Thank you for your continued support of ACID it is very much appreciated. We rely on our highly valued members to help us continue our fight against IP theft.  ACID’s objective remains the same today as it was 10 years ago when the organisation was started to ensure that our members designers and manufacturers, pan-industry  receive the best possible service in design protection plus expert advice and guidance should their work be copied. ACID is also active in government lobbying to improve design laws, as well as educational programmes in IP for young designers.

We have made some positive changes to support our SMEs and, as a result of membership feedback, we have re-allocated the turnover categories so that a lower category has been created, ensuring that some of our members will be eligible for a reduction in membership fees.  We have also merged the previous top three categories to help you quickly assess which category of membership is appropriate to your business. To those of you that have not returned our recent communication regarding your turnover declaration we would ask that this is returned to us as soon as possible.  This will enable us to identify your correct category and renewal fee and issue your renewal request promptly.

ACID has endeavoured to keep membership costs as low as possible; in fact, we have not increased our fees during the last 9 years of operation. However, in order to maintain and expand our high level of member support services, educational programmes and lobbing activity, we are compelled to increase our membership fees in line with other trade organisations.  To make life easier, we offer a number of different ways to pay for ACID membership including a great new benefit a Direct Debit facility so payment can be paid annually or spread over the year in monthly or quarterly instalments.  Please note, Direct Debit mandates must be returned no later than the 14th December to ensure inclusion on the Direct Debit list for 2008.  Alternatively, we still welcome payment by credit/debit card, cheque or direct bank payment.  Membership renewals are due on Ist January.

Over the years we have seen ACID grow from a small action group to a leading trade association (with over 1,000 member companies) fighting IP theft at all levels.  My heartfelt thanks to you for continuing to be part of this organisation and helping us lobby for a better deal for individual designers and design-led companies.

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