Industry associations and networks

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Last updated on July 10, 2018

Whether you are a new entrant to business or an industry or wanting to diversify into other industries, it is very worthwhile to investigate the benefits of being a member of an industry association or network.

An industry association or trade association is an organisation established and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. They often lead the development of standards and best practices in the industry and generally provide members with:

  • the latest information relevant for business e.g. new legislation, programs or services offered by private enterprises or the government
  • networking opportunities
  • training and skills development programs
  • financial discounts and incentives, e.g. for events and research publications
  • a collective voice for the industry on issues of regulation and policy.

Have a look at the list of industry associations and peak bodies to find one relevant to your business.

A business network is usually a group of people who have a common goal or interest. Some network groups are not-for-profit organisations and others are a business themselves. Ask others with similar businesses to find out about relevant networks. Your local Enterprise Centre will also be able to help.

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