Top 100 Business Associations in UK

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Top 100 Business Associations in UK

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is a UK business organization, which in total claims to speak for 190,000 businesses, this is made up of around 1,500 direct members and 188,500 non-members. The non-members are represented through the 140 trade associations within the confederation, whose separate and individual memberships the CBI claims to also to speak for. Trade Association member companies, are not directly consulted or involved in CBI’s policy formulation. The National Farmers’ Union with its 55,000 members is the largest component of the 188,500 non-members the CBI claims to speak for.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) was founded in 1860 and is the only business group with members of every size, from every sector, in both every region and nation of the UK and in over 70 markets around the world. The BCC is the UK’s most representative business network, with a network of accredited chambers in every locality in the UK, serving members of every size and sector. They run the UK’s largest, longest running and most respected survey of business sentiment – the Quarterly Economic Survey – and maintain an active programme of policy research, focus groups and events.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is a member organisation/industry association for farmers in England and Wales. It is the largest farmers’ organisation in the countries, and has over 300 branch offices.  On 10 December 1908, a meeting was held in an ante-room at the Smithfield Show to discuss whether a national organisation should be formed to represent the interests of farmers. The outcome was the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). The first President, Colin Campbell, worked to get new branches off the ground, encourage membership and establish the NFU’s credibility with Government, at a time when farming was going through the longest and deepest depression in its history, as imports of cheap grain and frozen meat flooded in from abroad.

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit, international organization developing and maintaining standards including barcodes. The best known of these standards is the barcode, a symbol printed on products that can be scanned electronically. Over 100 million products carry GS1 barcodes and they are scanned more than six billion times every day.  GS1 has 115 local member organisations and over 2 million user companies. GS1 standards, services and solutions are designed to improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in a wide variety of sectors. They form a business language that identifies, captures and shares key information about products, locations, assets and more. The most influential Gs1 standard is the GTIN. It identifies products uniquely around the world and forms the base of the GS1 system.


Fairtrade is an arrangement designed to help producers in growing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. The fairtrade movement combines the payment of higher prices to exporters with improved social and environmental standards. The movement focuses in particular on commodities, or products that are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries, but is also used in domestic markets (e.g., Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Bangladesh), most notably for handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, wine, sugar, fruit, flowers, and gold.

The British Wool Marketing Board (also now known as British Wool) operates the central marketing system for UK fleece wool. A farmer-run organisation, British Wool was established in 1950 with the aim of achieving the best possible net return for producers. It is the only organisation in the world that collects, grades, sells and promotes fleece wool and is the only remaining agricultural commodity board in the UK.  Receiving no financial support, although operating commercially. British Wool is a non-profit-making organisation, returning to producers the market price for their wool, with its own costs deducted.

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is the voice of over 33,500 local shops, supporting our members through effective lobbying, comprehensive advice and innovative networking opportunities. ACS membership includes a diverse range of convenience store retailers, from stand-alone family run independent stores to symbol groups to multiple convenience stores. These retailers operate in neighbourhoods, villages, on petrol forecourts and in city centres. ACS’ core purpose is to lobby Government on the issues that make a difference to local shops. We represent the interests of retailers on a range of issues, including business rates, energy, regulation, planning, alcohol and many more.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. It was until quite recently called the Country Landowners’ Association. CLA members own or manage 10 million acres, over 50% of the rural land in England and Wales. Its 30,000-strong membership includes landowners, farmers and rural businesses.  The CLA states that it “is the only organisation dedicated to defending your interests as a landowner and is your only truly independent and authoritative source of advice.”

NICEIC is one of several organisations which regulates the training and work of electrical enterprises in the UK. NICEIC is one of several providers given Government approval to offer Competent Person Schemes to oversee electrical work within the electrical industry. Certsure LLP (which is owned by Electrical Safety First, a registered charity, and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the electrotechnical industry trade body) trades under the certification brands NICEIC and ELECSA.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the United Kingdom construction industry. The CIC provides a single voice for professionals across the built environment through its collective membership of 500,000 individual professionals and more than 25,000 firms of construction consultants. The breadth and depth of its membership means that CIC (like a small number of other bodies, including Constructing Excellence) can speak with authority on issues connected with construction without being constrained by the self-interest of any particular sector of the industry.

The Forum of Private Business or The Forum (The FPB) is a UK-based membership organisation which campaigns for the interests of small and medium-sized businesses. A member-funded organisation, it offers practical business advice and help, as well as offering a range of products and services to help its members save money. The Forum was established in 1977, is a non-party political organisation and represents over 25,000 UK businesses. The Forum (the FPB) was founded by Stan Mendham in 1977. Mendham wanted the FPB to always represent accurately the views of its members. To do this, he started an approach to campaigns based on information collected through regular surveys. The FPB calls them referendums, and they are completed every 3 months.

The National Market Traders’ Federation is an organisation based in the borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. It was founded in 1899 by a group of Yorkshire West Riding market traders to represent their interests on a broader level. There are around 1,400 markets in the UK.  It maintains a database of all markets in the UK, including number of stalls and whom to contact. It also offers insurance deals for market traders. It has negotiated deals with large companies, such as the AA, for favourable rates for market traders. Single membership from 21 July 2012 is £102.

Make UK, formerly the Engineering Employers’ Federation, represents manufacturers in the United Kingdom. Make UK provides businesses with advice, guidance and support in employment law, employee relations, health, safety, climate and environment, information and research and occupational health. Through offices in London and Brussels, Make UK provides political representation on behalf of UK business in the engineering, manufacturing and technology-based sectors: lobbying government, MPs, regional development agencies, MEPs and European institutions. EEF was formed in 1896 as the Engineering Employers’ Federation and merged in 1918 with the National Employers’ Federation.

