Welcome to the BMF All Industry Conference 2023 website where you will discover everything you need to know about our next conference.

For the first time, the BMF Conference will take place on two continents and yet remain in a single fascinating city, Istanbul.  For centuries it has provided a strategic link between Europe and Asia. 

Divided by the Bosphorus Strait – now spanned by the Bosphorus Bridge – and boasting a history dating back to the 7th Century BC, Istanbul is a melting pot of many civilisations. A magical meeting place, where East meets West, this unique city provides the ideal backdrop to explore our Conference theme, Creating Connections.  

We work in an amazing industry that thrives on networking and relationships and has long been adept at creating connections between merchants and building material producers. In today’s post-Brexit, post-pandemic environment, creating and nurturing connections has never been more important. For it is those connections that will help us to negotiate new trading relationships, and successfully navigate increasingly complex global supply chains.

These themes will be explored in a full Conference business programme, hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, the sport and lifestyle presenter. Although there will, of course, be ample time to explore over 2500 years of Istanbul’s history, culture and traditions in its vibrant bazaars, magnificently decorated churches, mosques and palaces, and to sample its diverse and delicious cuisine.

Please look through the following pages for further information on this magnificent location, conference speakers, full programme of social activities and outstanding delegate accommodation at the five-star Swisshotel, The Bosphorus, featuring the award-winning Purovel Spa.

We are determined to ensure the sustainability of our 2023 Conference. The Swisshotel was selected both for the quality of its accommodation and its commitment to sustainability. We have also pledged to limit our operational impact by using local suppliers, reducing shipping costs and emissions, reducing single use materials and using recyclable materials for branding and signage. However, those attending will need to travel and we recognise that these journeys inevitably contribute to global CO2 emissions. To offset emissions, the BMF will plant a tree for every person attending the event.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2023!

The conference takes place on 15th – 18th June 2023.

We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the 2023 BMF All Industry Conference. The Builders Merchants community are the foundation and future of our business at Knauf UK as well as a cornerstone for the construction market place. We welcome you to speak to our team or me directly during the conference to discover more about how we can grow a successful and sustainable market together. Personally, I am looking forward to meeting existing and new colleagues at what I am certain will be another engaging event.

Richard Bowes, Sales Director, Knauf UK