Why join us?

The Trade Association Forum is the only organisation of its kind and we have Government support as the first choice organisation to deal with trade associations. Our supporting department is the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We are the ‘association of associations’ and we are here to provide you and your team with similar support to that which you provide to your members. 

Membership is open to any trade association based in the UK, all of which have many similar challenges in common in terms of their operational activities.

Our range of services and activities are designed to assist you in the strategic development and day-to-day running of your organisation and we work hard to promote the excellent contribution that associations make to Government, industry and the wider public.

TAF Member Benefits

Best Practice

Access to resources and free events on best practice for TAs, new member-only section of website about to be launched

Events and networking

We run free events for members throughout the year and offer preferential pricing to paid-for events

Benchmarking

Access to sector benchmarking research to help inform approach to how to manage your association (e.g. salary and benefits benchmarking)

Approved suppliers

Preferential deals with leading suppliers to associations, helping you deliver great services to your members at the best possible prices.

Jobs Board

Post your vacancies on the TAF jobs board for free and have them promoted across our social channels.

Member forum

COMING SOON: member forums to pose questions to your peers and find common solutions

Trade association directory

Have a free listing in our trade association directory - a popular resource for people looking for information about sectors

Fees and how to join

TAF member subscriptions are based on the number of (full time equivalent) staff working for the organisation as shown in the table below. 

The subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Annual subscription rates from 1 April 2021 to 31st March 2022 are as follows:

Trade Association  Size Band  Annual Subscription (ex VAT) 
0-9 Staff  £455 
10-19 Staff  £840 
20-49 Staff  £1,485 
50 Staff and Over  £2,060 

 

Multiple/Block Subscriptions 

For umbrella bodies and organisations representing trade associations and other types of membership body, a block subscription will apply. These are calculated according to individual circumstances, but will be linked to the number of organisations represented who will also be included into membership of TAF. 

Individual Contacts 

Communication with members is primarily by e-mail rather than by post. There is no limit on the number of contacts within your organisation that can be nominated to receive communications from the Forum (e.g. newsletters and updates). 

One contact will be designated as the Main contact to receive any items where there is only one copy per member (e.g. subscription forms or voting papers). This detailed contact information is treated as confidential and will be used only by the Forum for addressing communications to named contacts. 

Where electronic contact data is not available, it is assumed that all contacts can be reached via the organisation’s postal address. 

Join today

If you would like to discuss joining TAF or have any questions, then please get in touch with the TAF CEO or call +44 (0)20 3869 8650.

If you would like to join, the first step is filling out our online membership application form: