For almost every trade, and most material suppliers, there is a trade organisation. These organisations are available to promote the trades and products, and to protect the trades/suppliers and customers alike. Below we have a curated list of trade bodies in A-Z format.
Current UK Trade Bodies
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
- Tel: 0300 123 1100
- Web: http://www.acas.org.uk
We provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems
Asbestos Control and Abatement Division
- Tel: 01325 466 704
- Web: http://acad.tica-acad.co.uk/about-acad/
ACAD (Asbestos Control and Abatement Division) was founded in 1994 by the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) to meet a need for a trade association to improve the asbestos industry. We aim to:
- Improve overall Health & Safety standards within the industry
- Provide superior asbestos training to the industry
- Act positively to promote best working practices
- Provide accurate information to members and the industry as a whole
- Work closely with statutory bodies such as the HSE and the Environment Agency
Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
- Tel: 020 7222 6557
- Web: www.acenet.co.uk
ACE represents the interests of professional consultancies and engineering companies, large and small, operating within the built and natural environment. ACE members are engaged at every stage with the development of social and economic infrastructure both in the UK and overseas
Association of Fencing Industries
- Tel: 0700 056 0722
- Web: http://www.afiorg.uk
AFI exists to promote safety, quality and professionalism throughout the UK fencing industry; to provide business opportunities, industry news and technical information to its members; to encourage inter-member trading and collaboration; and to raise the profile and image of the UK fencing industry.
AFI is a “hands on organisation for a hands on industry, offering real and practical benefits for sensible money”. Our annual subscription is modest and our members can access our range of benefits at no added cost! Whilst you are busy putting fences up, or supervising them, AFI can help you develop your business by providing opportunities to win more work, reduce costs, improve quality, reputation and professionalism.
Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors
- Tel: 024 7647 0626
- Web: www.aphc.co.uk
We are a membership organisation for plumbing and heating businesses who want professional support to help them be successful and prosper in an ever competitive and regulated market
BFRC Services Limited (formerly British Flat Roofing Council)
- Tel: 020 7403 9200
- Web: https://www.bfrc.org
BFRC* is the premier UK authority for independently verified ratings of energy efficient windows and doors. BFRC rated energy products carry a ‘rainbow’ label similar to those found on fridges, freezers, washing machines.
*BRRC is a Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Group Company
Bathroom Manufacturers Association
- Tel: 01782 631619
- Web: www.bathroom-association.org
They are the “principle objective is to provide an independent forum for bathroom manufacturers trading in the UK to properly discuss and debate matters of mutual interest. The BMA acts as an information highway between Industry Government and the consumer on all issues that affect the bathroom business in the UK
Brick Development Association
- Tel: 0207 323 7030
- Web: www.brick.org.uk
The Brick Development Association represents the UK’s clay brick and paver manufacturers. We do this by providing services and information to those who specify the product, such as architects, developers, engineers, self-builders and contractors, and to those who make it possible, such as town planners, conservationists, local and national government. This is in addition to offering a friendly, accessible point of reference to the public
British Board of Agreement
- Tel: 01923 665300
- Web: www.bbacerts.co.uk
The BBA is committed to helping businesses and organisations supply the construction industry with products, systems and installers of the highest quality
British Ceramic Confederation
- Web: www.ceramfed.co.uk
The British Ceramic Confederation represents the collective interests of all sectors of the UK ceramics manufacturing industry. BCC safeguards the industry’s prosperity, acting on its behalf in discussions and negotiations with government and public authorities
British Coatings Federation
- Tel: 01372 365989
- Web: www.coatings.org.uk
The British Coatings Federation is the sole UK Trade Association representing the interests of the decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcovering manufacturers. Coatings are critical to UK industry, with 300,000 workers relying on our members’ products every day, and the UK is a net exporter of coatings and inks. BCF’s members represent 95% of the UK sales of coatings, inks and wallcoverings.
