42nd AGM Update

Institute of Builders Merchants 42nd AGM On March 8th, 2011, At Derby College

The Institute of Builders Merchants held its 42nd AGM on March 8th, 2011 at The Johnson Building in Derby College.

In addition to the AGM, attendees took the opportunity to visit “The Roundhouse Building” as well as view participants competing in the Institute’s 2nd ‘Practical Building Skills Challenge Event’.

In the Presidents Address, Rebecca Mason confirmed that the Institute had had a very busy year. In line with the Institute’s aims to raise our profile, increase membership and increase the value of membership, the Institute had:

  • Increased our press coverage by releasing regular news updates to Builders Merchants News, Builders Merchants Journal and Professional Builders Merchants
  • Increased member numbers by 62%
  • Run two Practical Building Skills Challenge Events at Cambridge and Derby;
  • Launched a new website www.iobm.co.uk Institute Linkedin and Facebook pages;
  • Developed a new look annual Newsletter and marketing leaflet;
  • Recognised high achievers in the Industry

Rebecca said “The Institute is keen to be seen as “Professionalising our Industry” and that includes recognising high achievers. In 2010, we were pleased to present Stephanie Harris of International Timber with the Mason Elliott Trophy and £250 for being the BMF Highest Achiever at NVQ Level 3. We were also pleased to be involved in the selection of the Builders Merchants News Award winners”.


Andrew Pine & Rebecca Mason

Andrew Pine taking over from Rebecca as President said “I’m very encouraged to be taking on the Presidency at a time when so much has been done not only to stabilise the position of the Institute, but also to create a strong platform from which we can now push ahead with future developments. Key amongst these will be further enhancements to our website aimed at re-engaging existing members, as well as creating greater attraction for new members, and further development of our Practical Building Skills training initiative.”

Following the AGM, attendees were given a tour of The Roundhouse, the world’s oldest steam locomotive workshop built originally in 1827, recently restored and refurbished using the William Morris principle of ‘honest repair’. During the re-construction, the project became a ‘living classroom’ giving Derby college students work experience opportunities to learn both valuable restoration skills and modern construction techniques. The Roundhouse has been described as an “exemplar project” by English Heritage in its ‘Constructive Conservation in Practice’. It has also received many national and local awards including the prestigious accolade by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

See below photographs from the Roundhouse Tour

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Rebecca Mason
Past President of the Institute of Builders Merchants