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BESA members benefit from industry insights and exclusive research reports, while enjoying access to top-quality seminars and networking events. You can save money on marketing at major exhibitions and on a range of other opportunities. Members can also make use of the trusted BESA logo to reassure schools you are a trusted provider.

BESA offers two packages: Full Membership for established education suppliers and our Launchpad Service for businesses emerging in education

Full Member

We believe schools deserve peace of mind when they buy products from BESA members. That’s why we ensure every company that applies to become a BESA member fulfils our rigorous membership criteria. Below is a quick checklist and the full criteria can be viewed in 'How Membership Works'.

  • Supply the UK education market for a minimum of two years
  • Be able to demonstrate profitability
  • Comply with the BESA Code of Practice
  • Have a UK base and be either a UK registered company or firm based solely in the UK
  • Be subject to normal trading arrangements and commercial in outlook and operations
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Launchpad

Our Launchpad Service was created to support new and emerging companies, that serve the education sector. It is designed for companies to benefit from the training, networking and research opportunities offered by BESA before they are eligible to apply for full membership.

  • Fulfil BESA's membership criteria excepting the two-year criterion and being in profit
  • Have recently started to supply or intend to supply the UK education market
  • Agree to abide by the BESA Code of Practice
  • Not be a subsidiary of a company that would be eligible for full membership
  • This is available to foreign companies if subsidiary is the first foray into the UK education market
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How membership works

BESA membership means your company can save money on marketing at major exhibitions and benefit from industry insights and exclusive research reports, whilst enjoing access to top-quality seminars.

Discounts

15% discount off the cost of exhibiting at The Education Show and 5% discount off the cost of exhibiting at the BETT Show (the world’s foremost event for ICT in education) and 10% off the cost of exhibiting at the SSAT conference/exhibition.

We work hard to identify high-quality providers to the education suppliers sector and negotiate discounts on behalf of our members. Members often find these alone cover the cost of membership.

Training & Research

Access over 20 reports and research insights on the domestic, international and individual sector markets each year.

Digest vital insights for education businesses, from our unique Market Barometers that gather anonymous sales data to specially commissioned reports on school procurement.

Attend training events to develop members skills and knowledge in the sector.

Networking & Events

Stand alongside over 300 leading and emerging UK education companies that are all part of BESA.

We organise a regular calendar of events, allowing our members to develop relationships both within the industry and with fellow professionals.

BESA events include gala dinners, awards evenings and informal information and meeting days.

Marketing, News & Insights

Membership of BESA is recognised as the gold standard for UK education suppliers. As a member, you’ll be able to use the BESA logo to reassure customers of your excellence.

As a BESA member, you will receive a full suppliers profile page, promotion in the BESA brochure (distributed at domestic and international events) and advertising discounts from key partners.

Plus, benefit from an in-depth weekly member newsletter containing all the week's news from BESA and the education sector at large.

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How Launchpad works

Our Launchpad Service was created to support new and emerging companies, that serve the education sector. It is designed for companies to benefit from the training, networking and research opportunities offered by BESA before they are eligible to apply for our full flagship membership. Launchpad is the perfect way to become involved with a Trade Association representing companies' interests in the education marketplace.

Discounts

15% discount off the cost of exhibiting at The Education Show and 5% discount off the cost of exhibiting at the BETT Show (the world’s foremost event for ICT in education) and 10% off the cost of exhibiting at the SSAT conference/exhibition.

We work hard to identify high-quality providers to the education suppliers sector and negotiate discounts on behalf of our members. Members often find these alone cover the cost of membership.

Training & Research

Access over 20 reports and research insights on the domestic, international and individual sector markets each year. Digest vital insights for education businesses, from our unique Market Barometers that gather anonymous sales data to specially commissioned reports on school procurement.

Attend training events to help develop your skills and knowledge in the sector.

Networking & Events

Stand alongside over 300 leading and emerging UK education companies that are all BESA members and Launchpad subscribers.

We organise a regular calendar of events, allowing Launchpads to develop relationships both within the industry and with fellow professionals. BESA events include gala dinners, awards evenings and informal information and meeting days.

Pathway to Membership

The Launchpad Service is available for two years from the date of incorporation of a company in the UK or the date when it started selling to education, whichever is the latter.

Launchpad provides a platform towards full membership of BESA.

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