Terry Parker: BMF is in the process of change.

Big changes continue for BMF

Published:  27 March, 2012

LONDON: The Builders' Merchants Federation's Soho Square headquarters in London have been sold, but the search for new Midlands-based premises and a managing director, continues. 

Chairman Terry Parker has now employed an agent to help with the search. The new owners are in no hurry, however. Under the terms of the sale, BMF has a rent-free lease that is valid for up to one year.

The search for a new MD is narrowing. Mr Parker said he has completed the first round of interviews and now the shortlisted candidates are being interviewed by the board.

"A number of candidates are currently looking for work because they are in-between jobs. The majority are in senior roles in the organisations in which they work. 

"The role is extremely high profile," Mr Parker pointed out. "But, the individual won't be managing a large team. The candidate who does get the job should be able to find their name on the top selection of a Google search after the first six months in the role," he stated.

The Federation has also taken the decision to outsource its finance operations. At present, there are both industry and non-industry organisations bidding for this contract, Mr Parker commented.

"The finance side of our business is not industry-specific," he pointed out. But it can be complex, as the Federation found out, when trying to extract money from government agencies at the time when it was running its apprentice training scheme in-house.

Going forward, "BMF will aim to collaborate more closely with other organisations, like the Construction Products Association, Unimer and NMBS," he said.

"We've been members of the CPA for years, but now we want to make more use of what they have to offer us and our members."

BMF strategies going forward include "focusing on making sure the things which the members identified as important – like training – are still being delivered," Mr Parker said.

"We're not doing less, we are offering more. Our first services, like health and safety and transport are still being expanded and our range of training is being increased.

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