Logistics UK, formerly the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is one of the largest trade associations in the UK, with members moving goods by road, rail, sea, and air. Its mission is to represent the views and interests of over 18,000 companies from the transport industry: from large multinationals and household names to small and medium businesses. Logistics UK policy is decided by its members from all modes, through its quarterly regional and national councils. National Councils comprise the British Shippers Council, the Rail Freight Council, the Road Freight Council, and the Freight Council. Logistics UK also provides members with services that help them to operate safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally sustainable way.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is a UK trade association established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms. The group is independent and non-profit-making, and works to lobby for members’ interests at both national and local levels. As of 2016, the FMB is the largest construction trade association in the UK, representing over 8,000 construction SMEs. The FMB aims to provide knowledge, professional advice and support for its members. It works in partnership with other industry bodies to provide technical advice and promote high standards. The FMB also offers advice to consumers and enables all of its members to offer warranties on their work through its insurance arm, FMB Insurance.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is the national standards body of the United Kingdom. BSI produces technical standards on a wide range of products and services and also supplies certification and standards-related services to businesses. BSI was founded as the Engineering Standards Committee in London in 1901. BSI produces British Standards, and, as the UK’s National Standards Body, is also responsible for the UK publication, in English, of international and European standards. With 80,000 clients, BSI is one of the world’s largest certification bodies. It audits and provides certification to companies worldwide who implement management systems standards.

The National House Building Council, usually known as the NHBC, states its primary purpose as raising the construction standards of new homes in the United Kingdom (UK), and providing consumer protection for homebuyers through its 10-year Buildmark warranty. Established in 1936, NHBC is the UK’s largest provider of new home warranties. According to NHBC’s website, around 80% of new homes built in the UK each year have an NHBC 10-year warranty. NHBC is also the UK’s largest single Approved Inspector for Building Regulations. Its other activities include the provision of services linked to house building and general construction; including energy ratings, health and safety, sustainability, and training.

The British Florist Association is the industry trade group that represents the British flower retail trade. The BFA represents UK florists. It is the UK member of Florint, the European Federation of Professional Florists Associations, which is based Veenendaal, Utrecht in the Netherlands. It costs £80 a year to be a Floristry Business member. Between $60 and £78 to be a personal Institute of Professional Florists member and between £250-£1500 to be a corporate member (those businesses who supply the floral industry). The organisation maintains a list of registered BFA business members on the website, who agree to uphold a code of conduct. These can be viewed by the consumer.

The National Hairdressers’ Federation is a trade industry group representing hairdressing salon owners in the United Kingdom. It has 12 regions, with up to six branches within each region: London & Home Counties, Eastern Counties, North East South West, Southern, Central England, East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire, East of Scotland, West of Scotland, Wales. Established in 1942, the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) has over 6,800 Members and is the UK’s largest trade body for the hair, beauty and barbering industries. The NHBF focuses on helping Members to run successful and profitable hair and beauty businesses by providing advice, specialist support and tailored services to meet the unique challenges of running a barbershop.

The Road Haulage Association Ltd (RHA) is a private company limited by guarantee dedicated to the interests of the road haulage industry. It is the only trade association in the United Kingdom dedicated solely to road haulage. As a trade association, the RHA is responsible for campaigning, advice, training, information and business services for its members within the UK haulage industry, including audits, risk assessments and contracts of employment. The RHA head office is located in Peterborough, and other offices are found in Bathgate, Bradford and Liverpool. It currently has over 7,000 members who, between them, operate 100,000 commercial vehicles.

ABTA Ltd, operating as ABTA – The Travel Association and formerly known as the Association of British Travel Agents, is a trade association for tour operators and travel agents in the United Kingdom. The organization was founded in 1950 as the Association of British Travel Agents by 22 leading travel companies. ABTA adopted its current name on 1 July 2007 reflect its wider representation of the travel industry.  On 1 July 2008 it merged with the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO). ABTA has existed for over 70 years and is the UK’s largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators that sell around £32 billion of holidays and other travel arrangements each year.

National Association of Funeral Directors Established in 1905, the represents the entire spectrum of funeral directing businesses, including independent and family-owned firms, co-operatives and major funeral groups, NAFD represents more than 4,100 UK funeral homes, as well as international firms and suppliers to the sector – providing advice, advocacy, education and support to help them meet the highest professional standards. As the largest and most inclusive representative body for the UK funeral profession, the National Association of Funeral Directors supports its members in delivering high standards of care for those who have died and provides bereaved people with information.

Independent Garage Association is the largest and most prominent representative body in the Independent garage sector. The IGA helps independent garages to thrive in all aspects of their business by offering advice, information and services which ensure that the independent service and repair sector can remain efficient and competitive in an increasingly complex business landscape. For over 100 years, The RMI has been serving the retail motor industry. It has been a century of evolution, but the core aims of the Federation have endured. Over the nine plus decades, the industry that the The RMI serves has come a long way.

Ukactive is a not-for-profit industry association, promoting the interests of commercial fitness gyms and community leisure centres, with more than 3500 organisations in membership. ukactive’s central stated vision is to get more people, more active, more often and to improve the nation’s health by promoting active lifestyles. Ukactive originated as the Fitness Industry Association (FIA), which was founded in 1991 as a trade organisation for the fitness sector. Its stated aims were “to promote a healthier and more physically active nation through raising standards within the health and fitness industry”.

CEDIA is the international trade association and central touch point for 4,000 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 27th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world’s largest AV and systems integration exhibition.

