Double diploma delight for builders merchant employees

Date published: 26 June 2020

Two local employees from leading builder’s merchants, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies, have received their Builder’s Merchant Federation Diploma in Merchanting qualification.

Hayley Parker, sales executive from Howarth’s Oldham branch and Thomas Howe, branch manager for its Manchester operation, started the programme in July 2017 and finished with Level 2 (Pass Plus) grades throughout.

They have since been accepted to progress onto the BMF Diploma in Merchant Management Foundation Degree.

Based around self-study modules and workshops, the BMF Diploma in Merchanting is designed as an advanced leadership and development course for managers and trainee managers.  

The course is specifically tailored to the needs of the builder and timber merchants’ sector, as well as building material manufacturers and distributors.

Nick Howarth, managing director for Howarth Timber and Building Supplies,said: “For us as a business it is important that we invest in our people and we’re absolutely delighted that both Hayley and Thomas have received their BMF Diploma.

“Completing the course shows terrific determination and self-discipline and I know they have worked hard over the years across the self-study modules and assessments.

“Anyone who undertakes a qualification alongside full-time work knows that it’s not easy juggling both, as well as home life, so I want to congratulate them on their dedication and success and let them know that we’re very proud of them.”

Established in 1840, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is the UK’s largest privately-owned timber company and marks its 180th anniversary in 2020.  

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