BWF Members’ Day 2018

Joinery businesses across the UK are urged to put Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in their calendar as the sector meets for the British Woodworking Federation (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 is said to offer the 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 will reportedly 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 officer, 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.”

Prior to Members’ Day, the BWF AGM will take place on Tuesday, 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 a long-established and integral part of the UK joinery sector calendar. Last year’s event was commended as a great success by those present, 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.