BFM continues to support its members through participation in the British Furniture Confederation and the APPFIG. Prior to the Christmas break....
All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group Meetings
BFM continues to support its members through participation in the British Furniture Confederation and the APPFIG.
Prior to the Christmas break, on 9 December 2020, the APPFIG hosted a meeting to discuss the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the furniture industry and a range of emerging problems the sector was facing including steel and foam shortages, and issues at ports.
Following the meeting, the MPs present took away a range of actions to follow up with Ministers by writing and asking questions. Additionally, the Group discussed the BFC’s request to extend the Stamp Duty Holiday.
On 2 March 2021, the APPFIG held its AGM, which was well attended by Members from across the House. At the meeting, the Group was reformed for another year with Mike Wood MP re-elected as Chair and Mark Eastwood MP, Rosie Cooper MP and Baroness Warsi were also re-elected as Vice-Chairs. In addition to these officers, the Group was pleased to elect two further Vice-Chairs: Paul Howell MP, Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, and Greg Smith MP, Member of Parliament for Buckingham.
The Group discussed a range of issues facing the industry, including the upcoming Budget. The Group reviewed the BFC’s four requests of Government and the Parliamentarians present expressed support for the BFC’s position.
New drive for MPs to join APPFIG
Following the Furniture Makers’ webinar and the most recent APPFIG meeting, the All-Party Group and BFC have committed to driving up the level of engagement with Parliamentarians. The BFC is aware that a large number of MPs have a significant furniture industry presence in their constituencies and are yet unaware of the importance of the industry. The BFC, working with the APPFIG, is planning to encourage both Members of Parliament to join the Group and to get local businesses engaging with their local MPs.