Throughout the COVID-19 crisis the BWF team have provided ongoing advice and support to members, which we know from feedback has been greatly appreciated. Today (7th April 2020), we have sent a letter (by email) to notify all current BWF members that we plan to suspend membership fees for 12 weeks to provide further support.
We hope that by suspending BWF membership payments for the next 12 weeks we can offer some direct financial relief to members at a time when all businesses in the sector are facing significant challenges. To date the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the woodworking industry, with a number of BWF members temporarily suspending operations in their workshops and factories. We understand that this is due to significant supply chain disruption, the closure of some construction sites and to protect the health and well-being of employees in line with guidance from Public Health England.
The woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry is one built on passion, innovation, skill and adaptability. In these extremely challenging times, it has never been more important for us to work together for the greater good of the industry. Throughout this changeable period, the BWF will continue to provide its members with technical support and ongoing business guidance, and be the voice of the industry to champion the benefits of timber to the Government and grow the demand for wooden products in the long-term.
What happens next?
The BWF team will be contacting members on an individual basis to let them know next steps and if there is anything that they need to do. As we have over 600 members, you can appreciate that this will be a complex undertaking. However, we are confident that we will be able to get further details to members over the next 14 days, so please bear with us.
We have a dedicated COVID 19 section to provide members with the most up-to-date information on business operations and continuity plans – click here to visit the FAQs.