BIAFD’s autumn meeting sees record number of delegates 24 November 2023

The British and Irish Association of Fastener Distributors’ (BIAFD) mission is to keep members better informed and this was the case when 100 delegates gathered for the recent meeting in October, at the Delta Hotels Forest of Arden Country Club in Birmingham, UK.

Hot topics for the meeting included the transitional phase of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) commencing –
the regulation imposing a levy on carbon intensive goods imported into the EU – and how Russian sanctions continue to impact the import and export of iron and steel products across the whole of Europe. 

With that in mind, customs experts from Crowe UK delivered a comprehensive seminar on both topics – tailored especially to benefit the fastener distributor industry. Other areas covered by the meeting included a new money saving member benefit that was introduced by BIAFD’s new Secretariat and an economic update was presented by a specialist from NatWest. The day was concluded with the association’s AGM. 

Nearly 60 member companies attended the event bursting with information and networking and, needless to say, the feedback was excellent.  

Daniel Ackroyd of executive member Accu said: “The updates that BIAFD provides through their bulletins and events are invaluable in helping Accu to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of our industry, particularly in recent months, and the contacts we have made have helped to support our rapid growth as a business. My experience with BIAFD has been very positive, and the network of contacts, and industry experts, we have built since joining has been incredibly valuable to Accu.”

Sarka Thomson of BIAFD’s Secretariat commented: “It was great to see so many members attend and gain a better understanding of the challenges the industry faces. The association will continue to work hard to ensure BIAFD members are better informed, better protected and better supported.”

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