21 June 2021

Relaunching the APPG for the Timber Industries

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The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) are relaunching the APPG for the Timber Industries with an Inaugural General Meeting on Monday 5 July 15:00 to 16:00. If your MP should be a part of this APPG, you should let them know by writing to them now.

 

While in the timber industry we know the benefits of building with wood and how our businesses bring economic prosperity in every region of the UK, not all politicians are aware. With the launch of the APPG we are making a channel to put timber centre stage.

 

The APPG will only succeed if we have the best politicians from it, and you will benefit if you have an MP from your constituency. This is why we are calling on all our members, whichever association they are in, to write to their local MP to invite them to join the APPG.

 

This is because as a local business, employer, and as members of MP’s communities you have a powerful voice in their constituency; and remember it is up to us as an industry to tell the story of timber to our MPs – loudly – if we are to get our voice into Parliament.

 

To help you, we have distilled the core themes of how timber can support the Government's carbon, employment, and economic targets, as well as the polices we advocate for, into a briefing called #NetZeroNow, as well as a letter template to get in touch with your MP.

 

Remember, your competitors in construction do talk to their MPs, and they tell very different stories. We face fierce competition from other parts of the sector who aggressively push against sustainable construction, and lobby politicians to push against higher standards, regulating embodied carbon, or other policies which would aid your business.

 

Please do this right now. As soon as you get to the end of this article, send them a letter. And let us know you do by sending a digital copy to lmacandrew@ttf.co.uk.

 

Do use the resources we have provided, including the letter template – but do personalise your letter to reflect the role of your business in the constituency, in supporting good jobs, and the importance of them joining the APPG to your business, and to you personally.

 

You can use your postcode, a place name or your location to search UK Parliament’s Find your MP service and find out the name of your MP and how to contact them. We look forward to hearing from you as we work together to advance timber construction.

 

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