Winners of the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2018 Announced 


The prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards and Dinner 2018 was held on Wednesday, 10th July 2018 at the historic Drapers Hall in London to coincide with the Forum’s Annual General Meeting and the Annual Conference.  The Awards recognise, reward and promote Best Practice amongst Trade Associations in the UK and are a chance for TAF members to showcase their hard work and achievements during the last twelve to eighteen months. 


The Trade Association Forum is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Best Practice Awards as follows: 


BEIS Sector Representation of the Year 

Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

The Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed 


Commercial Initiative of the Year 

Sponsored by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service 

Federation of Master Builders 


Conference of the Year 

Sponsored by Gamechangers 

Railway Industry Association 


Corporate Social Responsibility Award 

Sponsored by Consort Strategy 

Federation of Petroleum Suppliers 


Event of the Year 

Sponsored by Gamechangers 

Fork Lift Truck Association 


Exhibition of the Year 

Sponsored by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service 

Manufacturing Technologies Association 


Good Governance Award 

Sponsored by Consort Strategy 

British Coatings Federation 


Magazine of the Year 

Sponsored by Barley House Agency 

Scaffolding Association 


Marketing Campaign of the Year 

Sponsored by Consort Strategy 

Lift and Escalator Industry Association 


Publication of the Year 

Sponsored by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service 

British Coatings Federation 


Skills Development Award 

Sponsored by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service 

National Pawnbrokers Association 


Social Media Award 

Sponsored by Gamechangers 

British Pest Control Association 


Website of the Year 

Sponsored by Barley House Agency 

Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association 


Special Award for Outstanding Member Resource 

National Hairdressers Federation 


TAF Chairman’s Award 

Peter Newport, Chemical Business Association 


Young Achiever of the Year 

Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group 

Megan Page, Entertainment Retailers Association 


The Miles Smith Insurance Group Leadership Award 

Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group 

Ann Swain, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies 


The Miles Smith Insurance Group Outstanding Contribution Award 

Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group 

Tina Beaumont-Goddard, National Hairdressers Federation 


2018 Trade Association of the Year 

Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group 

British Coatings Federation 


Commendation was also given to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association for Conference of the Year and the British Frozen Food Federation for Event of the Year.  


Many of the winning entries will be featured in the Forum’s TA Best Practice Exchange which will be held in London on Thursday, 1st November 2018. 


Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of TAF said, “Once again, the standard of entries was high meaning that the Judges had a difficult time in deciding all our worthy winners.  All the finalists should be very proud of their achievements indeed.” 


British Coatings Federation CEO Tom Bowtell said: “Winning Trade Association of the Year for a second time running makes me hugely proud – we strive to serve our members, to go the extra mile to deliver value, and to gain influence for the sector.  Its wonderful to see this recognised, and I’d like to thank the BCF staff for their dedication and commitment to putting members first.    We are also thrilled to have won the Good Governance and Publication of the Year awards.  2018 has been a huge upheaval for the BCF team, moving over 100 miles to a new office in Coventry, and recruiting a new back office team.  We now have a wonderful new home for our members, and this award is the icing on the cake for another momentous year for the Federation”. 


TAF would like to give a huge thank you to the sponsors for the Best Practice Awards 2018: Headline sponsors Miles Smith Insurance Group,  Barley House Agency, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Consort Strategy, Gamechangers, and UKAS. 


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