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A useful list of Trade Associations you should consider joining

Rhino Trade Insurance 06 June 2023

It can be challenging to identify the trade groups relevant to your industry or area of expertise. Today, we wanted to highlight some of the more prominent trade organisations that fit well for each individual trade. 

Having insurance to cover your work is one thing, but it usually is needed when you explore your trade association memberships. Let's take a look at the variety of groups you can join today with our handy A-Z guide. 

The top trade associations for your business


Association of Brickwork Contractors

Brickwork Contractors in the UK are represented by the Trade Body known as the Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC).

Their main goal is to uphold the bricklayer's position and the brickwork contractor's influence during the planning and construction phases of a project.

They achieve this through improving and establishing industry standards in the vital fields of Health & Safety, Training & Assessment, Employment, and Quality Assurance in Brickwork Contracting.

Find out more here.

Guild of Bricklayers

In order to promote and uphold the greatest levels of brickwork craftsmanship, the Guild of Bricklayers was established in 1932. Regional competitions are organised by the guild with assistance from their partners through the UK's network of construction colleges.

Learn more here.


Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC)

In collaboration with the government, local governments, labour unions, and consumer advocacy groups, the APHC works to promote a stable and sustainable market for all plumbing and heating businesses.

Because they are a non-profit organisation, they put every pound they get back into the organisation in order to directly benefit each and every member.

See more here.

CIPHE - Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering

The CIPHE is a technical and professional organisation working to improve plumbing and heating standards for the benefit of the general public. From all facets of the plumbing and heating engineering services industry, it has more than 12,000 members.

Check out what they can offer here


NICEIC - National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting

In the UK, NICEIC serves as the independent, voluntary organisation for the electrical contracting sector.

The NICEIC evaluates the skill of companies doing electrical work in the UK. When it comes to offering Competent Person Schemes in England and Wales to oversee electrical work covered by Part P of the Building Regulations, NICEIC is one of several organisations who have received government approval.

See more here.

NAPIT - National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers 

The NAPIT association is dedicated to consumer safety across all industries. Their goal is to guarantee that consumers can have faith in the work carried out by their members.

In the building services industry, NAPIT is a well-known membership scheme operator that has received government approval and Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation. In the UK's household, commercial and industrial markets, there are presently more than 16,000 NAPIT-registered installers working in the fields of Electrical, plumbing, ventilation, building materials and more.

Read more here


National Federation of Builders (NFB)

In England and Wales, builders, contractors, and home builders are all represented by the National Federation of Builders (NFB). One of the oldest trade associations in the UK, it was established to represent the building industry and enable its members to prosper.

NFB members have undertaken a number of reference checks and have been rigorously vetted, providing customers with assurance of safety and quality. 

Find out about NFB here.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

The FMB is a trade organisation that was founded more than 60 years ago to safeguard the interests of small and medium-sized construction companies. It is now the largest trade association in the UK construction sector and carries a real seal of approval.

Read more here

Other trade associations include:

CORGI Services Ltd (CSL)

Previously the UK's watchdog for gas safety, CORGI today provides the plumbing and heating trades with a wide range of carefully chosen services and professional goods, including Technical, Boiler Technology, HomePlan, Controls, Fenestration and Vans.

Learn more here.

British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

In order to ensure that a variety of joinery and woodworking goods adhere to the highest technical and statutory standards, BWF represents producers, distributors, and installers of these items.

Check them out here

Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA)

In response to the present Building Regulations for England and Wales, FENSA was established by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and other industry groups with support from the government.

See more here.

Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)

Within the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), the APL is a specialised national body that currently represents both individual landscape professionals and their businesses.

Read more here

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If you're curious to discover more about the different cover options available for your line of work, why not visit our website or read our insightful blog? From there, you can use our straightforward website to get an estimate right away.

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