Sussex business leader appointed to spearhead the ‘digital blueprint for the building sector’

Pierre Krause (pictured), group commercial operations and pricing director of the Independent Builders Merchant Group, which has its headquarters in Polegate, has been appointed chair of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Digital and Technology Forum.

His role will involve working collaboratively with industry leaders, stakeholders and merchants to explore cutting-edge strategies, implement technology-driven solutions and share best practices.

The BMF, which has its headquarters in Coventry, represents 880 merchant and supplier companies across the UK, which employ more than 205,000 and have combined sales of over £44 billion.

Pierre’s appointment comes as the trade body takes a lead in the advancement of digitalisation in building materials supply.

He said: “It’s an exciting time to be part of the builders merchants’ industry and I am delighted to be able to give something back by chairing the BMF Digital and Technology Forum.

“This is a great opportunity to influence and hopefully increase the rate of adoption of technologies that will greatly benefit our industry by using technology to create smarter businesses.”

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “We are delighted to welcome Pierre to this key role. Supporting the digitalisation of our industry is a key priority for us and Pierre will play a key role in moving that forward.”

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