From day one, your membership tells customers that your business is trustworthy, experienced and credible.  The API Professional Code of Conduct gives you a clear advantage over non-member competitors.  We promote members on our website, on social media, articles in the trade press and exhibitions and seminars.

As well as the professionalism your membership denotes, you’ll have access to the below benefits specifically geared towards supporting businesses in the UK play industry – saving you the cost of your membership and more. Through our in-depth knowledge of the sector and by listening to our members, we provide an ever-growing package of tailored support designed to help you make the most of your play business.

Benefits and Services

Tailored business benefits and services
As experts in the play sector, we offer our members a wide range of free or discounted business benefits and services tailored to the sector. From events & networking to human resources, industry data to support with marketing – our growing package of benefits can instantly cover the cost of membership and, over time much more, helping our members to thrive.

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B2B Sales Leads

Opportunities for new business
Customers wishing to make direct contact with members can complete the Product & Services enquiry form online. Details received by the API are placed on the Members Only section as Sales Leads. Any sales leads received are generally placed on the website and members notified via the weekly update.

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Lobbying

We lobby Government on the issues affecting your business
Through our relationship with our umbrella body – the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA) – and with other leading organisations in the sector, we represent the play industry on a variety of issues affecting our member companies. The API is a founder member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

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Webinars/Seminars

Free webinars, seminars & training
Hosted by some of the leading professionals in their fields, members can tap into the latest industry knowledge and expertise with our unique programme of webinars and seminars. Stay up-to-date with Standards changes and interpretation issues along with other industry-specific training and workshops.

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Networking

Members only meetings
Join us to take advantage of our industry meetings and events held exclusively for members. API meetings take place throughout the year including the Annual General Meeting and Dinner in April and the Members’ General Meeting later in the year. Our events keep members up-to-date with industry developments and promote strong business relationships.

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Play Industry Standards

Members’ influence
As an API member, you are invited to input into the development of current and new industry Standards and guidance.  API has representation on various BS and CEN product Standard committees e.g. SW65 relating to Play Equipment and Safety Surfacing. Members can input into the creation and review of these documents which affect their industry.

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Resources

Exclusive information at your fingertips
Members have access to content not available elsewhere via our website’s Members’ Area.  You will receive a free monthly ‘state of the industry’ report which provides industry statistics and company-specific analysis.

Also the API Credit Information Service is a confidential monthly analysis of bad debtors distributed to contributing members.

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Jobs

Free and Discounted Recruitment Services
To help you recruit the right talent, members can advertise job vacancies for free on our dedicated Jobs page – our most visited webpage.

Also, our expert partners in HR offer discounted rates on handling the recruitment process including screening CVs and interviewing candidates.

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Newsletters

Industry intel straight to your inbox
Members receive regular newsletters with the very latest play industry news and insights. Tailored to the play industry, members only receive relevant information that they might otherwise miss. No more searching for the most up-to-date industry news, you’ll stay one step ahead with our free newsletters.

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Member Forum

Stronger together
Under our umbrella organisation – the FSPA – API members can join together with other association members in the sports and play industries.  The Member Forum provides a unique opportunity for members to share ideas. The Forum’s collaborative approach strengthens our lobbying activities and members have exclusive first access to the most up-to-date market intelligence.

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Brexit

Get your voice heard
Without our voice in Government the specific concerns of the UK play industry could get overlooked as we leave the EU. We are working with our members and UK Government to influence the EU-UK Free Trade Agreement on the matters that may affect the play industry, like standards, rules of origin, tariffs and customs.

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