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4 May 2018

2nd BMBI Round Table Debate now live on video!

A comprehensive suite of videos from the second annual Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) Round Table Debate are now live at The videos cover five main topics, with trailers for each one so viewers can get a flavour of the discussions before diving into the debate.

BMBI Experts taking part included: John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet; Andy Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows; Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia; Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock; Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC; Malcom Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products; and Michael White, Business Development Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions. The debate also included BMF Chairman Peter Hindle MBE representing builders’ merchants and Mike Rigby CEO of MRA Marketing the producers of the BMBI reports.

The debated focussed on:
1. Digitisation & Omnichannel Trading
2. Brexit - Journey into the Unknown
3. Skills, Materials Shortages & Capacity
4. Economy & Inflation
5. Grenfell Tower Fire & the implications

“The debate covered a lot of ground,” says Lucia Di Stazio, MD of MRA Marketing and BMBI’s producers. “This is a high quality debate from some of the best informed brands in the industry. The videos allow us to share knowledgeable comment, insights and implications from these BMBI Experts on a number of major issues and trends.”

The BMBI, a brand of the BMF, is a reliable and up-to-date measure of Britain’s Repair Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) activity. The quarterly and monthly reports are produced and managed by MRA Marketing using GfK’s Builders Merchant Panel which analyses sales out data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales across Great Britain.

The Experts speak exclusively for their markets, explaining trends, issues and opportunities. Each Expert adds perspective and context to the data, and helps to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI.

Visit to watch the videos, read the reports, and learn more about the Experts. 

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