The trade associations within the British Allied Trades Federation have supported the industries they represent since 1887, with the formation of the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association. From this initiative the Gliders & Finishers were formed, working relationships with the National Association of Goldsmiths and the London Wholesale Jewellers were agreed, so that by the turn of the twentieth century the key players of today’s Federation were talking and beginning to work together. Today the BATF has grown to represent retailers; metal finishers, jewellers; goldsmiths; leathergoods; travelling and fashion accessories; giftware and tabletop in a rapidly changing environment.

The Credit Protection Association (CPA) started as a sole proprietorship in 1914 by the founder, Randal Topham Silvester. From its Birmingham office, CPA traded as a conventional debt collection agency specialising mainly in commercial recoveries.  In October 1926, CPA was incorporated, thus becoming The Credit Protection Association Limited. The current owners acquired the business in 1976. Since 1982 the company has operated from its freehold offices in Hammersmith. In 1989, as a response to laborious paper-based systems, CPA introduced leading edge dial-up technology allowing users to instruct CPA remotely. CPA also partnered with a leading credit report provider to supply detailed credit report information on UK companies.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for UK recruitment businesses. Established since 1930, representing 82% of the recruitment market place by value, the REC work tirelessly to support members in helping businesses find the people they need, while improving the standards and reputation of their industry. Building the best recruitment industry in the world. The REC is a not-for-profit organisation governed by an elected council of recruitment industry representatives. REC is absolutely passionate and totally committed in this pursuit for recruiters, employers, and the people they hire.

The British Holiday & Home Parks Association is the UK organisation founded with the exclusive objective of representing and serving those who own or manage holiday, residential, tenting, touring and glamping parks. BH&HPA membership is appropriate for those who own and manage park establishments providing holiday caravans, chalets, park homes, tenting, touring and glamping pitches and all forms of self-catering accommodation in the park setting. The Association is committed to lobbying and representing BH&HPA members’ interests to government and policymakers at all levels. BH&HPA advises members on all aspects of park management, through advice services, publications, seminars, an authoritative Journal, website and an annual conference and exhibition.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, since 2017 branded CILIP: The library and information association is a professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom.  It was established in 2002 as a merger of the Library Association (LA, sometimes LAUK) and the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS). CILIP in Scotland (CILIPS) is an independent organisation which operates in Scotland in affiliation with CILIP and delivers services via a service level agreement. CILIP’s 2020 goal is to “put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society”.

ECA (formerly the Electrical Contractors’ Association) is the main trade association for companies involved in electrotechnical and other technical engineering projects in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In 2019, it had some 2700 registered members – companies who collectively employed around 100,000 UK staff and operatives and generated annual revenues of over £6 billion (e.g. the UK electrical contracting industry is worth in excess of £10 billion). ECA also has associate categories open to industry manufacturers, distributors, educators, clients and specifiers who wish to engage and collaborate with members.

AIM (Association des Industries de Marque) is the European Brands Association, representing manufacturers of branded consumer goods in Europe on key issues which affect their ability to design, distribute and market their brands. AIM represents 2500 businesses ranging from SMEs to multinationals, directly or indirectly through its corporate and national association members. The members are united in their purpose to build strong, evocative brands, placing the consumer at the heart of everything they do. AIM’s mission is to create for brands an environment of fair and vigorous competition, fostering innovation and guaranteeing maximum value to consumers now and for generations to come.

The Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) is a charity whose mission is to advance education in the field of dental implantology for the benefit of the public.  Founded in 1987 as a professional, non-profit organisation, the ADI has developed into one of the largest dental bodies in the UK with over 2,400 members. The ADI is an unbiased membership association with membership options for the whole dental team and industry. The Association is administered by an office based in Richmond upon Thames and governed by a voluntary elected committee from across the UK.

The Painting and Decorating Association offers a range of business and industry support to Members while showcasing the scope of services offered by Members to commercial markets and consumers in the UK. The Association aims to promote the painting and decorating sector within the construction industry and on the wider national stage as well as leading lobbying activity on behalf of the UK painting and decorating trade. The PDA is the largest trade and employers’ association in the UK painting and decorating industry, with Members across the country. Association was formed from a need for painters and decorators to support each other and a desire to raise the profile of the craftsmanship within the construction industry.

The NAJ was formed in 2015 through the unification of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) and National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG). The Institute of Registered Valuers is also part of the NAJ family, comprised of around 150 professional valuers with formal qualifications and substantial experience. Every NAJ member is required to abide by the NAJ’s Code of Conduct – based on honesty, integrity and professionalism. Members proudly display the NAJ’s Grant of Arms to signify commitment. The NAJ is a professional membership body. It represent over 2,000 members that operate in every aspect of the jewellery industry. The newly created NAJ is now the largest trade association member within The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF).

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) is the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers. BIBA membership includes around 1800 regulated firms, employing more than 100,000 staff. General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy; they arrange 67% of all general insurance with a premium totalling £65.1bn and 81% of all commercial insurance business. Insurance brokers put their customers’ interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) is the leading membership and representative body for construction plant-hire in the UK. Established for 80 years, now have in excess of 1,800 Members, ranging from owner operators with a single machine, right through to the largest companies in the industry, with hire fleets of thousands of machines. The Association employs permanent, experienced staff working at the CPA headquarters in London, close to other major construction federations and Government. The Association is governed by a Council of Members, who represent plant-hire companies of all types and sizes throughout the country. CPA is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to construction plant.

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the world as the leading trade association for all those involved in the lifting industry.  This Association has played a key role in this specialised field since 1944, from training and standards setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice, and the development of examination and licensing systems. Members work in every aspect of the lifting industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.

