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ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

Touchstar are proud to be members of the most prominent trade associations within the logistics industry, including;

Freight Transport Association

FTA are one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for efficient logistics. We are the only organisation in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.

As champions and challengers, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, greatly increasing the impact of our messages and achieving amazing results for Members.

Road Haulage Association

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is the only UK trade association dedicated solely to the needs of UK road transport operators. It is the voice of the road haulage profession, a champion of its interests and a respected partner to the broader logistics community.

The RHA’s best in class operations, intelligence and communication aid the public’s understanding of the road haulage profession. It provides its members with advice, information and guidance; up-to-the-minute research and a code of conduct to enhance their professional stature.

Across the UK the RHA employs 104 staff dedicated to supporting our membership. We represent more than 6,000 member companies operating around 80,000 HGVs. These are micro, SME and large operators, including 82 of the Motor Transport Top 100 transport contractors. Of the transport companies applying to the Department for Transport for permits to participate in the innovative longer semi-trailer trial, 80% were RHA members. Our road transport experts deal with more than 10,000 calls a year, assisting our members to operate in a compliant and efficient way.


Federation of Petroleum Suppliers

The UK & Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA). is the trade association for the heating oil distribution industry and ancillary interests in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It provides members with a collective voice for the industry at national level, services to assist members in optimising their business efficiencies including depot audits, certification schemes, tanker driver training. The UKIFDA also promotes best practice in the industry through the UKIFDA Code of Practice.

Membership is organised on a geographical basis with regional meetings, and the UKIFDA also organises an annual exhibition UKIFDA EXPO and member conferences. Governance is through a council, to which each region nominates a representative.

The UKIFDA offers support and a voice for the oil distributor at government level to try to ensure a fair deal for the industry as well as enabling distributors to meet and discuss current issues.

The UKIFDA also encourages self-regulation of the industry through raised standards and best practice. It is up to the industry to organise itself through a single body in order to help itself – the UKIFDA exists solely for this purpose.


UPEI (UNION PÉTROLIÈRE EUROPÉENNE INDÉPENDANTE)

UPEI represents nearly 2,000 European importers and wholesale/retail distributors of energy for the transport and heating sectors, supplying Europe’s customers independently of the major energy producers.

They are the interface between producers and consumers, using their own infrastructure and flexibility to supply existing demand for conventional and renewable liquid fuels, as well as non-liquid alternatives as part of the energy transition. They cover more than a third of Europe’s current demand. The organisation brings together national associations and suppliers across Europe.

Independent fuel suppliers bring competition to Europe’s energy market and are able to respond rapidly to changes affecting supply, contributing to security on a local, national and regional level. They have developed and maintain a comprehensive infrastructure for the sourcing, storage and distribution of transport and heating fuels, with a commitment to delivering a high quality service to all consumers, including those in remote areas.

Since 1962 UPEI has been advocating for a level playing field and fair competition to ensure an affordable, sustainable and secure energy supply for Europe’s consumers. Today, in the context of the transition to a low carbon economy, UPEI and its members are also addressing the challenges of adapting the product range and meeting consumer demand through market oriented solutions.

With its strong track record in pioneering the supply of renewable fuels in the EU, UPEI’s members remain committed to delivering and embracing new, cost effective solutions which further promote energy efficiency and reduce pollutants and emissions./p>