BRITISH ROMANIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (BRCC)
We are members of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, a not for profit organisation, established in 1998 with a reputation that speaks for itself. It is a British registered company limited by guarantee with a permanent presence in both London and Bucharest, entirely membership owned and membership driven, with the mission to use their good offices and activities to increase British-Romanian business and investments. Since their inception, the Chamber has built up a high quality brand reputation and is now considered to be one of the top professional business organisations of its kind in the marketplace, which is seen to be both an effective voice for their members and the British-Romanian community as a whole
SLOW FOOD TARNAVA MARE(SFTM)
We are founding members of the first Slow Food convivium in Romania established in July 2005. Monthly courtyard dining events are held to showcase seasonal produce as cooked for the family. These are also networking events bringing together local members with guests from around Romania and international visitors. For further information see our page on Facebook.
FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES (FSB)
We have joined the Federation of Small Businesses, the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political
PASTURE-FED LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION (PFLA)
The Food Development Company has joined the Pasture Fed Livestock Association (PFLA). Grassland forms such an important part of the British countryside and the pioneering work by PFLA in the UK is hugely relevant to the future survival of the wild flower rich meadows of the Tarnava Mare area of Transylvania. It is an iconic symbol of rural landscapes and we naturally think of it as being the principal food for cows, sheep and all other animals that graze our fields. PFLA was formed in order to champion the virtues of pasture and to provide a distinct identity for livestock systems that are based purely and simply upon pasture. Why “Pasture” rather than just “grassland”? Well that is because the diversity of plant species such as herbs and clovers that are found in well-established fields play a subtle but essential role in the nutrition of livestock and also in supporting a diverse range of complex wildlife networks. Plants such as chicory, for example, can help the digestion in ruminants and can significantly reduce the emission of methane, which is a gas linked to potentially harmful climate change.
NATIONAL MARKET TRADERS FEDERATION (NMTF)
The Food Development Company Ltd has joined the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and provides members access to expert advice and guidance on any aspect of markets and market trading plus public, product and employers liability insurance for any number of stalls on the same day, anywhere in the EU. The NMTF publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Market Times, the leading trade publication for the markets industry. Packed with news, market features, expert commentary and useful advertising, Market Times showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the UK markets industry. See www.nmtf.co.uk
We have decided to support this worthy cause by joining the UK Supporters’ Group. This narrow gauge railway used to run from Sibiu to Sighisoara and the track bed can still be seen on much of the Agnita-Sighisoara section. This railway served the communities along its length providing them with a means to get their produce to market and was very much part of the working landscape that we are dedicated to preserve. For further information on the Sibiu-Agnita Railway see www.sibiuagnitarailway.com