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Minister Nick Hurd to be keynote speaker at TAF Brexit Debate | 3 November 2016 | London

The Trade Association Forum (TAF) will hold a debate on Brexit aftermath at One Drummond Gate in London on Thursday 3rd November 2016.

The keynote speaker will be Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry within the newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Mr Hurd will discuss any concerns that industry has about the UK’s trading outlook and will explain what the Government is doing in the lead up to Article 50 being invoked.  

The event will also include discussion sessions delivered by experts and Award winning trade associations covering:

- TAF Governance Surgery for 2016 – Measuring Board Skills and Effectiveness

- How to create a successful in-house magazine

- Membership Recruitment – Tips for Success

- The Importance of Good PR

- Using Your Members for Promotion

- The Internet of Things

- Benchmarking your TA Against Others

- Communicating with the World – What your Website says about You

- Collaborative Working at its Best

- Lobbying Ethically and Influencing Policy in the Right Way

Debate tickets are available for £155 + VAT each or £310 + VAT for three people.

To reserve your place, please email [email protected] or call 020 3869 8650.

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London Build 2016 | 26-27 October 2016 | London

London Build, the construction expo dedicated entirely to opportunities in London and the South of England, is fast approaching.

The event - to take place on 26 and and 27 October 2016 in London Olympia - will be attended by thousands of 'movers & shakers' in the UK's construction industry from contractors, developers, government, architects, solution providers and more.

London Build 2016 includes:

  • Conference & Workshop floors providing hundreds of hours of expert and CPD-accredited  insight, case studies and training from a wide-range of industry experts.
  • An Exhibition Floor featuring a very-wide and fascinating range of leading international solution providers
  • A Tender Zone for you to view and compete for all the latest tenders, contracts and new construction projects in London; and to meet the key players behind them. London Build is more than just an exhibition - London Build is about doing business and an opportunity for you to win new contracts.
  • The London Construction Awards and Jimmy Carr comedy evening - a prestigious Gala Dinner that features London's leading construction awards ceremony with world-class entertainment
  • The construction industries very own Oktoberfest Beer Festival - network, unwind and have fun at the industries first-ever Oktoberfest!
  • Multiple Zones and Feature Areas including: an Architects Zone, a Recruitment Zone, a Tools & Tradesmen Show, a Sustainability Zone; plus much, much more!
  • Meet the Buyer sessions providing face-to-face meetings with a wide range of VIP attendees from Contractors, Architects and Developers (please note, attendance to Meet the Buyer sessions is limited to exhibitors only).

Tickets are strictly limited so an early registration is advised. Click here to register for free tickets.

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Timber Expo 2016 grows with new exhibitors and partners

Timber Expo - the most important event on the UK construction calendar dedicated exclusively to timber - is fast approaching.

The show - to take place from 18 to 20 October 2016 at Nec in Birmingham - will bring together key players from across the whole UK Timber Industry. 

Supported by a comprehensive seminar schedule coordinated by leading industry association TRADA, Timber Expo has already gained the backing of several prestigious event partners including the Structural Timber Association (STA), the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).

2016 edition exhibitors include W.Howard Group, Arch Timber Protection, Forgefix Ltd, Timbermark, Vandecasteele Houtimport, France Bois Forêt, FrenchTimber, Steico, Jagram, Hanson Plywood, Rothoblaas and many others.

Nathan Garnett, Event Director for Timber Expo, said: “As timber products play an increasingly important role in sustainable and affordable construction, Timber Expo provides the industry with a valuable platform to connect and forge new business partnerships. It’s been really encouraging to see so many industry leaders signing up to exhibit and I can’t wait to see all of the latest innovations and products they bring. Free registration is open for visitors now and we still have some space left for exhibitors so don’t miss out and get in touch soon to avoid being disappointed.”

For more information, booking enquiries and to register for free please visit or follow @TimberExpo on Twitter.

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Sylva Wood 2016 celebrates outstanding results

From 27 to 29 June 2016, Shanghai hosted 'Sylva Wood 2016', Asia's main wood materials show.

The event attracted around 10,000 visitors, a majority of whom professional buyers from the flooring, furniture, cabinetry, doors and windows, and stairs sector.

Celebrating some of the most exciting innovations in the industry, Sylva Wood 2016 invited experts to present on technology and innovation, and the demand and supply of wood across the globe.

The event agenda featured workshops and debates on a varied gamut of themes: - China's wood products and furniture consumption; - Global timber supply to Chinese market; - Plywood design; - Business opportunities in Africa; - Timber drying & Wood treatment technologies.

Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world included, among the others, Michael Snow, Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council, Mr Tan Ting Wai, Director of the Malaysian Timber Council, Mr Xu Fang, Director of American Softwoods, Mr Jean Francois Guilbert, Managing Director of French Timber, Mr Jeff Lee, Market Director of Canada Wood, Mr James Xu, President of the Shanghai Timber Industry Association Professional Committee.

For the first time, Sylva Wood also saw the presence of the Alberta Forest Products Association, APA—The Engineered Wood Association, representatives from the L’Union Forestiere des Industrielles Asiatiques du Gabon (UFIAG), Malaysian Wood Industries Association Council, Quebec Wood Export Bureau and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation.

“The need to conceive solid business strategy has never been more important at this moment,” said William Pang, Managing Director of Shanghai Pablo Exhibition Pte Ltd, in his opening address, referring to the importance of the China market in today’s economic scenario. 

“The ripple effect from the global economic slowdown can be seen and felt tremendously. With the logging ban in China, domestic demand is set to increase with local manufacturers expecting quality materials that cater to their specific requirements. Addressing this, Sylva Wood aims to be the platform to discover pioneering ideas that can challenge norms and create unconventional possibilities for the industry", Mr Pang concluded.

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Carrefour International du Bois 2016 | 1-3 June 2016 | Nantes

From Wednesday 1 June 2016 to Friday 3 June, Nantes (France) will host the Carrefour International du Bois 2016.

The tradeshow - organised every 2 years in Nantes by Atlanbois and The Grand Maritime Port de Nantes Saint Nazaire - offers a wide range of conferences with French and international speakers, covering all the topics of the timber industry: markets, constructive systems, interior fitting, timber architecture in France and from abroad. 

Over 500 exhibitors and 10 000 visitors are expected to join the event.

In details Timber Techniques & Solution conferences include:

  • Wednesday 1st June: The annual report of the latest figures for the French Timber and Forestry Industry, focus on England and the international conference …. “ Reinventing the city … sustainability, creativity and wood”
  • Thursday 2nd June: Morning – visits of buildings and sites in Nantes and in the afternoon, conferences with the topics : timber and energy, timber and the environment, timber in the living space.
  • Friday 3rd June: Technical day, special timber construction, Workshops for specifiers, engineers and constructors.

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