Is there a trade association for our industry in the UK? I’ve been looking but can’t seem to find anythingThere’s the HTML Writers Guild but that’s pretty much BS and some designers use that as some sign of quality. The reason I was asking was I was trying to get some Professional Indemnity Insurance to cover the business. Now I got some quotes and there were huge £600+ pa for just me. So thinking this was money for old rope I shelved the idea. Anyone been able to find a company who can offer this at a cheaper price?
Any One ever heard of PII? On the point that the industry is not mature enough. Well I think it should grow up then. Its evolved enough for people to be ripped off (IMHO). Get out the acne cream (well some of our younger viewers should) and think professional!!! However, you need to consider what kind of trade association you want. If you just want a club of people who do the same thing, with no standards required for entry, then the HTML Writers Guild is sufficient.
If however you want a certification of quality you need to decide what standard you are going to hold applicants to. If it’s a standard of technical knowledge, you run the risk of going down the MCSE/CCNE route where you have 14 year olds getting MCSE qualified having never done a day’s work in their lives. Any industry association based on quality standards also needs to be audited somehow to maintain standards – for example the “Web Host Guild” (or whatever it’s called) that puports to be a symbol of quality web hosting companies, is open to anyone who can stump up the $250 application fee.