BFC takes its case to the heart of Government
As the voice of the British furniture and bed industry, the BFC will showcase the excellence and variety of furniture manufactured in the UK in the heart of Westminster from Monday July 9.
The aim is highlight the fact that the industry contributes £7 billion to the economy and supports in excess of 100,000 jobs across more than 6,000 companies.
Said BFC chairman Paul von der Heyde: “The BFC has been working with government and parliamentarians to improve recognition of the industry. This exhibition demonstrates the size and contribution made by the industry to the economy and showcases key manufacturers in the UK.”
The high profile exhibition is being held at the Upper Waiting Hall, House of Commons (July 9 to Thursday July 12 between 10am and 6pm) and will be seen by MPs, peers and civil servants.
The exhibition is sponsored by Stephen McPartland, MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group and is being supported by a launch event at the House of Commons at 4pm on July 9.
A PR campaign, focusing on attitudes towards ‘Buying British’, will underpin the BFC’s latest initiative with results of a major consumer survey due to be released to online and offline national print and broadcast media to coincide with the start of the exhibition.
Said Paul von der Heyde: “It’s clear from this research that British made furniture still has a lot of support across the UK. While the sector has undoubtedly experienced weaker demand across world economies, there is a loyalty towards British made product that has enjoyed a fillip as a result of royal celebrations, the Euros and forthcoming Olympics.
“UK furniture manufacturing remains a substantial industry and while there is widespread recognition of that fact among the public, our focus during the exhibition will be to reinforce to government and parliamentarians the sector’s significance.”
The BFM exhibitors are also members of the Great British Furniture national advertising and promotional campaign:
Corndell Furniture - Brian Ahern - also Chairman of the BFM Board of Directors.
Vale / Bridgecraft - Stuart Chadwick whose idea it was to launch the Great British Furniture Campaign.
British Furniture Confederation represents the following organisations:
BFM Association of British Furniture Manufacturers
BCFA British Contract Furnishing Association
FIRA Furniture Industry Research Association
NBF National Bed Federation
LOFA Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association
AMUSF Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers
ACID Anti Copying in Design
BPF British Plastics Federation – Flexible Foam Group
IDA Interior Design Association
Proskills The Standards Setting Body for furniture
WCFM Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
The BFC was set up by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (WCFM) to bring together furniture industry trade associations and membership bodies with the principle aim of engaging with government at all levels regarding matters of concern within the furniture, bed and furnishing industry. Its members include: the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA), the Association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the National Bed Federation (NBF), the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) , the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF), the Interior Designers Association (IDA), the flexible foam group of the British Plastics Federation (BPF), the industry training agency, Proskills and Anti-Copying In Design (ACID). The BFC employs the services of political consultants Brevia Consulting to advise it on government relations and to provide the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, chaired by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland.