Frequently Asked Questions
Does the ACB benefit members when marketing their services to non-member purchasers?
One of the main strengths of the ACB is that major purchasers, whilst not being members in their own right, e.g.: Government bodies, are notified and encouraged to visit the ACB to find suppliers that are on the site; given that members are certified and have agreed to abide by the ACB rules, which provides a central, easy to find supplier, with a known level of assurance.
Why is the ACB a cost-effective marketing site?
With thousands of members World-Wide, trading between members is promoted, and the wide spread notification of the site and its credentials, to non-member purchasers, the actual cost of membership which covers other benefits, not too mention the marketing to which we refer, what other marketing tool can demonstrate such a low annual cost?
Is a Member constrained in terms of their advertising?
Not in terms of their website look and feel, each members’ website is their concern. The ACB portal allows members to link their site and advertising in the manner that they see fit. The ACB, does, however, require the member to ensure that the site does not make claims that cannot be substantiated and is not offensive to the viewer.
Why are there several levels to ACB membership?
Members can select the level of services that they see is useful to their business. The more services they opt for, the higher their membership level. For example, the Gold membership level allows the member company to take advantage of all the ACB has to offer, at no extra charge, whilst the certified entry level, allows the member merely to be listed on the site.
It is worth pointing out, that to purely list and be advised of standard updates for only a “handful of standards,” which all companies need to a greater, or lesser extent, can cost the price of our bronze membership level, for a small business, without any other benefits that the ACB offers, we feel that the ACB offers excellent value for money.
Why is the ACB named as an Academy, rather than a business members’ site?
The ACB has two forums, which may in the fullness of time be further developed, which members can place questions, information, article extracts, that member companies can access and respond to – the shared information, particularly to business needs, tools, certification in general, will, we hope, provide an invaluable knowledge centre for all members.
The ACB encourages training and an easy way to book and benefit from training via the site.
Will the ACB extend its services to the individual as well as the member company?
This subject has been discussed and if members seek the ACB to become a “vehicle” to accredit training courses, or indeed, provide these for the individual to benefit, rather than at a company level, will be determined by the members – we do encourage and review the feedback/suggestion forum.
Are there any benefits to the ACB that save members money?
Yes, if we exclude the standard updating service stated above, such services as the hotel bookings via the ACB, ensure that with those hotels listed, via our partners, the costs will be less than those booked by any individual company; this theme has been applied to all member services where the ACB has partnered with major suppliers. The aim of the ACB is to provide benefits to our members regarding savings in their day-to-day business needs.