European Forum for Teamwork

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes of Management Committee and Members' Meetings and Correspondence, March 1982 - March 1996. General information, including accounts, certificate of incorporation as a company and charity annual report. Information about Industrial Co-Partnership Association, including a brief history.

Executive newsletter 1991 -1996 and Teamwork Forum, 2000 -2001, Teamtalk, 1992 - 2002, Circles newsletter/magazine, 1983 - 1991.

Information about training services and certificates of achievement, handbooks and workbooks. Correspondence about training, membership book and application form.

Conference information, 1983-2002, including regional conferences. Information about the Regional Challenge Award.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Society of Quality Circles (NSQC) was founded in 1984, under the auspices of the Industrial Participation Association. The aim of the new society was 'to encourage the healthy development of Quality Circles in the UK, by combining the experience and energy of individual firms.' It was run by an organising committee drawn from the members, with the IPA providing the secretariat. The organisation was a member-based networking society. On 5 January 1990 the society separated from the IPA and became a company limited by guarantee. On 19 January 1990 it was registered on the Central Register of Charities. In October 1991 it changed its name to the National Society for Quality through Teamwork (NSQT) to reflect its changing role. In 2000 it changed its name again to the European Forum for Teamwork. The economic climate and leaner structures of the member organisations led to a decline in the society and at an EGM on 12 March 2002 a decision was made to liquidate the organisation.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the liquidator

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A box list in paper format is also available in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for National Society of Quality Circles (GB 152 AAR2157), National Society for Quality through Teamwork (GB 152 AAR2168), European Forum for Teamwork, (GB 152 AAR2169), and Industrial Participation Association (GB 152 AAR1862)

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

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Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The centre also holds the archives of the Industrial Participation Association, (MSS 310).