes sporting and social networking opportunities, including the BMF Golf Tournament and a Gala Awards Dinner celebrating members’ achievements.

The BMF has also confirmed Unilin Insulation as the headline sponsor of its Conference and Awards for the second consecutive year.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Our annual members’ conference continues to grow in its scope, scale and attendance. Every year we look to develop on the success of the last and we are looking forward to welcoming even more members in 2024.”