The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is continuing to grow its merchant membership as its most recent addition, H&B member Rudridge, joins on 1 April.

Formed 13 years ago by Robert Rudd and Alan Betteridge, Rudridge now has four branches and employs some 60 staff members.

“Rudridge is delighted to become part of the BMF at a time when membership is growing at such a pace,” said Darren Price, business development manager for Rudridge. “We look forward to joining our fellow merchants and taking advantage of the many benefits now available to members, as well as supporting the BMF in achieving their goal of representing the majority of merchants and suppliers in the industry.”

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Rudridge into BMF membership. They are an extremely successful civils and drainage merchant business and an excellent example of how quickly a business can grow within this industry with the right management and desire to succeed.

“The BMF has always had an excellent relationship with H&B members and many of the original founding companies, such as Buttles, Kings Langley Building Supplies and T Brewer are long-standing members of the BMF.

“With Rudridge joining, it now means that the BMF has 32 companies who are H&B members. We hope that Rudridge will encourage more to join us discovering the many benefits of membership and helping us achieve our vision of creating ‘One Industry One Voice’.”