Camden bri with over 2,500 member companies in 80 countries, camden bri work closely with industry to ensure the industrial relevance of everything it do. This includes a wide range of analysis and testing services and operational support underpinned by a vigorous programme of research and innovation and promoted through extensive knowledge management activities. Many of the technical services are accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO17025:2017 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods, specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number.

The British International Freight Association, also known as BIFA, is the prime United Kingdom trade association representing UK freight forwarders. These are companies that forward goods internationally on behalf of importers and exporters.  It is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members and managed by a small Secretariat. The board has seven non-executive directors and three executive directors.  The Association acts as an authoritative voice for the industry at official and government levels. The Association is responsible for setting industry standards and providing both educational courses and required mandatory training programs which enhance the professional levels of freight forwarders and logistics service providers in UK.

British Marine is the trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, currently representing 12 regional associations, 16 Group Associations and 1600+ members across the UK marine supply chain. These include the Superyacht sector, chandlers, boatbuilders, brokers, suppliers of equipment for yachts and motorboats, to flag makers, Sailing Training and operators of marinas both coastal and inland. British Marine also promotes career opportunities in the marine industry and advice and assistance through their Environment and Boating Facilities, and Training and Technical teams. By 1919, the Association had 108 Full and 74 Associate members and a full-time secretary.

The Giftware Association (the GA) is a national trade representative body and is the only UK trade association serving the gift and home industry. GA recognise the remarkable talent and creativity of members ranging from retailers to suppliers, high street brands names to individual craftspeople and many others. Since 1947, the association’s commitment has always been to help and support members and help them make money, save money and save time by offering a wide selection of services and support. The GA provides representation in return for a subscription fee. The association offers many products and services, including design protection, networking, training, legal help, advice and support.

The Pet Industry Federation’s early precursor was the Pet Trade Association, which was formed in the late 1940s. In the early 1970s a joint qualification was started by the PIA and British Veterinary Association: the Pet Store Diploma. Students attended seminars, studied at home, and then took the examination at the BVA in London. The Pet Industry Federation combines five specialist trade associations under one umbrella group. Federation members are pet industry specialists and include groomers, pet boarders, pet retailers and manufacturers. PIA the only organisation to represent all the different sectors of the pet industry.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. The HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large. A cost-effective and comprehensive range of business support and development initiatives are available to individual members.  To the membership as a whole, HTA provides a vital forum for identifying and dealing with key garden industry issues and opportunities, represents industry views to Government and is its voice in the media. HTA help their members to flourish by representing, promoting and developing the garden industry.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is a not-for-profit member organization in the field of powered access, i.e. part of or associated with the industry of elevating work platforms, which is the general term, or aerial work platforms (AWPs), as they are commonly referred to in North America. The term ‘powered access’ in the federation’s name points out its specialization in personal lifting devices which operate with the help of hydraulics and motors, unlike ladders, which are un-powered, and unlike lifting devices for goods, such as forklifts or cranes. IPAF’s members are organizations, companies and private persons, typically manufacturers, distributors, rental companies, training centres and more others.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is a United Kingdom trade association representing the interests of regional contractors and small and medium sized house builders (up to 250 homes per annum) in England and Wales. With three other trade associations, it is represented on the UK government’s Strategic Forum for Construction through the Construction Alliance. It was founded in 1896. A nonprofit organisation, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) is an independent federation which supplies business and training services to builders, constructors, contractors and house builders across England and Wales. Its website provides a public list of NFB-approved builders and a find a builder service.

The Scottish Motor Trade Association was formed in 1903 to “encourage, promote and protect” the interest of our, at that time, small band of members. To this day that statement remains our reason to exist. Its job is to look after the interests of all our members whether it’s the largest motor group in the country or whether it’s a small MOT station or even just a one man operation in a remote part of the country. It is Scotland’s largest established Motor Trade Body. It has about 14,00 members in 2021 and still rising. Members in every Scottish postal code. Scotland’s only truly national representative Motor Trade Body. SMTA now become a modern 21st century business.

The British Printing Industries Federation is the UK’s leading trade association for print, printed packaging and graphic communication, providing support and best practices to ensure clients can order with confidence from its members.  The BPIF is also active in promoting the benefits and effectiveness of print and the sustainability and improvements of environmental performance across the industry and within its members. BPIF are committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the British economy. The BPIF is a thriving, best-in-class trade association invigorating a modern, progressive print industry.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) is the UK’s largest roofing trade association. With a history spanning over 125 years, NFRC has established itself as the voice of the roofing industry, constantly adapting to change and innovation to ensure its members are at the forefront. NFRC is the largest and most influential roofing trade association in the UK, promoting quality contractors and quality products, ensuring that its members are at the forefront of all roofing developments. The Federation also offers technical advice, guidance to facilitate your training requirements and represents member interests to the wider construction industry and government.

The National Pawnbrokers Association was founded in 1892 and incorporated in 1931 as a company limited by guarantee. In June 1989, with the benefit of almost a century of experience, it reviewed and re-wrote its original constitution. The NPA is a membership organisation which helps to promote pawnbroking best practice. It was established in 1892, so has a long tradition of helping members get the most from their businesses. Despite being around for a long time, it is a modern forward-thinking Association using the very latest technology to give the best service to its members.

SELECT is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. Founded in 1900 as The Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, it was the first trade association in the world to serve the electrical industry. Today, it is Scotland’s largest construction trade association and one of the oldest to represent the ‘modern’ trades. SELECT has around 1,250 Member businesses, each working to stringent membership criteria and accredited to one or more of ten technical disciplines. These Member companies have a collective turnover of around £1 billion, and provide employment for 15,000 people and 3,500 apprentices.

