The Foodservice Equipment Association, FEA, was highly commended in the Best Trade Association of the Year category in the recent Memcom awards.
Memcom is the community connecting senior leaders in membership organisations, trade associations and the wider not-for-profit sector.
FEA was praised for its leadership especially in supporting members negotiating the tricky conditions created by Brexit. These ranged from assisting individual members – such as the refrigeration importer whose products were held up in customs due to non-compliance of paperwork – to collaborating with the UK government and EFECM (the European Federation of Catering Equipment manufacturers) to ensure F-gas regulations were realigned.
Over the past year FEA has also led by example in the campaign to reduce carbon emissions. It collaborated with Climate Action for Associations to develop and launch a guided carbon management programme and, through the FEA Forest Initiative, helped FEA members offset their carbon emissions by pledging to plant trees. FEA itself has reduced its carbon emissions to virtually zero, for example by reducing time in the office, moving most committee meetings online, and running a paper free annual conference by hosting all material digitally.
The Memcom Awards recognise the creativity and hard work which goes into driving up the standards of the membership sector and shine a light on the organisations that increase value for their profession and contribute to a better society.
Paul Anderson, chair of the Foodservice Equipment Association, was delighted by the award, saying: “Memcom’s recognition underlines the important work FEA is doing. It also highlights the achievements of our chief executive and his team, and I would like to thank them sincerely for their commitment and dedication.”