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Industry award nomination for north-east builders merchant


By Kyle Ritchie

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A north-east builders merchant has been nominated for an influential industry award.

National trade body, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and Builders’ Merchants News (BMN) have joined forces to identify the Top 100 Merchant Influencers across the sector and celebrate their achievements.

The accolade recognises those who go the extra mile to support their communities.

Managing director of Keith Builders Merchants Jeff Smith has been included in the nominees for Scotland.

Managing director of Keith Builders Merchants Jeff Smith (right) has been nominated for the award.
Managing director of Keith Builders Merchants Jeff Smith (right) has been nominated for the award.

BMF CEO John Newcomb said: “We’re bringing together the people whose activities and commitment make a difference to others, whether that’s through work with trade organisations and buying groups, a presence on social media, charity work or working altruistically for the benefit of the wider building materials industry.

“We aim to shine a spotlight on the work they are doing and salute their achievements.”

The other nominees from across Scotland who have been included are John Cameron, managing director John Cameron Plumbers’ and Builders’ Merchants; John Wardrope, director Cartmore Building Supplies; Stewart G Shaw, director Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies; Nick Boyle, sales director Jewson Civils Frazer; Alan Trail, managing director M&T Builders Merchants; Eddie Hernon, managing director PDM Buildbase; and Ronnie Robinson, managing director St Andrews Timber.

The merchants included on the list will feature in a commemorative brochure and be invited to a gala dinner celebration and networking event at the Belfry in May.

BMN’s associate publisher, Lucyanne Matthews, said: “We always feel that the greatest rewards come when we work together collaboratively to recognise the talent and passion that so many merchants have for the sector they are part of.

“From the energy and enthusiasm merchants in Scotland bring to their local and national charitable work, to the evidence that we are seeing with the new Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstruct Zero Business Champions, merchants are an influential part of their communities.”

The BMF represents more than 770 merchant and supplier companies that collectively employ more than 207,000 people in the building materials industry, performing an essential national function in distributing construction materials and home improvement products across the UK.


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