Guidance

Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors.

The government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to coronavirus.

Below is a list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. Many of these organisations are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.

Many of these websites also include sector-specific guidance and Q&A. This list does not cover all trade associations and business representatives.

Aerospace and Defence, and Aviation

Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space (ADS)

ADS represents and supports UK businesses operating in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

For more information on coronavirus in the aerospace and defence sector, visit ADS’s COVID-19 hub or email them at covid19@adsgroup.org.uk

Airport Operators Association (AOA)

The AOA is a trade association representing the interests of UK airports. They are publishing regular updates on coronavirus.

Agriculture

National Farmers Union (NFU)

The NFU is the representative body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. Visit their coronavirus page for more information. If you are a farmer or a grower, you can also fill out a form to request information about your specific issue.

If you are an NFU member, you can access advice and information as normal through the CallFirst service.

Architecture

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

RIBA is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Visit their coronavirus page or email info@riba.org for more information.

Arts, Libraries and Museums

Arts Council England

The Arts Council England champions and develops art and culture across England. See their COVID-19 support page.

Museums Association

Museums Association represents the interests of privately owned museums. Visit their website for more coronavirus related information.

National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC)

NMDC represents the leaders of the UK’s national collections and major regional museums. Visit their website for more coronavirus related information.

Automotive

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

SMMT represents more than 800 automotive companies in the UK. Visit their coronavirus support page or email covid19@smmt.co.uk for more information.

Chemical, Health Technology and Pharmaceutical

Association of the British Health Tech Industries (ABHI)

ABHI is an industry association for health technology (HealthTech). Their members include both multinational companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Visit ABHI COVID-19 hub for more information. Email communications@abhi.org.uk

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

ABPI represents pharmaceutical companies of all sizes in the UK. Visit ABPI COVID-19 hub for more information or email covid19@abpi.org.uk

Chemical Industries Association (CIA)

CIA represents and advises chemical and pharmaceutical companies located across the UK. Visit their COVID-19 page for more information. You can also sign up to receive daily coronavirus updates.

Construction

Build UK

Build UK represents the UK construction industry. Visit their coronavirus page for more information about COVID-19’s impact on construction.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

CITD is the industry training board for the construction sector in England, Scotland and Wales. Visit their coronavirus page for more information on how CITB is supporting the construction industry.

Energy

Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE)

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is the leading trade association for decentralised energy, representing more than 160 interested parties across the industrial, commercial and public sectors. Email external.affairs@theade.co.uk

Energy UK

Energy UK is a trade association for the UK energy industry with members across all energy sectors including the electricity transmission and system operator National Grid.

Visit Energy UK’s COVID-19 hub to find more information on operating in the UK energy market under coronavirus impact.

Oil & Gas UK (OGUK)

OGUK is a representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Read their COVID-19 guidance.

Engineering and Manufacturing

Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA)

EAMA promotes the machinery and manufacturing supply chain, and the work of trade associations. Email info@eama.info to link up with sector specialists.

Make UK

Make UK represents British manufacturing and manufacturers. Visit their coronavirus page for more information.

Finance

UK Finance

UK Finance represents firms across banking, finance and payments industries. Visit their coronavirus page for more information or email covid19support@ukfinance.org.uk.

Food supply

British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF)

BFFF is the UK’s frozen food trade association, with members comprising Producers, Wholesalers, Importers, Exporters, Brokers, Retailers and related Associate businesses. Visit their website for more information.

Food and Drink Federation (FDF)

FDF represents businesses in the UK food and drink industry and key players in the food chain. Email Covid19enquiry@fdf.org.uk for more information.

Hospitality

UKHospitality

UKHospitality is the national trade body for businesses providing hospitality, tourism and leisure. Check their coronavirus page or email CV19@ukhospitality.org.uk for more information.

Housing

Country, Land and Business Association (CLA)

CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales. Visit their website for coronavirus related advice and information.

Labour and recruitment

Association of Labour Providers

The Association of Labour Providers represents businesses who supply labour into the UK consumer goods sector. Visit their information for more coronavirus information.

