The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is a not-for-profit body for the portable appliance testing industry in the United Kingdom that was formed in 2013.
The association, formerly called the PAT Testing Network was founded by Tim James and Richard Ayre, who felt there was a need for the industry to be better represented, but also because they felt that small businesses in the industry could work better if they knew each other – opportunities to network with peers were limited, and having worked together themselves in the past Tim and Richard knew of the benefits to their businesses, that having someone else to help out now and again, could bring.
“PATTA” is the only recognised trade body for the “PAT” testing industry.
PATTA members are expected to have standards; we assume that by becoming a member they will do – after all, if they’re a ‘cowboy’ why would they bring attention to themselves by signing up.
We are committed to helping to connect members, and to raise standards within the industry by representing it when decisions and changes are being made.
If we can help our members to grow their businesses in ways that we got help ourselves then we are doing good; the more businesses out there doing a good job the better for us, and our clients. By helping members and people new to the industry we’re raising awareness, professionalism, and standards, which can help to ensure our clients are being provided with an appropriate professional service.
We work closely with key organisations such as Government, legislators, training bodies and consumer organisations to ensure that best practice in the industry is promoted and that our members are well represented.
We are a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for members.
PATTA’s 3 main objectives:
To provide a voice for the industry at meetings and events
To connect people in the industry on and offline
To encourage, educate, support and guide where it’s needed