In parallel meetings of both FLTA and BITA Boards this morning (26th September) it was agreed that our two associations should explore plans for a potential merger.

Although we are still at the discussion stage, both Boards are keen to ensure complete transparency which is why we are advising you of this initiative at the earliest opportunity.

No timelines have been agreed but we will ensure that all our members are kept fully informed of developments.

It feels like a logical move.  There is a great deal of synergy between the two trade bodies and we have a proven track record of working successfully together – in the formation and running of both CFTS and F-TEC, for example.

We believe that merging would allow us to play to our combined strengths whilst eliminating any areas of duplication. It should also offer enhanced member benefits including greater networking opportunities and sharing of information between the different membership groups.

Joining forces will also give even greater impetus to existing FLTA events such as the Annual Awards for Excellence, the Forklift Safety Convention, Safety Month and Golf Day.

At the same time, it will provide FLTA members with greater access to BITA events such as the Thought Leadership conference and its wealth of market statistics.

Importantly, a single, consolidated body that harnesses the expertise that exists within both organisations would have the authority to speak with a single, strong voice when working with legislative bodies to shape policy; raise industry standards and deliver unmatched guidance on safety, employment legislation and a wide spectrum of technical issues.