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Dr Emma Meredith
As I write this review the UK, and most of the world, is in the grip of the coronavirus COVID-19 emergency. It is hard to comprehend the full extent of
the crisis on human health and life, mental wellbeing and business. All of our thoughts are with those directly affected by COVID-19 and those struggling with the trials the virus is posing for industry.
This pandemic has highlighted that the challenges facing
the cosmetics industry are diverse, and impact locally and globally. While COVID-19 is unprecedented, challenges are inevitable - and Trade Associations have a key role in tackling them. CTPA, in working for its members, continues to build on its well-earned reputation to face these challenges on a UK and world stage. Interceding with UK Government to ensure the needs of the UK cosmetics industry are recognised; surveying the industry to gather insight into the impact of COVID-19 and ongoing business implications to the UK industry, to single out opportunities for further action in response to the situation and to support continued discussion with Government; and facilitating engagement between those in want and those with capacity to enhance critical supplies, are actions CTPA is currently undertaking. The role of CTPA for its members and the industry as a whole is
more crucial now than ever.
I would like to thank the expert CTPA team. Members will know them well, but those who are less familiar with CTPA and its work can learn more about how the team can help
in Working for You, page 44. At CTPA we are a team of passionate people who work hard together in a spirit of openness, honesty, trust and mutual respect. Throughout 2019, a year of change for CTPA, each team member has worked tirelessly, supported members and grown their roles, many of which have been new. I would also like to thank the Director-General Advisory Group (DGAG) and all Board members for their encouragement, participation and support during my first year as DG, enabling the Association to grow in stature and reach.
CTPA is ably supported by our friends at Teneo in both our communications and political advocacy. The latter has been exceptionally effective this year during discussions with Government on Brexit and the legislative frameworks that will regulate the UK market when we leave the EU.
In this, my first year as DG, I took time
to visit Board members to meet with them
and their deputies in order to learn more about their companies and their key concerns. I found the meetings extremely valuable, especially hearing about the issues that are affecting business. The discussions have informed my planning as to how the Association can be even
more effective for member companies as the CTPA strategy develops.
I am proud to work for a science-based industry whose products are so important to our daily lives and contribute positively to self-esteem and wellbeing. The COVID-19 crisis, with all of the misfortune it has brought, has further highlighted that the cosmetics industry is a force for good. Many of those who it employs have been seen as key workers and certain products have been deemed to be essential in helping to tackle the spread of the virus. The response from the cosmetics industry has been incredibly positive and is helping where there is a dire need for critical products.
2020 sees the start of CTPA’s 75th Anniversary, throughout this time CTPA has been at the forefront of industry innovation that has reflected UK social changes and championed our industry’s contribution to individuals’ developing needs and expectations.
I look forward to celebrating 75 years of CTPA with you during the coming year.
CTPA: For 75 years, enabling the cosmetics and personal care industry to deliver excellence and support wellbeing.
CTPA Annual Report 2019
   “I am proud to work for a science-based industry whose products are so important to our daily lives and contribute positively to self-esteem
and wellbeing.”

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