MUTA announces appointment of new Executive members
MUTA,the trade association for the UK temporary structures and technicaltextiles industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new membersto the Executive Committee. Keith Bishop of GL events Owen Brown and LucyHenman of Henman Marquees were both elected at the MUTA AGM held at the end ofJune. Keith and Lucy replace Cameron Stewart of Field & Lawn and Ian Dawsonof Kayospruce, who both stepped down.
Commentingon the appointments, Tony Marsh, President of MUTA, said, “I am delighted towelcome Keith and Lucy to the MUTA Executive Committee. They bring with them agreat deal of experience and insight about the industry which will beinvaluable as MUTA moves forward and continues to promote the highest standardsand regulations across the industry. Keith and Lucy’s appointments allow us tokeep the balance of large and small hirer representation on the Exec, somethingwe see as crucial in ensuring we offer the best possible service to all MUTAmembers.
"I would also like to thank Cameron and Ian for their considerabletime and effort, given tirelessly and without cost to MUTA and our industryover many years. Administering the trade association without theirconsidered opinions would have been a harder task for all involved."
Trade Association Spotlight: MUTA
Name & Role: Tony Marsh, President
Association Name: Made-Up textiles Association (MUTA)
No. of Years Active: 94
No. of Members: 190
What is the primary purpose of the association?
We represent a broad range of companies connected to the industrial textiles industry, which include manufacturers and hirers of marquees and other temporary structures. Our core purpose is to support those companies that work to industry best practice and promote our standards throughout the event industry.
Why was it created?
Since our beginnings as a membership body for makers of “made-up” textile products, the industry has seen many changes. Since the 1970s, health and safety has grown in importance and in 1995 the Home Office assumed responsibility for flame retardancy standards in tents. Out of that we developed the Code of Practice, MUTAmarq accreditation scheme and onsite independent inspection scheme which has been in place now for ten years.
What impact has the association had on the events industry?
The reputation of the event industry has always suffered as a result of cowboys operating on the fringes, and MUTA is working hard to ensure that there are safety standards that companies work to, and gain evidence for doing so that they can share with customers to give them peace of mind. We have also been at the forefront of providing safety training and NVQ qualifications for marquee professionals. We are pleased to see that our efforts are being recognised as part of the Purple Guide development and the HSE’s industry-wide talks.
What were the association’s major talking points in the last 12 months?
A year ago many of our members were involved in providing structures for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we trained scores of crewmembers after the StructureSafe course was recognised by LOCOG. The Games were a catalyst for awareness of safety standards in temporary structures and we have seen a surge of interest in the association since.
What plans does the association have for the next 12 months?
Once our programme of member inspections winds down at the end of the summer, we are looking forward to seeing friends, members and members-to-be at the Showman’s Show. We will also be training more crews around the country, talking to regulators around the country to help improve understanding of good practice in our industry, and working to ensure that any new regulations do not disadvantage our members.
If the association could bring about one major change in the industry, what would it be?
We would like to see a level playing field where event organisers using marquees can rely on their contractor doing the right thing and not cutting corners. Until that time comes the MUTAmarq accreditation is the only reliable way to deliver safe structures.