British Constructional Steelwork Association
- Tel: 020 7839 8566
- Web: www.steelconstruction.org
All the information you need about steel construction
British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association
- Tel: 020 7793 3000
- Web: www.beama.org.uk
BEAMA is the independent expert knowledge base and forum for the electrotechnical industry for the UK and across Europe. Representing over 200 manufacturing companies in the electrotechnical sector, the organisation has significant influence over UK and international political, standardisation and commercial policy
British Flue and Chimney Manufacturers Association
- Tel: 0118 940 3416
- Web: http://www.bfcma.co.uk
The BFCMA, the British Flue and Chimney Manufacturer’s Association, is the UK’s only Trade Association for factory-made chimney products. The BFCMA works closely with Government, public bodies and other organisations to develop safe and effective chimney and flue solutions
British Glass (formerly British Glass Manufacturers Confederation)
- Tel: 0114 268 6201
- Web: www.britglass.co.uk
British Glass represents the interests of primary glass manufacturers and the glass supply-chain, from raw materials to retail and the end-consumer. We are the industry focal point for communicating and consulting within the supply-chain to government, and the European Union. We promote a pragmatic approach to the fundamental issues that impact on our sectors, the use of glass, and our impact on the wider economy and environment
British Hardware Federation (as specialist division of bira (British Independent Retailers Association)
- Tel: 0121 446 6688
- Web: https://bira.co.uk/sectors/bhf/
Over the past 110 years BHF has supported over three thousand independent hardware and DIY retailers
British Laminate Fabricators Association
- Tel: 0845 056 8496
- Web: http://www.blfa.co.uk
The BLFA has been established for more than 50 years and is the only recognised trade association representing the laminate fabrication industry in the UK and promoting best working practice among specifiers and fabricators.
British Non-Ferrous Metals Federation (part of the Copper Development Assoication)
- Tel: 01442 275705
- Web: http://copperalliance.org.uk
Information and help on all aspects of non-ferrous metals
British Plastics Federation
- Tel: 020 7457 5000
- Web: www.bpf.co.uk
The British Plastics Federation is the most powerful voice in the UK plastic industry with over 500 members across the plastics industry supply chain, including polymer producers and suppliers, additive manufacturers, recyclers, services providers, end users, plastics processors and machinery manufacturers, representing over 80% of the industry by turnover. The BPF promotes the interests of its Members principally through its four Market Sector Groups and its many common interest Business Groups
British Plastics Federation (BPF) Pipes Group
- Tel: 01932 343 409
- Web: https://www.bpfpipesgroup.com
The BPF Pipes Group is dedicated to promoting the development, acceptance and usage of manufactured plastics piping systems at all levels in the Building, Construction, Civil and Utilities Industries.
This embraces the full spectrum of above and below ground applications, including:
- Rainwater Drainage
- Soil & Waste Pipework
- Hot & Cold Water for Internal Plumbing
- Pipework for Radiator and Underfloor Heating Systems
- Underground Drainage and Sewerage
- Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)
- Pipework for Land Drainage
- Ducting for Cabling and Communications Alongside Highways
- Pressure Pipes for Water and Gas Mains Distribution
British Precast Concrete Federation Ltd
- Tel: 0116253 6161
- Web: www.britishprecast.org.uk
British Precast is affiliated to the Mineral Products Association
The trade association of precast concrete manufacturers. The main aims of the federation are to promote precast concrete in the construction market and to disseminate information, through a range of industry representation and by shared knowledge, to add value to its member companies. Members’ interests are continually developed through our team of dedicated professionals who have extensive connections with organisations in the UK and worldwide
British Precast drainage Association (formerly the Concrete Pipe Association of Great Britain)
- Tel: 0116 232 5170
- Web: https://www.precastdrainage.co.uk
BPDA provides information and advice on concrete pipes, manholes, box culverts, and other precast concrete drainage systems, including sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). BPDA is formed from the integration of the Concrete Pipeline Systems Association (CPSA) and the Box Culvert Association (BCA). BPDA takes its place as one of the specialist product groups within the British Precast Concrete Federation
British Pump Manufacturers Association
- Tel: 0121 601 6691
- Web: www.bpma.org.uk
We are a trade association representing the interests of UK and Irish suppliers of liquid pumps and pumping equipment. The BPMA Mission: To influence the pump sector business environment in the interests of members’ competitiveness and sustainability and to increase sector awareness by providing technical support and pump technology training to members, operators and purchasers of pumping equipment
British Refrigeration Association
- Tel: 01491 578674
- Web: http://www.feta.co.uk/associations/bra
Part of the federation of Environmental Trade Associations.
