The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is planning a new format for the next BMF Members’ Day, which will take place on 20 September, 2017.

Along with a new look, the event also has a new headline sponsor, Encon Insulation, which is the leading independent UK distributor of insulation and drylining products, roofing materials, interior systems and passive fire protection from leading brands.

BMF Members’ Day combines the Federation’s AGM with a day-long business conference and a black-tie awards dinner to celebrate the achievements of young people working in the industry. In previous years, these two elements took place on consecutive days. In 2017, both will take place on 20 September, with the awards dinner following the business conference. Marsh Industries continues its sponsorship of the awards dinner for a third successive year.

The BMF’s popular annual golf tournament will be held on 19 September, the day before the main business event and black-tie dinner. Once again this will be sponsored by Monument Tools, which is supporting the event for a fifth time.

Members’ Day 2017 will be held at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire, which proved an excellent and accessible location this year. However, the BMF is committed to revolving Member’s Day between venues in the North, Midlands and the South to better serve members around the country. In 2018, Members’ Day will move to a new location.

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, said: “We are delighted that our new headline sponsor Encon Insulation, together with existing sponsors Marsh Industries and Monument Tools, recognise the value of the BMF’s most important annual event. The number of merchants and suppliers in attendance has grown in each of the last five years. We are always looking at ways to make their experience even better, and believe that holding the conference sessions and awards dinner on the same day will do just that.”

Mike Beard, merchant development director at Encon Insulation, said: “Like the BMF, Encon works to support both suppliers and merchants and we welcome the opportunity to be associated with BMF Members’ Day. It gives a cross section of the industry a chance to share opinion, ideas and best practice, and is a great opportunity to network with new and existing contacts.”