The FSPA has teamed up with national law firm Shoosmiths to provide crucial guidance throughout the UK’s Brexit negotiations. The voice of the UK sports and play industries, the FSPA will liaise with the UK government helping to ensure the best outcomes for its 500 member businesses.
Jane Montgomery, Managing Director of the FSPA, comments: “The sports and play trade shares many of the same worries as every other sector – like the possible introduction of new tariffs. However, our members also have some very specific concerns around the alignment of UK standards and regulations with the EU. Our task over the coming months is to ensure that these concerns are recognised and we’ll be working closely with members on this.”
The role will be led by Shoosmiths’ Richard Millington, who has extensive knowledge of international trade law and the sports world. Previously on the Legal Committee for the World Federation for the Sporting Goods Industry, he has held senior legal roles with Nike, Umbro and Iconix Brand Group.
Richard comments: “Brexit will see the biggest change in recent memory in the legislative make-up of the UK. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to use my industry expertise to assist the sports and play industry in the UK.”
“We’re delighted to be working alongside Richard and to be able to tap into his expertise in what will undoubtedly be a lengthy and complex process,” adds Jane. “Richard will be an advisor in key government meetings as we work to secure our members’ best interests.”
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It’s great to be part of an organisation that campaigns for investment in children’s play facilities and which raises the standards of the entire industry.
Having the support of the FSPA behind us is tremendously beneficial and greatly enhances the offering to our membership.
I have been a member of SPE for many years now and every member shows a 100% commitment to promote participation in sport and play in the UK.
It’s sometimes difficult to get heard when you stand on your own. But when you're part of a respected body like the FSPA, people listen and things start to happen.
The opportunity to meet with like-minded people across our sector to discuss some of the challenges is always invaluable.
Working together as a group of companies creates a stronger voice for the play industry, which benefits both suppliers and customers.