23 February, 2020

Benefits of trade associations

30 October, 2015

Membership of the only trade association dedicated to the compressed air industry – the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) – can help keep businesses up-to-date with important ever-changing issues, trends and legislation within the marketplace. Chris Dee, executive director at BCAS, summarises the benefits for suppliers of compressed air systems.

BCAS aims to promote and defend members’ interests, and to advise of threats and opportunities to their businesses, while seeking to improve perceptions of compressed air equipment and providers in the UK.

Membership of BCAS projects a positive image to customers, demonstrating a business’s initiative, its engagement in a particular trade and its commitment to staying abreast of current developments in the market.

AIRSAFE register

The AIRSAFE register allows customers to leave and read reviews on BCAS members’ performance, helping businesses to find recommended compressed air distributors.

Published on the BCAS website, the programme asks all customers the same set of questions, meaning results can be benchmarked. Customers can therefore be confident that they are dealing with capable and competent companies and, more importantly, with companies that have been recommended by their peers.

By typing their postcode into the search box on the AIRSAFE website, customers can check the ratings and reviews of all active BCAS members in their area.

In addition to helping customers make an informed decision on which compressed air supplier to use, feedback also allows BCAS to view the performance of its members and will help to further improve the types and levels of service that the society offers.

Promoting best practice

Productive engagement between BCAS and Government is very important for the policy making process. The society acts as a co-ordinated voice of business when talking to Government, and offers great value in terms of communicating updates on Government policy to its members.

BCAS’s representations to the Government on policy matters are supported by evidence gathered from members. This helps with assessments of the costs and benefits of policy proposals.

Valued expertise

BCAS offers a wide range of information and services via a number of communication methods. This can include collation of sensitive information to provide an industry-wide statistical report service, or the management of a consumer code of conduct.

The society also provides many products and services, including conferences where members can build connections, along with training and educational materials, technical advice, and publications. It also enables members to expand their network with peers at BCAS conferences and at exhibitions such as Maintec and Air-Tech.

If you are interested in finding out more of the benefits and services that membership of the British Compressed Air Society can offer you and your company, visit the BCAS website at www.bcas.org.uk or email chris@bcas.org.uk for further information.

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