The FSPA has been approached by the UK government to gather feedback from their members on the recent paper on Future Customs Arrangements.
Managing Director Jane Montgomery says: “As part of the Government’s commitment to discuss the impact of Brexit on business, they have asked me to consult with FSPA members so that they can address the concerns of the sports and play industries as they prepare for negotiations with our European partners.
“The information gathered from the FSPA and other organisations will be used to inform the Government’s policy discussions with Ministers and other senior officials.”
The HMG paper – The Future Customs Arrangements: a future partnership paper – sets out two broad options for customs between the UK and the EU. The first, a highly streamlined customs arrangement, would aim to continue some of the existing arrangements but put in place new facilitations to reduce barriers to trade and adopt new technology to comply with customs procedures.
The second option, a new customs partnership with the EU, aligns our approach so the need for a UK-EU customs border is removed. One way of doing this would be to mirror the EU’s requirements for imports from the rest of the world.
“As well as gathering our members’ thoughts on these two options, HMG hopes to explore opinions on the management of the interim period before any new arrangements take place,” adds Jane. “They welcome input from the sports and play industries on how much time may be needed to implement either approach and what support and assurances are needed from Government.
“HMG would like the sports and play industries’ immediate thoughts and questions on these proposals by this Friday 1 September. If any FSPA member wants to contribute to the consultation, please do get in touch with me as soon as possible.”
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.