ADS Group Limited, informally known as ADS, is the trade organization representing the aerospace, defence, security and space industries in the United Kingdom. It has more than 1,000 member companies across its sectors, including some of the UK’s largest manufacturers, like Airbus, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Meggitt PLC and GKN. Its subsidiary Farnborough International Limited runs the biennial Farnborough Air Show, one of the world’s biggest air shows, and other events. 

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) is the UK trade body for companies engaged in vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management. On behalf of 980+ member organisations, the BVRLA works with governments, public sector agencies, industry associations, consumer groups and other stakeholders across a wide range of road transport, environmental, taxation, technology and financerelated issues. BVRLA members are responsible for a combined fleet of almost five million cars, vans and trucks on UK roads, or 1-in-8 cars, 1-in-5 vans and 1-in-5 trucks. The vehicle rental and leasing industry supports over 465,000 jobs, adds £7.6bn in tax revenues and contributes £49bn to the UK economy each year.

The Data & Marketing Association (formerly, Direct Marketing Association), also known as the DMA, is a trade organization for marketers. In 2017 their web site stated “Yes, 100 years ago we were the Direct Mail Marketing Association and then the Direct Marketing Association. Although headquartered in the United States, its members include companies from 48 other countries, including half of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as many nonprofit organizations. The DMA seeks to advance all forms of direct marketing. As of July 1, 2019, DMA became the Data, Marketing & Analytics arm of the ANA.

The Flexible Space Association is the voice of the flexible workspace industry. It is the professional trade body for the sector, with the remit to support, promote and represent this vibrant industry. The flexible workspace industry plays a vital role in the UK economy, supporting businesses of all sizes to grow at the pace which is right for them. Bringing together businesses in a flexible workspace encourages entrepreneurship, innovation and growth. The Flexible Space Association speaks on behalf of the industry, working to ensure it has the conditions needed to thrive. It provides information and support to its members, and provides opportunities for them to come together.

ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is the UK’s leading membership and campaigning organisation for designers, manufacturers and the creative industries who rely on intellectual property rights. ACID has over 20 years experience of supporting IP rights for creatives through a range of membership benefits. The ACID IP Databank stores thousands of members designs to support their date sensitive unregistered rights. ACID’s legal Affiliate teams offer initial free advice to their members. The ACID logo is a recognised brand of deterrence and our members are licensed to use the Member of ACID logo on all their online platforms and marketing materials.

Institute of Grocery Distribution is a training and research charity for the food and grocery industry that undertakes research for the benefit of the public. They carry out research on food to help companies work in the most efficient way to deliver the needs of consumers and the public.Their biggest aim is to help the industry improve the way it works by offering intelligence on shoppers and supply chains, along with on wider issues such as health, nutrition, sustainability and economics. Collaborating with retailers, manufacturers, primary producers and service providers helps to reach towards this aim alogn with making all their research outputs publicly available for transparency.

Made in Britain is a not-for-profit organisation that supports British manufacturers under a single, registered collective mark. The mark represents a standard of quality and unity for the British manufacturing sector within the UK and around the world. The organisation works closely with the UK government and other groups to support skilled jobs and encourage creativity and sustainable growth. It campaigns all year round for British manufacturing. Made in Britain first began as the Made in Britain campaign in 2011. This campaign was established by Stoves – a Prescot-based cooker manufacturer.

The Tile Association (TTA) was formed in January 2000, through the amalgamation of the NMTFA (National Master Tile Fixers’ Association), the NTA (National Tile Association), the TPB (Tile Promotion Board) and British Ceramic Tile Council, with over 75 years of combined industry experience. Since formation, TTA has more than doubled in size as the single, independent association for the entire UK tiling industry. TTA now has more than 1,000 member business units, consisting of tiling contractors, fixers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers. The aim is to achieve a competent, qualified workforce in the industry. TTA operates as a Trade Association with the TTA Board having overall responsibility for the work of the Association.

The British Association of Landscape Industries supports a number of different charities helping those working across their industry. Established in 1972 the British Association of Landscape Industries promotes, supports and inspires over 900 Accredited members including landscape contractors, landscape architects, garden designers and suppliers to be leaders of an environmentally, ethically and commercially sustainable landscape services industry. With over 1,800 members in total, including qualified training providers and students studying horticulture and landscape related qualifications, their professionals carry out a variety of landscaping works including garden design, landscape construction and grounds maintenance.

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is a not-for-profit organisation formed originally by the merger of the Fire Extinguishing Trades Association (FETA) and the British Fire Protection Systems Association (BFPSA). It is said to be “the largest fire protection trade association in the UK”. The FIA’s objective “is to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus” which they say they achieve “through the representation of [their] members, providing technical support, guidance and opportunities for professional advancement through education and appropriate regulation”. The Fire Extinguishing Trades Association (FETA) was “the Trade Association of manufacturers and maintainers of portable firefighting equipment”.

Hire Association Europe (HAE) was formed in 1974 and often referred to as The Association by its members. HAE is a Birmingham-based industry-leading trade body representing plant, tool and equipment hire with a membership base of 800 members based in the UK, Europe and across other parts of the world. HAE assists businesses, from sole traders to larger independent and privately owned organisations, by providing operational resources to support the hire industry. Membership provides access to products and services covering all aspects of hire, including terms & conditions, safety checks, publicity, equipment, responsibilities and general day-to-day requirements.

