The Builders Merchants Federation has secured Sunday Times the economics editor David Smith as the Keynote Speaker at BMF Members’ Day on 9 October.
The economist will assess prospects in an age of instability and how the UK and European economies will affect business in the coming year.
BMF Members’ Day is known for addressing business-critical issues and delegates will have a further opportunity to discuss the Economy and the Building Sector and how merchants and suppliers have weathered the storm at one of three break-out sessions during the day.
Other important issues to be discussed include the impact of the latest changes to Construction Products Regulation, CE Marking and European Timber Regulation, with expert input from John Tebbit, Industry Affairs Director at the Construction Products Association and John White, Chief Executive at the Timber Trades Federation.
Delegates can also discover how to become Green Deal Providers and benefit from the Government’s carbon saving Green Deal initiative following its launch in October.
BMF managing director John Newcomb said: “I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as possible at the event and to outlining my first impressions of the industry and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“In addition to the excellent guest speakers, we will be announcing initial details of the BMF All Industry Conference for 2013, and the launch of our latest initiative to raise the bar in merchant management training, the new BMF Foundation Degree.”