Minister of State opens BA Conference Week 2021
November 10, 2021
An address from Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State in the Department for Transport, was among the highlights of the opening session of the Bicycle Association’s Conference Week 2021.
The cycle industry trade body’s annual conference also marked the launch of Investors in Cycling, an initiative to recognise and expand industry support for advocacy work to grow cycling, and a groundbreaking Local Economic Case advocacy toolkit, leveraging the jobs and economic contribution of the local bicycle economy to help drive local and regional cycle infrastructure investment.
Watch highlights from our 2021 kick-off session…
The full session list for the 2021 BA Conference Week is below.
Bicycle Association member companies and Investors in Cycling can access the full session recordings and slides by logging in to the BA website.
2021 BA CONFERENCE WEEK SESSIONS
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The Conference kick-off: Investing in Cycling ~ Monday, 8th November 12.00 pm
How the industry is targeting Government policy to grow the cycle market, and how your business can help. Hear our take on the latest Government thinking, our plans to influence it, where the next policy and political opportunities lie, and how your business can play a vital role. Our particular thanks to Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, for addressing the BA Conference in this session.
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Technical Service Headlines – Tuesday, 9th November 10.00 am
Upcoming regulatory changes: a non-technical summary for a general industry audience. Heads-up on potential business impacts of new rules in areas such as battery and producer obligations, post-Brexit trading arrangements, updated standards, e-scooters, e-bike rules enforcement and more.
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UK Cycle Market – performance briefing ~ Tuesday, 9th November 12.00 pm
Analysis of a remarkable year and insights into market development over the next 12 months. Find out more about the sales performance of the UK cycle market – key trends, opportunities and challenges in this must-see session for those interested in sales.
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UK cycle industry – logistics solution ~ Wednesday, 10th November 10.00 am
Introducing a new courier and logistics solution for the UK cycle industry focusing on outstanding value for money. It is getting more expensive to ship items to your customers, and this trend is set to continue as demand for deliveries grows. It can be hard to find a trustworthy service that provides great value for money – hear about a bespoke service for our sector that solves this issue.
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The curse of thieves – tackling bike theft from stores and customers ~ Wednesday, 10th November 12.00 pm
The BA, Government and Police are working in partnership with a substantial plan to reduce cycle crime. Bike theft from stores is a growing concern and up to 500k bikes are stolen each year, which can mean people cycle less or stop completely. Hear about the work we are doing to tackle these issues.
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Technical Meeting~ Thursday, 11th November 10.00 am
Detailed updates and discussion on standards, product safety and regulations, intended primarily for quality, compliance and technical colleagues. We’ll cover topics including the revision of ISO 4210 and ISO 11243, latest developments around EN 15194, and the development of e-MTB and e-cargo bike EN standards. Plus a chance to discuss technical or quality issues raised by participants.
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Influencing local cycling investment ~ Thursday, 11th November 12.00 pm
The BA is launching a Local Economic Case for cycling investment, starting in Greater London and eventually rolling out around the UK. Hear about how we are using our market data service and local partnerships to bring new insight and fresh momentum to the case for more investment in cycling in your region by focusing on what greater cycling levels will mean in terms of green jobs, economic impact and breathing life back into local high streets.
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Supply chain – a case for onshoring ~ Friday, 12th November 10.00 am
Debating the case for shortening supply chains and re-shoring. Recent disruptions, and the CO2 implications of long distance shipping, have caused many in the industry to question whether shorter supply chains would be beneficial. But can re-shoring be practical and profitable? And is there Government support? We’ll explore the issues with key players.
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Thinking outside the box ~ Friday, 12th November 12.00 pm
Find out how BA members are working to reduce packaging. From eliminating single-use plastics to designing boxes for multiple uses, reducing packaging presents a significant opportunity for positive change across the industry.