ABOUT THE ANGLING TRADES ASSOCIATION

Since 1973 and now in its 43rd year, the Angling Trades Association is the official voice of the UK angling industry, representing fishing tackle manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, publishers and fisheries.

Our mission statement: To unite the angling industry and to promote and protect the sport of angling and the interests of the Association’s members.

We deliver this through four key functions:

  • Increasing angling participation – through initiatives like National Fishing Month, Take A Friend Fishing & Get Into Fishing.
  • Helping to shape our industry – through annual Tackle Trade Surveys, Conferences and Round Table discussions.
  • Offering special services and benefits to members – such as Credit Circle Reports & our Brands Index and delivering angling PR, marketing and promotional campaigns to the general public.
  • Promoting angling unity – by working with the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency, the Canal and Rivers Trust, Professional Anglers Association, World Wildlife Fund & RSPB.

ATA Code of Practice

  1. Member Companies of the ATA have committed themselves to maintain a high standard of quality and service to purchasers of angling equipment, clothing and accessories.
  2. In achieving membership of the Association they have had to meet the required standards of experience, proficiency and commercial competence. Thereafter as members they are bound by the regulations of this Code of Practice, all intended to maintain a high and improving standard of performance by its members.
  3. Purchasers of goods and services from Member Companies, who feel that the Member Company in question has fallen below that standard, are invited to submit details to the Association.
  4. Member Companies and their staff agree not to behave in such a way as to bring the ATA or any of its Member Companies into disrepute.
  5. Member Companies who are shown to persist in practices which the ATA find unacceptable or fail to maintain proper standards of quality and performance will be liable to expulsion.
  6. The ATA maintains a Mediation Panel to assist in the settlement of disputes between its Members Companies and their clients. Member Companies may elect to submit details of disputes in which they are involved to the Mediation Panel and by so doing commit themselves to being bound by the findings of the Panel.
  7. This Mediation Service is normally restricted to the technical rather than the contractual aspect of the dispute.
  8. A dissatisfied purchaser who cannot resolve a dispute with a Member may submit details to the Panel, which will have the power to invite the Member Company also to submit details and to consider all circumstances and take what action is appropriate.
  9. Enquiries and submissions should be directed in the first instance to the Secretary of the Mediation Panel, The Angling Trades Association, 60 Windsor Avenue, London SW19 2RR.
  10. To qualify for membership of the ATA, companies must meet the membership criteria.
  11. Member Companies readily endorse and affirm their responsibility to their clients under current legislation.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies

The Angling Trades Association works with the Angling Trust and the Child Protection in Sport Unit (part of the NSPCC) to develop Safeguarding and Child Protection policies suitable to be adopted by its members.

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