BADA

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is a trade association for antique dealers in Britain. Founded in 1918, BADA’s main aim is to ‘establish and maintain confidence between its members and the public, both in buying and selling’.

The association campaigns on issues affecting the trade and also stages an annual fair in London for its members.


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Trade bodies seek multi-pronged Brexit lobbying plan ahead of Great Repeal Act

10 April 2017

The art and antiques trade is taking its Brexit concerns directly to government with the submission of a series of policy documents asking that art market interests are recognised.

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BADA fair edges into a new era

05 April 2017

This year’s event was another step on the organisation’s road to modernisation

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Trade bodies say Budget 2017 ‘ducks desperate need for business rate reform’

18 March 2017

The antiques trade has expressed disappointment following the Spring Budget, after its reform of business rates fell short of the wholesale changes requested by industry bodies.

Business rates lobbying

11 March 2017

Trade bodies are lobbying the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, about a planned hike in business rates, ahead of his first Budget speech on March 8.

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BADA chief lobbies Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on business rates rises and new tax reporting rules

03 March 2017

The chief executive of BADA, Marco Forgione, has lobbied Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on imminent hikes to business rates and changes to tax reporting that are set to impact the trade.

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IVORY DEBATE: ministers not convinced that extending ban to pre-1947 antiques would save elephants

07 February 2017

The government remains open-minded on proposals to extend its planned ban on trade in post-1947 ivory to antiques with ivory dating before this time, despite pressure from some MPs to do so.

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Victoria Borwick MP defends trade in antique ivory at House of Commons debate

14 December 2016

MP and BADA president Victoria Borwick has given a passionate defence of the antique ivory trade in Parliament, strongly arguing against a total ban.

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Wartski director Geoffrey Munn appointed chairman of BADA Trust

30 November 2016

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has appointed Geoffrey Munn of Wartski as Chairman of Friends of the BADA Trust.

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Trade bodies unite to fight tax reforms that impact art and antiques trade

11 November 2016

Efforts to protect the trade’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) against tax reforms gathered steam this week with the publication of a letter from three leading trade associations in the Financial Times.

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BADA launches ivory certificates to reassure buyers and stop modern material entering market

02 November 2016

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association is launching an ivory object certification system for its members, as one response to the government’s push for proof of age whenever pre-1947 worked ivory is sold.

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Unravelling Instagram: five top tips for dealers using social media app

19 October 2016

Social media is a low risk, low cost outlet for dealers and auction houses to promote their wares.

New BADA council: Anthony Outred joins with Michael Cohen back as chair

28 September 2016

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) have voted in a slimmed down council, a move that is hoped will streamline decision-making and usher in an age of wider regional engagement.

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UK ivory ban threat: ‘government WILL consult antiques industry’

23 September 2016

The government is expected to announce that it will consult the antiques industry and other parties on the kind of proof that will be required to trade ivory pre-dating 1947, ATG has learned.

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British views of Europe come to BADA Fair 2017 - without the politics

06 September 2016

The paintings of British watercolourist and architectural painter Samuel Prout comprise the 2017 loan exhibition for the BADA Fair.

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HMRC revises Temporary Admissions policy following BADA Talk

28 July 2016

BADA have continued to work with HMRC following last week’s seminar on Temporary Admissions (TA).

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HMRC reps grilled over Temporary Admissions at BADA seminar

26 July 2016

Two representatives from HMRC were part of a panel answering questions about Temporary Admissions (TA) at a BADA seminar last week.

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Trade associations aim for talks with new UK government

19 July 2016

British Art Market Federation chairman Anthony Browne has written to Karen Bradley, the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in the hope of arranging a face-to-face briefing.

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Plans to modernise BADA's operations get thumbs up from members

12 July 2016

Members of the British Antiques Dealers' Association have voted overwhelmingly in favour of plans to update the way the association is run, including a proposal to cut the size of its council to allow swifter decision making.

BADA chief executive Marco Forgione

BADA members to vote at EGM today on plans for streamlined council

11 July 2016

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association will vote later today on proposals to cut the size of its council to allow swifter decision making.

BADA join FSB to research rate relief

30 June 2016

BADA have joined with the Federation of Small Business (FSB) to research how much art and antique dealers are helped by the government’s proposed rate relief on properties – if at all.

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