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Marketing Professional Bodies, Institutes, Trade Bodies and Networks

Here are some of the main UK Marketing Professional Bodies, Institutes, Trade Bodies and Networks. The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) has estimated there are several hundred thousand people involved in marketing in the UK. If you include, digital, sales, affiliate and business development to the marketing networks the numbers may well be in the millions. Here are some of the notable marketing societies and institutes (mainly) in the UK who are also active globally.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) The Chartered Institute of Marketing supports, develops and represents marketers, teams, leaders and the marketing profession as a whole. As the largest professional marketing body in the world, CIM offer membership and career development, professional marketing qualifications, training courses and helps businesses grow with tailored support to enhance marketing capability.
The Marketing Society As the world’s leading network of senior marketers, we inspire and challenge our members to think differently and become bolder leaders.
The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing  The IDM exists to support, encourage and improve marketing performance with development programmes to help you be the best you can be.
 The DMA  Our network of more than 1,000 UK companies is privy to research, free legal advice, political lobbying and industry guidance. Our members connect at regular events that inspire creativity, innovation, responsible marketing and more. Most of them are free. A DMA membership is a badge of accreditation. We give the industry best-practice guidelines, legal updates and a code that puts the customer at the heart. We represent a data-driven industry that’s leading the business sector in creativity and innovation.
Market Research Society


 The Market Research Society (MRS) is the UK professional body for research, insight and analytics.
UK Marketing Network  The UK Marketing Network is the country’s largest and most interactive LinkedIn group for UK only marketing professionals, powered by Cambridge Marketing College and Only Marketing Jobs.
UK Affiliate Marketing Networks A list of UK focused Affiliate Marketing Networks.
The Institute of Sales Management First established in 1911 as the Sales Managers Association, the institute has striven to be the authoritative voice of selling and the custodian of sales standards, ethics and best practice throughout its existence. Now rebranded as the Institute of Sales Management, it exists to promote the professionalism and integrity of sales by providing internationally recognised learning opportunities, thought leadership, peer to peer guidance and advice and industry related news and information.
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations – CIPR The chartered body for public relations and the largest
membership organisation for PR professionals in Europe.
Public Relations Consultants Association The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work,
helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.
The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications,
providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.
Marketing Agencies Association – MAAG The MAAG is at the forefront of the sector, working with and on behalf of our member agencies
to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape.
Advertising Standards Association – ASA
Committee of Advertising Practice – CAP The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media.
We apply the Advertising Codes, which are written by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP).
The Digital Marketing Institute The Digital Marketing Institute sets the global standard in digital marketing and selling certification. We have certified more professionals to a single digital education standard than any other certification body.
The Advertising Association Are the only organisation that brings together agencies, brands and media to combine strengths
and seek consensus on the issues and opportunities that affect them.
The Institute of Promotional Marketing

 The IPM is the leading professional body for the promotional marketing industry, and we are here to serve you – our members.
The Institute of Business Development To provide ethical and professional leadership and guidance to business professionals globally by promoting high standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence that are recognized worldwide.

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