CFA Shows Its Real Worth To The Flooring Industry
TRADE Associations are unlike any other business I know. We share many features with purely commercial organisations, but in some fundamental ways we are very different.
We employ people and, of course, have to ensure that we generate enough income to allow us to operate and remain solvent. But our financial status is actually more akin to a charity.
We are classed as ‘not for profit’ and in return for our commitment to returning surplus to our members (by means of benefits) HMRC allows us and similar organisations certain tax concessions to encourage us in our good work. By that arrangement, it is clear that government see us as a good thing!
The other main difference with a trade association is that we are essentially run by our members. Administration is of course the responsibility of my team, but governance and strategy come from members.
To achieve this the CFA and most trade associations operate using a council of members to ensure that the comment (voice), services, benefits and support that is offered are truly representative of issues that affect the whole.
Until I became directly involved with trade associations I didn’t realise exactly how powerful this is, but all you have to do is listen to the radio or watch TV to hear how many trade associations are interviewed and quoted when the media need comment on a large issue that affects a specific sector.
In view of all of the above, I was extremely encouraged with the way in which we presented ourselves at the recent CFA AGM held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
The members who gathered heard the CFA treasurer, John Butler, report a modest profit against a background of a recent return to strong membership growth but still with some fairly significant investment in benefits and infrastructure. Not least of which is of course our recent appointment of Tracy Gregory as our new training manager.
Members present elected a new council member, Martin Cummins of Bostik to our ranks (welcome Martin!) and re-elected four other members, Bill Saunders of Floorcraft (Reading), Brian Packer of 3D Flooring, Hamish MacGregor of MacGregor Flooring and James Martin of Interface.
I think I speak on behalf of all CFA members when I thank all of our Council members for the time and effort that they so freely give and would encourage all members to participate wherever possible in the activity of the CFA. Be that in attending meetings and committees or simply feedback through the CFA offices on issues that need to be considered.
We recently sent out a members return and filling that out is a great way to participate in the work of the association as the information collated helps us to credibly talk about the benefits of using CFA members.
The AGM also saw the last official engagement of Alan Gayle from AG Flooring who handed over the reins of President to Tony Mathe of Hillside Contracts.
A massive thank you has to go to Alan for his active participation over the last two years as well as the warmest of welcomes to Tony Mathe as our new president and Paul Clifford of T&R Flooring Covering Distributors our new vice president.
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This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.