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BFPA update (Aug 2013)

19 August, 2013

Graham Miller celebrates 25 years

Graham Miller started with Fawcett Christie on 6 June 1988 as an assistant technical manager. He progressed to technical manager, commercial manager and then managing director. Apparently he didn't like it when he first started but we must have done something right .
I think it's fair to say that his technical expertise is well-known within the industry. At one point, many years ago, someone actually told me he was the world's leading authority on accumulators, which knowing Graham he probably was. He certainly knows his stuff. Although the market has favoured us from time to time I think it's fair to say that Graham has been instrumental in the growth of our company over the years and is certainly well respected by both customers and employees.
On a personal note he plays snooker competes in off road trial biking and enjoys shooting. He swims most mornings before coming into work.
Claire Conway - PA to managing director - Parker Olaer, Sandycroft.

BFPA & HSE seminar on Hydraulic Safety Best Practice
On the afternoon of 18September 2013 at the Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel, the BFPA in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will be running the popular seminar covering the subject of Hydraulic Safety Best Practice.
This seminar is designed for attendees to both listen to the HSE and also ask questions relating to their own experiences and situations in a non-commercial situation. The speaker Paul Grady from the HSE has worked with the BFPA on this subject for some years now and the relationship between HSE and the BFPA has developed into one of support and cooperation.
The seminar will begin at 16.30 for registration and will cost £45 for members of the BFPA plus guests and £65 for non-members. For further information or to reserve a place please contact Janet Dixon on 01608 647900 or book on-line at www.bfpa.co.uk.

Welcome new member
The BFPDA is delighted to welcome the following new member:

Kramp UK
Stratton Business Park
London Road
SG18 8QB

For further information contact:
Tony Couch – product manager.
Tel: 01767 602600.
Fax: 01767 602620.
Foreign Exchange need not be complicated
The UK is not yet part of the Eurozone and may not be for many years but it is also not part of any of the world currencies, thus trading in foreign money will be a feature of business life for many years to come.
While not a problem for the large multinational firms with their treasury departments, it can be a significant headache for the smaller concern which tends not to have these resources and are invariably inclined to use their normal bank. The general high street bank will naturally do a deal on currency transactions but at a price, and with margins being so tight the cost of the currency deal can eat into already fragile margins. While no financial transaction can be cost free there are some well-established processes for minimising the expense, and while the BFPA is not in a position to give financial advice we can draw on the experience and examples of member companies who have found and used another way.
BFPDA member company SE Hydraulics is a systems integrator based in Redhill, Surrey and has need from time to time to source components from America, China, Europe or wherever the need arises. To facilitate this they have a working arrangement with a company FTT Global Ltd., which they are able to operate online making transfer and payments a far less time consuming affair. Although such an arrangement has the obvious advantage of highly competitive exchange rates and savings of not inconsiderable sums in fees and basic costs, it is the simplicity and the ability to self-manage which adds as much to the benefits.
Should you wish to learn more about the options available from currency trading companies such as FTT please contact the BFPA office.


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