The responsibilities of this committee include any items relating to retail members other than those discussed by the full Council. It puts forward ideas to the Council on behalf of retailers and with the Secretariat puts together the retail training programme for members. This committee particularly is always pleased to hear from members about issues of concern to retailers or suggestions for future work. The BETA field officer provides bi-monthly reports to this committee from her discussions within the trade.
Its Terms of Reference are:
- To consider all matters of importance to retailers.
- To recommend to Council any incentives or other schemes for increasing the value of retail membership.
- To consider any marketing and promotions to the general public which will increase awareness of and business for retail members.
- To consider any disputes between retail and trade members and make its views known to Council.
- To monitor the retail Code of Conduct and ensure it is adhered to.
- To monitor all retail training and recommend any changes to council.
- To consider and then operate within the agreed annual budget.
- To advise trade members on retail opinion and convey these opinions.
- To consider and report on retail opinion of the Trade Fair.
Retail committee membership currently comprises of the following companies and individuals:
Chairman: Sara Blackshaw (Mole Valley Farmers)
Vice Chairman: Wendy Beal (R&R Country)
Ian Silman (Equicraft Saddlery)
Ian Hassard (Dengie Crops)
Ian Mitchell (Heritage Marketing)
Doug Walker (Weatherbeeta)
Elliot Galbraith (Ayr Equestrian)
Victoria Highfield (Highfield Equestrian)
Michael Bacon (Saracen Horse Feeds)
Michael Darley (Darley Equestrian)
Steve Hodgson (Nags Essentials)
Kathryn Jacquet (RB Equestrian)
Serena Jones (Millbry Hill)