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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 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

BESA’s Launchpad Service supports UK-incorporated start-ups and SMEs across all sectors of the education supplies market. Becoming part of our Launchpad community provides you with year-round access to first-class training seminars; weekly insights and policy updates, quarterly invitations to attend key stakeholder networking events, and so much more.

  • Fulfil BESA's membership criteria excepting the two-year criterion and being in profit
  • You own, or work for, a UK-incorporated company
  • Your company has recently started to supply or intend to supply the education market
  • You agree to abide by the BESA Code of Practice
  • Your company isn't a subsidiary of a parent-company that would be eligible for full membership
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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 enjoying 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

BESA’s Launchpad service exists to support up-and-coming suppliers to the education sector, helping to keep them informed about - and connected with - the market and the BESA community, both at home and on an international level.

Discounts

Enjoy a variety of discounts from our partners and other trusted supporters of our industry, including a 15% discount off the cost of exhibiting at The Education Show, and a 5% discount off the cost of exhibiting at the BETT Show, the world’s foremost event for ICT in education.

Training & Research

Access BESA’s weekly policy update and 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, which gather anonymous sales data, to specially commissioned reports on school procurement - all just a click away with your personalised login to the BESA portal.

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

Networking & Events

Benefit from a packed calendar of training seminars, interactive discussion panels, conferences and webinars.

Meet up with BESA members and fellow Launchpad subscribers across a variety of events from small and informal gatherings to larger networking events including BESA’s annual Summer Insight Day and AGM.

BESA also runs the EdTech Exchange enabling you to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and the wider education eco-system across a wide range of events including Chatham House-style suppers and larger events.

Pathway to Membership

BESA's Launchpad service enables its subscribers to access a multitude of discounted support opportunities at the time they most need to save on outgoings: during their growth phase.

We support our Launchpad companies as they build their businesses and scale their teams, brands and reach.

Launchpad companies that successfully transition into profit-making businesses, by the end of their subscription period, may become eligible to apply for full membership of BESA .

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