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Campaigning

British Furniture Confederation

The BCFA is a lead partner in the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) (www.britishfurnitureconfederation.org.uk), which acts a single voice for the UK furniture, furnishing and bed industries and has a mission to ensure that it has a strong and sustainable dialogue with Government in order to understand and influence changes in the market. Its executive comprises the heads of the industry's leading associations (BCFA, BFM, FIRA, FMC, LOFA and NBF).

The BFC provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group which provides a forum for Parliamentarians to discuss the issues affecting the sector, including education and training, export support, and fire safety regulations. The Group is chaired by Stephen McPartland MP, the Member for Stevenage, and draws Members from across the political spectrum and both chambers.

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Sponsors Alliance 

Sponsors Alliance logo up-low blue hiresCurrently there are around 45 members of the Sponsors Alliance.  All members are Accredited Trade Organisations (ATO's), who are not-for-profit, national, independent, cross-sectorial and membership based.

Sponsors Alliance members organise and account for approximately two thirds of the Department of International Trade Tradeshow Access Programme of funding for events, missions and conferences.

The Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce within the Sponsors Alliance represent thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of employees. As industry representative bodies, we believe we are best placed to promote our industry sectors and to manage business schemes. We firmly believe that trade development must be managed nationally and with sector expertise.

With a new election on the horizon the Sponsors Alliance will be asking all the main parties to comment on what they would do to help UK exporters. Our strategy calls for a properly funded, consistent and stable support scheme to help UK exporters gain similar funding to that given by our overseas counterparts. 

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