Central London, February 2018


Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has around 200,000 members across 33 regions and 188 branches.


Association of Employment and Learning Providers

AELP is the leading membership association for vocational employment and learning providers in Britain.

We promote an integrated employment and skills strategy approach that meets the needs of employers and individuals. Effective employment and training support is key to delivering sustainable growth in the economy. Our members work with schools, employers and individuals in a transparent skills market, open to all providers delivering quality, innovative skills and employability programmes.

Our members deliver the majority of Apprenticeships, Traineeships and programmes for the unemployed including Work Programme.



We’re the CIPD — the professional body for HR and people development. We are the voice of a worldwide community of 140,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives.

We’ve been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. Through our expertise and research we provide a valuable point of view on the rapidly changing world of work. And for our members we’re the career partner of choice, setting professional standards and providing the know-how to drive the HR and L&D professions forward.

We’re independent and not-for-profit and hold a highly respected Royal Charter. We exist to make work and working lives better. And at a time of unprecedented change we have the vision, agility and strength to make a real difference to our members, to businesses, to the economy and to all working people..


Association of Colleges

The Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation set up in 1996 by colleges to act as their collective voice. We exist to represent and promote the interests of colleges and provide our members with professional support services.

Our membership is made up of 317 further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges across the UK – 95% of the sector.

We also provide members with professional support services, including expert advice lines for employment, communications, health and safety, governance and teaching and learning.

We also represent colleges nationally and influence Government and its agencies on policies affecting the sector and their students and staff at national and regional levels.
AoC is the first port of call when seeking information about English colleges. We also work with colleges in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland through our membership of the UK Council of Colleges.

Across the globe, we have partnerships with colleges in many countries including China and India.

We have nine regional offices and hundreds of active networks, through which member colleges shape our policy and direction.

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