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The renewed All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries meets at Westminster

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is delighted to announce the reconstitution of the Timber Industries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), following the general election held on 8th June.

The renewed APPG held its first AGM on Wednesday 12th July at the House of Commons. Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim, was re-elected as Chairman. Officers now include Joint Vice Chairman Bill Grant MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Conservatives), Joint Vice Chairman Martin Whitfield MP for East Lothian (Labour) and Joint Vice Chairman Andrew Bowie MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Conservative).

The Timber Industries APPG will help promote timber as the most sustainable and renewable building material and develop initiatives and economic measures to grow the whole UK Timber Industry supply chain. The Confederation of Timber Industries will assist Parliamentarians in their work by acting as the group's secretariat and providing relevant information and logistic support.

The timber sector is in the top 50% of manufacturing industries in the UK, attracting investment and supporting jobs across the manufacturing and construction sectors, and adding over £10 billion per year to the UK economy. Every constituency in the UK benefits from jobs provided by our sector, whether in construction, manufacturing or distribution.

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chairman of the CTI, said: “We are pleased to see such widespread, cross-party support for our Industry. The timber sector represents a major engine for the growth and development of the UK economy and, with the help of the Timber Industries APPG, we can deliver this message straight to key decision makers in Westminster. The CTI will be on hand to provide assistance and information to any MPs interested in the Industry, along with arranging regular visits to timber operations all over the country.”

A full program of meetings and events for the APPG will be published in September, after the summer recess.

 

A recap of the meeting including pictures, recordings and presentations can be found here.

Read more about the Timber Industries APPG here.

 

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CTI Spring 2017 Newsletter now available

The Confederation of Timber Industries has released its Newsletter for Spring 2017.

This fifth interactive issue explores the latest developments of CTI project particularly focusing on Confederation's activities in the areas of Policy Affairs and Timber Industry promotion.

In details, you will find news on:

- New Chairman and Governing Board for CTI

- CTI Parliamentary seminar on Housing & Timber Construction

- CTI response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

- CTI & Wood For Good exhibiting at Ecobuild 2017

- CTI partners with major UK Construction and Architecture shows

- Mass Timber projects in the UK and abroad

...and much more!

To read and download the publication click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.

 

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CTI comment on Housing White Paper: Timber solutions can greatly improve quality and quantity of UK housing supply

The Confederation of Timber Industries has responded to the recent White Paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market highlighting the vital role timber has in delivering sustainable and quality homes at the levels required to meet the housing shortfall in the UK. 

The response - downloadable here - welcomes the Government's Housing White Paper issued in February 2017 and proposes tangible "timber solutions" to the challenges of current UK housing market.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman commented: “Echoing the conclusion of our recent parliamentary debate on this subject, timber has technological proven solutions to clear the bottle-neck and improve the quality of housing supply in the UK.  We offer a number of pre-manufactured solutions, from entire timber constructions to pre-finished engineered components that support a more efficient modern build process and are working hard to train the supply chain to support installation."  

"The overall thrust of the White Paper is very positive - we absolutely have to clear planning bottlenecks and supply side issues to ensure demand is met. In this we also have to remember we are building homes, not just housing. We have a duty of care to the safety and wellbeing of the residents of each new home and to consider the impact of building on our environment." 

"Leaning on the timber supply chain is a good start in making the changes that need to happen. I was very much minded as I read the consultation of words of architect Michael Green, 'Wood is the most technologically advanced material that we can build with. The Earth grows our food. The earth can grow our homes. It’s an ethical change we have to go through.'"

 

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CTI responds to Industrial Strategy Green Paper 2017 highlighting Timber Industry's contribution to UK Economy

The Confederation of Timber Industries has issued its response to the Government's consultation on the Industrial Strategy Green Paper 2017.

The CTI response - available here - addresses the ten pillars of the industrial strategy with recommendations on how to encourage inward investment, deliver affordable energy, develop skills and support business growth.

The paper sets out policy asks to ensure that the Timber industry can supporting a productive future for the UK economy. It also includes case studies for consideration and highlights actions that the timber industry could take to support their ambitions of a sustainable, productive and economically strong sector.

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chair of the CTI, said: "The Industrial Strategy Green Paper gives us a once in a generation opportunity to shape change. The Green Paper looks intrinsically at what drives productivity, from inherent supply chain practice through to the skills we need to move forward."

"The Green Paper rightly challenges us not just to look at how we work with Government, but how we can drive positive change within our own supply chain. In our response, we start to explore how we meet the challenges and opportunities as a £10 billion supply chain, building on the natural advantage that timber offers and started to consider what a Sector Deal might look like."

"We look forward to engaging more closely with the industry and new government to develop these ideas once the election is over."

 

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CTI Parliamentary seminar on Skills, Productivity and Growth postponed

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a general election, and the overwhelming support for this in yesterday’s Parliamentary vote, the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) in accordance with the Timber Industries APPG Chairman Ian Paisley MP, decided to postpone the Parliamentary seminar meeting on Tuesday 25th April and re-convene in the Autumn.

CTI Director Iain McIlwee commented: "It is a shame we had to cancel the meeting but, with Parliament being disbanded to make way for the election, many MPs will be focused on finishing last-minute business, while others will be heading back to their constituencies. We will reschedule the event later in the year when the political situation will be clearer and we could secure a consistent involvement of MPs in the meeting."

"In the meantime, the CTI will follow closely the electoral campaign promoting Timber Industries case to candidates and key decision makers."

 

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