This blog post is by Dirk Vennix, CTI Chief Executive

Welcome to the first CTI blog. Written at a point in time when we are opening up a new chapter in the illustrious history of timber in this country. The Confederation was born six weeks ago and it is without question a lively baby! Already we have had a lot of engagement with the industry and our new Supporters Network now includes 38 organisations coming from all parts of the UK Timber Supply Chain. Not even in our most optimistic scenarios did we envisage such an enthusiastic response in such a short space of time.

Having said that, this is only the beginning and we have no intention to rest on our laurels. Autumn 2015 will provide further evidence of CTI’s strategy bearing fruit. The next step will be the first Supporters Network meeting on the 23rd of September which brings back together all CTI’s supporters and interested parties in London. Open invitations will be sent out shortly. The event’s objective is clear cut:  discussing the future membership structure and activities of the Confederation. We will start the process of forming CTI working groups which will scope and commission reports in three key areas: Value and Growth; Sustainability and Quality of standards; Skills and Education. Knowing we will have so much imagination, expertise and passion in the room we can’t wait to get started!

With the same enthusiasm and energy the Confederation will also start to develop new relationships with Governments and Parliaments. This is definitely the right time for a change in mind set and a co-ordinated approach by the industry will ensure a strong voice will be heard on growing the low carbon economy. No wonder our agenda for the next few months includes party conferences, representations and a parliamentary event in November. And already our initial contacts are generating positive responses.

Finally, we mustn’t forget the most important and unifying theme behind the CTI’s mission: the beauty of timber. That’s why we are proud to promote excellence across the Timber Supply Chain. On 24 September we are supporting the award for Timber Trader of the Year at the TTJ Awards in London. Less than two weeks later we will be sponsoring the Product Innovation Award at the Structural Timber Awards (Timber Expo in Birmingham). Last but not least, we will be backing excellence in architecture and product design at the Wood Awards on 10 November.

There you have it in a nutshell. As a new chapter is written in the history of timber the building blocks are taking shape in the form of a strong network, effective stakeholder engagement and high profile promotion. Do join us and help guide the lively baby into becoming a focused toddler