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    Relocating a company can be a challenging experience for employees and their families, as well as for companies and their stakeholders. Professional relocation services provide help for companies and offer ways to save money and time, as well as reduce the stress of relocating.

    A number of associations represent professionals companies that provide relocation services. Membership and recognition from these associations provide individuals and businesses the peace of mind that they are working with a reputable firm. These organisations also work with the industry to ensure high standards of quality and service. The following are key company relocation associations active in the United Kingdom.

    Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP)

    The ARP is the professional body for relocation service providers in the United Kingdom. The association also represents members overseas. Membership is available at various levels, including affiliate, associate and full membership options. Members include corporate relocation professionals and service providers, as well as property finders and specialist relocation service providers.

    As part of the European Academy of Relocation Professionals (EARP), the ARP offers industry accredited training including the Managing International Mobility (MIM) qualification and European Relocation Qualification (ERQ). In recognising and promoting excellence as well as best practice in the industry, the association also organises an annual conference and awards scheme. For more information about the ARP and membership, visit www.arp-relocation.com.

    Contact Details for the ARP:
    Association of Relocation Professionals
    9 & 10 Diss Business Centre
    Diss
    IP22 4HD
    Tel: 08700 73 74 75
    Email: enquiries@arp-relocation.com

    British Association of Removers (BAR)

    Removal services are essential for any company relocating an office. These companies assist with every aspect of relocating an office, from planning to execution. Hiring a trustworthy company is essential, which is why professional accreditation and recognition provides confidence that a removal company is qualified. Hiring a BAR member will ensure a move goes smoothly and high service standards are maintained.

    For over 100 years, BAR has represented reputable, professional and safe removal service providers. The trade association is an authoritative body in the UK?s moving and storage industry. It sets professional standards with membership criteria and a Code of Practice, which are recognised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). BAR also provides professional advice, a pre-payment protection scheme, and an independent alternative dispute resolution service. The association also lobbies government at national and European levels to ensure a fair industry. For more information about BAR and its members, visit www.bar.co.uk.

    Contact Details for BAR:
    British Association of Removers
    Tangent House
    62 Exchange Road
    Watford
    Hertfordshire, WD18 0TG
    Tel: 01923 699 480
    Fax : 01923 699 481

    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

    The CIPD represents individuals involved in the management and development of people. With more than 100 years of work in the industry, the independent and non-profit organization holds a Royal Charter. The CIPD champions best practices in personnel development as well as organizational development, including when relocating employees. The organization also sets and maintains professional standards, as well as awarding Chartered Status to human resources and learning and development professionals. The CIPD also offers a range of resources for professional development, including training courses, specialist qualifications, conferences, networking and more.

    The professional body has more than 135,000 around the world, with over 50,000 members being Chartered. Membership options include professional, student, affiliate and academic options. To learn more about becoming a member and the CIPD, visit www.cipd.co.uk.

    Contact Details for the CIPD:
    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    151 The Broadway
    Wimbledon
    London, SW19 1JQ
    Tel: 020 8612 6200
    Email: memadmin@cipd.co.uk

    European Relocation Association (EuRA)

    Founded in 1998, EuRA?s mandate is to promote the benefits of professionally-managed relocation and mobility services. The association focuses on companies with a globally mobile workforce. The industry body represents relocation professionals in the UK and across Europe, as well as internationally. It created the world?s first accreditation programme for relocation providers. EuRA publishes standards and offers training programmes, including the EuRA Oxford Brookes Coaching Programme.

    EuRA represents members in nearly 100 countries working in the relocation industry. Full, Associate and Worldwide EuRA membership options are available. A directory of EuRA members is distributed to over 8,500 human resource contacts each year, providing an important relocation services resource for companies. More information about becoming a member and EuRA is available at www.eura-relocation.com

    Contact Details for EuRA:
    European Relocation Association
    9 & 10 Diss Business Centre
    Diss, IP21 4HD
    Tel: 01379 640883
    Fax: 01379 641940
    Email: enquiries@eura-relocation.com

    Worldwide ERC

    Formerly known as the Employment Relocation Council (ERC), Worldwide ERC provides assistance for members to overcome challenges with workforce mobility. The workforce mobility association represents professionals who oversee, manage and support employee transfers. Founded in 1964, Worldwide ERC represents individuals in human resources, recruiting, financial services, government, real estate, military, and many others.

    Worldwide ERC has established bylaws and a statement of shared values. It also undertakes research on workforce mobility policy and programmes, and provides information and networking opportunities to it members. Training is also available through Worldwide ERC, including Certified Relocation Professional and Global Mobility Specialist designation programmes. Although based in the United States, the association accepts members from around the world. For more information about Worldwide ERC, visit www.worldwideerc.org.

    Contact Details for Worldwide ERC:
    Worldwide ERC
    4401 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 510
    Arlington, VA 22203
    United States
    Tel: +1 703 842 3400
    Fax: +1 703 527 1552
    Email: CustomerCare@WorldwideERC.org

    London Office Space

    London Office Space Provides a free office finder service for companies looking to relocate to new business premises in London. Simply contact London Office space with your office space requirements including desired area, the number of staff you are looking to relocate, business support services and facilities required. A dedicated office broker will do all the leg work for you and assist in finding the perfect office space within your budget, on flexible terms to suit your needs.

    Contact information:
    London Office Space
    International House
    124 Cromwell Road
    Kensington, London
    SW7 4ET

    Phone: 020 3050 3893
    Free phone*: 0800 1444 555
    Free phone: 0800 1444 555
    Email: office@londonofficespace.com
    Website: www.londonofficespace.com
    *(may incur cost if called from a mobile phone)