About BESA: BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association covering the entirety of the UK educational suppliers sector. It operates on a not-for-profit basis, and is accountable to an Executive Council that is elected by member companies.
It has an 80-year heritage serving the UK education sector, and represents over 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and EdTech to the education market.
BESA has a Code of Practice to which all members must adhere, along with a stringent membership process, both of which assure schools of a high standard of quality.
About the EDUCATE project: EDUCATE will bring together educators, researchers and the EdTech industry in order to develop and use the best research-informed EdTech. It will set up a physical and virtual working space where EdTech SMEs and researcher entrepreneurs will work together with researcher, educators and business experts. All SMEs will have access to research training and support.
SMEs, teachers and researchers will be mentored to work with teachers and parents (their customers) to evaluate their product’s educational value and stimulate the demand. EDUCATE will translate research into new and better Educational Products, and will stimulate demand for new and improved products. EDUCATE will be running events such as what the Research Says and a lot more.
About European Regional Development Fund: The project is receiving up to £4.5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.