BWF and TTF confirm support to CTI project: "We need to speak with a single voice"
In a recent interview to the Timber Trades Journal, two UK Timber Industry leading figures, Ian McIlvwee and David Hopkins, expressed their views on the future of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).
After a period of internal reorganisation, the CTI will present a new strategy at its inaugural Westminster Parliamentary Conference in Autumn 2016 along with three policy reports.
"The timing of our joining the CTI couldn't have been better", said Ian McIlwee, Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation. "The BWF has long advocated that the (timber) supply chain needs to work together more effectively and it has always been practical rather than philosophical differences that prevented progress. For too often the wood industry supply chain has been fragmented and this has held back much needed research and made us appear disjointed."
Mr McIlwee added: "Wood is pretty special stuff and we are an industry made up of an array of brilliant businesses from SMEs to multi-nationals - we must do all we can to help our legislators to understand the value we deliver and legislate to preserve this. Through the CTI, the broader consideration of the advantages of timber can be trumpeted afresh. The new Timber All Party Parliamentary Group provides a powerful vehicle to engage with a range of MPs, who are, over the coming weeks, likely to be shifted into new unfamiliar roles. They will be eager to understand the core issues around skills, value and sustainability and hear our perspective."
"We are certainly excited about working through the CTI to drive the positive change and build a strong and sustainable wood culture and economy in the UK", BWF Chief concluded.
David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, is on the same wavelength. "With the policy ground shifting beneath our feet, it is important that the timber sector stands up to make its own voice known in this debate", said Mr Hopkins. "We have a lot to offer but, to do this effectively, we must stand together as a united timber supply chain. That is why it has been so important that BWF has now joined the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) as an equal partner with STA and TTF."
TTF MD added: "Working together we will be using the umbrella of the CTI as a focal point for our public affairs work, to promote the opportunity that the timber sector offers as a high-performance, low-carbon growth sector. Each trade association is already leading on a variety of issues, together we can present them as a single voice."