The British Refrigeration Association (B.R.A.) is the only trade association representing manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, distributors, contractors, specifiers and end-users of refrigeration plant, equipment and components
British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association
- Tel: 01787 226995
- Web: http://brppa.co.uk
BRPPA represents the interests of British rubber & polyurethane product manufacturers, suppliers of raw materials and services whose products and components are used in a diverse range of industry sectors on an increasingly international basis
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. Our members are responsible for more than 70% of privately provided UK security products and services (by turnover) including the manufacture, distribution and installation of electronic and physical security equipment and the provision of security guarding and consultancy services.
British Stainless Steel Association
- Tel: 0114 292 2636
- Web: www.bssa.org.uk
The British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA) exists to promote and develop the manufacture and use of stainless steel across the UK and Ireland. Based in Sheffield, the Association provides marketing support, technical advice, information, training and education in all aspects of stainless steel
British Standards Institution
- Tel: 020 8996 9000
- Web: www.bsi-global.com
BSI is the business standards company that helps organizations make excellence a habit – all over the world. Our business is enabling others to perform better.
British Woodworking Federation
- Tel: 0844 209 2610
- Web: www.bwf.org.uk
The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is a business support organisation. We offer advice, support and wood industry information to our 700 members as well as guidance for customers who use, or specify, our members’ products and services. We also provide voice for the sector in the UK, influencing policy, regulations and standards
Builders Merchants Federation
- Tel: 02476 854980
- Web: www.bmf.org.uk
The Builders Merchants Federation is the only organisation that represents and protects the interests of Merchants and Suppliers to the merchanting industry
Building Research Establishment (BRE)
- Tel: 0333 321 88 11
- Web: www.bre.co.uk
BRE is a world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through research and knowledge generation. Building a better world together.
Cast Metals Federation
- Tel: 0121 601 6397
- Web: www.castmetalsfederation.com
CMF Members come from every part of the industry and produce around 85% of all castings produced in the UK. With over 120 foundries, ranging from global foundry groups to small jobbing foundries, our members supply precision finished parts and assemblies in a range of sizes, metals and process to the UK and global markets, an output valued at over 2 billion pounds. A strong casting sector requires a successful supply chain for equipment, consumables and services, over 40 of whom are an important part of CMF’s membership
Cement Admixtures Association
- Tel: 07702 635231
- Web: http://www.admixtures.org.uk
The CAA is a Trade Association founded in 1963 and representing all the main UK admixture manufactures. CAA members are committed to offering the highest standards of product quality and support to their customers
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Tel: 020 7421 7444
- Web: http://www.ciarb.org
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a leading professional membership organisation representing the interests of alternative dispute resolution practitioners worldwide. With over 15,000 members located in more than 133 countries, CIArb supports the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (formerly Institute of Plumbing)
- Tel: 01708 448987
- Web: https://www.ciphe.org.uk
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is a professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry
CMI Engineering Contractors Association
- Tel: 0207 340 0450
- Web: www.ceca.co.uk
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure. With more than 300 members split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water
Clay Pipe Development Association Limited Telephone
- Tel: 01494 791456
- Web: http://www.cpda.co.uk
The CPDA – Clay Pipe Development Association provides information and services to manufacturers specifiers and users of vitrified clay pipes, covering research; writing British and European Standards and providing technical information on the use of clay pipes and the design of drainage and sewerage pipelines. The strength and durability of vitrified clay pipes, coupled with their sustainable manufacture, make them the ideal choice in today’s world
Concrete Block Association
- Tel: 0116 2325165
- Web: www.cba-blocks.org.uk
The CBA is an independent industry trade body representing manufacturers of aggregate concrete building blocks in the United Kingdom. We offer independent guidance to users on:
- The many applications of aggregate concrete blocks
- Practical advice regarding the use, storage and handling of aggregate concrete blocks
- Regulatory requirements regarding the use of aggregate concrete blocks
- Health & Safety and Environmental best practice
- Technical information – Data sheets, calculated u-values for thermal bridging details and links to other sources of information
- The location of member’s manufacturing and distribution sites
Construction Industry Research & Information Association
- Tel: 020 7549 3300
- Web: www.ciria.org.uk
CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. As a neutral, independent and not-for-profit body, we link organisations with common interests and facilitate a range of collaborative activities that help improve the industry
Construction Plant Hire Association
- Tel: 020 7796 3366
- Web: http://www.cpa.uk.net
CPA is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to use of construction plant.
CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients, private companies, other trade associations, and third-sector organisations.
Through its extensive contacts, and with access to a range of industry experts and experience, CPA can help with resolution of issues including:
- Employee health and safety
- Machinery standards and emissions control
- Public safety and road transport
- Skills and employment
- Tel: 0844 892 0313
- Web: www.constructionline.co.uk
Constructionline is the UK’s most connected and progressive provider of procurement and supply chain management services, making contracting simpler and helping our customers achieve more
Contract Flooring Association
- Tel: 0115 9411126
- Web: www.cfa.org.uk
The Contract Flooring Association was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of three small flooring associations: The Floor Covering Contractors Association, whose members specialised primarily in smooth floor coverings: the Association of Flooring Contractors (hardwood flooring) and the Carpet Planners Association.
The CFA’s membership accounts for a significant proportion of the quality companies in the UK commercial flooring market.
The objectives of the CFA are to promote the highest standards of professionalism, safety and training while at the same time providing essential services and expert information to ensure the quality and productivity of our members’ businesses
Copper Development Association
- Web: www.cda.org.uk
Copper Development Association (CDA) is part of the Copper Alliance, a global network of Copper Centres, with headquarters in New York (International Copper Association, Ltd) and a regional office in Brussels (European Copper Institute).
CDA is a non-profit making trade association incorporated in 1933, supporting and promoting copper usage in the UK in such areas as building and construction, electrical engineering, industrial alloys and public health. CDA’s remit is to promote and support the correct and efficient use of copper and copper alloys for all major applications through the provision of information, literature, software and training to material specifiers, designers, engineers, architects, consultants and contractors
Council for Aluminium in Building
- Tel: 01453 828851
- Web: www.c-a-b.org.uk
The Council for Aluminium in Building’s aim is to support the architectural aluminium supply chain by encouraging the increasing use of aluminium products in both residential and commercial applications.
Members of the Council for Aluminium in Building are involved in all stages of construction, extrusion and design of systems, fabrication of products, finishing, production of associated products and final installation on site
Door and Shutter Manufacturers Association
- Tel: 01827 523 37
- Web: www.dsma.org.uk
dhf is a not-for-profit trade association for companies associated with Locks & Building Hardware; Doorsets; Industrial Doors & Shutters; Domestic Garage Doors and Automated Gates.
Originally formed in 1897, dhf has over 400 members and is the go to place for technical advice and training which lends itself to raising the standards of the industry. We are regarded as the Centre of Excellence, with a network of professional staff members as well as external consultants that can provide support in all sectors, making us a single source for technical expertise, information, knowledge, advice, and practical help.
Drilling and Sawing Association
- Tel: 0844 879 3452
- Web: www.drillandsaw.org.uk
The DSA’s mission is to promote the work of professional drilling and sawing contractors by highlighting the main advantages of cutting concrete with diamond tools, which include precision cutting within the shortest time scale, reduced noise, dust and debris and maintenance of structural integrity.
ECA is the UK’s leading trade association that represents and supports the interests of businesses and organisations involved in electrotechnical and engineering services design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and monitoring across the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland) Since 1901.
Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA)
- Tel: 0118 940 3416
- Web: http://www.feta.co.uk
It is split into six principle Associations:
- ADCAS – Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services
- BCIA – Building Controls Industry Association
- BFCMA – The British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association
- BRA – British Refrigeration Association
- HEVAC – serves the building engineering services element of the wider construction industry
- HPA – The Heat Pump Association
FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.
