The prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards and Dinner 2019 was held on Tuesday, 9th July 2019 at County Hall in Westminster, London to coincide with the Forum’s Annual General Meeting and the Annual Conference.  The Awards, which is the only association awards which is supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, recognises, rewards and promotes Best Practice and innovation amongst Trade Associations in the UK.  They 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 2019 Best Practice Awards as follows:

BEIS Sector Representation of the Year
Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The British Toy & Hobby Association

Conference of the Year
Sponsored by Consort Strategy
Railway Industry Association – Conference

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Sponsored by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service
National Association of Shopfitters

Event of the Year
Sponsored by Gamechangers
National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers

Exhibition of the Year
Sponsored by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service
British Blind & Shutter Association

Good Governance Award
Sponsored by Consort Strategy
Certass TA

Magazine of the Year
National Hairdressers’ Federation

Marketing Campaign of the Year
Sponsored by Barley House Agency
Certass TA

Member Engagement Award
British Coatings Federation

Publication of the Year
Sponsored by Gamechangers
National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers

Skills Development Award
Sponsored by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service
Credit Services Association

Social Media Award
Certass TA

Website of the Year
Sponsored by Barley House Agency
British Home Enhancement Trades Association

TAF Chairman’s Award
Phil Bennett, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Young Achiever of the Year
Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group
Tania Morrill, British Coatings Federation

The Miles Smith Insurance Group Leadership Award
Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group
John Newcomb, Builders Merchants Federation

The Miles Smith Insurance Group Outstanding Contribution Award
Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group
Richard Lambert, National Landlords Association

2018 Trade Association of the Year
Sponsored by Miles Smith Insurance Group
Certass TA

A Commendation was also given to The British Toy & Hobby Association for their entry for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers for their entry for the Good Governance Award and the Ladder Association for their entry for the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award.

Many of the winning entries will be featured in the Forum’s TA Best Practice Exchange which will be held in London on Thursday, 7th November 2019.

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.”

Certass TA Chairman, Jon Vanstone, said: “The BEIS supported Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards are the ultimate recognition for any UK association.  We are therefore absolutely thrilled to be named Trade Association of the Year, especially as Certass TA is only just one year old.

Certass TA was launched to help address the biggest issues facing the glazing industry, with a commitment to level the playing field for the local tradesperson, promote the industry, ensure a skilled, professional workforce and champion diversity.

It is fantastic to have our achievements recognised at this early stage, and we are really pleased to have been awarded the Good Governance, Marketing Campaign and Social Media awards as well. These wins top off an amazing year for Certass TA – the first of many – and they are a credit to the Certass TA team and our brilliant members.”

TAF would like to give a huge thank you to the sponsors for the Best Practice Awards 2019: Headline sponsors Miles Smith Insurance Group,  Barley House AgencyDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyConsort StrategyGamechangers, and UKAS.

Notes to Editor:

1.      Since its formation in 1997, the Trade Association Forum has been encouraging the development and sharing of best practice among UK trade associations and promoting the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public.

2.      The Final Judging Panel comprised an independent panel of experts working with Trade Associations as follows:

  • Phil Bennett from the Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy
  • Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of the Trade Association Forum
  • Veronica Gianngeli from the Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy
  • Richard Gott, Founder of MemberWise
  • Justin Greenwood of Robert Gordon University
  • Susie Kay, Managing Director of the Professionalism Group
  • Jon Vanstone, The National Federation of Roofing Contractors and TAF Chairman

3.      The Trade Association Forum Best Practice Exchange 2019 will take place on 7th November 2019 in London.  This unique event runs over a whole day, with specialised break-out sessions to network and share knowledge, experience and best practice with over 150 other trade associations in a vibrantly innovative environment.

4.      For further information contact Linda Cavender, Tel: 020 3869 8650, e-mail: lcavender@taforum.org.uk

5.      For further information on the Trade Association Forum:
  http://www.taforum.org/ or Twitter @taforum

       


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