During the pandemic, Associations have worked even harder than ever before, but due to the circumstances we have had less than optimal global engagement.
Strong, relevant and influential national associations are integral to the supplier and services landscape within their home nation and internationally they also need to play their part in sharing, cooperating, harmonising and promoting the industry, companies and people they represent.
National Associations play a significant role in our environment, so the way in which we support National Associations is very important.
IFES Associations Committee is focused on strengthening the ties between IFES and National and International Associations that have relevance for our industry.
- To forge closer ties with National and International Associations that have relevance to IFES members
- To promote knowledge sharing of global standards and best practices between Associations
- To collaborate towards achieving greater value for members through business improvement, personal development, sustainability focus, industry growth and leadership.
- To increase representation of National Associations within IFES.
To recognise the role that National Associations play in our environment and better harness the collective influence, energy and ideas of national associations to grow the industry and improve ourselves.
At the same time, IFES can benefit National Associations more.
Benefits of National and International Associations
Broadly speaking, a trade association should exist to benefit its members in the following spheres:
- Personal development/enablement
- Business improvement/enablement
- Industry growth, leadership and representation
Our Associations Roadmap
At our World Summit 2022, it was agreed to continue to make the IFES summit an opportunity for national associations to meet each year, alongside their members. The meeting identifies some specific objectives going forward.
- Members of national associations were keen to attend future meetings and would put pressure on their nationals to attend.
- They wanted to see national associations and IFES work more closely with developing research.
- They would continue to meet on a quarterly basis and create a WhatsApp group for national associations
- There were some quite strong views that national associations shouldn’t have designated international chapters, counter-productive.
- They would look at international standards collaboratively
- There is potential for an international matrix for scheduling of build and break – minimum standard/time based on size show/stands etc.
- Lobby UFI
The Associations Committee
Andrew Harrison: andrew[@]essa.uk.com