As revealed at the successful NMBS Conference in Sorrento recently, the BMF has announced that next year’s All Industry event will take place in Istanbul.
For centuries, Istanbul has provided a strategic link between Europe and Asia whilst its unique location means that, for the first time, the BMF Conference will take place on two continents. Divided by the Bosphorus Strait – now spanned by the Bosphorus Bridge – and boasting a history dating back to the 7th Century BC, Istanbul is a melting pot of many civilisations.
A place where East meets West, the city is set to provide the ideal backdrop to explore the Conference theme, “Creating Connections”.
In a welcome message on the BMF Conference 2023 website, CEO John Newcomb and Chairman Richard Hill explain further: “We work in an amazing industry that thrives on networking and relationships and has long been adept at creating connections between merchants and building material producers. In today’s post-Brexit, post-pandemic environment, creating and nurturing connections has never been more important. For it is those connections that will help us to negotiate new trading relationships, and successfully navigate increasingly complex global supply chains”.
These themes will be explored in a full Conference business programme, hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, the sport and lifestyle presenter.
The event will take place at the five-star Swisshotel, The Bosphorus. With the BMF “determined to ensure the sustainability of our 2023 Conference”, the Swisshotel was selected both for the quality of its accommodation and its commitment to sustainability. The BMF has also pledged to limit its operational impact by using local suppliers, reducing shipping costs and emissions, reducing single use materials and using recyclable materials for branding and signage.
Recognising that the journeys of those travelling “inevitably contribute to global CO2 emissions”, the BMF will plant a tree for every person attending the event offset emissions.