Welcome to the June Issue
The office continues to be very busy with a wide variety of queries on all our areas of activity, plus new codings and renewals, tonnage measurements, VAT, RCD and customs warehouse movements.
The Practical Brokerage course in May had 15 delegates and the ABYA Annual Conference delegates looked at a variety of legal issues relating to Due Diligence, Money Laundering, Commission referral fees and Selling in the course of a business. On a lighter note Boatshop 24 gave a presentation on the value of using Social Media within a business.
The surveyors’ training earlier in May covered a variety of topics including thermal imaging cameras, formatting reports (everyone thought they knew until Derek started his presentation …) and an update on MLC.
The Small Craft Surveyors Forum held its annual seminar at the Seawork Exhibition last week looking at the revised Workboat Code – there is a short report later in this newsletter. We had a stand to fly the ABYA and YDSA flags at the exhibition using our new-look advertising focussing on the logos with the simple message – “Qualified Experienced Professionals since 1912”. Do remember to include the logos in any advertising, stationery, etc. It all helps with raising the profile of the associations.
You should all now have received your membership renewal paperwork. Please let Kay know if you have not received it or have any queries. The subscription is a request for payment – we will issue a receipted invoice on payment, but doing it this way means we don’t have to pay all the VAT due in the first quarter of the year, before we receive the payments, nor do they appear as bad debts on the accounts. If you would like to pay quarterly, please let us know.
Finally, you all know that Tricia is retiring after a good many years at YBDSA looking after the accounts, which she has done very ably, and with great care in making savings wherever possible. Her final day is Thursday 26 June. Sue Dorking, who many of you will know from the CA side, has Sage qualifications and is moving over to take on the accounts. We are therefore seeking a new support person for the CA and Dawn and some additional help with the telephones, post, etc. Hopefully by the time you read this, we will have someone in view.
So, all change at the Glassworks! Our very best for the future to Tricia for a long and happy retirement.
Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA
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