OVERALL BEST ASSOCIATION (under 1,000 members)

British Coatings Federation

We are BCF (British Coatings Federation) – a small but powerful trade association with a purpose to sustainably develop and grow the UK’s coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings sectors to the benefit of our members and society in general. We have a proud 100 year heritage but are forward-facing in championing the technologies and people who will grow our sector and improve its sustainability.


British Educational Suppliers Association

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has undergone a radical transformation since 2016 under new Director General, Caroline Wright resulting in membership hitting an all-time high, and a member satisfaction net promoter score of 67. Members enjoy a huge range of benefits from over 20 market research reports each year, seminars, networking events and insight days all part of the mix. Our work alongside government has resulted in Caroline attending the trade mission to China in January 2018 alongside the Prime Minister, and two joint initiatives with the DfE – LearnED Roadshow and LendED lending platform. Both were promoted in the 2019 DfE EdTech Strategy, further endorsement of BESA membership being a kitemark for quality, trusted providers. Our international work has also expanded with the number BESA members attending international events increasing 16% year on year since 2016. We have also launched several high-profile international events ourselves, in regions where none previously existed, including GESS (Gulf Education Supplies & Solutions Show) and this year, BESS Vietnam. Other initiatives included our Resource our Schools campaign that helped lobby for the additional £400m funding for schools announced late last year, and the launch of the Women in Education Working Group.


Builders Merchants Federation 

The BMF vision is “To enable our Members to Build Excellence in Building Materials Supply”. The Teamwork by Regional Managers – to develop much closer relationships with members and understand their requirements – and by Head Office personnel to respond and develop programmes to meet those needs, have brought us closer to that vision. We have demonstrably greater engagement: Between January 2018 and June 2019, the BMF Regional Centres of Excellence hosted a total 96 events attracting 1,338 delegates. We have business KPIs that are presented at each BMF Board meeting and focus on membership numbers, key event attendances, training and membership services income. We have introduced a valuable new Regional subset to our unique BMBI sales data, exclusively available to members. We are promoting the industry with legislators through a programme of constituency MP visits to members’ operations. This year BMF membership increased by a further 7%, from 650 to 684, illustrating our recruitment and retention strategies are working. The Teamwork demonstrated in all of these achievements is worthy of this Award.


Charity Retail Association

We are a non-for-profit membership organisation and the only body in the UK that represents the interests of charity retailers. Our members run more than 9,000 shops between them. Generating more than £295m per year in funds and harnessing the skills of more than 230,000 volunteers nationwide, charity retail promotes charitable causes and an environmentally sustainable retail experience. We work to:

1. Influence and monitor legislation and regulations that affect charity retailing.
2. Promote the benefits of charity retailing to the environment, the community and to charity.
3. Be the major source of expertise and up-to-date information on issues affecting the charity retail sector.
4. Promote good practice.
5. Work closely with other relevant organisations to support our members.

Our vision is a successful charity retail sector in the UK, actively promoted and supported by us.


Comité International Radio-Maritime 

Over the last five years, CIRM’s transformation from passive observer association into a dynamic and proactive technical body, has resulted in internationally recognised and ‘go-to’ authority on maritime technology matters. Well received by the worldwide maritime community and strong in its ability to impart all manner of technical and trend knowledge to the wider community, CIRM’s ultimate aim is to maintain and improve the state of the maritime economy, condition of sea traffic and the safety of life at sea, with continual support from the UN regulatory agencies worldwide where CIRM holds Consultative Status, CIRM is flourishing in the currently highly pressured maritime economy and various market places.


Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) represents 280+ companies in the rail supply community. Over the past year, RIA has built upon its work to deliver an ‘A+’ trade association, with a focus on delivering for members and building a bigger and better rail supply industry. RIA has developed into a highly effective trade body, with a focus on delivering for members and the wider industry. It has cultivated a welcoming environment for staff and members, where new ideas and inventive solutions are welcome. This has allowed the team to build on past successes, and continually develop. RIA has developed the voice of the rail industry to senior political and stakeholder groups. Through lobbying campaigns, complementary media engagement and responding to issues of relevance to rail, RIA has significantly increased its profile. And it has worked to respond to issues arising in the rail industry, in order to ensure the rail supply chain is heard as decisions about the future of the sector are made.