BMF All Industry Conference moves to November date

WITH NATIONAL LOCKDOWN restrictions scheduled to be lifted on 21 June, the BMF has confirmed a change of date for the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference, which will now be held from 4-7 November 2021. The Conference venues in Harrogate and York remain the same and the full programme will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The November event is set to go with a bang. As the Conference now falls on 5 November it is only fitting that it will take place in York, the birthplace of Guy Fawkes whose gunpowder, treason and plot made an explosive contribution to our national history.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “The safety and wellbeing

Cut VAT to revive Scottish market

THE BMF HAS seen research from the University of Strathclyde Business School that quantifies the economic effect of stimulating the Scottish repair, maintenance & improvement market to support the post-COVID recovery. The headline findings were that: • stimulating property RMI generates the biggest economic impact - both in terms of gross value added and employment. • every £1 spent can generate approx. 21 full-time equivalent jobs and £1:09p GVA. The BMF is a member of the Scottish CICV Forum that commissioned this research into the multiplier effects that stimulating property RMI could


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create - and the impact of cutting VAT from 20% to 5% on the home improvement market. The University found that a 5% reduced VAT rate could generate between £80m to £400m in GVA and support between 1,500 to 7,500 FTE jobs. Based on 2019 figures, the report estimated that £485 million of building materials bought for DIY home improvements generates a labour element of £295 million. The BMF participated in a webinar last month for CICV Forum members - including the Federation of Master Builders and National Federation of Roofing Contractors - to discuss this report and how best to use its findings in lobbying ministers in Edinburgh and London.

of conference delegates has always been our priority and we cannot run the BMF All Industry Conference on the original dates in June. Although this is traditionally a summer conference, we were determined to hold the 2021 event later in the year and have taken other major industry events into account in planning the new date.”

The headline sponsor of the BMF All Industry Conference for the second year is the Crystal Group. Other key sponsors include ACO, BMN, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf Insulation, Marshalls, Marsh Industries, Rockwool, SIG and Xtratherm.

David Domoney to host BMF young merchants conference

THE BMF HAS ANNOUNCED that David Domoney, TV presenter and award-winning horticulturist, will host the BMF Young Merchants Conference on 6 October 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham.

David has won an outstanding 30 Royal Horticultural Society Medals including Chelsea Gold awards and is regularly seen on TV sharing his expertise. For the past decade he has presented alongside Alan Titchmarsh on Love Your Garden, and also presents with Alan on the Love Your Weekend television series. He is the resident gardener on This Morning and the gardening expert on James Martin’s Sunday Morning show. As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, David is passionate about encouraging the work of the next generation and is involved with several colleges of horticulture. He is also Garden Champion for the mental health charity SANE, an ambassador for Thrive, a charity that uses therapeutic horticulture to improve the lives of those living with disability, and founder of the British campaign Cultivation Street, supporting community gardens for better health.

In 2018, he was selected by April 2021

HRH Prince Edward to receive the Award of Excellence in Horticulture in recognition of his many achievements.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “David’s support for the next generation is clear to see. His relaxed hosting style won plaudits at the BMF Members Conference and Awards in 2019 and we look forward to welcoming him back to our flagship Young Merchants event in October. I would also like to thank Pavestone for sponsoring his appearance.”

The BMF Young Merchants Conference takes the theme “Building the Next Generation” and is designed to encourage, inspire and enthuse. Registration of the BMF Young Merchants Conference is now open at uk/events. For full details and sponsorship opportunities, please contact

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