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70th Birthday Celebrations

The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers
Celebrating 70 years of support and fellowship.
We are pleased to be able to confirm details of the events that will be held on Friday the 29th September 2017 to mark the 70th birthday of the Association.
The venue for this celebration will be Beales Hotel, Comet Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL10 9NG. Tel. 01707 288 500 or E-mail:
In the afternoon, we will be holding our OGM and AGM to which all members are invited. The OGM, followed by the AGM, will commence at 2:00pm and we expect to conclude by 4:00pm followed by a break for refreshments.
At 4:30pm we will have a series of presentations followed by an open forum for questions etc. Guest speakers confirmed include Hannah Stanton and Jude Dennis from Second Sitters and Rebecca Day of ‘Merrick and Day’.
In the evening, there will be a celebratory Dinner at the Hotel. Reception from 7:00pm with dinner at 8:00pm giving a chance to renew old acquaintances from the Association but hopefully making many more new friends for the future.
Dinner, including wine is £55 per person.
The presentations and dinner are open to all members, associates, students and their guests. Feel free to come along to either, or both, but if you wish to attend the dinner you must book with us first before Thursday 31st August.
Accommodation is available at the hotel for the Friday night but if you wish to stay you must book direct with them stating that you are attending the AMUSF function to secure a discounted room rate of £86 per double room. All guests are responsible for settling their own accounts directly with the hotel.
We hope that you can join us for all, or part of the day’s, celebrations and learn more of what the AMUSF is doing to secure its next 70 years.
AMUSF. The Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Bucks HP14 4BF
01494 569120

FIESTA – The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance

Press release

13 June 2017

Let the FIESTA commence

Trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries have united under a single banner, the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), to combat the threat of a widening skills gap.

The new organisation aims to unite and inspire furniture and interiors businesses, helping the industry to become a sector of choice within the UK by facilitating internationally recognised skills development.

FIESTA will provide a forum that allows its stakeholders to identify, clarify, promote and engage with all issues and needs relating to education, training and skills for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the furniture and interiors industry.

The alliance will be employer-led and bring the industry together through an inclusive approach. It will aim to streamline skills provision to avoid duplication of resources and enable easy access to the highest quality education and skills training.

FIESTA will work with the British Furniture Confederation to communicate education and training needs to the government.

The trade associations represented at the first meeting, held at Furniture Makers’ Hall on Monday 22 May, were: The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers, The British Contract Furnishing Association, The British Furniture Manufacturers Association, The Furniture Makers’ Company, The Kitchen, Bedrooms, Bathrooms National Training Group, The Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Specialists Association, The Kitchen Education Trust and The National Bed Federation.

The need for a dedicated industry forum to identify and discuss education and training requirements was proposed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Bridging the Gap Apprenticeship Levy conference and welcomed by professionals from across the UK furniture and interiors industry.

Gary Baker, managing director of CDUK, the distributor of Corian® in the UK and Ireland, has been appointed as chairman of the new alliance.