TTA Chairman addresses the Tile Industry
Ian Crowther, the outgoing Chairman of The Tile Association, addresses the tile industry at the 2012 TTA Awards on April 21st.
"The Tile Association is ready for the recovery.
Over the past few years, UK PLC has been well and truly in recession. In The tile industry businesses across all sectors have closed their doors and many employees have lost their jobs. However, the signs of recovery are there for all to see and at this time, it is important that your business is ready for improved trading conditions.
The Tile Association recognises the importance of a skilled workforce and I was delighted that earlier this year we were able to announce that our Members could apply for grants which would allow them to take on tiling apprentices and to qualify fixers and showroom staff to NVQ Level.
Our Technical Committee continues to work on the British Standards for tiling, tiles, adhesives and grouts on your behalf, as well as publishing technical documents to ensure our members are up to date with best practice advice.
The Tile Association continues to promote our members to customers in the contract and consumer sectors as good quality operations to do business with.
As I step down from the Chairmanship, I should like to wish my successor well and to thank my fellow board member for their support over the past two years, the TTA committees and working groups, all of whom give their time for nothing; Lesley, Phil, Les and Carole for their hard work and to every member for putting their faith in The Tile Association."
Chairman, The Tile Association