Federation of Master Builders
- Tel: 0330 333 7777
- Web: www.fmb.org.uk
The Federation of Master Builders is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry, representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level.
Federation of Piling Specialists
- Tel: 020 8663 0947
- Web: www.fps.org.uk
The FPS is the industry body for foundation contractors. Members undertake piling and geotechnical works on construction projects. All FPS members are independently and regularly audited to ensure they represent the best quality in the industry. The standards expected are rigorous and encompass technical ability, quality management, sustainability, safety and training.
Fibre Cement Manufacturers Association
- Tel: 01449 781577
- Web: N/A
Information and help with all aspects of fibre cement
Finishes and Interiors Sector (formerly the Association of Interior Specialists
- Tel: 0121 707 0077
- Web: https://www.thefis.org
FIS represents specialists in all aspects of the interior fit-out and finishes sector. We are a truly vertically integrated organisation with members from across the sector supply chain. We work on behalf of the sector to develop skills, drive technical competence and support our community. We help members to make the most of opportunities through advice, training, technical support and dialogue with government and other stakeholders.
Garage Equipment Association
- Tel: 01327 312 616
- Web: www.gea.co.uk
the GEA is:
- A Non-profit Membership Association
- Established in 1945
- Founders and upholders of industry standards
- Administrators of UK MOT equipment approval
- Accreditors of garage equipment engineers
- Arbitrators for our industry
- Tel: 0800 408 5500
- Web: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk
We’re the official list of gas businesses who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances. By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. Trust the Triangle. Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009.
Glass and Glazing Federation
- Tel: 0207 939 9101
- Web: www.ggf.org.uk
The GGF is the main representative organisation for companies involved in all aspects of the manufacture of flat glass and products and services for all types of glazing, in commercial and domestic sectors. Members of the GGF include companies that manufacture and install energy efficient windows,in homes and commercial buildings, the performance glass used in every type of building from houses to high-rise tower blocks and the components that are used to manufacture every type of glazing.
Guild of Architectural Ironmongers
- Tel: 020 7033 2480
- Web: http://www.gai.org.uk
It is the United Kingdom’s only trade body solely dedicated to promoting the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery industry, Architectural Ironmongers themselves, and the manufacturers and wholesalers of Architectural Ironmongery products. It also reaches out to overseas clients through the accomplished, and sought after, education programme, and activities of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI). Members are provided with a highly rated education programme, technical advice and support, publications and networking opportunities.
Guild of Builders and Contractors
- Tel: 020 8977 1105
- Web: www.buildersguild.co.uk
The Guild of Builders and Contractors was formed in 1992 by 14 builders. Their aim was to create a Guild consisting of reputable firms and individuals actively involved in the building industry who were experienced, knowledgeable and traded with integrity. They also wished to provide appropriate services to members and ensure that the costs of membership were, and remained, considerably less than other trade organizations.
HEVAC (formerly the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association
- Tel: 0118 940 3416
- Web: www.thenbs.com/topics/BuildingServices/Organisations/HEVAC.asp
The association represents the interests of the Members and specifically Promotes the interests of manufacturers and distributors of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning equipment.
- Tel: 01684 278170
- Web: www.hetas.co.uk
HETAS is a not for profit organisation offering competent person scheme for installers of biomass and solid fuel heating, registration for retailers and chimney sweeps and approval of appliances and fuels.
Institute of Asphalt Technology
- Tel: 01360 440 682
- Web: www.instituteofasphalt.org
The Institute is the Professional Body for persons working in the field of Asphalt Technology and for those interested in all aspects of the Manufacture, Placing, Technology and Uses of materials containing Asphalt or Bitumen.
Institution of CMI Engineers (ICE)
- Tel: 020 7222 7722
- Web: www.ice.org.uk
With over 92,000 members worldwide, ICE supports civil engineers and technicians throughout their careers.
