Richard Catt gives readers an inside glimpse into the CFA’s 2021AGM on 24 August, which was the second one to be held online.
ON 24 August 2021, the CFA held its second online AGM. Online meetings have now become the norm, but of course an AGM is a point at which you reflect on the previous year, and I, like everyone else, really cannot remember another year like it. Therefore, to summarise the CFA’s April 2020 to March 2021 activity succinctly was quite a challenge; if nothing else because there was so much that was just very different.
As you’re aware, construction and contract flooring for the most part was only completely shut for quite a limited period. Albeit that sweeping statement would not ring true if, for example, your focus was the hospitality or travel sector. Like many members, parts of our business shut.
FITA as a training organisation had some long periods when it was unable to operate, and the CFA learnt about new schemes including furlough and emergency grant funding; all things we shared with our members.
Indeed, we shared this valuable information and key guidance such as the Site Operating Procedures and Face Covering Guidance with members and for a limited period the wider industry. Thus, reflecting our position as the voice of the industry and as a service to all in this period of emergency.
We lost members across the year through insolvency and a few who simply decided to retire because they could no longer justify navigating the ever changing ‘new normal’. But we equally picked up some new members who saw the benefits of the support and help we offer.
This was particularly evident in the summer of 2020. In purely financial terms, the final analysis is of course the year end accounts and I’m delighted to say that, and against all odds, the CFA was able to report a small profit for the 2020-2021 year.
This was to some degree because of government support we were able to obtain that plugged holes in income and then some cost-cutting measures. We won’t of course get government support in 2022 but, as intended, it acted as a lifeline and provided us a platform to build back.
The other job of an AGM is to elect the council and I’m delighted to say we again have a full complement of council members. Hamish Macgregor of MacGregor Flooring was confirmed as the president to serve his second year of office and was joined by a new vice-president Carl Harper of Westcotes Flooring. John Butler of JB Contracts returned as the treasurer and we welcomed David Brady of RJM Flooring and Louise Walters of Designer Contracts to the to council to represent contractors, and Gary Scott of Hanson Plywood for distributor members.
Matt Brown of Uzin for manufacturers and Neal Inwood for consultants were re-elected in their respective positions. If you would like to see the full list of council members, please visit the ‘about us’ page of the CFA website. https://cfa.org.uk/The-CFA-Council-and-Flooring-Committees/
While it didn’t form part of the report for this AGM, at the earlier council meeting we confirmed renewals for this year had returned to our pre-pandemic level of 95%. As such, while we all continue to recognise we are far from out of the woods, need to continue to evolve new ways of working and support for the sector.
Our excellent performance in 2020-2021 allied to the ongoing high degree of activity reported by most members, provides a positive foundation to move forward into 2021-2022.
There’s much to still consider around areas such as skills and labour shortages, coronavirus, Brexit, technical standards, payment terms, contractual obligations, training, apprenticeships, pre-qualification, material shortages and much more.
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