Recording from BPEx 2022

Catch up with some of the main sessions from TAF’s Best Practice Exchange Conference on Thursday 23rd June 2022:

Welcome from TAF Chair & Ministerial Keynote

The opening sessions from TAF’s Best Practice Exchange conference, featuring a welcome from TAF Chair, Gaynor Pates, and a keynote speech and Q&A from Paul Scully MP, the Minister for Small Business from BEIS.

The UK economy in 2022: challenges and opportunities for business

Martin McTague, National Chair of the FSB and Henry Aldridge, Head of Trade Associations at the CBI, discuss the economy, what it means for business and the role trade associations can play, all chaired by TAF CEO Emily Wallace.

How can Trade Associations Better Support SMEs to Grow?

Small businesses make up three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector, and ensuring they are well represented and supported to grow is key to delivering UK economic growth. Hear from Carlo Gibbs, Head of SME Insights and Engagement at BEIS, Paloma Sackman, Head of Leadership & Management Programmes at Be the Business and Chris Noice, the Director of Communications at the Association of Convenience Stores to discuss the issues.

Keynote speech from Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Business Minister from the Labour Party

Seema Malhotra MP, the Shadow Business Minister from the Labour Party, addresses the TAF Best Practice Exchange Conference on the 23rd June 2022, with an introduction from Tom Bowtell, the CEO of the British Coating Federation and a TAF Board member.

Role and effectiveness of trade associations in dealing with Government

A key part of the role of a Trade Association is in representing its members to Government, policymakers and regulators. This session explores the relationship between Government and trade associations and how to build long-term impactful relationships and be the most effective representatives for your members. Speakers include: – Alex Thomas: Programme Director, Institute for Government and former Civil Servant – Nikki Da Costa: Specialist Partner at Flint Global and Former Director Of Legislative Affairs at 10 Downing Street – Alistair McCapra: Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Public Relations – Tom Bowtell: CEO, British Coatings Federation

Why focusing on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is good for business

This session will explore how Associations can drive improvements in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in their sectors. We will hear examples of how trade associations have delivered real impact and discuss the role of trade associations in promoting EDI. Speakers include: Isabella Lawson – Senior Policy Officer, RIA Jessica Levy – Director of Communications, Federation of Master Builders Mandy Rico – Head of Advisory and Inclusion, INvolve

The Brexit transition period is over and now is the time to seize the opportunities ahead.

I am delighted to have been appointed Business Secretary. The last year has been extremely challenging for millions of businesses. There is, however, cause for optimism with both the roll-out of vaccines and a trade agreement with the European Union now secured.

Although the transition period has ended, businesses still need to take steps to adapt to the new rules which have come into force. We continue to work closely with businesses, including contacting exporters, their representatives, and transporters to advise on the requirements for keeping goods on the move.

The checker tool on gov.uk/transition will give you a personalised list of actions you need to take now, or for any further queries you can contact our dedicated business support helplines. There is also specific guidance on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland.

To support you through the pandemic and into recovery, you can also find out exactly what financial support your business is eligible for on gov.uk. I am confident that the deals the UK Government has negotiated with the EU, and many other countries around the world, will provide a positive trading environment for businesses like yours to make the most of the new opportunities that this year will bring.

I wish you and your business every success for 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The UK has now agreed a deal with the EU and rules for doing business have changed. Businesses must act now to ensure they are prepared.

To support firms, the Business Department has launched a series of new, on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take. Businesses can find out more about 18 topics, including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting.

Register now to immediately access the video content.

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