A diploma student from Burnley has been recognised with an award by national trade body, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

David Clegg is the assistant branch manager at Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, and was named Best Performing Student 2023 at the Builders Merchants Federation Annual Members Conference and Awards.

Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster hosted the event, and presented David - who has a BMF Diploma in Merchant Management - with his award, which was sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants.

David said: “I’m extremely grateful for the recognition and the acknowledgment of the work I’ve put into the diploma programme.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed what the programme has taught me over the past few months, from the workshops and course content to my own further research.

“I would like to thank BMF for the knowledge and skills I have gained through the BMF diploma that will not only help me in my current role but also support my future career progression.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to my employers - Howarth Timber and Building Supplies - for granting me the opportunity and their belief in my abilities.”

The Builders Merchants Federation Ltd is the only trade association representing merchants and suppliers in the UK and Ireland.

Held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, the BMF's Annual Members Conference and Awards recognises the achievements of individuals and businesses within the builders’ merchants’ industry.

John Newcomb, Builders Merchants Federation Ltd CEO, said: “Congratulations to David on the commitment to learning and hard work that is recognised with this award.

“BMF membership encompasses the entire building materials distribution industry, and our Annual Conference and Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of suppliers, service members and individuals across the sector.”