John Newcombe, managing director of the Builders' Merchants Federation.

Theme for 2013: 'Fit For The Future'

Published:  13 June, 2013

The theme for this year's All Industry Conference is 'Fit for the Future'.

The theme for this year's All Industry Conference is 'Fit for the Future'. John Newcomb, Builders' Merchants Federation managing director, explained why: "The economic signs that we are slowly coming out of recession sets the theme of the Conference. More businesses fail coming out of recession than during a downturn. We want to make sure that the merchant industry is Fit for the Future, and companies are planning for the upturn and preparing to make the most of the growth opportunities it brings."

To that end, the BMF has secured respected speakers from the world of economics and business, as well as and the merchant industry itself.

"Peter Hindle and David Kilburn rarely speak at industry conferences, so this is a real coup, and I'm sure everyone will want to hear how their businesses are addressing issues in today's market," continued Mr Newcomb. "They will have plenty to contribute. Peter's career spans four decades and encompasses the independent, the growing national, and now the global merchant, which gives him a unique vantage point.

"David has overseen the growth of MKM from a business start up in 1995 to the UK’s largest independently owned builder’s merchant’s chain today - a business that has been voted Best Independent Merchant for five out of the last seven years. We said at the outset that we wanted to make this Conference relevant to every sector of the merchanting and supply industry."

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