Dods at Party Conference 2017

Labour | Conservatives | SNP


38 Degrees

38 Degrees is one of the country’s largest campaigning organisations. We bring together millions of citizens to work to make the UK a better place, by taking action on the issues that matter to us. Since the EU Referendum, 38 Degrees members have been drawing up a crowd-sourced vision for what Brexit should look like. Over 8 million votes have been cast so far, on dozens of different ideas including the NHS, trade and immigration - and the plan is taking shape.



ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is writing the future of industrial digitalisation. We provide innovative and reliability technologies for infrastructure and rolling stock projects, as well as maintenance and retrofit services. We aim to keep the world moving by developing new sustainable approaches that help our customers to use energy effectively and efficiently, to create a low-carbon railway industry, while also increasing industrial productivity. Our portfolio covered traction power to railway lines, manage heating and ventilation in tunnels, as well as equipment to manage power inside rail vehicles. ABB works with the UK’s railway network operators to upgrade and enhance traction power supplies to accommodate new and upgraded electric trains. 



ABTA is the UK’s largest travel trade association, representing travel agents and tour operators that sell in excess of £33 billion of holidays and other travel arrangements each year. We have been a trusted travel brand for more than 65 years offering advice and guidance to the travelling public, as well as leading the travel industry in supporting high service stands, working with our Members on health and safety, and promoting responsible tourism at home and abroad.


Airport Operators Association (AOA)

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the trade association that represents UK airports. Its mission is to see UK airports grow sustainably. The AOA represents the views of UK airports to Government, Parliament and regulators to secure policy outcomes that help deliver its mission. It represents more than 50 UK airports in the UK.


Apprenticeships Forum

During the Party Conference season, Dods is running The Apprenticeships Forum; a series of events across Labour, Tory and SNP. Its aim is to have a collaborative movement to raise awareness and provoke policy discussion around the positive impact of Apprenticeships, some of the regulatory issues faced and to discuss what the Parties can do to support UK Apprenticeship programmes.

If you have an interest in driving this debate and would like to find out how to be involved, please email


BAE Systems

BAE Systems is an international defence, security and aerospace company headquartered in London with operations worldwide. The Company employs over 30,000 highly skilled people in the UK, designing, developing, manufacturing and supporting a wide range of equipment for UK Armed Forces and our allies.


British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold across the world. Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also at the forefront of developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our portfolio includes Vype, one of the leading vaping brands in the UK and we continue to expand our portfolio with new and innovative products. We know consumers want product quality and safety in the category which is why we making a significant investment in the innovation, research and development of these products. 


British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. With more than 600 member firms - including over 260 fund managers and 100 institutional investors - it is our role to inform and engage, to demonstrate the positive role of our industry in the UK economy and provide market intelligence, technical updates, specialist training and more.



With over 50 years of experience, the CBI is the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation. Proving members with the influence, insight and access they need to plan ahead with confidence and grow. CBI represents members’ views when working with policymakers to deliver a healthy environment for businesses to succeed, create jobs and ultimately, drive economic growth and prosperity.


Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. 


Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank

CYBG, owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and the award winning digital-only B account, is the UK’s leading challenger bank, serving nearly 3 million personal and SME customers. Whether in branch, over the phone, online or on the move using our super smart apps, our passion is to be there to support businesses and households with all their financial needs and to help drive economic growth in the North of England and Scotland.

Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. In Great Britain, 97% of the products we sell here are made here. We employ some 4,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. CCEP continue to deliver a wide-ranging sugar reduction strategy to allow our consumers to make the right choices, and we are committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.


Colas Rail

Colas Rail is part of a wider international group, which operates in 80 countries, across 5 continents and makes a net profit of €1.1 billion annually. We have a solid financial, technical and management foundation, as well as access to very high levels of expertise and specialist resources in rail operations, logistics and technology. 

100% rail focused, our aim is to be the partner of choice for all aspects of rail infrastructure solutions. We provide total rail solutions for some of Europe's most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and the development of Morocco's first high-speed train line.  In the UK we work on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo station.


Core Cities UK

Core Cities UK is a unique and united voice representing the UK’s ten Core Cities. It aims to unlock the potential of our great cities creating a stronger, fairer economy and society.

The Core Cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Core Cities UK has just published Invest, Trust, Reform – a Green Paper for a Stronger, Fairer Britain.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.  It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ more than 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy also employs more than 200 office based staff in East Kilbride. Our joint venture, EDF Energy Renewables, operates seven windfarms in Scotland. These assets power stations generate enough electricity to power almost 4 million homes.


Health & Care Forum

The Health & Care Forum is an exciting collaboration of influential health and social care organisations. This forward-looking partnership is working together to raise the profile of the important issues within the health and social care sector. The Forum aims to share thought-provoking insights while also shaping the future of the debate.

