FIS is the not for profit representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK. The organisation exists to support our members, improve safety, minimise risk, enhance productivity and drive innovation in the sector.
Our growing community of members is drawn from contractors, manufacturers and distributors of ceilings, steel framing systems, operable walls, partitions, plastering, drylining and specialist interior fit-out and refurbishment businesses operating in every type of building.
The Finishes and Interiors Sector
Fit-out and finishing is a key part of every building process, but unlike other elements of construction, buildings will often have over 30 fit-outs in their lifetime. Each one fundamentally impacts, not just the way a building looks, but how it performs and hence fit-out and finishing is fundamental to the wellbeing, safety, comfort and productivity of all those that live, work, play and recuperate in a building.
“Construction is changing at the fastest rate now than I have seen in the past 20 years. The drive for competence, productivity and transparency is underpinned by changes in working practices,legislation, regulation and innovation. FIS is here to work with our members to set standards and underpin our core values, ensuring this future isn’t just done to us, but that we are prepared and shaping it.”
FIS exists to draw the industry together and inspire collaboration through shared activities, sector specific knowledge development, specialist events, focussed working groups and in the delivery of a variety of products and central support services targetted at helping our members.
Through our working groups and expert team we help to set standards and through our vetting process and day to day support continual improvement within the sector.
Vision: Finishes and interiors sector centre stage in a world-class construction industry with membership and FIS guidance reflected in all relevant specifications.
Mission: Bringing the interiors and finishes supply chain together to be a driving force for change and to set FIS members up for success.
FIS has a growing community of members drawn from contractors, manufacturers and distributors of ceilings, steel framing systems, operable walls, partitions, plastering, drylining and specialist interior fit-out and refurbishment businesses operating in every type of building.
On being accepted into the Association, all members agree to subscribe to and abide by the terms of the FIS Code of Conduct which establishes a minimum standard of conduct for members in order to raise and maintain industry standards. Members are vetted on application (for contractors this includes a physical audit of a construction site) and at regular intervals throughout their membership.
Central to our ethos is our Ongoing Vetting Process and Code of Conduct. This, as with all FIS actvity is under the scrutiny and direction of our President and elected Board of Members. All decisions are driven by five underpinning values.
1. Members first: always putting the best interests of members at the heart of decisions, engaging, listening and learning to target our activities.
2. Be relevant and authoritative: listen, engage and understand the problems of our community today and take all reasonable steps to provide comprehensive, professional support.
3. Be generous in sharing knowledge: for the benefit of all involved in the design, specification and construction process.
4. Raising standards and improving quality: champion best practice and the principles of our code of conduct and vetting procedure for the benefit of our members and our clients.
5. Taking the extra step: always focus on distilling, refining and improving what we do for the benefit of everyone in the sector.
If you are a member of the FIS and interested in getting involved through the FIS Board or one of our Working Groups, don’t hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0121 707 0077. Elections to the Board take place annually in late summer/early autumn based on a simple nominations process. Results are announced at our AGM.
Our wider Network
The organisation is dedicated to collaboration in construction and through FIS our members are affiliated to, and can benefit from, the service offering of Build UK, the Construction Products Association and the Passive Fire Protection Federation.
FIS is an active contributor to the work of the Construction Leadership Council, supporting working groups and the advisory committee. We are also dedicated to supporting the work of the Industry Response Group looking at the Competency in Construction and are supporting Working Groups 2 and 12 focussed on competency in installation and in the supply of products.
FIS is a modern organisation formed from the merger of a number of trade bodies with a collective history that can be tracked back over 100 years. The organisation was formed as FIS in 2015 from the merger of the Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) and the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors (FPDC). By coming together as one strong organisation, we are a powerful and unique voice for the sector.