In September 2023, the IoBM achieved a significant accomplishment by reaching over 1,200 members!
This milestone is a testament to the IoBM’s efforts to professionalise the Builders Merchants industry, and we are proud to have so many individuals join us on this mission. Since reaching this milestone, our membership has continued to grow, (now over 1,260) with many more individuals signing up to be a part of our community. We are excited to welcome new members and look forward to working with them to promote the building materials sector and help it to thrive.
58 Companies have now signed up as Corporate Supporters of the IoBM, to show their support in advancing the profession of merchanting. Of the current Corporate Supporters, 40 are supplier members, 9 are merchant members, 4 service members and 5 buying group supporters.
A “Your Voice” e-newsletter has been produced to keep members informed with four issues sent out to date.
The IoBM had the honour of being the sponsor for the ‘Best Performing Online Student’ award at the BMF Annual Conference & Awards on 21st September 2023. The award was won by Michael Mouland, from Mid-Sussex Timber. We are proud to have contributed to this event and look forward to continuing our support for such initiatives in the future.
The IoBM Management Committee, and several IoBM members, were also present at the recent BMJ Industry Awards held at Covent Garden’s Grand Connaught Rooms on 28th September. As a partner to the Awards, we extend our congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding achievements.
IoBM South East Regional Meeting and new South East Regional Chair
A special thanks to IoBM Corporate Supporter, SIG Plc, for hosting the IoBM South East Regional Meeting on 3rd October at their West London site facility near Heathrow Airport. Jamie McGuinness MIBM, National Accounts Manager for SIG UK, was elected as the IoBM South East Regional Chair at this meeting. Congratulations to Jamie on his new position!
Reminder New IoBM Webpages!
A reminder that on the BMF homepage there is now a dedicated tab for the IoBM with a drop-down menu where users can view information including: About the IOBM, Benefits and Levels of Membership, Mentoring, Corporate Supporter links, Training & Development, Institute Events & News and How to Join.
To find out more about how the IoBM is supporting the professional advancement of those working in the merchanting industry, go to the IoBM tabbed section at