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.


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