Howarth Timber duo complete BMF Diploma

Howarth Timber duo complete BMF Diploma

Howarth Timber’s commitment to training and staff development has continued after two of its managers graduated from a Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Post Graduate Diploma.

Regional Manager Jason Rothwell and Divisional Manager Gary Froggatt not only completed the Independent Merchant Leadership and Strategy course, both passed with commendations and graduated recently at Birmingham City University’s winter award ceremony.

For their final Post Graduate Diploma projects, Gary and Jason undertook work that directly benefited Howarth Timber. The duo focused on digital marketing, with a project that investigated the company’s existing online trading platform and recommended insights for future development.

Gary Froggatt said: “To be given the valuable opportunity to undertake academic study by Howarth Timber during my third decade of employment was a wonderful opportunity not to be missed. The Diploma team were always supportive, passionate about their programme and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend this programme to anyone in branch management who wishes to progress their career into a multi-unit environment and beyond.”

Jason Rothwell added: “With over 30 years’ experience within the industry, to be given the opportunity at this stage of my career to analyse and implement operational improvements through an academic perspective is hugely rewarding.”

BMF Managing Director, John Newcomb, said: “I am proud and delighted to congratulate the first group to achieve the BMF Post Graduate Diploma. I believe they are all planning to continue their studies at Birmingham City University towards a merchant-specific Masters Degree that has been developed in conjunction with the BMF. This is a fantastic endorsement of the relevance of the BMF’s development programme for the industry.”

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