The Furniture Makers’ Company – Confederation Lunch
Palace of Westminster, 26th March 2014: The Furniture Makers’ company hosts a Confederation Lunch for corporate members at parliament, meeting MPs and trade bodies to talk about the UK furnishing industry.
The British furnishing industry’s charity and patron, The Furniture Makers’ Company, hosted its fourth annual Confederation Lunch at the House of Commons’ Churchill room on the 26th March 2014. The parliamentary host and key note speaker was Stephen McPartland, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Group (APPFG).
The event was attended by some of the furnishing industry’s most senior figures as well as MPs and CSD President, David Callcott FCSD. These industry leaders were brought together to discuss the issues affecting the industry today, allowing corporate members to directly address the heads of the trade bodies that make up the British Furniture Confederation as well as MPs of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Group.
“This event is an important opportunity for Parliament to hear what our corporate members need to keep growing successful businesses, vital for the UK’s economic recovery.”
Jonathan Hindle FCSD.
Jonathan Hindle, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company and Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, commented on the successes of the company in “recognising and inspiring excellence” and in attracting fresh talent into manufacturing by “educating young talent to become the workforce for the future.”
Jonny Westbrooke, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Furniture Makers, highlighted some of the key initiatives that have taken place during the year following the merger with the Furniture Industry Trust, including the growth of the Company’s corporate membership base, the Company’s charitable activities, and the plans to expand the Company’s involvement with young people and graduates coming into the industry.
The Furniture Makers is the British Furnishing Industry’s charity and patron. It is the only charity specifically dedicated to helping those who have worked in the UK furnishing industry. Each year it helps hundreds of people from the industry with a range of charitable activities and grants.