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  1. Umbrella Organisations If you are going to spend a lot of money, say for example on a car or a holiday, it may be a good idea to check that the company you are dealing with is a member of a TRADE ASSOCIATION Resource 2J – Umbrella Organisations – Internet research activity KS(4) Slide 1 of 6 Hampshire County Council – Consumer Education Project within the Citizenship Curriculum Last updated: 09/03/04

  2. Trade Associations have rules and regulations its members must follow called CODES OF PRACTICE. Many of these rules and regulations cover CUSTOMER SERVICE Resource 2J – Umbrella Organisations – Internet research activity KS(4) Slide 2 of 6 Hampshire County Council – Consumer Education Project within the Citizenship Curriculum

  3. Membership of a Trade Association is usually restricted to those businesses who follow proper safety and product testing procedures. Some trade associations may even offer financial protection to customers if one of their members’ business runs into difficulties. Resource 2J – Umbrella Organisations – Internet research activity KS(4) Slide 3 of 6 Hampshire County Council – Consumer Education Project within the Citizenship Curriculum

  4. Some trade associations: • Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)British Association of Toy Retailers • British Institute of Professional Photography • Motor Vehicle Repairers Association  Resource 2J – Umbrella Organisations – Internet research activity KS(4) Slide 4 of 6 Hampshire County Council – Consumer Education Project within the Citizenship Curriculum Last updated: 09/03/04

  5. Look at the following websites www.rmif.co.uk www.shoeshop.org.uk www.naea.co.uk www.ggf.org.uk Resource 2J – Umbrella Organisations – Internet research activity KS(4) Slide 5 of 6 Hampshire County Council – Consumer Education Project within the Citizenship Curriculum

  6. Say which industry the trade association represents • Look for a statement on that website which would make you as a customer feel comfortable about dealing with a company who was a member of that organisation Resource 2J – Umbrella Organisations – Internet research activity KS(4) Slide 6 of 6 Hampshire County Council – Consumer Education Project within the Citizenship Curriculum