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CTI and Nexus CIFS establish strategic partnership to raise Timber Industry profile

The Confederation of Timber Industries is delighted to announce that Nexus CIFS will be a premium sponsor at its inaugural conference in Autumn 2016.

Well known for its credit insurance offering in the timber industry and one of the UK’s leading underwriting agencies, Nexus CIFS becomes the first sponsor of this major industry event.

At the conference the CTI will be presenting its reports on growing the use of sustainable timber and addressing skills shortages in the timber supply chain. The Confederation will host a debate about its policy recommendations with around 200 decision makers and opinion formers from the industry and Westminster.

The partnership will support the launch of new credit tools as well as a range of initiatives aimed at extending the reach and operational attractions of credit insurance. In particular Nexus CIFS will be promoting ‘First Select’, an innovative marketing tool created to help clients identify credit checked sales leads easily.

Further announcements will be made regarding the partnership in the coming weeks.

Dirk Vennix, CTI Chief Executive said: “This strategic partnership represents a major step forward for the Confederation. Thanks to Nexus CIFS support, we will raise the profile of the UK Timber Industry promoting the use of timber through inaugural conference and its post-event report. I hope Nexus’s example will be followed by many other sponsors since the CTI is a self-funding umbrella organisation. If you would also like to promote your company’s brand and products at the conference or fund the CTI in some other way please get in touch.”

Richard Marriage Nexus CIFS’ Managing Director said: “Having been a supporter of the timber industry for some years, Nexus CIFS is delighted to be the first sponsor of this major event organised by the Confederation.”

<Read the press release here>


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-and-nexus-cifs-establish-strategic-partnership-raise-timber-industry-profile]

New parliamentary group for timber industries launched

Parliamentarians today set up a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries. The group aims to help grow the use of timber and develop vibrant timber based industries. More than 40 parliamentarians have already registered as members.

Timber Industries contribute substantially to the UK Construction and Manufacturing Industries, providing around 150,000 jobs across the skills spectrum and adding value of c£20bn to the UK economy. The APPG will help promote timber as the most sustainable and renewable building material and develop new economic measures to grow the whole timber industries supply chain. The members of the new cross-party group also want to encourage more young people to choose a career in the timber industries.

The new APPG held its AGM today at the House of Commons. Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim, was elected as Chairman. He now chairs an officers group including Joint Vice Chairman and former minister Cheryl Gillan MP for Chesham and Amersham (Conservatives), Joint Vice Chairman Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow (Labour), Treasurer Steven Paterson MP for Stirling (SNP) and Secretary Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage and Chair of the Furniture APPG (Conservatives).

Timber industries APPG Chairman Ian Paisley MP said: “I am delighted to have been elected by my colleagues in both Houses. I am looking forward to chairing this new group which has already received cross-party support in the Commons and the Lords. My colleagues will endeavour to promote the use of timber UK wide but will also look forward to hearing how they could support timber businesses in their constituencies in particular.”

Peter Hindle MBE Chairman of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) said: “We are pleased that Ian and his fellow officers have put together a strong all-party group of parliamentary colleagues who will actively support the timber industries. We have been asked by Ian to provide the secretarial support for the group and are happy to provide assistance and information where we can.” 

In total 42 parliamentarians (37 MPs and 5 peers) have already expressed an interest in the new APPG including 25 Conservatives, 9 Labour, 3 SNP, 2 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP and 1 Liberal Democrat.  In total there are 32 parliamentarians from England, 4 from Northern Ireland, 4 from Scotland and 2 from Wales.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/new-parliamentary-group-timber-industries-launched]

CTI extends sponsorship with Structural Timber Awards 2016

The Confederation of Timber Industries has confirmed its sponsorship of the Product Innovation Category at the Structural Timber Awards 2016.

The event, designed to celebrate the best in timber construction world, will take place on 19 October 2016 at NEC, Birmingham.

The Product Innovation Award intends to showcase both new innovative products and existent items on the market used in a fresh and inventive way. The winner must demonstrate that the product or emerging technology meets the appropriate UK building regulations and health and safety standards.

Shortlisted projects will include physical products designed specifically for timber usage or a general building products revealing a new dimension when used in conjunction with timber technology. 

Submissions are open until 31 May 2016.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-extends-sponsorship-structural-timber-awards-2016]

CTI and Proskills launch survey on skill shortages within Timber Industry

The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) and Proskills have launched the largest employer skill survey ever undertaken in the UK's Timber Industry Supply Chain.

The research aims to identify the current level of skills shortages and gaps in education provision within the whole Timber Industry Supply Chain, from forestry to builders’ merchants and manufacturers. It will be distributed to businesses and other interested parties through trade associations, research institutes and training providers operating in the UK.

Through the survey, CTI and Proskills will map current education providers delivering to the sector, highlighting gaps between supply and demand. Similarly, the research will identify areas of strength and excellence offering a catalyst for the engagement of the industry in improving skills, recruitment and training.

The collected data will be summarised in a report, indicating priorities and needed actions, to be published in the spring of 2016. The CTI will present the findings to Government, stakeholders and key opinion makers in order to shape the political agenda on education and skills (view CTI 3-year strategic plan).

Succession planning for an ageing workforce and gaps in provision are issues which need to be addressed. Few young people decide to choose timber as a career option, as repeatedly outlined by trade organisations, training providers and companies. This issue is exacerbated by the limited offer of further Education courses, apprenticeships and craft qualifications that affects the growth of the whole sector. It is time to turn the page addressing the problem with focused measures.

 “This survey represents a great opportunity for the timber industries to express their views about skills needs”, said Dirk Vennix, CTI Chief Executive. “Improving Skills and Education is a key target of CTI 3-year strategic plan and, along with our members, we intend to encourage young people to go for a career in the timber sector. Depending on the outcomes of the survey this could include supporting the launch of new timber related courses as well as helping increase the number of apprenticeships and developing an ambassadorial schools network across the supply chain.”

 “In a changing and demanding world, this is a great time for employers to really get involved with skills and careers development for the future”, said Jonathan Ledger, CEO Proskills UK. “Working in partnership with CTI, Proskills is able to use its extensive skills and research experience to inform the emerging strategy that will support sustainability and future growth individuals and businesses within the timber industry and its supply chain”.

The survey is accessible online here or through a printable version, downloadable here.

The deadline for submissions is 5 February 2016.

Download this press release here.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-and-proskills-launch-survey-skill-shortages-within-timber-industry]

CTI Newsletter for Autumn 2015

The CTI Autumn 2015 Newsletter is out.

In this issue: 

- Internal organisation and CTI network's enlargement;

- First CTI supporters' network meeting;

- Key-strategic themes;

- Promoting the excellence in the Timber Supply Chain.

To read the publication online click here.

To download the Newsletter as a pdf file click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-newsletter-autumn-2015-0]