Andrew Pine and Rebecca Mason.

The end of one era marks the beginning of a new era

Published:  09 March, 2011

DERBY: The Institute of Builders' Merchant's (IoBM) 42nd AGM took place yesterday at Derby College, and for the first time, was held in conjunction with a Practical Building Skills Challenge Day.

The AGM saw the presidency of the IoBM pass from incumbent Rebecca Mason to vice president Andrew Pine. Phil White of Parkers became Vice President and new governers Mark Faulkner of EH Smith and Sue Scouler-Davison of Travis Perkins were also welcomed.

Mr Pine commented: "I am very grateful for the strong and committed board of governors that the Institute now has, and I look forward to the challenges of the year ahead."

Nine teams of four took part in the Practical Building Skills Challenge Day from a range of merchants, including Travis Perkins, Wickes, Keyline, Buildbase, EH Smith, John A Stephens, Ridgeons and MKM. They were each given four skills to complete from plumbing to bricklaying, by way of painting and plastering.

It was a fun-filled event in which the participants learned about trade skills, team playing and project management. After scoring by the Derby College instructors, the Ridgeons team came first, with MKM a very close second.

Mr Faulkner said: "We are very keen to develop youngsters. We don't want them to just answer the phone, we want them to understand the products and get their hands on them, and today has been a real success."

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