Many businesses and entrepreneurs join trade associations in hopes of receiving one specific benefit, achieve one specific goal, need a quick fix or information today.
AFCI.UK members find that we have many more benefits, hold more opportunities and possibilities than they previously imagined. This is only true If members get involved, take time engage, be open to conversations and be open to new opportunities.
Joining is not a ‘Eureka’ moment nor the keys that suddenly provides new business, success or immediate results. But by joining it’s your statement of intent, taking your business seriously and showing others you mean business and you have backing of the association. You have at your fingers tips an association that can help stay informed, build contacts, strike up partnerships and in turn this can lead to new opportunities and greater continued successes for you.
We all buy car insurance – because its law, but also its in case anything goes wrong. If you think of your business as a car and your AFCI.UK membership as insurance and the mechanic. Your membership services the car to keep it running smoothly, effectively and making sure it gets you to where you want to go.
If your car breaks down – we’re here to assist in fixing it, if your car has an accident – we’re here to mend it, if your car gets stuck – we’re here to help you move it forward. There is a thought that if it doesn’t make the car go faster don’t do it, those who invest time in working with AFCI.UK will get the most out of the membership, and we’ll keep your car on the road and going in the right direction.
It is important to get the most out of membership and unlock all the benefits on offer, it is equally important to understand exactly why businesses and entrepreneurs join AFCI.UK in the first place.
Here are just some of the benefits existing members have:
This is the most common and most obvious benefit of joining AFCI.UK, it is filled with potential contacts, clients and partners who can help your business move to the next level and become more prominent. Due to data protection no trade association can give open access to the contact details of other members but as a member you can request to connect.
The more active you are, the more you will see opportunities to build long-term relationships and partnerships which are mutually beneficial, so why not get involved?
Business never comes to those that stand still or hide. AFCI.UK provides a trusted environment where like-minded individuals can to come together to share ideas, strengthen ties, collaborate and make connections.
Continued education and personal development is crucial in getting to the top of any industry. If your company is already a leader in the field, education is a key to remaining on top. This is especially true in any industry that involves a high level of expertise almost all do in the fast-paced modern world.
The AFCI.UK holds www.OneBigShow.co.uk that has seminars, workshops and training classes that help members to Learn, Connect, Discover and grow in their profession.
Outside our main event, we have opportunities to access 3rd party events that AFCI.UK work with allowing members to gain knowledge and share experience.
In addition to providing access to training and education AFCI.UK provides recognition for the contributions an organisation makes. These endorsements and validations provide a level of prestige and credibility in the minds of clients and customers which is invaluable.
One of the key benefits of joining AFCI.UK is the ability to support the mission of the organisation and possibly influence legislation/policy that affects the sector. The combined resources of the members are often used to lobby policy makers and sway public opinion more positively towards the goals of AFCI.UK than any one organisation can hope to achieve, irrespective of its size. With an increased level of government regulation in many industries, this is a an effective why for our industry to achieve its aims.
Membership in AFCI.UK means immediate access to news or developments that affect your business and the sector as a whole. AFCI.UK allows you to not only find news but also disseminate your own company’s news. Outside of the usual communication of members between each other, AFCI.UK also provide newsletters, email updates and informative resources that help members stay on top of recent developments in the field through social media channels.
AFCI.UK publishes informative content in regular journals and trade magazines, this helps members to reach their target audience with content which addresses the key issues/ topics at the relevant time. The source of content can take the form of articles, updates, whitepapers and or case studies which are authored either by AFCI.UK or written by the members themselves. Published content is normally reviewed by AFCI.UK to ensure a balanced view is maintained. The copy space secured by AFCI.UK is normally only available to members.
Any line of work has a specific set of Best Practices / Standards which are deemed important to ensure efficiency, repeatable quality, consistent service delivery or consumer confidence, especially for anyone new to the industry. Membership to AFCI.UK is a vital link to learning these practices and performing the best work possible. The fast pace of the market competition means that these practices are constantly updating and changing, and it is important to take advantage of any practices that can improve your business.
Not only do members have access to information about updates in the sector, they can also play a large role in determining these changes. AFCI.UK provide a forum for members to share ideas and develop new ways to improve the industry. Access is normally open to all members and this allows for more experienced members to help newer ones grow and provides the opportunity for all members to share innovative ideas that can help the whole sector.
Aside from all of the professional benefits that are available through AFCI.UK, we also provide an opportunity for members to connect to strategic partners as well. We are very well connected and often work together on joint initiatives with other businesses either directly or indirectly connected to their specific area of focus. These strategic alliances provide members with valuable insight and further collaborative opportunities.
There is no single sector that does not have a skills shortage issue, be that from nursing to construction, plumbing to teachers all sectors face the same challenges and the Creative, Craft and Hobby industry is no exception. AFCI.UK can play a vital role in bringing stake holders together to address this issue through joint collaboration to ensure the sector has the visibility it needs to help facilitate a sustainable skilled workforce to meet future demand.
These are just some of the most common benefits of membership in AFCI.UK, and there are many others that are specific to each business and member type.
No matter what level you join, AFCI.UK, gives you advantages in a fast-paced, competitive world.
If you are considering joining AFCI.UK or are keen to see how the we can start working for you then pick up the phone we are always happy to help or attend www.onebigshow.co.uk and see for yourself!
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