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By Furniture News Nov 20, 2013

Furniture industry leaders to debate export aid with government officials

Up to 40 senior directors from across the spectrum of British furniture manufacturing are gathering at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 25th November for a discussion with government representatives about exporting.

The event has been organised by the British Furniture Confederation – the consortium of furniture industry trade associations set up to coordinate the industry’s political lobbying – to provide an opportunity for those involved, or wishing to get involved, in exporting to air their views and share their experiences.

“This is a unique opportunity for our industry to meet with politicians and civil servants to discuss the opportunities and difficulties we face developing UK furniture, furnishing and bedding exports and the strengths and weaknesses of current government support,” says BFC chairman Paul von der Heyde.

The event is being hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, chaired by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, which will also hold its AGM on the same day. The APPFIG has had another successful year championing the industry in government circles, raising issues such as wood biomass, flammability regulations and wood waste burning boiler emission levels as well as exporting.

“The All Party Group, chaired by Stephen McPartland MP, has been extremely helpful over the past year in raising policy issues of relevance to the furniture industry with ministers and senior civil servants.  It has also asked plenty of challenging and pertinent questions,” says Paul von der Heyde. “Thanks to its efforts, we feel that issues impacting on the furniture industry are better understood by policy makers.”

There are still a few places available – for those who wish to attend the Export Event at the Houses of Parliament at 5pm on Monday 25th November, please contact BFC secretary Dr Pete Beele by emailing [email protected].

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