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is a leading international trade association for the marine contracting industry. It is a not-for-profit organization with members representing the majority of worldwide marine contractors in the oil and gas and renewable energy industries. IMCA was formed by the merger of the Association of Offshore Diving Contractors (AODC) with the Dynamically Positioned Vessel Owners Association (DPVOA) in 1995. IMCA represents over 800 member organizations in over 60 countries. IMCA’s mission it to improve performance in the marine contracting industry by championing better regulation and delivering good practice and technical guidance to enhance operational integrity.

Co-operatives UK is a British co-operative federation described as “the central membership organization for co-operative enterprise throughout the UK”. It was founded in 1870 as the Co-operative Central Board, changing its name to the Co-operative Union before finally becoming Co-operatives UK following its merger with the Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) in 2001. Historically associated with the consumer co-operatives, the merger broadened its scope to include worker co-operatives and it now exists to support and promote the values of the entire co-operative movement throughout the UK.

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) is a membership organization in the United Kingdom which represents manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of goods for, and other businesses connected with, the equestrian market. It is one of the 16 organizations which form part of the British Equestrian Federation. BETA is a company limited by guarantee, with member companies in six categories. From the member companies, the organization is run by a council of 22, with representation from each category. The headquarters are situated west of Weatherby, off the A661, in Spofforth with Stocked in North Yorkshire.

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) is the principal association supporting and growing the business meetings and events industry and the keeper of AIM Secure – the UK’s only recognised quality standard for the sector. Supports member by championing best practice and inspiring excellence, providing crucial industry insight as well as networking and development opportunities, to help you grow and strengthen your business. The MIA is one of the fastest growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector. The association holds a ‘Not for Profit’ status and continues to be governed by a dedicated group of volunteers who are industry professionals with active leadership roles within their own organizations.

The Radio, Electrical and Television Retailers’ Association is the main trade association for independent electronic (including television and audio) retailers in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1942. It is situated in the unitary authority of Bedford, off Ampthill Road (A6), near Bedford St Johns railway station. It is the UK’s largest trade association for electrical and electronic retailers. It holds an annual conference in April each year, which first began in 1961. A register of accredited members (retailers) is available on the website. This is a useful resource to find nearby reputable suppliers, especially in a recent year with the digital switchover – potentially lucrative for television retailers, with much (analogue) equipment becoming obsolete.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is the trade association for the United Kingdom motor industry. Its role is to “promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad.” SMMT was founded by Frederick Richard Simms on 16 July 1902. In January 1959 it moved to Forbes House, Halkin Street, Belgravia, and in August 2011 it moved into its current offices at 71 Great Peter Street, London. In July 1972 it started the Motor Vehicle Registration Information System (MVRIS), which works on behalf of the government to collate data about new registrations of vehicles.

UKWA is the leading industry organisation for the logistics sector. Part of their role as the Voice of The Industry is to promote understanding of and engagement with all aspects of logistics through effective communications with customers, partners, peers and policy makers across a variety of platforms. UKWA offers news and insight under the following four headings. UKWA is the trade association representing the UK Logistics Sector. their role is to provide a voice for the industry. They promote the interests of their members to Government and other influencers at all levels. UKWA’s mission is to drive up standards and to support members in operating safely, ethically and profitably.

The National Body Repair Association was launched in March 2017 and brought together the National Association of Bodyshops and the repairer members of the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association. NBRA members displaying the CTSI Approved Code Logo operate to a strict Code of Practice approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. The NBRA has Partnered with Quantum Technical to offer up a buying and selling opportunity for members through a Portal on the association’s Members area’ I’m a member – NBRA – National Body Repair Association’.

The BMF is the only trade association that represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants and suppliers to the building materials industry in the UK and Ireland. Total membership from 1 January 2022 stands at 770 merchant and supplier companies who together have combined sales of over £39bn and employ over 207,000 people in the building materials industry. BMF’s 395 merchant members operate from over 5,750 branches across the UK and Ireland. The BMF is the active hub of merchant and supplier activity in the UK, working closely with allied industry groups and regulatory bodies such as trading standards and planning departments, to ensure that issues affecting member merchants and suppliers are tackled promptly and effectively.

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, sometimes known simply as the British Venture Capital Association, or BVCA, is a trade organization founded in 1983 for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. It has more than 500 member firms, including over 230 private equity and venture capital houses, as well as institutional investors, professional advisers, service providers and international associations as members. The BVCA engages, sustains, and evolves the private capital community. Connecting institutional investors, fund managers, companies, advisers and service providers.

The GSM Association (commonly referred to as ‘the GSMA’ or Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Special Mobile) is an industry organization that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. More than 750 mobile operators are full GSMA members and a further 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem are associate members. The GSMA represents its members via industry programs, working groups and industry advocacy initiatives. The GSMA was formed in 1995 as the ‘GSM MoU Association’ as a body to support and promote mobile operators using the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) standard for cellular networks.

APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies) is the only membership body dedicated to representing excellence in the professional recruitment industry. With offices in the UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia, it provides members with the information, intelligence, ideas, opportunities and support they require to become compliant, efficient and successful. Since its founding in 1999 it has grown rapidly to become the authoritative, trusted and innovative voice for the professional recruitment sector, representing organizations and trusted partners from sole proprietors and boutiques to international blue-chips.

BOSS is the authoritative body for the UK office products industry. BOSS is a nonprofit making organisation and do not pursue any economic or political objectives of their own, concentrating their efforts on playing a strategic role in the support, promotion and protection of the office products industry. BOSS represents all businesses along the distribution chain in the office products industry, covering stationery, office machines and supplies, office furniture, office systems and related product areas. BOSS has a wide breadth of membership from the smallest retailer to the largest manufacturer, and therefore represent a very large part of the industry turnover.

