The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scooped a Special Prize at the 2017 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards, winning the Skills Development Award for the second time - the first was in 2015.

The Award recognises the Federation’s promotion of a professional career path for merchants and building materials manufacturers, which is supported by academic qualifications and skills training.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “After the BMF also being shortlisted for the Member Engagement category and the Commercial Initiative Award, we are thrilled to have won the Skills Development Award again, and will continue to build on this success to support our growing membership with services that help them to succeed in their markets.”

BMF Chairman Peter Hindle MBE said: “This is the second time that the BMF has won this Award, and it is a tribute to the professionalism of the whole team. I am delighted their hard work has been acknowledged.”

The TAF Awards recognize, reward and promote best practice amongst trade associations in the UK. The Awards ceremony at Drapers’ Hall in London was attended by over 200 guests.