It's important to make the right choice and have confidence that your contractor or supplier will give satisfaction and guarantee success. The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) aims to raise awareness of the importance of using a contractor or supplier that's a member of a recognised association, giving the end user assurances of the best possible service. Customer feedback and research shows that the ESSA membership badge is increasingly seen as a mark of quality and accountability.
ESSA members are checked in terms of financial track record, insurances and references before they are allowed into membership and are then bound by the ESSA code of conduct, bond and quality service charter.
In addition to being a member of ESSA, some suppliers may also be part of other standards based schemes such as SSIP Schemes (Safety Schemes in Procurement), International ISO Standards and Investors in People, it's always worth speaking to them or including your requirements at tender stage.