Joint Industrial Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry
- Tel: 01322 661600
- Web: www.jib.org.uk
The JIB sets the standards for employment, welfare, grading and apprentice training in the electrical contracting industry. Our members benefit from a “one-stop-shop” which takes care of employment matters, a comprehensive health and benefits scheme and access to markets other contractors cannot reach.
Joint Industry Board for Plumbing
- Tel: 01480 476925
- Web: https://www.jib-pmes.org
Joint Industry Board for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services in England and Wales – an independent and neutral not for profit organisation, we are affiliated to the CSCS Registration scheme, a regulator, and a service provider for employers and employees in the building industry.
Lift and Escalator Industry Association
- Tel: 020 7935 3013
- Web: http://www.leia.co.uk
LEIA is the trade association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry, formed in 1997 by the merging of two long-standing associations with a history dating back to 1932. With a membership covering some 85% of the lift and escalator industry, LEIA represents a single voice for the sector. LEIA members supply passenger and goods/service lifts, stairlifts, homelifts, lifting platforms, escalators, passenger conveyors and a range of component parts for such products. LEIA members also undertake the maintenance of over 250,000 products falling within the scope of the Association.
Lighting Industry Association
- Tel: 01952 290905
- Web: www.thelia.org.uk
The LIA is the largest trade association in Europe dedicated to serving the UK Lighting Industry and its supply chain. Located at the forefront of the industry and dedicated to promoting best practice throughout the sector, we share our knowledge and provide a wide range of services for our members and the wider lighting industry.
Mastic Asphalt Council
- Tel: 01424 814400
- Web: http://masticasphaltcouncil.co.uk
The Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) is the trade association for the UK mastic asphalt industry. MAC represents more than 90 companies – including mastic asphalt manufacturers, the contractors responsible for its installation, and associated suppliers of equipment and services.
MPA Cement (formerly The British Cement Association merged with the Quarry Products Association and The Concrete Centre to form the Mineral Products Association and is now known MPA Cement
- Tel: 0345 456 9594
- Web: http://cement.mineralproducts.org
MPA Cement is part of the Mineral Products Association, the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. It is the trade and research organisation that represents the interests of the UK’s cement industry at national and European levels.
National Association of Chimney Engineers (NACE)
- Tel: 01526 322555
- Web: www.nace.org.uk
The National Association of Chimney Engineers (NACE) mission is to: “Ensure the safety of all fuel users in the UK and Ireland, who depend on a chimney or flue for the operation of a heating appliance, by providing a register of competent chimney engineers for all types of chimney work”.
National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS)
- Tel: 01785 811732
- Web: www.nacs.org.uk
The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) formed in 1982 as a professional Trade Association, promoting high standards for the sweeping, inspection and maintenance of chimneys.
With over 600 Members, the NACS is recommended by all major fuel organisations, including the Solid Fuel Association, HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing & Approval Scheme), and OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association).
NACS Members work strictly to the NACS Code of Practice © 1982 and Code of Conduct for the cleaning of chimneys. On completion of work, NACS Sweeps issue a Certificate of Chimney Sweeping and recommend when future cleaning is necessary.
NACS Sweeps stock a comprehensive range of different brushes and tools to tackle the vast variety of chimneys, flues and appliances they meet.
Many Members also carry sophisticated equipment such as smoke generator machines, Power Sweeping Equipment, and CCTV cameras for the testing and surveying of chimneys, and for diagnosing chimney faults on new and existing flue installations.
Federation of Roofing Contractors
- Tel: 020 7638 7663
- Web: www.nfrc.co.uk
The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) is the UK’s largest roofing trade association. With a history spanning 125 years, NFRC has established itself as the voice of the roofing industry, constantly adapting to change and innovation to ensure its members are at the forefront.
National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (formerly the National Association of Scaffolding Contractors)
- Tel: 020 7608 5090
- Web: https://www.nasc.org.uk
NASC is the trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – established 1945 and now serving a family of 230+ leading contracting firms, scaffolding manufacturers and businesses.
The National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) has successfully represented and promoted the shopfitting and interior contracting sector successfully since 1919.
