The TTF provides ample opportunities to meet other traders (importers, merchants, shippers, agents, etc) in a variety of forums. Regular meetings are held at the TTF offices where the trade meets NGOs and governmental officials to discuss topical issues. It also hosts a variety of social events, from informal gatherings to formal dinners. The TTF Area Associations also meet regularly to discuss local issues as well as holding local social events.
There are a number of Dinners held throughout the year, two organised by the TTF in London in March and November where some 350 members and their guests attend both events.
A number of the Area Associations also hold social events around the country.
The TTF hold a number of Committee meetings throughout the year specifically held to discuss commodity issues.
The TTF runs workshops throughout the year on a number of topics. Notice of these workshops are posted on the website and featured in the E-News. If there are any other services you feel would benefit your business but are not listed here, then do please get in touch with Jean Rennie. Further services are being investigated and will be launched through our website at www.ttf.co.uk over the coming months.
Within the TTF, there are several strong Area Associations. These Associations represent the trade in a given region. They also act as a channel of communication between the Federation and its Members. Each Area meeting is regularly attended by a member of the TTF staff, listening to local views and updating the Area on current TTF projects. The TTF also provides speakers on general issues, as well as an update on the services it provides. The Areas host their own social activities, which enable Members to entertain their customers locally.
A major benefit of Membership is the Federation’s role as the corporate voice of the timber industry, through which it promotes the industry to a wide variety of external audiences. The TTF maintains regular contact with Ministers, MPs (including within the EU), peers, civil servants and local authorities. The Federation also has close contact with a variety of trade publications, which it supplies with editorial, as well as environmental correspondents from television, radio and the broadsheet press.