BMBI: Watch the Debate!

Published:  20 February, 2017

A comprehensive suite of 17 videos from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) Round Table Debate are now live at www.bmbi.co.uk.

The videos cover six main topics, with trailers for each one so viewers can get a flavour of the discussions.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) hosted this first annual BMBI Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry. It was chaired by BMN's Group Editor, Jennie Ward. BMBI Experts discussed topical issues, and the potential implications for merchants and the wider construction industry. They debated Brexit, Capacity, Housing, the Role of the Merchant, and Changing Customer Requirements. Each topic is split into sub-categories, such as skills shortages, covering specific issues within each one.

The BMBI Experts that took part included:

  • Mike Beard, merchant development director, Encon Insulation
  • Nigel Cox, managing director, Timbmet
  • John Sinfield, managing director, Knauf Insulation
  • Andy Simpson, commercial director, Hanson Cement
  • Derrick McFarland, managing director, Keystone Lintels
  • Steve Halford, group managing director, Crystal Direct
  • Andy Williamson, group managing director, IKO PLC
  • Steve Durdant-Hollamby, managing director, Alumasc Water Management Solutions

BMF chairman Peter Hindle, BMF managing director John Newcomb, and MRA Marketing CEO Mike Rigby also took part.

The BMBI, a brand of the BMF, is a reliable and up-to-date measure of Repair Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) activity. The quarterly and monthly reports are produced and managed by MRA Marketing using GfK’s Builders Merchant Point of Sales Tracking Data, which analyses sales out data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales across Great Britain.

The Experts speak exclusively for their markets, explaining trends, issues and opportunities. Each Expert adds perspective and context to the data, and helps to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI.

Visit www.bmbi.co.uk to watch the videos, download the reports, and learn more about the Experts.

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