If you have an interest in driving this debate and would like to find out how to be involved, please email


Holyrood Health and Care Hub

The Holyrood Health & Care Hub is a new initiative to bring together some of the leading organisations involved in health and social care from across Scotland to stimulate debate, inform policy and share some of the challenges and success stories in the sector.


Home Group

Home Group, a social enterprise and a charity with a turnover of over £325m, is one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and supported housing services and products.



Keolis has been in the UK since 1996 and today it employs over 13,000 people. During this time Keolis has introduced more new trains to its franchises than any other operator.

Through its joint ventures, Keolis currently handles 414 million UK rail passenger journeys every year – equivalent to one in three train journeys made in Great Britain. Its franchises include London Midland, Nottingham's award-winning tram network, NET, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) , Govia Thameslink Railway, Southeastern and the nation’s only high-speed rail network, HS1, in Kent.

Globally, Keolis operates in 16 different countries, handling over three billion passenger journeys a year. Keolis is 70% owned by SNCF – France’s state-owned railway operator – and 30% owned by Canadian pension fund, Caisse de depot et de placement du Québec.


London Councils

London Councils represents London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. We are a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of our member authorities regardless of political persuasion. We make the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that our members have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.


Medical Protection Society

The Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”) is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world. Membership provides access to expert advice and support together with the right to request indemnity for complaints or claims arising from professional practice.    

Our in-house experts assist with the wide range of legal and ethical problems that arise from professional practice. This can include clinical negligence claims, complaints, medical and dental council inquiries, legal and ethical dilemmas, disciplinary procedures, inquests and fatal accident inquiries. 

Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to avert problems in the first place. We do this by promoting risk management through our workshops, E-learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, lectures and presentations. 


Octopus Healthcare

With £1 billion of healthcare assets under management across a number of platforms, we invest in GP surgeries, care homes, retirement housing, special education needs schools and private hospitals. As specialists in healthcare, we’re all about taking the long-term partnership approach, creating brilliant new environments to improve people’s health and wellbeing experience, for the better.



Poppyscotland were established in 1921 as The Earl Haig Fund Scotland but adopted our current name and logo in 2006 to reflect our revised fundraising activities and welfare services work.  In June 2011 Poppyscotland merged with our sister charity The Royal British Legion (TRBL), which operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to form the largest charity group supporting the Armed Forces community across the whole of the UK.  We continue to operate as a distinct charity within the TRBL group of charities, relying entirely on public donations to allow us to continue our life-changing work.


Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group exists to enable rail companies to succeed in transforming and delivering a successful railway. Rail plays an ever more crucial role in Britain, with long term growth in passengers and freight. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and HS2, providing services and support to enable them to succeed by delivering better services for their customers. This ultimately benefits taxpayers and the economy.  

Rail Supply Group

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) is the leadership body for the rail supply sector, uniquely bringing together Government and the private sector to champion the rail supply chain.

Formed in 2014, the RSG is the only rail body to have members from Government and the private sector focusing on supporting and enhancing the rail supply chain, from SMEs to multi-national companies across the UK.

The RSG focusses on four areas of work: driving growth; accelerating innovation; doubling exports and improving skills. The RSG is Co-Chaired by Gordon Wakeford from industry. 


Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. It has around 200 companies in membership who employ over 30,000 staff and turn over more than £6bn annually. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the global and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

Rail is a vital contributor to UK plc, moving workers and freight to support the economic growth of our cities and industry. It employs 216,000 people and contributes annually £10.1 billion Gross Value Added (GVA). It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too.

RIA campaigns on a number of issues, including proper funding of the rail industry, a strong rail ‘sector deal’ which helps the Government deliver its Industrial Strategy, addressing the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, and generating and maintaining support for major future rail infrastructure schemes, such as HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2.


Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve health care for women everywhere, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s health care worldwide.


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession.

With government, we work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS are a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide. RICS regulate and promote the profession; maintain the highest educational and professional standards; protect clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics; and provide impartial advice and guidance.


Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. We represent over 24,000 members worldwide, supporting them throughout their careers. We shape planning policy, raise professional standards and are the only body in the UK to confer Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification.


Santander UK

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. 



Siemens has a strong presence in the UK, having been in operation here for over 170 years. We currently employ 15,000 people across the UK, including 500 apprentices, operate 14 manufacturing sites and multiple other facilities country-wide.

We are committed to our investment in the UK and particularly the communities in which we operate. We developed Eurostar’s new e320 train, currently the fastest high-speed train in service in the UK. We also recently delivered the re-signalling of the Victoria Line, which now provides a train every 100 seconds.

