UK ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR (over 1000 members)
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) is the only Chartered Institute for the payroll, pensions, and reward professions in the UK, and is dedicated to raising the profile of payroll in businesses across the UK and internationally.
Our policy and research team represent our members at government consultation forums, ensuring members have a voice, and our education portfolio ensures industry is always up to date, providing the most relevant training and qualifications on the market.
We aim to ensure everyone understands the impact the payroll industry has in the UK. Through the collection of income tax and National Insurance alone, our industry contributes £345 billion a year to the UK economy. We want to celebrate this and shine a spotlight on the true champions behind every payslip.
Institute of Employability Professionals
The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is the membership body for employability professionals who help disadvantaged individuals gain, progress, and retain employment. We have experienced significant growth and success, with a recent survey showing 96.27% of respondents had a positive experience with the IEP. We offer various benefits and CPD opportunities, including webinars, newsletters, podcasts, mentoring, and conferences. In the past 6 months we have established offices and founder patrons in Sweden and Australia, and new networks and partners in Canada, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. We have launched accredited learning programmes to support over 50s, neurodivergent individuals, and those with mental health issues into sustainable work, and are developing more programmes to support single parents, young people, homeless people, refugees, and ex-offenders. The IEP has applied to be the Best UK Association of the Year to raise awareness of the importance of employability and champion the work of employability professionals everywhere.
National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers
The NACFB boasts two primary membership cohorts. Just over 1,100 commercial finance brokerages operate alongside 165 UK banks and lenders. A key aim of the trade body is to enable productive engagement and dialogue between these two cohorts, servicing the business borrowing needs of the UK’s small businesses. From hairdressers in Leeds to small-scale housebuilders in Derry, the NACFB and its membership backs small business owners. The NACFB aims to facilitate relationships between the two bodies we stand between, by increasing communication opportunities through our Morning Briefing, our Broker Magazine and the array of events held each year, the NACFB provides opportunities to engage with the wider sphere of the industry. Built on a foundation of upholding the highest professional standards, driven by a desire to unlock SME growth ambitions, and led by a dynamic team of industry experts, the Association is well placed to help fund UK businesses for the next 30 years.
National Hair & Beauty Federation
Established in 1942, the NHBF helps Members to run successful and profitable hair and beauty businesses, evolving its support to match the fast-changing needs of a highly creative industry. We use research and data effectively to present the issues and requests of the industry to Government in terms that it understands and continue to challenge and inform we the way that Government perceives and engages with the sector. We are recognised by our trade media as the authoritative voice of the industry proving a conduit between Government and business professionals. As hair & beauty businesses navigate the post-pandemic energy and economic crises the NHBF has looked to celebrate innovation within its ranks and invested to develop new services to support its Members.
National Residential Landlords Association
The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is the UK’s largest membership organisation for private residential landlords, with more than 100,000 members.
Created by landlords, for landlords, it offers landlords, agents and investors everything they need to run a professional, successful and compliant lettings business.
The association has an average TrustPilot rating of 4 9 out of five from more than 2,900 reviews, proof members are pleased with the service they receive.
In December 2022 the NRLA hit the 100,000-member mark, up from 80,000 when the association was created through the merger of legacy organisations in May 2020 – an increase of 25%.
This is testament to the great work the association is doing to support and represent its members, and growth it has leveraged to drive awareness in the media and with political decision makers.
A number of key NRLA recommendations have been adopted by the Government in its new Renters (Reform) Bill, which promises the biggest shake-up of the sector in decades, with blanket press coverage on the association’s stance.
Following its inaugural sell-out conference in November 2022, the association has also developed new state-of-the-art software allowing members to manage their entire lettings business through their NRLA account.
There is no business without people. The CIPD is the partner, voice and benchmark for the profession that supports and enables people within organisations. At the centre is our purpose to champion better work and working lives, which we bring to life through our community of professional experts united behind a common goal.
We focus attention on issues in the world of work that demand change, raising awareness among a wider audience and influencing change at the very highest levels. Through our research, guidance and thought leadership we’ve tackled everything from in-work poverty to the menopause, responsible business to hybrid working.
We have almost 160,000 members globally and partnered with 330 employers worldwide to help their organisations thrive. We’ve increased our reach through our volunteer network, with people professionals giving their time and skills to support others, both across our branch network and helping to tackle barriers to work and create inclusive workplaces.
The world of work is undergoing seismic change. Our profession must continue to take the lead, using everything we learned in recent years and seizing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change working lives for the better. We will be right there with them.
The Institute of the Motor Industry
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is a membership body focused on supporting the professional development of those individuals who work in the automotive sector with the end goal of ensuring the highest standards of vehicle maintenance and repair for road user safety. Established in the UK in 1920 and now representing 93,000+ members across the globe, the IMI’s mission is to enhance the professional status of individuals in the motor industry and to promote excellence in the field. It offers a range of qualifications and training programs, including apprenticeships, technical certificates, and professional development courses and has a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusiveness as well as equipping the workforce for the next generation of automotive technology.
The IMI believes human-to-human connection is essential. It’s what sets it apart from so many other organisations. The IMI doesn’t use bots; it effectively deploys automated processes so that the dedicated Member support team can provide hands-on support for members, at recruitment and throughout the lifetime of their membership. Listening to members’ needs is key.