The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence as part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation’s regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.
The BMF aims to establish up to 24 Centres of Excellence, two in each of its twelve regions, in the coming months.
The first Centre of Excellence is at The Green Energy Centre at John A Stephens in Nottingham. It will be used as a regional hub and centre for BMF training in the East Midlands. As such it will host regional meetings and forums as well as training courses for members in that area.
The BMF will be run its first Regional Training Programme, comprising of three different training courses, at the Green Energy Centre In November. The next East Midlands Regional Meeting will also be held there.
The Green Energy Centre is an ideal location for this activity. Opened just ten years ago, the £2m centre was designed by local architect, Julian Marsh, as a purpose-built space to provide advice, information and training on renewable energy systems.
Sites for BMF Centres of Excellence have already been identified in Scotland, Northern Ireland, North West, Eastern, South West and West Midland Regions. Details of these will be announced at Members Day on the 21st September.
Commenting on the new initiative, BMF MD, John Newcomb said: “We have been working with members to identify appropriate spaces as regional hubs where local groups can come together for meetings and training. The Green Energy Centre is a superb example and I’m sure it will play an important role in servicing the needs of our members in the East Midlands.”
John added: “There are a further seven Centres of Excellence ready to launch during the Autumn, with others following in 2017. We have also increased our team of Regional Managers, with five now covering the country. Localisation is an important strategy for the BMF going forward. With a network of Regional Centres of Excellence alongside our enhanced Regional Management team, we are in an excellent position to engage with our growing membership on their home ground.”