Interior contracting is a constantly evolving industry, driven by technology and a growing global market that is always looking for new ideas and distinctive approaches. Whether your business fits out retail, leisure, or commercial interiors, the NAS can help you achieve the skills and knowledge you need to complete your projects to a superior standard. We also support customers as they explore their fit-out options, finding the best match for the job.
Offering expert guidance and specialist advice, the NAS brand is recognised by designers and clients alike as the symbol of quality and reliability in shopfitting and interior contracting.
National Federation of Demolition Contractors
- Tel: 01442 217144
- Web: www.demolition-nfdc.com
The most powerful voice in the demolition industry, the NFDC has championed the standards and professionalism of its members for more than 75 years. Backed up with regular member audits to assure expertise is maintained and reinforced, NFDC’s added value lies in the peace of mind and reduced risk it strives to assure for anyone planning or commissioning a demolition project.
National House-Building Council
- Tel: 0800 035 6422
- Web: www.nhbc.co.uk
NHBC is the UK’s leading independent standard setter and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. Our purpose is to work with the house-building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide protection for homebuyers in the form of Buildmark warranty and insurance.
NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for nearly sixty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors.
In addition to our core electrical business we provide certification to firms across the heating, plumbing, renewable and insulation sectors. Our focus is supporting firms to help improve their businesses.
We provide a number of products and services specifically tailored to help contractors meet the changing nature of the construction industry. This includes training, technical advice, certification and information on all the latest industry developments. We aim to help firms see past short term survival and prepare for long-term planning.
NICEIC has developed a reputation amongst consumers, specifiers of work and industry for promoting safety, integrity and technical excellence.
Painting and Decorating Association (formerly the British Decorators Association)
- Tel: 024 7635 3776
- Web: www.paintingdecoratingassociation.co.uk
We are the organisation that represents and protects the interests of the painting and decorating industry.
Property Care Association (formerly the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association)
- Tel: 0844 375 4301
- Web: http://www.property-care.org
The activities of the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA) were channelled into the Property Care Association.
They say: The PCA is “To promote high standards of professionalism and expertise within the industry through training and other support services. To promote these standards outside the Association to ensure that members of the Property Care Association are perceived as the best providers in these specialist sectors: structural maintenance, timber preservation, damp and condensation control, flood protection and remediation and the control and management of invasive weeds”
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
- Tel: 0131 229 7545
- Web: www.rias.org.uk
The RIAS was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment.
The RIAS has charitable status and offers a wide range of services and products for architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals and all those with an interest in the built environment and the design process.
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Tel: 0131 229 7545
- Web: www.architecture.com
The RIBA lobbies the UK’s Government and Parliament to champion architects, better buildings, stronger communities and higher environmental standards. We provide thought leadership through the development of policy and research, utilising the expertise of our members.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Tel: 024 7686 855
- Web: www.rics.org
We’re the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
Rural Design and Building Association
- Tel: 0844 249 0043
- Web: www.ridba.org.uk
The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) is the leading trade association for the modern agriculture and industrial buildings industry in the UK. Providing a strong collective voice for the sector, RIDBA represents member views to the wider industry including government, leading client organisations and other key stakeholders.
Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers
- Tel: 0131 556 0600
- Web: www.snipef.org.uk
SNIPEF (Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation) is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland. SNIPEF has just over 750 member firms employing over 3500 plumbers and 700 plumbing apprentices.
Single Ply Roofing Association
- Tel: 0845 154 7188
- Web: www.spra.co.uk
The Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) is the trade association representing the UK’s single ply roofing industry.
SPRA members are actively involved in the monitoring, development and reporting of cutting-edge technologies to improve single ply products, installations and aftercare. Access our Technical Resources. SPRA members also believe that quality comes through knowledge and skills. Members are working hard to improve training accessibility and affordability. Learn more about our training programmes, courses and qualifications.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
- Tel: 020 7377 1644
- Web: www.spab.org.uk
The SPAB Approach to building conservation combines well-proven principles with practical repair techniques. It has influenced building conservation worldwide and underpins much in UK heritage legislation.