Association of Professional Staffing Companies Ltd (APSCo)

APSCo is an international organisation, supporting professional staffing sectors. They can offer legal guidance and policy-related support to recruiters, end-users, candidates and other affected parties. Email info@apsco.org for more information.

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

REC is the business body for staffing and recruitment firms, including temporary and permanent workers. The REC can offer recruiters legal advice and guidance, business support, briefing on key policy issues and representation of the sector to Government. Email covidsupport@rec.uk.com for more information.

The Law Society of England and Wales

The Law Society of England and Wales is the independent professional body for solicitors. Visit their coronavirus page or email coronavirus@lawsociety.org.uk for more information.

Maritime

British Ports Association (BPA)

BPA represents the interest of port members to the UK and devolved governments. Visit their coronavirus page for more information.

Professional and Business Services Sector

Advertising Association (AA)

The Advertising Association promotes the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, businesses and the economy. They are publishing regular updates on coronavirus.

Association of British Insurers (ABI)

ABI represents the UK’s insurance and long-term savings industry. Visit ABI’s coronavirus hub for more information, or contact them.

Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE)

IPSE supports the self-employed including freelancers, contractors, consultants and independent professionals with training, information and campaigning. Visit their coronavirus hub for more information.

You can also watch IPSE’s webinar on IR35 and coronavirus.

Association for Consulting and Engineering (ACE)

ACE is a trade body for consultants, engineers and infrastructure providers. It champions infrastructure to government and other stakeholders. Find more information on ACE’s coronavirus support.

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

BCC is a network of chambers which build connections between businesses and share best practices to help businesses trade. Visit their coronavirus page for more information.

You can also attend BCC’s free webinars about coronavirus support.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute is an accredited professional institution for management based in the United Kingdom. CMI’s coronavirus hub brings together practical advice for managers of both SMEs and large businesses.

Confederation of Business Industry (CBI)

CBI speaks on behalf of businesses across every region, sector and size. Visit their coronavirus hub for more information.

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation supports new and growing businesses through a community of advisers and other businesses. Visit their coronavirus support page for more information.

You can also attend a series of free webinars through Enterprise Nation’s website.

Institute of Directors (IOD)

IOD represents business leaders in the UK. Visit their coronavirus hub for more information.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

ICAEW is a professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports chartered accountants and students worldwide. Contact ICAEW for more help or information for coronavirus related issues.

You can also attend a series of free online webinars about coronavirus support from ICAEW website.

Management Consultancies Association (MCA)

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is the voice of the consulting industry and the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. Visit their coronavirus page or check their events and courses that may help you through this time.

Retail

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

BRC’s purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry. For further information as to how they can support you with coronavirus related impacts on your business, email their Director of Business and Regulations, Tom Ironside tom.ironside@brc.org.uk.

Small businesses

Federation of small businesses (FSB)

FSB represents small businesses and offers them advice, financial expertise and support. Visit their coronavirus page for advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.

Space

UKspace

UKspace represents the UK space industry to government and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally. Email covid19@ukspace.org for more information.

Sport

UK Sport

Responsible for investing in Olympic and Paralympic sport across the whole of the UK. Visit their website for coronavirus related information.

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)

MIA is the trade association for motorsport, high-performance engineering and tuning sectors. Email Julia julia.schumacher@the-mia.com for more information.

Technology

TechUK

TechUK is the Trade Association for Digital Technology Companies in UK. Visit their coronavirus hub or email covid19.taskforce@techUK.org for more information.

TechWorks

TechWorks’ mission is to strengthen the UK’s deep tech capabilities as a global leader of future technologies. Email info@techworks.org.uk for more information.

Transport

Freight Transport Association (FTA)

FTA represents all logistic businesses with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries as well as the buyers of freight services.

Visit their coronavirus page for more information. You can also use their coronavirus feedback form to share your experience or inquiries.

Published 3 April 2020