As members will be aware, for some time now BFFF have been an active member of the editorial committee for the EU Exit Food Hub .
This site aims to provide a central source of information for agri-food businesses on the UK’s new relationship with the EU under the terms of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement which entered into effect as of 1 January 2021.
The site is run by several food industry partner organisations, including the BFFF, on a voluntary and collaborative basis. The material it contains, including lists of Frequently Asked Questions, draws on official UK and EU guidance and will continue to be updated as necessary in the light of developments.
On 2nd September, the group held a virtual meeting with representatives from Defra to discuss how we can work together to achieve the most effective communication in the coming months.
Unfortunately, we are disappointed to report that despite telling Defra of our long-standing existence, only now, do the Defra comms team seem to know it exists!
Despite this frustration, the meeting did present the ideal opportunity to raise several concerns with Defra, ranging from the fact that we still haven’t received any information on the promised EU facing webinars, to the difficulties of navigating and finding accurate and up-to-date information on Gov.uk.
As a result, it was agreed with Defra that further engagement of this nature would be extremely useful. So….watch this space – we will keep you updated!