AGM For BETA
year's BETA AGM was well attended with more than 40 members travelling
to Saddler's Hall in London.
president Sir Adam Butler welcomed everyone before Chairman Rob
Welch updated members of the activities of the last 12 months.
Mr Welch: "It is pleasing to report that the membership of
the association continues to grow thanks to the unstinting efforts
of our Field Officers.
the second year running over 100 new companies were offered membership
of the association with particular growth in retail and trade, bringing
the total membership to date of nearly 700 for the first time in
is undoubtedly becoming truly representative of the total spectrum
of equestrian businesses. BETA is considered to be the business
association for the equestrian sector and the increased interest
in membership from a wider range of businesses involved in the industry
is reflective of this.
well as being a focus for new companies entering the industry, other
areas showing growth are the equine tourism sector and services
sector, including education."
Welch praised the hard work carried out last year by Field Officer's
Norma Smithson and Tricia Nassau-Williams.
activities of a Field Officer are invaluable in providing updates
to the Secretariat on the retail environment and particularly following
the impact if Foot and Mouth Disease."
member promotions, Mr Welch reported that BETA had worked hard to
raise the profile with attendance at a number of major consumer
shows at both home and abroad.
regard to training he said there was a huge improvement in the professionalism
of the industry and a host of new courses had been very well received.
the spectrum of courses, more than 200 people have taken advantage
of these training opportunities," he reported.
discussing member services Mr Welch said there had been a number
of new initiatives including a deal with the HSBC on card transactions,
a discounted website service and currently under negotiation was
a business helpline.
export development, he said that BETA had secured more than £230,000
from Trade Partners UK under the SESA scheme to assist with companies
attending overseas shows.
Welch confirmed that lobbying remained a major part of BETA'S activity
and work over the year had included taking up the challenge to fight
VAT on riding hats and maintaining a careful watch over increasing
feed legislation coming from Brussels.