1 October 2015

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is launching a new membership scheme aimed at pond and aquarium contractors.

The trade association has improved what it has on offer for this section of the industry and it’s offering a great deal for contractors who join at AQUA2015 at Telford (14-15 October). New members can join at the show for just £99 and get six months’ free membership – saving them nearly £50 on the normal membership fee.

The new scheme aims to help businesses set high standards for their business by signing up to a Code of Conduct from a well-recognised organisation. Members will also get access to high quality information and forms that will help them with risk assessments, biosecurity issues and record keeping.

“We want to help pond and aquarium contractors show that they follow high standards in their business. By becoming a member they agree to abide by our Code of Conduct which we think will be a good plus point with customers,” said Assistant to the Chief Executive Gaby Solano, who is responsible for managing the scheme at OATA.

“Members will be given a special sticker to show they are part of the scheme and they’ll get access to a range of information and useful forms they can use in their business in our members’ only area of our website.

“Many contractors are small businesses so finding time to keep up-to-date can be difficult. We’ve made it easier by pulling a lot of useful documents they can download and use and they will receive regular updates on the latest issues affecting their business.

“They will also be invited to join our new closed Facebook group where they can share information and ask for guidance on issues.”

Find out more by reading our membership leaflet and download the joining form here if you can’t make it to Telford.