NALC is hugely grateful for the support of our commercial partners. They play a vital role in supporting our work, providing specialist products and services to save our members time and money. Like us, our partners are committed to improving local areas and helping communities help themselves.
Our current partners include:
BHIB Councils Insurance
NALC is pleased to partner with BHIB Councils Insurance, which provides tailor-made support to local councils. With local councils providing an ever-growing range of services in the current climate, it is more critical to have sector experts we can rely on and be partnered with to support us and arrange the right protection for councils delivering services and representing communities.
With regular meetings and working closely together, both NALC and BHIB Councils Insurance will seek deep insight into the challenges and issues councillors, councils and clerks face and then deliver insurance solutions that meet the needs of the local council sector.
BHIB Councils Insurance is part of BHIB Insurance Brokers, one of the UK’s leading independent commercial insurance brokers with a history dating back 50 years. During this time, BHIB has delivered bespoke insurance programmes and advice to the public, private and charity sectors and membership organisations. BHIB Insurance Brokers are also the founders of the Brokerbility Network, a group of circa-30 Independent Insurance Brokers across the country, meaning that local advice is always around the corner.
NALC is an introducer-appointed representative of BHIB Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Find out more about BHIB Councils Insurance, or call their dedicated team on 03300 130 036.
Their latest catalogue is fully new and exciting LED designs for decorating your town. They are the world’s market leader for Christmas and decorative lighting and are NALC’s corporate. Their services include design, manufacture, installation, maintenance, dismantling and storage.
NALC is pleased to partner with Breakthrough Communications, which provides local councils with advice, support and guidance relating to council communications and community engagement, as well as for council data protection and Freedom of Information. Their experienced team is ready to help your council communicate effectively and compliantly with your community. Learn more about how Breakthrough Communications can help your council by visiting their website or calling the team on 01903 299 000.
Communications, community engagement and data protection services for parish and town councils
Breakthrough Communications' community engagement services include creating communication and community engagement strategies, creating and managing neighbourhood plans and community surveys, and providing social media support and advice. They support councils with crisis communications situations. Breakthrough Communications data protection services include carrying out council-wide data map audits, data protection impact assessments, and creating and refreshing data protection policies and procedures.
Council Hive service for parish and town councils
Council Hive is a subscription service that empowers parish and town councils to communicate effectively and compliantly with their communities. Council Hive takes the stress out of local council communications and compliance, saving clerks and council officers time, effort and money. Council Hive provides Clerks and council officers access to expert communication and compliance advice, templates, resource packs, and masterclasses – all in one place. Discover more at https://breakthroughcomms.co.uk/hive.
CCLA is one of the UK's largest charity fund managers, according to the latest Charity Finance Survey. Managing investments for charities, religious organisations and the public sector. Based in London, with an office in Edinburgh, they are largely owned by their clients' funds. CCLA is one of the UK's largest charity fund managers, according to the latest Charity Finance Survey.
Their products and services have a solid long-term performance record, are fairly priced, are managed responsibly, and their investment solutions for clients are flexible. They understand the particular needs and challenges facing charity investors.
NALC is delighted to partner with GoCollaborate Ltd, whose online digital community consultation and engagement platform has been designed to help parish, town and community councils with meaningful and inclusive community engagement to create prosperous and more sustainable communities.
GoCollaborate’s innovative online community engagement platforms are successfully used to inform, consult and reach wider audiences on neighbourhood plan development, community regeneration and sustainability projects, including those relating to accessing funding opportunities for levelling up.
Their consultation platforms can help you reach and engage people who usually wouldn’t have the time to attend a town hall meeting or participatory workshop, such as families with young children, those with busy schedules or access difficulties.
GoCollaborate’s platform enables you to keep track of engagement rates, demographic responses and critical insights. Its touch-button reporting capability will assist in robust and inclusive decision-making and will help save time and money, meet GDPR requirements and give you peace of mind.
For more information about the GoCollaborate online engagement platform and the associated community consultation support they provide, or to book yourself a demonstration of their online community engagement platform, please email the team direct at or visit www.gocollaborate.co.uk.
Internal Audit Forum
The Internal Audit Forum comprises over 80 professional members, including qualified accountants, experienced clerks and county officers. They now have a vast network of internal auditors and other interested parties who strive to promote continuous internal audit improvement in the sector.
As a group of sector specialists, they have established a network of internal auditors nationwide and invited other stakeholders who strive to promote continuous internal audit improvement in the local (parish and town) council sector to join the forum.
The agreement with NALC sees them become a pivotal partner in promoting the growth, development and understanding of internal audits to local councils.
They are committed to raising awareness of internal audits and promoting internal audit quality and best practices across the sector.
NALC is delighted to partner with Geoxphere Ltd, whose Parish Online digital mapping system is designed to equip parish and town councils with the knowledge and tools necessary to take on the growing challenges of council management. These challenges include asset management, devolution, climate change, energy efficiency, neighbourhood planning and resilience.
At NALC, we believe that maps and mapping technology should be part of the standard toolkit for every local council – alongside email, word processing, spreadsheets and accounts. We are pleased to support Parish Online as a highly cost-effective tool to help parish and town councils, and we are delighted that over 1,700 councils now use Parish Online.
For further information about Parish Online and to arrange a free trial, please visit www.parish-online.co.uk.
Geoxphere also partners with Pear Technology, a company specialising in bespoke mapping projects (particularly for cemeteries and allotments). For more information, see www.peartechnology.co.uk.
Utility Aid is the UK's largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector, and they’re delighted to be working with NALC to offer you access to their expertise. Their dedicated team provides a high-level service to manage and maintain your portfolio, covering procurement, Bureau services, full account management, historical audits, carbon reporting, and net zero planning. Their invoice validation services have saved their charity customers over £4m.
Working with them could not be easier. Click the link below to take you to their unique webpage. They’ve agreed to a unique initial offering that will offer you the following:
Desktop audit offer to NALC members
Utility Aid is offering a desktop audit to NALC members. The audit will identify any discrepancies on invoices, including:
- Consumption fluctuations
- Inaccurate billing
- Incorrect VAT
- Incorrect tariff
- General anomalies
When you get in touch with them, use the reference NALC.
Phone: 0808 1788 170
WorkNest is a powerhouse of employment law, HR and health & safety services. Headquartered in Chester with hubs throughout the UK, its 400-strong team help local councils proactively overcome their employment, safety and wellbeing challenges by working alongside internal teams or providing a fully outsourced solution.
From advice and policy creation to annual health and safety audits, WorkNest’s proactive and personalised services are delivered by dedicated professionals with set-price subscription models for cost certainty and peace of mind. With specialist sector teams, you can benefit from your named advisers' shared insight and expertise. They support many other local councils facing similar challenges to you.
To find out why 40,000+ employers choose WorkNest and arrange a free consultation, please visit www.worknest.com.