Why BMPA is changing and what this means for the meat industry
On the 6th December BMPA announced to its members the latest phase in an ongoing restructure of the organisation.
The objective of this restructure has been to identify where improvements to our systems, processes and services could be made to offer better support and value for money to members. To achieve this, the BMPA Council judged that this would require introducing new skills and experience beyond that of the current team and this has resulted in some staff leaving the organisation by mutual agreement.
As part of this on-going process to create a new BMPA to guide the British meat industry through the changes we can see on the horizon, some things have already been put in place, including a new public website that presents BMPA more effectively in its role as the voice of the industry and the introduction of high level political advocacy.
Our new structure will allow us to access a wider variety of experts and technical consultants and develop new products and services designed to support meat industry and other related businesses.
It will also strengthen our ability to represent our members at the highest level with Government and regulators both in the UK and in overseas markets. This aspect of our work is particularly pertinent as we leave the European Union. Because of our involvement with European and other overseas counterparts, BMPA will form a crucial conduit for information on changing legislation and standards that UK manufacturers must comply with if they are to continue to trade in these markets. This kind of market insight will become more difficult to access for individual businesses after Brexit.
To support this new structure and increased activity BMPA will be developing and launching a new technology platform that, when fully implemented, will give members easier access to a much wider array of information and services. Our expanded offering will also enable us to welcome new members on board.
Wider scope and appeal
Traditionally, BMPA has represented the largest meat businesses in the UK, with our members accounting for 70% of all the meat produced and sold here. But, we want to offer support and representation to the many other meat and related businesses that operate under the same rules and standards and are affected by the same political and regulatory changes.
We want new blood in the organisation. With new members come new perspectives, a bigger, broader voice and even greater influence. We know that the bigger the cross-section of companies participating in BMPA, the better the co-operation, market intelligence and value to businesses and the industry in general.
A message from Nick Allen, CEO of BMPA
”The BMPA’s ambition through these changes is to better serve current members’ needs by introducing extra services, technical information, and industry intelligence across the key industry segments.
“We want to encourage new members to join and expand the Association’s influence and representation of the British meat industry.
“We also want to improve BMPA’s capability to offer high-level technical advocacy with Government, regulators and other authorities on behalf of members and in the public interest.
“Ultimately we want to expand our offering to further support businesses with new and innovative products and services that will professionalise the industry and support standards.’’