Why Diversity Matters – Online Seminar
Wednesday, 26th January 2022
12.00 – 13.00

Join us for our first online seminar of 2022, hosted by Women on boards. WOB will be sharing the latest research on how diversity enhances group intelligence and innovation and show that it is essential to deliver top performance.  Diverse groups may not feel comfortable but the evidence is incontrovertible: teams of like minded individuals are unlikely to deliver competitive advantage or exceptional results. 

This seminar is free for TAF members only. If you would like to register to attend please email secretariat@taforum.org

CRMs – What do you need and why are they important? – Webinar
Thursday, 27th January 2022

With so many data management systems out there, it can be extremely overwhelming finding the right platform for your association. This one off webinar will explore the importance of data, why data management is so important and how to choose the right provider. 

This webinar is free to attend for TAF members only. Spaces are limited, please contact secretariat@taforum.org to reserve your place. 

Lobbying for Trade Associations
Tuesday, 8th February 2022
09.30 – 12.30pm

This half-day online seminar will provide an overview of trade association lobbying, offering trade association executives a tool kit that will help them to maximise the impact of their lobbying. It will consider the advantages and disadvantages of lobbying by trade associations and look at how the pandemic has affected the practice of public affairs. The Seminar will be run by Michael Burrell, Public Affairs Consultant and Trainer. 

£275 + VAT for members
£375 + VAT for non members

Please email secretariat@taforum.org to register your place. 


Current BEIS Priorities – Webinar
Wednesday, 6th April 2022

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will provide an update on their priorities for 2022 and allow TAF members to ask questions and raise any concerns.
This webinar is free for TAF members only. Please contact secretariat@taforum.org to reserve your space. 

Bookings are now being taken for the British Compressed Gases Association’s annual conference.

The key industry event takes place in Manchester on Thursday, April 28, at The Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park.

Supported by Gasworld, the conference brings together professionals from the compressed gases industry to hear the latest developments, current issues and association news.

A wide variety of speakers will offer a broad perspective of key matters, including discussion over BREXIT challenges and medical gases post Covid-19.

Sustainability, the environment and STEM are also given prominence in the agenda, as well as technology, while panel discussions will centre around youth and the future of the industry, and hydrogen.

Included in the speaker line-up is Lord Karan Bilimoria, of the CBI, who will reflect on the impact of Covid-19 and set out a vision for the future of the UK economy.

Acclaimed intelligent leader specialist David Harman, followed by keynote speaker, the former SAS soldier Colin Maclachlan – of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS – will conclude the event with a focus on leadership and inspiration.

Ellen Daniels, BCGA CEO, said: “We have an exciting agenda for 2022 and, after a break of two years from meeting in person, hope to see as many people as possible in Manchester for the event.

“The compressed gases sector has had a hugely significant role to play in the UK during Covid-19 and we look forward to seeing how we move forward in this new era with the challenges and opportunities presented.

“We’d strongly urge people to book their place as soon as possible, to ensure they are guaranteed a place.”

For more information about the full speaker line-up, as well as booking details – including the Early Bird deal, which runs until the end of January – please visit https://bcga.co.uk/conference/

The weblink also includes details of the BCGA Member Awards, which were launched last year at the Association’s first ever digital conference.

Recognising those who have excelled throughout the last year, the categories for 2022 include Outstanding Team of the Year, Consultant of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, and STEM Outreach Award.

Free to enter for all BCGA members, the deadline for submissions is 1st March.


Notes To Editors – About BCGA

The ‘enabling industry’ underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation – industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and well-being of thousands of people in the UK every day.

Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable – while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry. With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion.

Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers’ working environments.

BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.


Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR – jane@shepherd-pr.com 01335 368020

The annual salary and benefits survey of trade associations from the Trade Association Forum lays bare the impact of Covid-19 on UK trade associations. It shows:

  • Over a quarter of respondents (27%) saw a reduction in staff numbers in 2020
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) was used by just over 50% of respondents
  • 33% report that Covid-19 had affected their ability to increase staff pay in 2021, and 29% that they had not awarded or budgeted for salary increases in 2021. 
  • 64% of associations are looking to recruit, a figure that has almost doubled from our last survey in 2019 when just 36% of associations were planning to hire
  • Just 8% have or are planning to return to full time office working. 83% will adopt hybrid working and 8% are allowing staff to work from home permanently. 

Gaynor Pates, Chair of the Trade Association Forum said:

“The combination of Brexit and Covid-19 has seen trade associations demonstrate their value to UK businesses. Under increasing financial pressures, they have stepped up their support to members to help them to navigate the myriad of changing rules, regulations and Government support schemes. 

“At the same time, associations, have had to reshape themselves to be able to operate with a very different financial outlook, as in-person events, awards and other revenue-generating activities were cancelled. 

“Whilst Covid -19 has provided the most challenging of times for Trade Associations, it is great to see some confidence return and a more positive outlook for 2022”

Gavin Ellwood, Found of Ellwood Atfield said:

“The demand for communication, policy, and advocacy skills in UK trade associations has increased significantly in the last 6 months.”

“Trade association leaders and their teams have had an extremely challenging time, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic combined has been a real test of their effectiveness and efficiency.”

“Associations are performing an increasingly critical role in the British economy, as proven over the last 18-months, and careers in association leadership are now more desirable and rewarding than ever before.” 


Contact:  Emily Wallace ceo@taforum.org 


The Trade Association Forum (TAF) supported by BEIS, is the leading representative body for trade associations in the UK. TAF supports trade associations to share best practice, drive growth and celebrate success. Membership is open to any trade association based in the UK.

The 2021 Salary and Benefits Survey was supported by Ellwood Atfield, specialists in the recruitment of Chief Executives of trade associations, professional bodies and representative organisations.

The survey provides up-to-date information on salaries, pay awards and benefits offered by associations. The data was collected during September and October 2021.

The findings set out the context to the survey with background information and highlights, including: 

  • The current context and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on staffing, pay and recruitment
  • Analyses of salary levels by staff grade, by association size
  • Analyses of pay increases (most recent and prospective) 
  • A summary of the pensions responses 
  • Details of fringe benefits and holiday provision

For further information on the Trade Association Forum including how to purchase a copy of the report please visit http://www.taforum.org/ or Twitter @taforum

For further information about Ellwood Atfield please see https://www.ellwoodatfield.com/

National trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BGCA) has launched a new online platform to support members and professionals operating in the industrial, food and medical gas sectors. 

The new website at www.bcga.co.uk showcases BCGA publications, latest news, and information on topics across a broad spectrum of subject areas. 

It also includes an exclusive area for BCGA members, featuring the latest technical information, exclusive publications – and to help develop industry standards. 

Ellen Daniels, BCGA Chief Executive, said: “Our new website helps showcase how the work of our members in this invisible industry is present in so many aspects of our day-to-day lives. 

“The member-only area also offers a range of publications and technical information, as well as access to our benefits, such as opportunities to influence regulation and guidance produced by Government and to be involved in developing standards for our industry. 

“We are urging members to create their login area, and to encourage their colleagues to do the same, as the wealth of information available to members is more accessible than ever.” 

BCGA members can register via the website to access the members-only area, by going to ‘Member Login’ and filling out a brief sign-up form using a business or work email address. 

Non-members can still access publications, which remain free to download, by entering any email address. 

As the UK membership body for the compressed gases sector, BCGA represents member businesses that directly employ 19,000 people and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion. 

Committed to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members operate in a highly regulated industry, with a focus on best practice in technical, safety, health and environmental issues. 


Notes To Editors – About BCGA 

The ‘invisible industry’ underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation – industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day. 

Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable – while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia. 

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry.  

Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685, 07985 129315 

The Net Zero Strategy sets out how the UK will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Net Zero Strategy sets out how the UK will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050
  • outlines measures to transition to a green and sustainable future, helping businesses and consumers to move to clean power, supporting hundreds of thousands of well-paid jobs and leveraging up to £90 billion of private investment by 2030
  • reducing Britain’s reliance on imported fossil fuels will protect consumers from global price spikes by boosting clean energy
  • it comes as the UK prepares to host the UN COP26 summit next week, where the Prime Minister will call on other world economies to set out their own domestic plans for cutting emissions

For the full press release, click here.

On the 7th October, TAF was pleased to present an opportunity to hear from our partners Quest. The webinar covered:

  • Returning to Work
  • Testing & Vaccinations
  • Hybrid Working
  • Lone Workers
  • Long Covid
  • Q&A

To view the recording of this session, please click here.

The UK has launched a package of measures to help it seize the opportunities of data to boost growth, trade and improve its public services.

Having left the EU, the Digital Secretary now holds powers to strike data adequacy partnerships with partners around the world.

The government believes it can unlock more trade and innovation by reducing unnecessary barriers and burdens on international data transfers, thereby opening up global markets to UK businesses. In turn this will help give UK customers faster, cheaper and more reliable products and services from around the world.

International data transfers are vital for everyday activities such as GPS navigation, video calls with family and friends, online banking, powering apps people use on a daily basis, retail, and businesses’ back office delivery.

Data adequacy partnerships, with countries or sectors which have high data protection standards, means organisations do not have to implement costly compliance measures to share personal data internationally.

Securing these arrangements will be a significant step in the UK’s ongoing plans to unlock the power of data to drive UK growth and innovation.

For the full press release click here.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet on Wednesday, removing several key ministers including Gavin Williamson.

This is the second major reshuffle since Mr Johnson became leader of the Conservative party and took over as prime minister from Theresa May in July 2019. The last one took place in February 2020.

Some of the big moves included Liz Truss to foreign secretary, the Tories’ first woman in that role; Nadhim Zahawi moved from leading the vaccine rollout to education – at the expense of Mr Williamson; and Nadine Dorries stepped up from health minister to culture secretary.

Who’s in the other posts? Here’s a guide to the people that make up Mr Johnson’s cabinet, with the latest new faces and who’s changed places.

On the 14th of September, the Prime Minister set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter.

Ventilation is an important and effective mitigation to stop the spread of Covid, and businesses are advised to open windows, air vents and doors to let fresh air in, ensure that mechanical ventilation systems are set to maximise fresh air and minimise air recirculation, and to use outdoor space where practical.

People who have tested positive and their unvaccinated contacts will continue to be legally required to self-isolate. Financial support for those on certain benefits who are required to self-isolate will continue until the end of March.

Businesses should continue to check the safe working guidance for the latest updates.

For the published plans, click here.

This is a final call to participate in the TAF Salary & Benefits Survey 2021 with our partner, Ellwood Atfield.

Ellwood Atfield are specialist recruiters for senior executives for trade associations such as Chief Executives as well as communications and advocacy appointments.

This year’s survey has the same questions as previous years so we can conduct trend analysis but we have included a few Covid-related impact questions too. This survey is a very popular member benefit enabling associations to benchmark. It also provides up-to-date and detailed information to help plan salary and benefit reviews.

This year we are particularly keen that the survey helps members to better understand both the impact of the pandemic and the impact of rising inflation on their staffing costs in order to help planning and budgeting for the future

The report will be free to all TAF members and we aim to publish the results in October but in return we need your help!  Please make sure you take part in the survey so that this year’s report is the most accurate and comprehensive we have ever produced.

Take part now!

The survey is being conducted on-line and can be accessed via the following secure link below (if the hyperlink is not clickable, please copy and paste into your browser): 


You will find it useful to download a PDF of the questions first so you prepare the data you might need for when you access the online survey. You can download a PDF of the survey here but we do need your responses via the online link above please.

Please note that we only require one response per organisation. 

All data provided we be treated in strict confidence and will only be reported in aggregated format so no association can be identified from the data provided.  

If you have questions, please contact support@taforum.org

Thank you for your support.

Gaynor Pates


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