Other conservation approaches exist, but the Society’s principles are viewed by most as the yardstick. The SPAB Approach began as an outcry against destructive work, but the guidance the Society offers today is practical and positive. It aims to promote the value and good sense of caring for the fabric of old buildings. The SPAB takes a long-term view, urging that in our own actions we consider the legacy we will leave to future generations
Solar Trade Association
- Tel: 0300 123 1234
- Web: www.solar-trade.org.uk
Solar Trade Association (STA) has worked to promote the benefits of solar energy and to make its adoption easy and profitable for domestic and commercial users.
A not-for-profit association, we are funded entirely by our membership, which includes installers, manufacturers, distributors, large scale developers, investors and law firms.
Solid Fuel Association (SFA)
- Tel: 01773 835400
- Web: www.solidfuel.co.uk
The Solid Fuel Association is the official body representing the solid fuel industry in the UK. We are funded by the solid fuel producers (including wood fuel), fuel distributors, appliance manufacturers and retailers. Our key aims are to promote greater awareness of the benefits of solid fuel heating among the general public and to encourage both safety in use and best installation practice for the domestic solid fuel and wood burning sector.
Stone Federation Great Britain
- Tel: 01303 856123
- Web: http://www.stone-federationgb.org.uk
Stone Federation is the official trade association for the natural stone industry. The Federation co-ordinates all aspects of the industry and provides specifiers and users with a first point of contact for information, advice and guidance in sourcing an appropriate material and a reliable service.
Stove Industry Alliance (SIA)
- Tel: 01789 415640
- Web: www.stoveindustryalliance.com
The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) was formed in 2008 to promote the benefits of wood-burning stoves and biomass appliances.
The SIA is an association of stove manufacturers and distributors, wood fuel suppliers, flue and glass manufacturers and industry supporters like HETAS and Kiwa.
Thermal Insulation Contractors Association
- Tel: 01325 466 704
- Web: www.tica-acad.co.uk
TICA has been representing its members in the industrial and commercial insulation sector since 1957.
Through quality training and best practice, we are committed to ensuring a highly skilled workforce and an industry fully equipped to provide ever increasing energy efficiency
- Tel: 0300 365 8453
- Web: www.tiles.org.uk
To promote professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry and to provide technical support to both members and their customers. Formed in January 2000, The Tile Association represents the entire UK wall and floor tile industry. It has more than doubled in size since its original formation and now has more than 1000 member business units, consisting of tiling contractors, fixers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers.
Timber Trade Federation
- Tel: 020 3205 0067
- Web: www.ttf.co.uk
The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is the UK’s foremost membership body for the timber supply chain. Our members constitute timber importers, merchants, agents and manufacturers and account for around two-thirds of the £10 billion UK timber industry.
We offer a host of services to our members including technical, trade and sustainability advice alongside political and industry representation. We aim to put our members and their businesses at the heart of the UK construction and industrial strategy.
UK Timber Frame Association
- Tel: 01259 272140
- Web: http://www.uktfa.com
The UKTFA is currently the country’s leading timber organisation, which represents a wide membership of businesses and people involved in construction using engineered timber, from across the UK. The UKTFA leads the industry on quality, health & safety, education, technical knowledge and customer service. The UKTFA’s activities include seminars, factory tours, research, provision of information, networking, advocacy and discussion.
Wall Tie Installers Federation
- Tel: 0151 494 2503
- Web: http://www.wtif.org.uk
We are the representative trade organisation for registered installers of remedial and replacement wall ties and related services in the UK with a 25 Year insurance backed Warranty Scheme.
Most registered installers also offer the ancillary services of lateral restraints and bed-joint reinforcement, all carried out in conformity with the recommendations of the Building Research Establishment.
Wood Panel Industries Federation
- Tel: 01476 512 381
- Web: www.wpif.org.uk
The Wood Panel Industries Federation is a representative organisation giving voice to the industrial manufacturers in the United Kingdom and Ireland of Wood Chipboard, Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF).
With a particular focus on technical and environmental influences, the role of the federation is to support its members’ processing activities and their products in the market.
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