BEST COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ASSOCIATIONS
Builders Merchants Federation
The construction industry supply chain, a significant part of the UK economy, faced mammoth challenges in the Covid-19 crisis. Nightingale Hospitals needed to be built, healthcare facilities updated and the vulnerable kept warm and secure. The UK relied heavily on the supply of building materials to support the national effort. The Builders’ Merchants Federation, represents a sizeable part of the UK economy, covering 760 members nationwide, with combined sales of £38 billion and employing 190,000 people. Despite the scope and scale of the sector, the BMF was able to act quickly and make a positive impact to support its members – and ultimately the wider economy – through exceptional leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Its role was to inform members, ensure their voices were heard by Government – and to reflect the value of a membership organisation in difficult times. The BMF’s response also centred around demonstrating how the BMF and its members pulled together to support the national effort and the power of collaboration to find solutions to the complex issued faced. The activity was fast, responsive and creative – and has positively raised the profile of the building materials industry and merchants nationally and locally.
Chartered Institute of Public Relations – Member Covid-19 Support
The CIPR has delivered a fast-paced and well-rounded response to the challenges its members faced as a result of COVID. We have been of more help to them than ever before, and the support we brought to them quickly and freely has improved our engagement and driven higher recruitment and retention.
Energy Networks Association – Green Recovery Scheme: Supporting a Green Energy Economy
Energy Networks Association (ENA) members, the gas and electricity networks, have been working hard throughout the pandemic to keep Britain’s energy flowing and have continued their vital role in maintaining the critical national infrastructure that transmits and distributes electricity and gas. While the pandemic is ongoing, the networks have continued to innovate and work towards Net Zero and will now play a pivotal role in driving a green recovery. Six of Britain’s electricity network operators came together with Ofgem and agreed to invest tens of millions of pounds in each distribution network licence area, to unlock capacity to support Net Zero related projects. In total, we have agreed with Ofgem to invest just over £300m in electricity distribution network infrastructure across Great Britain. We received hundreds of responses to a call for evidence from organisations across GB. The final short-list of locations for investment were agreed with Ofgem in mid-May 2021, and the £300m of investment is now beginning to be rolled out, with the infrastructure planned to be completed in the next two years.
Federation of Small Businesses – FSB Covid-19 Webinar Series
The FSB exists to offer its members vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice heard in government. And so when the coronavirus struck, threatening not just members’ ambitions, but their very futures, it needed to respond with agility, empathy and understanding of the most effective way to meet their needs. To achieve a greater reach across its membership base and the wider small business community, the FSB decided to utilise webinars as a vehicle to provide trustworthy information accumulated from reliable sources such as the government. The Covid-19 webinar campaign was not devised for financial gain nor exposure. It was simply to provide as much help and information as possible when it was needed the most. With calls to action to the FSB’s dedicated online coronavirus support hub, the webinars would also act as a vital channel to direct members to a constantly updated information resource they could trust to cut through the confusion of the daily rumours and speculation.
Law Society of Scotland – £2.2m Financial Aid Package
The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for over 12,000 practising Scottish solicitors. In response to the impact of the pandemic on the legal sector, the Law Society of Scotland announced a package of financial support for the solicitor profession of over £2.2 million. Depending on a solicitor’s role and area of work, the new package delivered a saving of up to £380 in 2020. We also offered our CPD for free during the first lockdown saving hundreds more for many. Our action was designed to mitigate the risk of firm closures and widespread unemployment. The clearest measure of success is to look at those solicitors holding practising certificates year on year: We have seen an increase of 1.7% as of 27 April 2021 compared to the same day in 202, (12,391 practising certificate holders in 2021 compared with 12,185 practising certificate holders in 2020).
PPA – PPA’s Response to Covid-19
The PPA is the main membership association for the UK consumer and business magazine media industry. The achievements of this small team of nine during the pandemic, were nothing short of outstanding. Throughout the pandemic, the PPA provided additional support to its members and the wider industry through events, networking, meetings, lobbying work and the dedicated COVID-19 Advice Hub. The newly launched PPA Live! webinar series provided practical, informative and entertaining sessions, our public affairs team confirmed key worker status for those working in production/journalism to ensure our members could continue working during lockdown, and we facilitated additional business specific meetings and developed new working groups to tackle pressing issues such as Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability, to make sure members had sufficient avenues to connect with each other. This extra activity was in addition to the regular PPA activity which continued alongside. The PPA maintained the COVID-19 Advice Hub and coronavirus news hub, giving members the most up-to-date and relevant information when they needed it most. Despite the many challenges, we have much to be proud of as an industry. By working together, sharing together, and celebrating together, the PPA continues to bring the whole industry together.
The Business Travel Association – Covid-19 Response
The Business Travel Association (BTA) is the representative association for the business travel community and travel management companies, with TMC members accounting for over ninety percent of all managed travel booked in the UK. The BTA’s industry partners are all influential industry suppliers including airlines, airports, accommodation companies, rail, car rental, technology, payment and ancillary product providers. Working with our members and industry partners, the BTA raises the profile of the vital role business travel plays in the broader economy. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, the BTA has worked tirelessly to hold the Government to account for their lack of clarity regarding safe international travel and more importantly, to deliver the appropriate financial support for their sector. The BTA’s goal during Covid-19 was to raise awareness of the importance of the business travel sector, and to help members, partners and the travel industry cope with redundancy and furlough. They were the first industry body to ask for travel corridors and successfully campaigned for furlough extension. The Business Travel Association’s overall response included a range of social and media campaigns alongside Government and public engagement to project members’ needs as the pandemic evolved.