British Coatings Federation crowned Best Trade Association of the Year at the 2023 Memcom Excellence Awards

02 October 2023

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) were awarded the prestigious title of Best Trade Association of the Year at the 2023 Memcom Excellence Awards ceremony at the Hilton Bankside on Tuesday 26th September in front of over 500 delegates.

The award was judged on various performance areas and was awarded to BCF based on their proven track record of outstanding member engagement and retention, demonstrating their commitment to their membership. BCF is delivering results through supply chain leadership in the UK, Europe and globally, all underpinned by a highly motivated, high-performing team that loves coming to work and going the extra mile for members, and stunning in-house marketing delivery.

One of BCF’s other contributing winning factors was its significant investment and ambition in its major innovative sustainability project on paint recycling, PaintCare, as well as record-breaking financial results, aided by prudent governance to buy out its final salary pension scheme deficit in 2022.


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Memcom Award judges commented on the entry: “The British Coatings Federation demonstrated a fantastic story of strategy in action, with commitment and alignment to clear goals and a holistic approach to organisational success – covering financial, customer, people and sustainability dimensions. We were impressed with the proactive approach to member management resulting in significant growth. We also welcomed BCF’s efforts to drive sustainability and the proactive approach to lobbying on behalf of the sector.”

Tom Bowtell, CEO of the BCF, commented: ‘It’s five years since we were last recognised as the best Trade Association in the UK, and it’s fantastic to have achieved it again. I’m really proud of the team here at BCF and how they all go above and beyond expectations to support our industry. In the end, trade associations are about people, and I think that’s our key differentiator.’

Main image: BCF’s Senior Marketing & Design Executive Amy White; CEO Tom Bowtell; and Finance & Training Administrator Lorraine Beard collecting the 2023 Memcom Best Trade Association of the Year Award.

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