Membership organisations from across the UK are being given the chance to shine with today’s launch of the 2021 National Association Awards.

The independent awards aim to celebrate the hard work and success of associations, federations, chambers of commerce, societies and membership organisations across all sectors.

The awards are open for entries from today until Thursday, December 17, and the winners will be crowned at a glittering awards ceremony at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, London on Thursday, April 22.

Categories include Best Conference; Best Event; Best Magazine; Best Newsletter; Best Covid Response; Best Membership Initiative; Best Website; Best Blog; Best Lobbying Campaign; Best Partnership; Outstanding Director; Outstanding Volunteer; Best Internal Team and Best Social Media.

There is also an award for Association Branch/Region/Area/Chapter of the Year and awards for National Association/Federation of the Year in three categories – up to 1,000 members, up to 10,000 members and over 10,000 members.

Awards director Damian Cummins said: “Everyone in the UK has had an exceptionally tough year this year and many people taken some comfort from the fact they are a part of a membership organisation or association – whether this be through financial support, advice helplines, discovering a new hobby or simply avoiding the loneliness of working from home by taking part in online networking events with like-minded individuals.

“There are so many associations across the UK representing a diverse range of trades, professions, charitable bodies, interests and hobbies, and activist groups. They are doing amazing work and we want to help them get the recognition they deserve.”

To enter the awards, or for more information, go to