The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is inviting training professionals from the merchant industry to a forum event on 28 November 2013.

Open to anyone responsible for the personal development of their staff, the day seeks to identify how the industry can work together, with the support of the IoBM, to tackle the training and development needs of the future.

The half-day event, to be held at IoBM headquarters - at the BMF offices in Coventry - will bring together merchants from across the sector to discuss common challenges; from how to engage, motivate and retain staff within the sector, through to developing management and leadership skills and succession planning.

Steve Selleck, IoBM president, said: “From this, the IoBM hopes to work towards developing a training board, which will inform and support the industry as a whole in its aim to attract and retain professional individuals who see a value in a career in merchanting.”

For further information, or to book a place, please contact IOBM administrator Gill Sellick on 01767 650662 or by 14 November 2013.