2020 will be a year for the history books, not just because of a global pandemic but also because it showed us what humanity is capable of when it comes to growth, leadership and dealing with changing times.
Here at BMCo ltd we've had an incredible year of growth and change, from adjusting to lockdown and supporting all our customers through the pandemic to growing as a company and spearheading our vision of the future- we've been doing it all this year!
We were the only Builders' Merchant to be open throughout every lockdown, making sure we get your building supplies and support your business, in the process we developed our online e-commerce offering so we could help keep you safe and you could buy what you needed online. We have endeavoured to continue growing this aspect of our business so you can shop conveniently and easily from wherever you are and still be assured of our excellent customer service and delivery of the products you need.
"I’m really proud of every member of staff for working during the first lockdown. Many places were shut, we stayed open and quickly adapted to the new safe working practices. All stepped up and showed what teamwork could achieve. We call it the BMCO family and everyone looked after and out for each other during a very testing time." said Jane Thomson, Finance Director and our resident jack of all trades!
In July we won the award of "New Merchant of the year 2020" at the Builders' Merchant Journal Industry Awards. Voted on by industry peers, we are still grateful for the recognition and were humbled by the nomination. It instilled us with the confidence of knowing we are headed in the right direction and propelled us in our growth. We also hired a dedicated digital marketing manager to focus solely on our online visibility and evolution. Innovating is becoming a habit for us at the BMCo!
We have had people develop within the company and take on senior roles, Chris Benson became the branch manager in Rotherham after serving as assistant branch manager in Goole since its inception. Phil from our Scunthorpe branch has just passed his side-loader test, and Annaleigh from Hull won our internal sales competition in October- creating a new record!
Tom Reed, internal sales, said about his best 2020 moment "My best moment of the year was getting the first order from a customer who I was chasing for around 6 months, personal win!"
We hit two incredibly special milestones this year with our branches- 1 year in Goole and 2 years in Rotherham! Our people and our branches make us very proud and show us exactly the kind of people, and the kind of company we are growing into - experts who go above and beyond to support Yorkshire business in the building trade.
We here at Builders Merchant Company pride ourselves on being local, reliable and most of all traditional - which is why we are proud and honoured to have sponsored the North Ferriby Football Club, which has been running since 1919, a little over 100 years! This was our second year of doing this.
When asked what made him smile in 2020, Matt Fawkes, our internal sales manager said "Undoubtably shaking hands with Eddie Jones (England Rugby coach), and stealing his applause." There is more to this story- but you can ask Matt about it when you next call him to place and order!
"For me, the amazing turnaround at our Hull depot, led by Steve Quigley and the team he built. Quite frankly I’ve never seen a success story like that in my whole career." added Duncan Thomson, Managing Director of BMCo. He can also be found making videos for LinkedIn. This year he has been a rising star within BMCo as our "face of the company". You can follow him on LinkedIn here.
We've gone through a lot in 2020, but as they say- the best is yet to come. Keep an eye out for us in 2021!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
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