The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its 5th City & Awards luncheon in March at the City’s historic Saddlers’ Hall. The popular luncheon has become an important event in the Company’s calendar, recognising achievements of individuals in the industry and within organisations the Company supports. It’s also a key networking opportunity for Liverymen, Freemen and their guests to meet senior industry and City figures.

The Master Leo Martin and Guest of Honour Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden presented the prizes to all winners. These included four BMF Merchants for their achievements in MOL modules, three of whom are from MKM Building Supplies. Gerard Hull of MKM won First Prize with 10 MOL points and 2 distinctions. He received a tankard and cheque for £1,000, which was accepted by MKM CEO Philip Johns on Gerard’s behalf. The Second Prize of a tankard and £500 cheque went to Matthew Cobb of MKM who had 8 points with 1 distinction and 1 credit. Joint third with 5 points and 1 distinction was Mark Withall of MKM and Rebecca Hill of Howarth Timber. Both received a cheque for £300 with a tankard for Mark and goblet for Rebecca.

The event also celebrated the success of Andrew Harries of LBS Builders Merchants as the BMF Campus Winner. Based in LBS’ Pembroke Dock branch, Andrew registered on BMF Campus in September 2015 and has completed 128 e-learning courses with an average passing score of 82%. The award was accepted by BMF’s Managing Director John Newcomb on behalf of Andrew.

Other individuals and organisations to benefit from the support of WCoBM’s charitable fund included Private Daines and Private Stockle of The 3rd Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment who were awarded prizes for Best Recruit and Best Soldier respectively; Ordinary Cadet Kyle Mclellan of the Beckenham & Penge Sea Cadet Unit who progressed from Junior Cadet; Stone Carver Lawrence Dennison nominated by the City & Guilds of London Art School; and resident Pianist Jinah Shim who is in the final year of her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The Master comments: “We congratulate all the winners on their achievements. They work extremely hard and it was a pleasure to recognise and reward their focus and determination. It was a successful afternoon in superb surroundings and a special thanks to our Guest of Honour Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden for contributing to an important event.”