The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised £7,500 to share between its charity partners for 2020, Mental Health UK and Samaritans, at its annual Burns Supper held in Dunblane on Friday 23rd Janaury. This is the highest sum ever raised at this event by a considerable margin.
Attended by over 280 guests, the event which celebrates the life and works of the poet Robert Burns, has become the BMF’s flagship annual event in Scotland. Attracting members from both sides of the Scottish border, it is one of the Federation’s main fundraisers each year.
John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “The BMF’s Scottish region organised a terrific event, which goes from strength to strength every year. It is a hugely enjoyable evening but most importantly it helps us to assist the work of our charity partners. Huge thanks to everyone who helped to raise such a fantastic sum to aid the work of Mental Health UK and Samaritans who do so much to promote mental health awareness, to support those affected and to save lives.
“Our thanks also to our sponsors Velux, Lakes, Marsh Industries, Midland Lead, Miles Smith Insurance Group, Northstone, Talasey and BMN, and to all those who donated prizes to the charity raffle and auction for their generous support.”
In other news, the BMF has welcomed Stanley Black & Decker as its latest supplier member. Established in 1843, the company has an annual turnover of around $14bn and employs 61,000 people worldwide, manufacturing in 120 countries and selling products in over 180 countries.
Ian Taylor, National Account Manager at Stanley Black & Decker, said: “Joining the BMF is a fantastic opportunity to partner with the leading merchants in the UK market and grow our businesses together. In our fast-moving marketplace, it’s more important than ever that leading brands and distributors identify changing consumer needs, and work in partnership to deliver a great customer experience. Stanley Black and Decker sees the BMF as a key partner to help us on this journey.”
BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “It’s fantastic to welcome such an iconic brand into BMF membership. We look forward to working together with Stanley Black & Decker, sharing our industry knowledge and widening merchant networking opportunities for them.
“This news also coincides with our plan to launch a new Tools & Workwear Forum. We will be announcing details later this month.”