UK ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
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 300 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 of 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.
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) is the Chartered Institute for payroll, pensions, and rewards professionals in the UK. and is dedicated to raising the profile of payroll in business across the UK and internationally.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is the Government’s primary mechanism for financially supporting the UK’s working population during the Covid-19 pandemic. This scheme would not have been realised without practical implementation by the payroll community.
The CIPP has been fundamental in supporting not only members, but the entire payroll community in understanding, communicating, and implementing the CJRS and its revisions at incredible speed. With 10 million people having been placed on furlough and therefore eligible for CJRS to date, the CIPP has been integral in supporting the economy and keeping the UK paid.
If successful, we would accept this award on behalf of all payrollers in the UK.
Emerging Payments Association
The Emerging Payments Association, established in 2008, sets out to make payments work for everyone. To achieve this, it runs a comprehensive programme of activities for members with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of 15 payments CEOs.
More than 100 volunteers collaborate on the important challenges facing our industry today, such as financial inclusion, recovering from Covid-19, financial crime, regulation, access to banking and promoting the UK globally. The EPA also produces research papers and reports to shed light on the big issues of the day and works closely with industry stakeholders such as the Bank of England, the FCA, HM Treasury, the Payment Systems Regulator, Pay.UK, UK Finance and Innovate Finance.
The EPA has over 130 members that employ over 300,000 staff and process more than £7tn annually. Its members come from across the payments value chain including payments schemes, banks and issuers, merchant acquirers, PSPs, retailers, TPPs and more. These companies have come together to join our community, collaborate, and speak with a unified voice. The EPA collaborates with its licensees at EPA EU and EPA Asia to create an interconnected global network of people passionate about making payments work for all.
Health Food Manufacturers’ Association
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) is the authoritative voice of the UK’s natural products industry, including vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements. Throughout 2020, the association has promoted and protected the interests of the industry, influenced legislators and regulators, and supported consumers’ access to high quality advice and products.
The COVID crisis brought a focus on personal health and prevention that has never been seen before. The HFMA strenuously and successfully lobbied the Government to recognise its members as ‘Key Workers’ and grant health food stores ‘essential service’ status to allow the industry to operate continuously throughout the pandemic.
The association launched its first direct to consumer campaign to educate the public around key issues, such as Vitamin D, which contributed to record numbers of people beginning to take supplements in response to the pandemic.
Beyond COVID, the HFMA has guided its members through the Brexit transition period, supporting their preparedness and understanding of changes, regulations, labelling and movement of goods.
The HFMA’s membership grew 11% in 2020, and the association strengthened its relationships with core stakeholders, MPs, other industry bodies, and directly with the public.
Lifting Equipment Engineers Association
During the COVID 19 pandemic, LEEA members have faced new, and increasing challenges. Consequently, LEEA successfully pivoted to support them, and this successful pivot is at the heart of our application. It’s an application which will help us to publicly celebrate the work of our members in building health care facilities and in supporting essential industry during the pandemic, but it will also recognise the speed, direction and effectiveness of our pivot.
In an era of globalization, where the threat of a race to the bottom in terms of standards is very real, LEEA membership has become the badge and mark of high quality and a commitment to safety. Our membership is difficult to achieve and keep, not because of our fees, but because we expect exacting standards from our members. In the past two years, membership has grown by 20%; governments and end users across the globe now expect LEEA membership when bidding for work or entering work sites. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, Singapore Ministry of Manpower, UK Construction/CSCS, PDO & Occidental Oman, Rolls Royce Aerospace, BP Trinidad & Tobago, Scottish Water, Saudi Aramco, Qatar Petroleum, JCB, Petronas.
National Association of Funeral Directors
The NAFD is the largest UK funeral trade association, representing more than 4,100 funeral homes, suppliers and overseas firms. Members range from tiny family businesses to plcs and co-operatives.
The NAFD is recognised as the voice of the funeral profession, supporting members through lobbying/representation, PR, education, standards and compliance activity, events and practical business support.
Given the number of deaths during COVID-19, the NAFD’s role has been amplified during 2020 and our purpose has perhaps never been clearer or more focused.
Funeral Directors, one of only a few private sector groups to be categorised as critical workers, have needed our support, lobbying and media power more than at any other time in the Association’s 116-year history – at the same time as being under intense regulatory/media scrutiny from a Competition and Markets Authority investigation that will reshape funeral service for a generation.
The sector is also evolving fast, in response to changing needs of bereaved consumers and the NAFD is playing a leading role in taking a highly diverse sector though these important and fundamental changes.
National Residential Landlords Association
The NRLA is the UK’s largest membership organisation for private residential landlords, representing over 90,000 landlords. Created through the merger of the National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association in March 2020. The associations made the decision to unite to create a member-focused organisation offering practical help, tangible member benefits and a strong political voice. From March 2020, the NRLA provided practical advice and guidance, while lobbying at the highest level in the interests of members. The NRLA’s campaigning work brought about real change and the organisation made national media headlines following campaigns around the evictions ban and additional support for landlords and tenants affected by Covid-19. The NRLA led the debate for the sector in the pandemic response, in addition to providing innovative research to ensure the rent debt crisis was on the political agenda. Not only did the organisation have to respond to the pandemic to support members, this was all achieved as the organisation was going through a merger. Since merger, the NRLA has grown membership by almost 10% The growing membership number is truly a testament to the level of service the staff are providing and our commitment to creating a member-first organisation.
Railway Industry Association
As an award-winning industry-wide trade association, we are considered the ‘go to’ organisation for the UK rail supply chain. Our creativity, agility and speed in response to our Members queries has been paramount especially during these challenging times of the Coronavirus pandemic. RIA’s Membership has grown significantly in recent years, from 190 members to over 300 and in December 2020, RIA recorded its highest ever member satisfaction scores, with 84% of members now saying they are either ‘really or quite happy’ with their membership. The satisfaction score of ‘really happy’ (the highest category) has risen from 34%, when Chief Executive Darren Caplan joined, to 52% in 2020.
Results also show that 88% of our Members said they believe RIA ‘is playing a leadership role as the voice of the UK rail supply community’, and 85% said RIA has been performing ‘really or quite well’ as the ‘go-to’ body for advising on Government policy.
In conclusion, we strive and continue to be the voice of the railway industry whilst supporting our community with 91% of our Members saying they are happy with their Membership.