The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) recently hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry.

The debate was organised for BMBI Experts to discuss topical issues, and the potential implications for our industry. It was chaired by Builders’ Merchants News Jennie Ward and included BMF Chairman Peter Hindle representing builders’ merchants and Mike Rigby CEO of MRA Marketing who produce the BMBI report.


BMBI Experts that took part included our Managing Director John Duffin and nine others: Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement; John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia; Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock; Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC; Malcom Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products; and Michael White, Business Development Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions.


The debate covered five main topics:

  1. Digitalisation & Omnichannel selling
  2. Brexit’s effect on the industry
  3. Skills, Materials Shortages & Capacity
  4. Economy & Inflation
  5. Grenfell Tower Fire & the implications

As last year, the debate was videoed in full and individual topic videos will be available on the BMBI website and shared on LinkedIn and @TheBMBI on Twitter as well as Vimeo and YouTube. A full write-up will also feature in the November/December and January issues of Builders’ Merchants News.

Visit to download the latest BMBI report or to learn more about each Expert, and watch this space for updates on the Round Table footage.

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