BWF Members’ Day 2018: Discover why and how to ‘build it better with wood’

Joinery businesses across the UK are urged to put Wednesday, June 13 in their calendar as the sector meets for the British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) Members’ Day 2018 to address its latest challenges and get practical advice on issues relevant to all shapes and sizes of woodworking business.

The theme of this year’s BWF Members’ Day will be ‘Build it Better with Wood’. The event will take place at Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel near Daventry and will include workshops on getting joinery products specified in the digital world, negotiating the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and managing a healthy and safe workplace.

The event will offer the perfect opportunity to address new challenges such how the Building Regulations are being reshaped post-Grenfell and new training grant reforms which will change the way woodworking businesses upskill their businesses. There is said to be a chance for SME joinery businesses to absorb the lessons of the Carillion collapse with a seminar on cash flow and managing credit exposure.

Iain McIlwee, BWF chief executive, said: “This year’s Members’ Day conference is an embodiment of our ‘Build it Better with Wood’ strategy which sets out to promote the joinery sector and grow the use of wood, but also sets a challenge to drive us all to be even better at what we do.

“The four ‘mores’ that are driving this strategy are more sustainable, productive, healthy and safe. At Members’ Day, we’ll be able to offer practical advice to support woodworking companies in achieving these and driving improvement in their businesses.”

Prior to Members’ Day, the BWF AGM will take place on June 12, to be followed by a drinks reception and informal networking dinner.

Sean Parnaby, BWF president and managing director of West Port Timber Windows and Doors said: “The event and the informal dinner the evening before is a great opportunity to network with our peers and compare battle scars ¬– there is more that unites us as an industry than divides us and Members’ Day embodies this.”

BWF Members’ day is said to be a long-established and integral part of the UK joinery sector calendar. Last year’s event was reportedly a great success, with 100% of feedback from attendees rating the event as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. The event is open to anyone in the industry but, as in previous years, all BWF members are being offered one free space.