Drives and Controls Magazine
Gambica moves in with Beama and forms a partnership
Published:  04 September, 2015

Gambica, the UK trade association for the automation, control, instrumentation and laboratory technology sectors, has moved its London office to share premises with Beama, the trade body for manufacturers of electrical and related equipment in the UK. The two organisations have formed a “strategic partnership” and will share back-office administration in their offices next to the River Thames in Westminster.

Together the two bodies represent industries with more than £20bn of turnover in the electrotechnical, instrumentation and automation sectors. They are both engaged in UK and European activities and are keen to use as much of their funding as possible to represent their industries. They see co-location and the sharing of back-office administration as the best way to maintain a distinct sector focus, while freeing up funds for active programmes.

Gambica CEO Dr Graeme Philp says that “it makes perfect sense for trade associations to utilise this ‘hub’ approach to operations. We can seamlessly share finance, technical and marketing services along with the cost of premises, but most important, of all our members benefit from the pooling of our collective knowledge and expertise to ensure a stronger voice with Government and other industry stakeholders.”

Philp: it makes perfect sense

Beama CEO Dr Howard Porter calls the partnership “a logical progression for two like-minded organisations which both have to understand, interpret and shape European and UK standardisation and political activity”.