The Federation of Master Builders

North Joint Area Board Meeting, President’s Dinner and business conference

29th - 30th June 2018
Lumley Castle, County Durham

About this event

This two-day event is taking place at Lumley Castle near Durham on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June. The Friday will start with the North Joint Area Board Meeting. A mini business conference sponsored by Travelodge is planned for the afternoon and discussions will focus on tackling the construction skills shortage. The black-tie President's Dinner will round off the day. Join us on the Saturday night for a fancy dress party and a medieval-themed banquet.

This event is aimed at building professionals, industry partners, suppliers, architects and Master Builders themselves.

Programme of events

Friday 29th June 

11.00am to 2.30pm: North Joint Area Board Meeting

Including a light lunch, this is a closed board meeting for the North board members.

2.30pm to 5.00pm: Builders’ Business Mini Conference and Exhibition

The conference theme is ‘Building the future: Finding the right skills for your business'  and speaker presentations will focus on why and how to hire an apprentice, how to get the most out of CITB and how to recruit and retain the talent your business needs. As well as enjoying these sessions, delegates can attend the lively exhibition. 

We're delighted to have the support of Roberta Blackman-Woods MP as keynote speaker. Roberta has been a Member of Parliament for the City of Durham since 2005 and is currently Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government.

Click here to download a copy of the conference programme

7.00pm to 11.00pm: President’s Dinner

The event will bring the North SME building community together for an evening of first-class industry networking as well as the opportunity to taste some fantastic food. Guests will enjoy a three course meal and a welcome drink on arrival. The dress code for this event is black tie.

Saturday 30th June 

10.00am to 11.00am: Northern Counties AGM

The Northern Counties AGM is free and open to all full FMB members.

If you are interested in playing a round of golf on the Saturday afternoon, please email We are collecting interest and if we have enough people wanting to take part this is something that will be arranged.

7.00pm to 12.00 midnight: Medieval banquet 

The final night’s medieval banquet fancy dress party is a great opportunity to let your hair down with industry colleagues. The party starts with a drinks reception followed by a five course meal, one goblet of wine, and two goblets of mead, entertainment throughout and DJ/disco to round off the evening.

Headline Sponsor

Travelodge is the ideal choice; whether you’re a large business or a small company, Travelodge Business offers you a great way to manage your expenditure and make savings. With over 540 hotels and 40,000 bedrooms, right across the UK, you’ll find our hotels in the centre of major cities, in most of Britain’s larger towns, as well as vital roadside stops. More than 170 of our hotels have on-site Bar Cafés and almost all are located close to other restaurants, making Travelodge the ideal base for travel. We continue to expand, with 20 new hotels expected to open in 2018.


Phone: 0845 226 9064


Workforce Skills Support is a nationwide construction training provider, that provide support to their clients to identify, develop and realise skills solutions across the construction sector. They offer a comprehensive range of training and assessments for construction and allied industries.

Narec Distributed Energy (Narec DE) is a UK based organisation in Northumberland which specialises in low carbon technologies, offering training, testing, monitoring and consultancy. They work with both public and private clients, including SMEs, local authorities, housing associations, research organisations, governments and major international corporations.

Narec DE cover a variety of Accredited and Bespoke training programmes to suite a range of abilities. Primarily covering Renewable Technologies, Narec DE also offer complementary courses in HSE, Gas and Electrical areas.

Northumberland College is the largest provider of further education training courses in Northumberland with centres in Ashington, Ponteland Newcastle, Hexham and Berwick.

We provide apprenticeships, full-time and part-time courses, employability and higher education training courses from Entry Level to Degree Level in a wide range of subject areas. We also provide training to employers across the North East region.

Our Business Training Solutions team has the training solutions that your business needs to help you develop a qualified, skilled and productive workforce.

Telephone: 01670 841 268

The £10m North East Property Fund was set up in 2017 to provide development funding to SME builders and developers to help kick start small scale residential and commercial property schemes across the region. FW Capital manages the property fund on behalf of NPF 2016 Limited, supported by investment from Santander and the North East LEP. The fund is able to provide borrowing facilities from £250,000 to £1m for schemes located in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham. Further information can be obtained from Tony Cullen at FW Capital or visit

Telephone: 0191 269 6966 or 07387 022615. 


Mini conference:

  • Members: Free
  • Non-member: £35 + VAT

President’s dinner:

  • Members: £38 + VAT
  • Non-members: £43 + VAT

Medieval banquet:

  • Members: £30 + VAT
  • Non-members: £35 + VAT

Northern Counties AGM:

  • Members only: Free

Accommodation (to be booked through the FMB):

  • Single room B&B: £82.50 + VAT per night per room
  • Double room B&B: £100 + VAT per night per room


Lumley Castle
Ropery Lane, Chester le Street
Durham County

Complimentary parking is available for all guests.

If you have any access requirements please let us know in advance, there are a large amount of stairs at this venue.


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