The BMF has not only teamed up with AkzoNobel to host its latest Regional Centre of Excellence, it has also announced the launch of a new Decorating Forum to bring together members with responsibility for paint and decorative products.

The Dulux Academy in Slough will host the BMF’s South-East regional meetings and training sessions.  It will also host the first meeting of the BMF’s Decorating Forum in May.

The Dulux Academy is ideally suited for this purpose.  It opened last year as the first academy for painters and decorators and is equipped to teach design and application techniques as well as skills to build, run and promote a successful business to over 4,000 trainees each year.

Gary Good, Lightside Group Product Manager at Ridgeons will chair BMF’s Decorating Forum. In addition to his responsibility for the Ridgeon Group’s hardware and decorating ranges he is the category director responsible for the paint and decorative sector for the Fortis buying group.

Speaking at the Dulux Academy, BMF MD John Newcomb said: “This is a truly superb facility and I’m delighted that AkzoNobel has opened their doors to host both our regional events and the BMF’s Decorating Forum, which is an exciting new venture for 2017.  Gary is the ideal Chair for this group, both for his knowledge of the sector and the breadth of his contacts amongst merchants and suppliers with an interest in decorating products.”


Pictured left to right:

Matt Haines – BMF Regional Manager, West Midlands, North West & North Wales.

Matt Pullen – Akzo Nobel Managing Director,UK & Ireland

Paul Roughan – Akzo Nobel Sales Director, Trade Nationals

John Newcomb – BMF Managing Director

Alistair Mc Auley – Akzo Nobel UK and Ireland Sales Director

Alex Clifford – BMF Regional Manager, London, South East & Anglia

Vickie Mather – Akzo Nobel Dulux Academy Manager