More initiatives by the very active British Footwear Association, led by Richard Kotter: The organization has introduced a new type of membership – associate membership – geared toward smaller companies that don't need the full range of BFA benefits. Eight companies have already signed up +++ More than 18 people attended a seminar run by the China-Britain Business Council for the BFA that discussed the challenges and opportunities of doing business in China +++ A recent meeting of employers in the industry has decided to continue to develop the new BFA Foundation Course in Footwear Technology, after awarding certificates to the first 28 trainees from 10 shoe companies participating in the program. The course involved 10 modules. A shorter version of the course for commercial trainees will be added in 2012.