11 Jun A Look Back at the Last 12 Months
As the 2014/2015 year draws to a close, it is clear that this past year has been a very significant one for the Cast Metals Federation with the retirement of both John Parker and Martin Morris after many years’ service to the Federation and the wider UK casting industry. Many Members were able to join with us at the retirement lunch, held during February, where John was presented with his retirement gifts. We were pleased that Martin and other former staff and Council Members were able to join us at what was a very relaxed and enjoyable event.
Our on going work supporting the Members has continued throughout the year including: –
· Eleven regional and sector meetings held with Members over the past twelve months, including a networking event in Scotland
· 230 reports and circulars issued to members on a wide range of topics including energy, trade matters, industry costs and environmental matters
· The Safety and Health in Foundries Initiative (SHIFT) has held three forum meeting meetings to exchange best practice and update SHIFT members on the latest H&S advice, as well as a Director Day
In addition, this year there were 87 calls from Members taking advantage of the Business Support Helpline offered by Croner Solutions on matters relating to employment law and HR advice; many Members have also benefited from the expertise of Towergate on business insurance and Howarth Lynch in obtaining support with R&D tax credits and grants for business development; all part of the CMF service.
This year the Federation has agreed two new services for Members – access to the wholesale energy markets, through our relationship with LG Energy, and the ability for Members to purchase British, European and International standards at a reduced rate, as CMF is now a distributor for British Standards Ltd.
Looking forward to the forthcoming year, we have a number of new initiatives that we are already introducing.
· We have begun to increase our promotional work for the castings industry with a presence at Subcon, UK, and GIFA, Germany
· We are beginning to develop a schools package on careers in our industry with the aim of helping to encourage and facilitate recruitment of new employees into the industry. This has been in conjunction with ICME as they work to increase the provision of training and educational opportunities for those in our industry following the awarding last year of the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot (EOP) grant
· The Industrial Strategy for the Metals Sector (ISM), which many of our Members have been actively engaged in developing, should also provide some additional impetus here too
· We have updated the CMF logo and the way that we present the organisation and the industry
· We are implementing new internal systems to enable more efficient, faster and better targeted communication for the benefit of Members
As we work together to ensure that the organisation continues to evolve with the needs of the business environment I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the Cast Metals Federation.
The Team at CMF