The British Woodworking Federation is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. It has just around 600 members drawn from manufacturers, distributors and installers of timber doors (including fire doors), windows, conservatories, staircases, all forms of architectural joinery including interior fit out, as well as suppliers to the industry. The BWF is also a community and brings together individuals and companies within the industry to share problems and experiences and find solutions together. BWF offers regular opportunities for members to rub shoulders with their competitors and suppliers, whether formally in their technical and market focused meetings and working groups

UKHospitality represents over 740 companies operating around 100,000 venues across the breadth of hospitality within England, Scotland, and Wales. Our membership covers the full scope of hospitality, from small independents to large multi-national sites operating across the accommodation, F&B, events, and attraction and leisure sectors and the supply chain- strengthening our one voice.  UKHospitality advocates for a fair operating environment that enables members to grow their businesses. Their operator and supplier members can rest assured that they have the best possible information on operational issues and concerns to protect their commercial interests.

The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG), founded in 1962, is an association set up to support the needs of independent firms in the publishing industry in the United Kingdom, with a current membership of more than 600 companies. The IPG is a not-for-profit limited company and has a non-executive board of directors. The chief executive is currently Bridget Shine. The IPG is a forum that supports enables the exchange of information and the strengthening of partnerships between its membership of independent publishers and other relevant professional bodies. The Independent Publishers Guild Founded in 1962.

Formed in 1968, the RNHA is the oldest of the care sector representative bodies and the only association exclusively representing nursing homes. their chairman, Ian Turner, is a nursing home owner and is supported by a board of volunteers who are elected from their membership. The RNHA has a small team of staff to support their members. their members are nursing home owners committed to delivering quality services to their residents. They are based across the UK and are largely small and medium sized enterprises. RNHA has 600 members and provides a supporting organisation for nursing home owners to help in ensuring that they provide quality nursing care.

FIS has a growing community of members drawn from contractors, manufacturers and distributors of ceilings, steel framing systems, operable walls, partitions, plastering, drylining and specialist interior fit-out and refurbishment businesses operating in every type of building. their growing community of members is drawn from contractors, manufacturers and distributors of ceilings, steel framing systems, operable walls, partitions, plastering, drylining and specialist interior fit-out and refurbishment businesses operating in every type of building.

The Glass and Glazing Federation represents companies that manufacture, supply or install glass and glass related products in the UK and internationally. The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the main representative organization for companies involved in all aspects of the manufacture of flat glass and products and services for all types of glazing, in commercial and domestic sectors. Members of the GGF include companies that manufacture and install energy efficient windows, in homes and commercial buildings, the performance glass used in every type of building from houses to high-rise tower blocks and the components that are used to manufacture every type of glazing.

The National Carpet Cleaners Association is the only nationally recognized trade association dedicated to the cleaning of carpets, hard flooring and soft furnishings. Established in 1968, The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) is the only nationally recognized trade association dedicated to the cleaning & maintenance of carpets, hard flooring and soft furnishings. The Association is sustained and supported by over 600 Member companies throughout the UK and overseas. These range from individual owner-operators to multi-van operations. The NCCA membership comprises professionally trained carpet & upholstery cleaning technicians who are fully insured and follow a Code of Practice.

OPRL is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, any surpluses being reinvested in our activities to promote recycling of packaging. The company, launched in March 2009, is registered with Companies House and is also VAT-registered. OPRL was the world’s first scheme to create a label that provides consumers with reliable and consistent information about what is and isn’t collected for recycling. For the first time, consumers are put at the heart of the scheme. No other recycling symbol or logo had ever done this. This scheme involves over 600 brand owners, retailers, charities and packaging value cycle partners from supermarkets to publishers, baby food producers to leisure organisations, designers to waste management companies.

The International Cotton Association (ICA) is the world’s leading international cotton trade association and arbitral body. The ICA began life 180 years ago in 1841 in Liverpool, UK, when a group of cotton brokers created a set of bylaws and rules to help regulate the sale and purchase of raw cotton. Today, the majority of the world’s cotton is still traded internationally under ICA Bylaws & Rules. The rules have changed with time, but their aim remains the same – to create a safe trading environment. The ICA now has more than 550 members and its membership spans all corners of the globe and represents all sectors of the supply chain. The ICA operates on a not-for-profit basis.

LAPADA was the first antiques trade association to introduce a Code of Practice, the purpose of which is to reassure the public and give them confidence when they make a purchase from a member. All members have agreed to abide by this strict Code of Practice and in the unlikely event of a dispute, the Association offers a free Conciliation Service. In addition to the protection afforded by the Code of Practice, all art and antiques dealers (unlike auctioneers whose Conditions of Sale protect them) must comply with consumer protection laws. The LAPADA Code of Practice also ensures that all items for sale in a member’s shop or at a fair must be clearly and correctly labelled including the price.

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is the largest network for fashion and textile companies in the UK. UKFT brings together designers, manufacturers, suppliers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and their industry, both in the UK and throughout the world. UKFT is in a unique position representing the entire UK fashion and textile supply chain, from spinning, weaving and knitting, right through to the catwalk. UKFT members include some of the UK’s most well-known fashion and textile brands, heritage success stories and emerging designer labels, alongside the manufacturers and suppliers that turn those designs into a reality.

ATCM is a not-for-profit membership organization, one of the largest dedicated to promoting the vitality and viability of urban centers across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This includes nearly 500 practitioners and partnerships. their members develop and implement shared visions, strategies and action plans for hundreds of district, town and city centers. In general, town and city centers have been in decline for decades. The reasons for this decline are complex, numerous and sometimes unique to specific centers. However, one common theme has been a lack of leadership and coordinated management.

