BMF joins forces with NMBS to give one-day business forum

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum has been designed for merchants with annual turnover of £10m or less. The day-long programme will include expert presentations on Cyber Security, Digital Marketing, Distribution, Employment, Finance and EDI, Health & Safety, Leadership & Management and Training. There will also be networking opportunities for delegates throughout the day.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “The content has been designed for small and medium sized merchants where the business owners take a hands-on role within the business. This includes a significant number of BMF members, but we recognise that there are many other SME merchants who we don’t represent. NMBS is the largest buying society in the UK for independent merchants and joining with them to create and promote the event means that a far wider audience has the opportunity to benefit.”

Chris Hayward, NMBS MD, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with the BMF to facilitate the first educational Forum specially created for the vibrant SME merchant sector. In order to make the event as open and accessible as possible our two organisations are jointly underwriting all costs so entry is free to delegates.”

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum takes place on Tuesday 7 November at the BMF’s HQ and training centre in Coventry.