What does it mean to be a MUTA member?

Started in 1919 as the Canvas Goods and Made Up Textile Association, by eight founding members who were trading in textiles or making up textile products such as tents and tarpaulins.

For us, MUTA is the only link between Government (policy makers) and industry (experts) and provides that single platform to enable this to happen. With more than 170 members representing marquee hirers, manufacturers and suppliers, MUTA plays an instrumental role for the textile industry at Government level. 

We are provided with advice in various areas of business with guidance notes, reference documents, and a member services helpline. MUTA helps to continually raise industry standards with Inspections and staff development through its StructureSafe course 

Trade associations provide perfect platforms for suppliers to nurture new clients, and for clients to find new suppliers, as well as catching up with existing contacts through networking events. But it’s not just about making contacts and business, it’s also about friendships and alliances.

For any trade association to progress, it requires the hard work, and we hasten to add voluntary work of a Council or Executive Committee. 

J & J Carter have been members of MUTA since April 1990, and during this time our founder, John Carter has served on MUTA Council as well as being the U.K representative for CEN/TC152/WG2 which now the published EN13782 standard for Temporary Structures & Tents Safety. 

During our time in membership, we have been recognised for our work with MUTA’s industry awards in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. In addition, John Carter also won the President’s Award in both 2004 and 2008 for his contributions to the industry. More recently he was awarded a MUTA Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Temporary Structures Industry. 

During August 2020, our Managing Director, Robert Carter, was elected to join the Executive Committee for the Made-Up Textiles Association (MUTA). Robert has over 25 years’ experience in the industry and follows in his father's footsteps, who also served on the MUTA Committee. Robert also serves on the BSI working group "B/525/0-/05 Tensile Membrane Structures Design and Construction".

Members of the MUTA committee follow a highly regarded Best Practice Guide, which they are inspected against to ensure MUTA's long-established objectives are being met. Some of these include:

  • Promoting best practise in the temporary events structure industry for the benefit of the general public
  • Facilitating networking and cooperation within the industry and its immediate constituency
  • Instigating the creation and implementation of appropriate standards and regulations
  • Consolidating MUTA's position as the 'voice' of the industry

MUTA provides its' members with continuous support for professional and business development, a service that has been of paramount importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To summarise for J & J Carter, MUTA is all about business development, keeping up standards, ensuring compliance, forging relationships and friendships.

Considering a MUTA membership? Or perhaps you are a member looking for help, advice or guidance? Get in touch with Robert today to learn more about the benefits of being a member. With over 100 benefits, securing a MUTA membership represents excellent value.

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