The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) has held its first-ever virtual technical committee meeting, hinting it may extend these to maintain operations through lockdown and beyond.
CEO Steve Schofield 9pictured) said the organisation’s technical and marketing meetings would continue to be held virtually until current restrictions allow otherwise
“At that point we will ballot members to see what approach they would like us to adopt for future meetings – virtual, live or a mix of the two."
A total of 25 members participated in the technical meeting using Microsoft TEAMS, led by committee chairman John Hollins of SPP Pumps (and supported by Schofield and BPMA technical services officer Gary Wilde.
Added Schofield: “Connection issues that some attendees suffered illustrate there is still some way to go before virtual meetings can rival an actual live meeting for intimacy and immediate feedback – something that is crucial to the topic areas being addressed by this type of discussion.”
He continued: “Current social distancing measures, brought about by COVID-19, coupled with the growing acceptance that we can all play our part in helping to protect the environment through reduced travel [mean] virtual meetings have an increasingly valid position in the business arena.”
Virtual meetings have an increasingly valid position in the business arena
Steve Schofield, CEO, BPMA
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Partnership entitles all BPMA member companies to Affiliate Membership of Make UK with a range of benefits, including preferential rates on its Brexit Toolkit and Pay Benchmarking reports, plus discounted products and service.