BWF publishes new action plan to keep on growing Woodworking sector
The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has published an action plan which spells out its priorities for 2017/18 and reviews the key achievements of the past 12 months.
Through the plan, the BWF aims to keep on growing the market for wood products, developing a well-equipped workforce, and influencing change in the new political environment.
In details, the Federation committed to help members meet the challenges of the new skills landscape and manage all accidents out of their businesses through the Health & Safety Hero Campaign.
Other priorities for the year ahead include driving new business to members and championing high standards for UK joinery through the BWF’s Code of Conduct and the schemes: the Wood Window Alliance, BWF Certifire Fire Door & Doorset Scheme and the BWF Stair Scheme.
Sean Parnaby, BWF President and Managing Director of West Port Timber Windows & Doors said: “We have seen a huge amount of change since the last plan was published, and I am delighted to see that many of the ambitious tasks set out there have been accomplished."
“There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. We are seeing new competition emerging, reshaping the industry and driving us onwards. As the number one information point on woodworking matters, the BWF has never been more successful in providing clear guidance to members, designers, specifiers and increasingly to the general public, through initiatives such as Fire Door Safety Week and BWF Stair Scheme Manager Hannah Mansell’s recent appearance on the BBC’s Jeremy Vine show."
“The BWF is keeping its members ahead of the curve on emerging areas such as materials health and life cycle analysis with additional resources set to be launched over the next few months."
Mr Parnaby also mentioned the efforts undertaken by the BWF - alongside partner organisations such as the Timber Trade Federation, the Structural Timber Association and the Builders Merchants Federation - to grow the entire UK timber supply chain through the CTI. “The UK joinery industry has a stronger voice now than ever before, and BWF will be redoubling its efforts with the wider supply chain through the Confederation of Timber Industries to fight for the economy we need for our businesses to prosper.”
To read the full BWF Action Plan 2017/18, click here.