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Giving our trade associations unity and strength

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The trade associations within the British Allied Trades Federation have supported the industries they represent since 1887, with the formation of the Birmingham Jewellers' and Silversmiths' Association. From this initiative the Gliders & Finishers were formed, working relationships with the National Association of Goldsmiths and the London Wholesale Jewellers were agreed, so that by the turn of the twentieth century the key players of today's Federation were talking and beginning to work together. With the addition of the Fancy Goods Association and the British Leather and Luggage mid century, the Federation we now see was emerging.

Today the BATF has grown to represent retailers; metal finishers, jewellers; goldsmiths; leathergoods; travelling and fashion accessories; giftware and tabletop in a rapidly changing environment. We are proud to present ourselves as the unified federation of five of the most significant trade associations in the trade and consumer marketplace.

Our industry representation includes:

  • Over 2,500 members, including craftsmen, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers and designers.
  • With 50,000+ employees
  • Worth £25+ billion at retail
  • Giving our trade associations unity and strength


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Our membership

BATF Federated Trade Associations offer guidance and advice to their member companies helping them to promote and sell their products within their specialist industries.

The Giftware Association represents the UK's gift and home industry and has been supporting and promoting this sector of the British economy for over 60 years.

The National Association of Jewellers’ promotes and protects the growth and prosperity of UK jewellery and silverware suppliers.

The Surface Engineering Association provides the 'focus' for all aspects of the surface engineering industry. The SEA brings together the membership, resources, technical and industrial expertise through its structures and committees.

The British Travelgoods and Accessories Association is committed to promoting the growth and image of the accessories, handbags, leathergoods and travelgoods industry. 

The Jewellery Distributors Association specialise in supporting the activities of those who wholesale, distribute, import and export fashion jewellery and accessories.





Supporting our members with expert knowledge and services.