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BWF and TTF suspend merger talks

Merger talks between the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have been suspended.
The BWF said proposals put forward could not meet the agenda of the two organisations in a realistic timeframe.

David Pattenden, the Federation’s president, issued a statement to its 700 member firms explaining the BWF still believed in the principles behind the proposal to create a strong industry body to lobby on timber issues.

However, plans to launch the new industry umbrella body the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) on June 10 will still go ahead, according to TTF president Stephen King.

Iain McIlwee, chief executive of the BWF, said: “Obviously, we are disappointed. The prize of a joined up voice for timber is great. But it cannot be at any cost. Serving the day-to-day needs of the members is our first and unwavering responsibility.

“A modern trade body must harness the industry’s expertise and energy, and this is where any activity must start, a bottom-up approach that is member-led.

“The steering committee appointed by the BWF were resolute in protecting the interests of members and will continue to look at opportunities, such as through our support for Wood for Good and the great work they are doing on all of our behalf, to develop a stronger macro voice on timber issues.”

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Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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