UK ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR (UP TO 500 MEMBERS)
Association of British Insurers
The Association of British Insurers is the voice of the UK’s world leading insurance and long-term savings industry. We have over 200 members, associate members and partners, which represent over 90% of the UK insurance market.
Our role is to get the right people together to help inform public policy debates, engaging with politicians, policymakers and regulators at home and abroad; be the public voice of the sector, promoting the value of its products and highlighting its importance to the wider economy; help encourage consumer understanding of the sector’s products and practices; and support a competitive insurance industry, in the UK and overseas.
Working alongside members and Government, the ABI has helped to develop the insurance sector and create better outcomes for insurance customers. We liaise regularly between the industry and HM Treasury, HMRC, Financial Ombudsman Service, Financial Conduct Authority, Department for Work and Pensions, NHS England, UK Government and Bank of England to resolve issues/proactively prevent issues arising. We also ensure there is a joined-up industry approach on important commercial issues and raise the profile of members and the UK insurance industry and its contributions to the UK economy.
Association of Translation Companies
The Association of Translation Companies (ATC) is a professional membership association representing and promoting the language services industry and over 200 member companies in the UK and internationally.
In the past year, the ATC has moved outside its own industry, focused on adding value to its members’ businesses, and forged strategic collaborations with partners and stakeholders in the commercial, education and public sectors.
The ATC’s focus is on positioning language services as a key driver for internationalisation for the UK’s economy and SME companies, shifting the conversation around languages and language services in the commercial, education and public sector arenas from ’nice to have’ to ‘absolutely critical’.
In the association arena, the ATC punches above its weight.
British Security Industry Association
The BSIA has been transformed in the last three years under its new leadership team, with record high retention figures, significant investment into the services it provides for its members. It has consolidated itself as ‘the voice of the professional security industry, working closely with industry and government partners and leaders in representing its members and raising awareness of the work of professional security companies across the United Kingdom.
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
CECA led others into doing something that our sector had been severely criticised for failing to do previously – establish a genuine cross-industry partnership – to develop a united response to COVID. It then continued this momentum, combined with increased productivity, to support its members and help secure construction’s future for the long term.
Independent Healthcare Providers Network
IHPN is the membership network for independent healthcare providers. We play a leading role in the sector by bringing independent providers together, representing their interests, and supporting them to deliver great care to patients.
In 2021/22 IHPN has built on its track record of success to deliver an outstanding service to members. We have enabled our members to play a full role in the health system response to Covid-19 while also positioning them to drive recovery in NHS services and benefit from growing demand for private health services. We have led the way on improving safety and quality across the independent sector and showed long-term vision and leadership with the launch of an industry-wide net zero commitment that exceeds targets set by the NHS.
Railway Industry Association
The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the national UK trade body for the railway industry, has in the past year worked hard to drive a stronger and more vibrant railway industry, supporting our members in a range of areas. We have engaged widely with politicians and the media across the UK, to change the narrative on rail’s role post-Covid so that it can be central to the country’s economic recovery.
The Payments Association
The Payments Association is the largest association representing those who collaborate to improve the world through payments. Founded 14 years ago, we now operate communities in the UK, EU and Asia, helping benefit our members’ commercial interests, solve global problems and evaluate new opportunities for innovation.
Our members collaborate to enable consumers and organisations to pay and get paid more securely, cheaply and quickly.
Guided by an independent Advisory Board, our team runs over 50 digital, face-to-face and hybrid events for members, including an annual conference, awards dinner, podcasts, briefings and webinars, CEO roundtables, networking and training activities.
We’ve doubled our membership over 24 months and have grown revenues by 60% in the last year. Our events, policy and research work has contributed to the 9% compound annual growth rate of the payments industry since 2018 by:
1. Facilitating more high-quality interactions between members, leading to commercial partnerships and collaboration.
2. Enabling members’ staff to be better informed from our extensive research, publications, podcasts, webinars and training.
3. Raising government awareness of the payments industry’s importance through campaigns that have secured an important shift in policy.
Wine and Spirit Trade Association
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) represents over 300 companies producing, importing, exporting, transporting and selling wines and spirits in the United Kingdom.
In the last 18 months the WSTA has faced with the toughest trading landscape the sector has ever experienced. The UK’s exit from the EU followed by the pandemic has meant an unprecedented period of intense activity for the WSTA as it helps to support businesses and work towards recovery.
During this period the WSTA successfully campaign in not only removing the requirement for VI-1 forms for EU wine imports, but for all wine imports. Having succeeded in changing Government ministers minds they have saved the industry some £100 million annually.
And in another victory for its members, earlier this year, DEFRA announced that they would not be including glass bottles in the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for England and Northern Ireland. If DEFRA had not listened to the WSTA it would have led to increased costs for producers and consumers.
The WSTA is now working on its next battle, to prevent the introduction of a new system to calculate alcohol duty (tax) which would unfairly place a significant burden on the wine and spirit sector.