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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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Roy Wakeman OBE appointed new CTI Chairman

Roy Wakeman OBE has been appointed new Chairman of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI). He succeeds Peter Hindle MBE, who stepped down last autumn.

Mr Wakeman will coordinate the new CTI strategy encouraging best practise and boosting a wide collaboration among the leading trade organisations and companies across the Supply Chain.

Mr Wakeman is a leading figure and driving force in the timber and joinery Industry. He has led the Industry as President of the BWF (British Woodworking Federation) three times in his career, 1987, 2001 and 2013. He was Chairman of the Construction Confederation in 2001 and has previously chaired the Networking Forum for the CPA (Construction Products Association) for 11 years.

Mr Wakeman has grown a number of well-known brands and businesses in the joinery manufacturing arena including Sarek Joinery with sales of £30m in 1984-90; The LS Group of Performance Doorsets including the brands of Leaderflush, Shapland and Petter and Longden Doors with sales of £40m 1995-2005.

In 2006 he led a Management buyout of Mumford and Wood, the UK’s leading manufacturer of high quality bespoke Timber windows and Doors which at the time had sales revenues of £6m. Since then Mr Wakeman and his team have built a Group of Timber Fenestration brands, under the Group umbrella of PTPG, with sales currently over £20m pa. The brands include Mumford and Wood, Timber Windows.com and Dale windows and Doors.

In 2012, Mr Wakeman was awarded an OBE in Queen's Honours List for services to the joinery manufacturing industry and, one year later, he was appointed non-Executive Chairman of European Doorsets, a leading supplier of Performance Doorsets for the Construction Industry.

Commenting on his appointment as new CTI Chairman, Roy Wakeman said: “I am delighted to accept both the role and challenge of the Chairman of the CTI, and very much look forward to helping everyone involved in this great industry to consolidate and improve the leading position that Timber holds as a modern material of choice.

Having spent my whole life in the distribution, manufacture and marketing of timber and its end products, I will use all my experience to make sure that we continue to lead, innovate and increase our reputation.”


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