BCA intends to maintain its focus on election pledges and ensure their successful implementation. Members are the backbone of our organisation and we will continue to explore avenues to aid the thriving businesses our ancestors built. Plans for 2013, including some of the election pledges, are as follows:
- Strengthen the relationships with key suppliers and work together to develop a cast saving structure to benefit members.
- Promoting our flavoursome authentic food in various UK food festivals to generate interests and appeal from a wider audience.
- Develop a collective leadership culture within the BCA by empowering regional leaders and increasing local partnership.
- Engage with external consultants to find industry-focused solutions.
- Focus our efforts on tackling the two key issues facing our industry: the need to recruit staff from outside the EU and the need for a lower rate VAT rate.
- Raise awareness amongst government and policymakers of the curry industry’s contribution to the UK economy.
- Provide training to support members in their professional development (i.e. Health & Safety, Cooking, Healthy Food, new Recipes). Hold networking events organised by BCA in order to share member’s success and challenges that they face in everyday life.
- Improve and co-ordinate marketing and promotional activities- including developing Strategies to brand British Curry, creating a brand image for London School of Curry, and campaigns to increase BCA member access industry and business related information-schedule to be launched at the end of February 2013.
- It is also our intention to form twenty regions nationwide
We are also delighted to inform our members that out of the twelve election pledges, we have already fulfilled some of them. i.e. engaging dialogue with government department for staff shortage, Border Agency raids and information of regions.
The consultation for reducing VAT will launch at the beginning of 2013 at the House of Lords with the Peers, Mp’s, MEP’s and the relevant European Experts.