BMF and NMBS join forces for first Independent Merchant Forum

This November will see a one-day business forum for independent merchants in Coventry.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) are working together for the Independent Merchant Forum, which is designed for merchants with an annual turnover of £10 million or less.

The day-long programme will include expert presentations on cyber-security, digital marketing, distribution, employment, finance and EDI, health and safety, leadership and management, and training. Networking opportunities are promised for delegates throughout the day.

“The content has been designed for small and medium sized merchants where the business owners take a hands-on role within the business," said John Newcomb, BMF CEO. "This includes a significant number of BMF members, but we recognise that there are many other SME merchants who we don’t represent. NMBS is the largest buying society in the UK for independent merchants and joining with them to create and promote the event means that a far wider audience has the opportunity to benefit.”

Chris Hayward, NMBS MD, added: “We are extremely pleased to be working with the BMF to facilitate the first educational Forum specially created for the vibrant SME merchant sector. In order to make the event as open and accessible as possible our two organisations are jointly underwriting all costs so entry is free to delegates.”

The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum takes place on Tuesday 7 November at the BMF’s HQ and training centre in Coventry. Free delegate places are limited to two per company (Ts and Cs apply). Find out more at the BMF site.