CTI chief executive Dirk Vennix told more than 140 guests at the event, held at The Brewery in London, that the CTI was gathering momentum in its stated aim of becoming the umbrella group for the timber industries.

“Our target now is to have at least 100 businesses as part of the CTI,” said Mr Vennix. “We are now speaking with a single voice on issues that matter to the timber supply chain.”

Mr Vennix said the CTI was also targeting being in a self-funding position by the end of the year.

“I will campaign day in day out to grow this sector,” he added. “It will take a while for the CTI to grow but we are putting the building blocks in place.”

The CTI is engaging in stakeholder involvement and homing in on important issues in the industry, including skills shortages, industry growth and sustainability.

A Westminster conference targeting an attendance of around 200 is to be held in May, followed by a parliamentary reception with around 100 MPs invited.

Moves are underway to set up an all-party parliamentary timber group to bring MPs on side.