Welcome continued

I will strive in my year as president to win hearts and minds and raise the bar in our pursuit of membership growth and what “best looks like” for our institute.

We will work closely with institutional stakeholders.

We have agreed a new partnership with the BMF going forward.

The BMF delivering training, the Institute accrediting training from the BMF and others towards attaining the designated letters for professional development.

Also in 2015 we will jointly deliver with the BMF the industry skills challenge at various locations throughout the UK welcoming teams from both independent and national merchants.

The board of governors is being strengthened with additional governor appointments, linking all key industry stakeholders to the newly aligned objectives of the institute.

Actions speak louder than words.

So, I will look forward to reporting to you next year on our successes and membership enlargement achievements.

Allan Durning