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Wood for Good Marketing Summit | 14 September 2017 | London

On Thursday 14th September 2017, the Friends House in London will host a Wood for Good summit open to all marketing and communications professionals from the Timber Industry.

The meeting aims to take stock of the communication strategies implemented by Timber Industry's organisations and companies, especially in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the following media enquiries on fire security.

In details, the discussion will focus on:

  • The implications of the Grenfell Tower fire for marketing and communications:
    • What impact has the fire had on timber perceptions in the construction industry?
    • What is the image the media have created since the fire?
    • Has this had a noticeable effect on sales figures over the past few months?
    • What conclusions can we draw as marketing and communications professionals.
  • Review with peers: Are trade shows worth the effort?
    • What are the key criteria to choose the right show and how to make it work?
    • How to establish, if a trade show is the right vehicle for your business?
  • Strategies for promotion of wood as the most sustainable construction material to the wide public

Speakers include: Geoff Wilkinson, Liz Male, Stuart Devoil, Trevor Crawford.

The event is free to attend for Wood for Good supporters. 

For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit http://bit.ly/2eTsBs7 or contact [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-good-marketing-summit-14-september-2017-london]

BWF Annual Dinner & Awards to be held in London on 24 November

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) will be holding its 2017 Annual Dinner & Awards on Friday 24th November in the Drapers’ Hall in the heart of London.

A formal black-tie dinner with a relaxed atmosphere, the Annual Dinner & Awards night provides a great opportunity for BWF members and their guests to celebrate achievements along with networking with woodworking industry colleagues.

The event will also see the announcement of this year’s BWF Awards winners. There are six categories of award, highlighting technical innovation and excellence in joinery projects and product design, process efficiency and health & safety, as well as special awards for apprentice and trainee performance.

Entry to the sector’s most prestigious awards is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF, providing that they are from the UK woodworking industry. Entries must be received by 8th September 2017 with shortlisted entrants to receive one free ticket to the Annual Dinner and Awards event with. The shortlist is set to be revealed at Timber Expo in October.

You can find out about entering the awards at www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/awards.

BWF members can book their place at the Annual Dinner & Awards at www.bwf.org.uk/news/events.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-annual-dinner-awards-be-held-london-24-november]

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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/renewed-all-party-parliamentary-group-timber-industries-meets-westminster-0]

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

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.

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BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey: Sales volume and Costs rise in Q2 2017

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has released the results of its Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2017.

The consultation shows that, although rising raw materials costs and labour availability are exerting pressure on joinery manufacturers, the industry is optimistic over sales figures and product investment opportunities.

In details, key points from the BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2017 include:

- A balance of 42% of respondents reported an increase in sales volumes over the last quarter, with 52% reporting an increase over the last year. This corresponds with the 14% of respondents reporting a quarterly increase in the previous survey.

- Manufacturers felt that sales volumes would improve in the next quarter, with a balance of 61% predicting an increase for Q3 2017 and a balance of 60% predicting an increase over the next year.

- 42% of companies reported a current order book of future work extending beyond 3 months – up 13% from the previous quarter - with 41% saying that their order book extended from between 1 and 3 months.

- ‘Labour Availability’ was listed as the most likely constraint on output by 27% of respondents. ‘Demand’ and ‘Capacity’ came next, with 25% and 20% of respondents feeling that they were most likely to constrain output.

- 38% of respondents on balance reported increasing their labour force in the last year, with 50% of respondents anticipating an increased labour force over the next year.

- Raw material costs were noted as an inflationary factor for unit costs for 97% of respondents, with wages & salary increases pushing up unit costs for 76% of respondents on balance.

- Exchange rates were a factor in inflating unit costs for 63% of respondents.

- Over the previous year a balance of 64% of respondents had invested in improving their products with 60% investing in their plant/equipment.

- Investment in in product improvement was set for the highest capital investment over the next year, with a balance of 70% planning to invest and with 60% set to invest in plant/equipment.

BWF Policy and Communications Executive Matt Mahony commented: “With optimism over sales volumes and with order books holding up well, our survey paints a picture of an industry working hard to protect its margins against significant cost rises.

“It has been a theme of recent months that the joinery industry is having to think on its feet and diversify its offering. We know from the Q2 survey that investment in product improvement has been rising, and anecdotal evidence suggests that companies are taking on more of the burden of design and specification on account of knowledge gaps within the supply chain."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-joinery-state-trade-survey-sales-volume-and-costs-rise-q2-2017]

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