With over 3,000 visitors, the BMRA team had plenty of inquiries and said hello to lots of members.

The BMRA Secretariat,helped by Hayley Mellor of Mellor Metals, had a busy two days and the inaugural Let’s Recycle Live. Not only were the team on hand to support current members who were exhibiting at the show, but they also met many members who were visiting too.

“What was really great about being at Let’s Recycle Live was the number of people who dropped by to ask about joining the Association and, at the same time, being able to give advice to people who wanted to know more about setting up a metals recycling business, “ said Antonia Grey, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at BMRA.

“We are also very grateful that Hayley, the Chair of Young British Metals Recyclers (YBMR), joined us on the stand as she is the perfect person to talk about YBMR and the benefits of being part of the group, not least building their own networks.”

On the first day, Antonia delivered a presentation about the journey to develop the first sector-specific Metal Recycling General Operative ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship alongside a brief summary of the new apprenticeship system in general. She was joined on stage for a panel session by Chris Jones of Wamitab and Claire Townsend and Dr Tracey Leghorn of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. The general consensus is that apprenticeships are a great way to attract and retain employees across the business.

Hayley Mellor, of Mellor Metals, with Antonia Grey (M) and Kate Magill of BMRA - Hayley with members Briggs Metal and Sackers (L)

Finally, the team would like to congratulate the Let’s Recycle Live team on a great event, and look forward to starting the work with them to develop The Metals Recycling Event (MRE) 2020 which, co-located with CARS, is the only show dedicated to metals recycling. Held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh, MRE 2020 will take place on 3 and 4 June.