BCF celebrates double win at the 2023 Trade Association Forum Awards
BCF picked up the award for Good Governance at the prestigious Trade Association Forum Awards for their work to reduce their pension deficit, which was the major financial issue facing BCF in the past 10 years. Through the delivery of a clear strategy and long-term prudent financial management by the BCF Board of Directors – combined with leadership from BCF to grow membership and commercial income – the BCF Pension Scheme Trustees were finally able to sell the pension scheme without any additional investment from the BCF’s reserves in 2022. BCF Senior Marketing and Design Executive, Amy White, was also named the sector’s Rising Star. “At just 24 years old, Amy has outstanding creativity and design skills, and has created fantastic in-house marketing outputs for the Federation, together with her colleague Sophie Dunham – which have delivered significant growth in BCF’s press coverage and social media statistics. I am thrilled for Amy for this much deserved recognition so early in her career.” commented Tom Bowtell, BCF’s CEO.
“Impressive and impactful way”
Now in its 20th year, the Trade Association Forum Awards 2023 are supported by the Department of Business and Trade, and recognise excellence, innovation and best practice amongst Trade Associations in the UK. Emily Wallace, Chief Executive of the Trade Association Forum and Chair of the judging panel commented; “Through good governance and a clear strategy, the BCF have dealt with their pensions deficit and strengthened the financial position of the association in an impressive and impactful way. Amy impressed the judges with her professional approach and commitment to take on more responsibility and develop her skills and is definitely one to watch.”