Best National Association

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, recently celebrated 120 years of championing UK manufacturers. Though much has changed for the industry and EEF over the years, the organisation’s commitment to campaigning on behalf of members to government for a positive business environment for manufacturers, increasing the prestige of manufacturing as an industry and career, and expanding its membership base to include a broad cross-section of British makers remains the same.

This powerful combination has been supporting the growth and competitiveness of manufacturing in the UK where EEF’s members have cited buoyant conditions, output and orders bouncing back to historic highs, export sales going from strength to strength and positive recruitment and investment intentions, all at a time where trading conditions remain challenging and uncertain.

Some of EEF’s recent advancements and successes include the launch of

  • A problem solving network, a free, online platform offers a dynamic, real-time forum for members to access information and forge useful, profitable alliances with others, all from their desktop or mobile device.
  • An extended events programme of over 300 events per year, which enables members to meet potential new customers, suppliers and experts.
  • A brand new, state of the art, multi-million pound Technology Training Campus.
  • Apprenticeship Levy Service – a fully managed services which helps members to maximise their Levy contributions to attract, develop and upskill their workforce.

As it continues to grow and innovate, EEF has continued to receive extremely positive feedback from its members and customers on its customer service and offering. Member retention levels are at an all-time high of 91% and EEF has been placed amongst the top quartile of all service businesses in the UK for customer service standards in an independent benchmark conducted by The Institute of Customer Service.

Law Society of Scotland
The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for over 11,000 Scottish solicitors. We have an overarching objective of leading legal excellence, and strive to excel and to be a world-class professional body, understanding and serving the needs of our members and the public. We set and uphold standards to ensure the provision of excellent legal services and ensure the public can have confidence in Scotland’s legal profession.

We also have a statutory duty to work in the public interest, a duty which we are strongly committed to achieving through our work to promote a strong, varied and effective legal profession working in the interests of the public and protecting and promoting the rule of law. We seek to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society through active engagement with the Scottish and United Kingdom governments, parliaments, wider stakeholders and our membership.
We achieve these aims by:

• Providing members with a strong balance of fees and service
• Engaging with our members and striving to improve our services
• Adapting and regulating in the best interest of the public and our members
• Looking to the future

Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
The Petroleum Exploration Society has been around for over 50 years, starting as a platform for those who work in the industry to
• share information about exploration,
• learn more about their chosen science
• share their passion with the wider public
• networking for employment

This is still at the heart of what we do, harnessing the passion of the members to create events, workshops, conferences and courses. In addition we now provide and support the education of the next generation of scientists who will work in the energy sector and provide the opportunity for those with questions about the oil industry to find answers.

The organisation faces the same challenges as the members in this volatile industry but we are nimble and adapt, building on relationships both inside and outside the industry to ensure a sustainable future.

Radiocentre is the industry body for commercial radio. We work on behalf of over 40 stakeholders who operate 278 licensed radio stations across the UK and represent 90% of commercial radio in terms of listening and revenue.

Our strategic positioning is to persuade people to See Radio Differently. We are a small team of 21 and we champion this fresh perception of radio through focussing on three core aims:

  • to drive radio industry advertising revenue by promoting the benefits of radio to advertisers and agencies
  • to provide UK commercial radio with a collective voice on issues that affect the way that radio stations operate, working with government, politicians, policy makers and regulators to secure the best environment for growth of the medium
  • to ensure advertising messages on commercial radio stations comply with the necessary content rules and standards laid out in the BCAP Code of Broadcast Advertising and the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

Our members have enjoyed a particularly strong year with record audiences and ad revenues contrasting with a stagnant wider market. This award entry details how Radiocentre has contributed to this massive achievement.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association
2017 has been a time of significant challenges for the alcohol trade. From the uncertainty created by the developing Brexit negotiations, a surprise general election and subsequent hung Parliament, to two Budgets dealing with alcohol duty just 8 months apart, it has been a turbulent and unpredictable year. However, throughout these difficult times the WSTA has worked tirelessly for its members, keeping them informed of developments both at home and abroad, campaigning on their behalf within Westminster and the Devolved regions, and ensuring that the trade’s voice is loud and clear in both the trade and national media on issues such as alcohol duty and Brexit.