“So what’s in it for me?” This is the question that’s always asked about any trade body from any prospective member, and rightly so! Many members already know the value in joining one or more trade associations so that all their specific interests are promoted and supported, but for those who require more justification, perhaps I can help – at least when it comes to SPRA!
Different types and size of company will look for specific benefits, but there will be some aspects which are attractive to all. The first and obvious answer should be the SPRA audit. The fact that we audit members is the biggest benefit and an excellent promotional tool to attract more business.
Smaller contractors may be particularly pleased with having a promotional page on the SPRA website and will also like the large discounts available to members for SPRA training courses. They may also highly value the opportunity to meet large manufacturers and larger contractors at one of our events, workshop or meetings and having the chance to compete on equal terms with ‘the big boys’ through our annual SPRA Awards.
Of course, all contractor members should value SPRA’s involvement at the highest levels with both the CITB and CSCS, particularly when they know that they have a real opportunity to have their voice heard when it comes to skills, training and certification.
Large manufacturers will particularly value the technical committee and their ability to work with the industry to produce best practice guidance. They will also appreciate SPRA market data and our top level involvement with the big industry bodies such as the Industry Response Group, Build UK and CPA, alongside all the additional benefits that associate membership of these organisations brings; like real influence on the important issues of the day and up to the minute economic data.
Judging by the feedback, all members really appreciate the quality events that we organise from the annual national conference and golf day to specific technical and membership meetings and workshops like the one we are organising this November with the BBA.
But, having said all that, I am a very firm believer that membership is all about getting involved. The more you do, the more benefits you will see, the more influence you will have for your company and the sector as a whole. Making sure that your SPRA membership page on the website is up to date is one obvious thing to do. Reading the Weekly News is another great way of keeping up with industry developments and often provides ways of expressing your views direct to the place it matters. Submitting carefully put together Awards submissions to maximise chances of exposure and promotion and taking advantage of all the opportunities to get involved to help continually improve our industry, and that will always be of benefit!
SPRA membership is excellent value for money. Why not join the SPRA community and start benefitting today!
Source: Cathie Clarke, CEO, SPRA