“Bacta” redirects here. For the river in Romania, see Bacta (river). For the fictional healing agent, see Technology in Star Wars § Regeneration. The British Amusement Catering Trade Association represents the amusement machine supply chain on behalf of its 500 members. It was formed in 1974. The operation of amusement and gaming machines in amusement parks, piers, Family Entertainment Centers,  prize bingo establishments and other similar premises used wholly or mainly for the purpose of providing amusements at coastal resorts and inland amusement parks.  The supply installation and maintenance of gaming and amusement machines to premises of which the owner of the machine is not the occupier e.g., pubs, clubs, etc.

The giving of gifts dates back throughout history. Gifts are given for numerous reasons, such as a welcome, appreciation or as part of a celebration. In the late 20th century, a new industry evolved around the concept of giving gifts. Both industry and commerce have long recognised the benefits gained by a company or corporate organisation giving gifts to existing and prospective customers. Promotional merchandise is now used globally to promote brands and products, as well as helping to establish and build corporate identity. The BPMA’s strategic objectives are centred around promoting the services and values of members to the End User audience through research and engagement.

British Property Federation (BPF) is a not-for-profit membership organization representing companies involved in property ownership and investment. The BPF “work[s] with Government and regulatory bodies to help the real estate industry grow and thrive, to the benefit of members and the economy as a whole.”. It comments regularly on proposed Government policies that will impact its members, including topics such as infrastructure, Build-to-Rent development, and REIT legislation. Its membership comprises a wide range of companies, including real estate companies, institutional investors, fund managers, investment banks, housing associations, and professional firms.

The Contract Flooring Association was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of three small flooring associations: The Floor Covering Contractors Association, whose members specialised primarily in smooth floor coverings: The Association of Flooring Contractors (hardwood flooring) and the Carpet Planners Association. The CFA’s membership accounts for a significant proportion of the quality companies, both large and small, in the UK commercial flooring market and includes commercial flooring contractors, manufacturers, distributors and consultants. Members work across a wide range of contract flooring finishes: carpets, underlays, vinyls, rubber, timber, adhesives and flooring accessories.

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) is an independent, not-for-profit professional body that represents over 750 organizations which recruit and develop graduates in the United Kingdom. The ISE was first established in October 1968, and is also one of the founding members of the International Network of Graduate Recruitment and Development Associations (INGRADA). Its offices are based in London. The ISE publishes a biannual Graduate Recruitment survey, which examines the current state of the graduate jobs market, based on responses from over 200 employers. Other significant areas of research include work-life balance, and the so-called ‘hidden talent pool’ of graduates not in work or training immediately after graduation.

The International Trade Association for Broadcast & Media Technology (IABM) is a non-profit trade organization, formerly known as International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the International Association for Broadcast & Media Technology Suppliers whose members represent over 80% of the broadcast and entertainment technology market’s revenues. IABM facilitates the important networking and interaction between suppliers that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the broadcast and media technology industry. IABM is the international trade association for Broadcast and Media technology suppliers. IABM facilitates the all-important networking and interaction that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the broadcast and media technology industry.

The NCC has a crucial role to play in promoting best practice, helping members become more competitive and formulating effective public policy and delivery. NCC is the united voice of the reputable businesses in their industry when talking to government and regulatory bodies. NCC quickly disseminate information to their members to protect their business interests and to give them a commercial edge. The NCC was established more than 75 years ago (1939) as the UK trade body representing the collective interests of four product sectors – tourer, motorhome and caravan holiday home (leisure products) and residential park homes.

The Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (‘PPMA’) is a UK trade membership organization headquartered in Wallington, Surrey. The PPMA is part of the PPMA Group of Associations trading brand, which represents a range of processing equipment, packaging machinery manufacturers and component suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and across Western Europe and North America. The PPMA assists member companies with the sales and marketing of industrial processing equipment and packaging machinery through various exhibitions, events, publications, and business and regulatory training.

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, previously known as Renewable Energy Association (REA), is a renewable energy and clean technology trade association in the UK encompassing all of renewable’s industry in the United Kingdom. REA claims to cover renewable power & flexibility, heat and cooling, circular bioresources and transport. The REA is a not-for-profit company. The Renewable Power Association was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. The company changed its name in November 2005 to Renewable Energy Association.

BAR is the trade association for removal and storage services in the UK. It represents and promotes more than 450 UK removals companies (1,000+ branches) as well as over 250 International Associates worldwide. In May 1900, a meeting was held amongst representative companies throughout ‘town and country’ to discuss the forming of an association of removals and storage businesses.  The trade was facing growing pressure from a public making increasing levels of claims for damages, and from railway and insurance companies looking to raise prices for services to removal companies. There were also few common standards between companies, which made it difficult for estimates of work to be compared between them.

The Carpet Foundation is the UK carpet industry’s lead body. It is supported by most of the leading suppliers to the UK residential carpet market. It promotes carpet generically and the very best practice in carpet retailing. It is supported by over 450 carpet shops nationwide, all of whom follow a Code of Practice approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. The Code is exclusive to their retailers, and should give you peace of mind that you are dealing with people you can trust. Retailers are audited annually by the TSI to ensure compliance.

Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisation, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Sedex provide an online platform, tools and services to help businesses operate responsibly and sustainably, protect workers and source ethically. Using Sedex enables businesses to work together to better manage their social and environmental performance and improve working conditions throughout the supply chain. Over 60,000 member organisations from over 180 countries use the Sedex platform to exchange data, manage business risk, meet compliance and drive positive impact on people. Sedex have 16 years of expertise and work with some of the world’s most recognisable brands.