AWMS takes part in BMBI Round Table Debate

Posted by:    |   Date posted: 23/02/2017

Our MD and BMBI Expert for Civils, Metal Rainwater & Drainage Steve Durdant-Hollamby recently took part in the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) Round Table Debate. The BMBI is a brand of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the debate was hosted at BMF’s offices in Coventry. It was chaired by the Group Editor of Builders’ Merchants News Jennie Ward.

The BMBI Experts discussed topical issues, and the potential implications for merchants and the wider construction industry. It covered Brexit, Capacity, Housing, Skill Shortages, the Role of the Merchant and Changing Customer Requirements. The debate was published in two parts in the November/December and January issues of Builders’ Merchants News.

A comprehensive suite of 17 videos of the Debate have also now been completed and are live at The videos cover all main topics, with trailers for each one so viewers can get a flavour of the discussions. Each topic is split into sub categories, such as skill shortages, covering specific issues within each one.

Other BMBI Experts that took part included Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC, 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; and Steve Halford, Group Managing Director Crystal Direct. BMF Chairman Peter Hindle, BMF MD John Newcomb and MRA Marketing CEO Mike Rigby also took part.

The BMBI is a reliable and up-to-date measure of Britain’s Repair Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) activity. The quarterly and monthly reports use 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 to watch the videos, read the reports, and learn more about the Experts.