SPA Activities and Membership

14th September 2021

When COVID-19 was pronounced a pandemic in March 2020, the SPA Committee committed to provide our members with regular information and advice for all aspects that were affecting business in our industry.  We posted our first news item regarding the pandemic on 19th March 2020 and were soon publishing a daily news feature with advice from BEIS, Confederation of Paper Industries, HSE and other sources.

 

In April we began hosting weekly member Zoom meetings to share "best practice” with members and discuss useful initiatives that have helped their businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.  These meetings continue now on a fortnightly basis and serve as an interim event between Conferences for members to discuss Brexit, COVID-19 guidance, Legal issues, HR matters and corrugated industry issues.

 

Our first virtual Conference took place in October 2020 - maybe not the usual networking and hand-pressing event we are used to - but an informative event with key industry speakers and exclusive member offers ensured a full house of members and "Try Before You Buy" businesses.

Throughout the pandemic, the SPA Committee has been reaching out to non-members of the SPA - particularly Corrugated Converting Sheet Plants - encouraging these organisations to join the Trade Association and benefit from the support and resources that we can provide for them.  With our 102nd face-to-face Conference rapidly approaching, we are delighted to say that several new organisations have joined our membership since the start of the pandemic and we are looking forward to welcoming many of these organisations to their first face-to-face SPA event on 20th September.  As a member of UK Sheet Plant Association, you can contact any other member - their contact details are available to you on the Members tab of the website where you will find phone and email details:

                

The SPA Committee is always happy to discuss topics to cover, potential threats and opportunities facing the Industry and any ideas you may have as to how the SPA can better serve its members.