By the end of 2018, the Class 700 trains for Thameslink will flow in and out of central London every 2-3 minutes at the busiest times. We are also designing and installing the signalling for Thameslink, due to be completed in May 2018, which will help to provide streamlined traffic flows and increased frequency of through-trains.


The Entrepreneurs Network

The Entrepreneurs Network is a think tank for the ambitious owners of Britain’s fastest growing businesses and aspirational entrepreneurs. Through research, events and the media, we bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and policymakers to help make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business. We are the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship.


The Investment Association

The Investment Association is the trade body that represents UK investment managers. Our 200 members collectively manage over £5.5 trillion on behalf of clients in the UK and around the world.


The Royal British Legion (RBL)

The Royal British Legion supports the Armed Forces community through life and is the national custodian of Remembrance, safeguarding the memory of those who have fought and died, as well as the unique contribution made by all those who’ve served.


The Royal College of Midwives

The RCM is the only professional organisation and trade union dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources.


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

The College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.  It is calling for the training of additional emergency physicians to address the shortage of 2,200 consultants, improvement in systems, processes and services to allow for the timely care of patients and support for staff to enable improvements in patient care and improved retention of emergency physicians in the NHS workforce.

The College is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. It sets the standards of training for emergency medicine physicians and advanced clinical practitioners  as well as running examinations in Emergency Medicine for the award of Fellowship and Membership of the College. It also recommends trainees for their Certificate of Completion of Training in Emergency Medicine. 



TheCityUK is an industry body for UK-based financial and related professional services, producing evidence of its importance to the wider economy. In the UK, across Europe and globally, TheCityUK seeks to influence policy to drive competitiveness, create jobs and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry is a core driver of the economy, contributing nearly 11 percent of all UK gross value added and employing over 2.2 million people right across the country. 



Transforming today, taking care of tomorrow

Over the last sixty years, Tunstall has pioneered the use of technology to enable independent living, creating the Connected Healthcare industry as we know it today, and supporting more than five million people and their families across the world. Tunstall was the first to develop alarm systems for older people, and has continued to lead the market ever since, remaining at the forefront of developments such as telecare and telehealth, right up to the present day where we are harnessing the power of digital technology. We blend British design and manufacturing with externally sourced innovation to create a cost effective portfolio of services, underpinned by our global experience of enhancing care in the home for people in more than fifty countries. As the digital opportunity accelerates the speed of change, we continue to work in partnership with our customers to develop more ground-breaking, life-changing solutions.



UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company, with a focus on neurology and immunology. Our business is strong. Total revenue grew to €4.2 billion in 2016. We are more than 7,700 people in all four corners of the globe, inspired by patients and driven by science. Looking ahead, we have a solid platform for continuous growth with our core products Cimzia®, Vimpat®, Neupro®, Keppra® and Briviact®, and we are preparing the launch of a potential medicine to help patients with osteoporosis. At the same time, we are very excited about the progress in our early research pipeline.

The UK premises of UCB are located in Slough, Berkshire. The site at Slough houses the immunology research hub and the head office for the British and Irish Isles (BII) commercial organisation. Antibody research and early antibody development functions are also located in Slough alongside some manufacturing and corporate functions. UCB employs approximately 740 people in the UK and Ireland, of which 400 are engaged in Research & Development.

UK BioIndustry Association

The UK BioIndustry Association, the BIA, is the trade association for innovative enterprises involved in UK bioscience. Members include start-up, emerging and more established bioscience companies; pharmaceutical companies; academic, research and philanthropic organisations; and service providers to the bioscience sector. The BIA works to further the interests of members and the industry – nationally and internationally. Our heritage of innovation, enterprise and success dates back to our founding over 20 years ago. Bioscience is a national priority for the UK.  The BIA works to encourage and promote a financially sound and thriving bioscience sector within the UK economy. Our goal is to secure the UK’s position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, to help enable our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people’s lives.


VolkerWessels UK

VolkerWessels UK employs over 2,500 staff across the country and brings together best practice through five business units: VolkerFitzpatrick, VolkerRail, VolkerStevin, VolkerHighways and VolkerLaser.  These business units each have a long and successful heritage built on delivering quality and bespoke projects as well as providing specialist skills, plant and equipment.  Our success is founded on our ability to deliver in challenging environments and regularly winning repeat business from established clients.

WElink Group

Founded in 2007, the WElink Group is a specialised renewable energy company and a leading global innovator, developer, financial aggregator, and facilities manager of modern, energy efficient modular constructions.


Women's Aid

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. We are a federation of over 220 organisations, who provide more than 300 local lifesaving services to women and children across the country. We have been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice for over 40 years. Women's Aid campaigns for better support for women and children, provides training and resources for professionals, and delivers a package of vital 24-hour lifeline services through publications, websites and the National Domestic Violence Helpline in partnership with Refuge. We empower survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of our work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs.