Success for BMF Foundation Degree students

Published:  25 July, 2014

The students taking the first ever BMF Foundation Degree have set the bar high as all four graduated with Distinction.

Nick Cox of Palladium, Andrew Davies of Kellaway Building Supplies, David Kidd of Simpson & Allinson, and Glenn Paddison of MKM Building Supplies, received their degrees at the University of the West of England Awards ceremony held at Bristol Cathedral on 17 July.

Mr Paddison also received the University’s Lesley Moore Prize for Work Based Learning, which recognises a significant development in higher skills and knowledge.

Congratulating them on their success, BMF managing director John Newcomb said: “A clean sweep of Distinctions is an incredible achievement. I am proud that the BMF could give these students the opportunity to study at this level and proud that they really grasped it. Nick, Andrew, David and Glenn have set the bar as high as it will go. This is a truly momentous occasion for the industry and I hope many others will follow their example.”

The BMF/University of the West of England Foundation Degree in Integrated Professional Development (Merchanting) was introduced in 2012 to offer an industry-specific academic qualification following on from the BMF Diploma in Merchanting.

The Foundation Degree encourages the student to distil the theoretical learning of the Diploma into practical application, which also results in a valuable piece of business consultancy for his or her employer.

Mr Newcomb added: “With over 100 people now enrolled on the Diploma course, the outstanding achievement of the pioneering Foundation Degree graduates really gives those following them something to aspire to.”

For more information about the BMF Diploma and Foundation Degree contact Peter Matthews at BMF on

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