The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), welcomes two new Experts to its panel of industry commentators: Tony France, Sales Director of the UK’s leading brickmaker Ibstock, and Paul Rivett, Managing Director of market-leading electric heating and hot water products manufacturer Heatrae Sadia (Baxi Group), bringing the total number of BMBI Experts to eleven. Respectively, they speak for Bricks and Water Heating.

Launched and managed by MRA Marketing, the BMBI is the only reliable, up-to-date measure of Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) activity in UK using sales-out data from GfK’s General Builders’ Merchants Point of Sale Tracking Data. A monthly series tracks what is happening in the market month by month, with an in-depth review every quarter.

An integral part of the Index is a panel of leading industry Experts who speak exclusively for their markets. Each Expert adds perspective and context to the data, and helps to make sense of trends for users of the BMBI. The Experts explain issues, highlight opportunities, and where appropriate make the case for or against legislation, industry schemes or government policy.

Tony France has over 30 years’ of industry experience, with board level responsibility for sales of c£250m and a combined sales and customer service team of 120 people. Paul Rivett joined Heatrae Sadia in 1985 and has held the position of Managing Director for over 10 years.

Other BMBI Experts include: Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation; Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet; John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation; John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows; Jim Claydon, Managing Director Hanson Cement; Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels; Steve Halford, Group Managing Director Crystal Direct; Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO PLC; and Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

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Pictured: New BMBI Experts Tony France (left) and Paul Rivett