TradePoint: the ultimate solution for all your project needs

TradePoint: the ultimate solution for all your project needs

TradePoint is offering exceptional benefits to FIS members, including a great deal on hiring tools, with free delivery and collection service. You can hire the tools you need for a week or even just for the weekend, so there’s no need to worry about the duration of your project.

Their range of tools and equipment are fully tested and come with accessories included, ensuring you have everything you need to complete your project with ease. With dedicated customer support, you can rest assured that you’ll have access to professional assistance if you have any questions or concerns.

The best part? No deposit is required, which means you can get started on your project right away without any financial burden. Whether you’re working on a DIY project or a professional construction job, TradePoint is the perfect solution to all your project needs.

Are you an FIS member? Access your TradePoint card here

Shortlist announced for FIS Scottish Awards

Shortlist announced for FIS Scottish Awards

The FIS Scottish Awards recognise and celebrate the high levels of craftsmanship in the finishes and interiors sector carried out in Scotland. After visiting all projects entered, we are excited to announce that our judges have determined their shortlist.

The standard of entries into this year’s Awards was extremely high, so congratulations to all companies that entered.

Interior Fit Out Shortlist

Scotwood Interiors – Kin & Carta, Edinburgh

Veitchi Interiors – Boclair Academy, Glasgow

Clansman Interiors – Arnold Clark, Glasgow

 

Specialist Installation shortlist – sponsored by Nevill Long

D V McColl – National Robotarium, Edinburgh

Indeglas – Advanced Research Centre, University of Glasgow

Veitchi Interiors – Boclair Academy, Glasgow

Allied Interiors Scotland – NMIS, Glasgow

The winners in each category, along with the architect or interior designer of the winning project, will be announced in front of a packed audience at the FIS Scottish Awards Lunch on 15 September at The Voco Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

The event will also see the announcement of the Apprentice of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Entry into FIS Innovation Awards now open!

Entry into FIS Innovation Awards now open!

Entry is now open for the 2024 FIS Innovation Awards.

Now in their second year, the Innovation Awards are open to all companies operating in the finishes and interiors sector and focus on ideas that help support improvements in efficiency, productivity, performance, quality or perception of the finishes and interiors sector.

The Award categories are:

  • Product Innovation – Fit-Out
  • Product Innovation – FF&E
  • Digital Innovation
  • Sustainable Innovation

There will also be an overall Innovation of the Year. This will be chosen live by the audience during the awards ceremoney from the winners of the above four categories.

The awards will be judged by a panel of experts and winners will be announced at the FIS Conference, which is taking place during the Workspace Design Show in February 2024.

Entry will close on 31 October 2023. For more information and to enter click here.

FIS Chief Executive Iain McIlwee said:

“There remains a perception that construction is not an innovative sector, our aim with these awards is to debunk this myth and celebrate innovation in our sector across a number of categories. We are looking for innovation that meets a need in the sector and has evidence of adoption or planned use in a commercial environment. So, the successful exploitation of new ideas and bringing creative ideas to life.”

Joe Cilia, FIS Technical Director, added:

“I can think of at least four products which I have seen in the last few years that have been developed by both large and small
organisations based on need to improve quality, address sustainability or save time and I am looking forward to these awards
to be the showcase they need to get to a wider audience.”

The FIS Conference will be a two-day programme on 27-28 February at the Business Design Centre in London. There will be several 1-hour workshops each day, with the winners of the Innovation Awards announced at the Awards Ceremony on 27 February.

More information on the Conference will be available shortly.

FIS releases Client Order and Guidance Note for Members

FIS releases Client Order and Guidance Note for Members

To help support its members and to provide protection before a formal contract is issued, the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has launched a Client Order and Guidance Note that reflects the legislative and regulatory landscape in recent times.

Developed by FIS with the support of expert legal advisors at law firm Anderson Strathern, the new Client Order and Guidance Note for use in Scotland, England and Wales, is based on common issues and concerns that members have raised and is backed up by expert helplines. These new contracts will support FIS members working directly for clients and include a new and fresh set of standard terms that offer a fair share of risk and reflect the latest legislative and regulatory changes.

In an environment where the standard contract has become a misnomer, these contracts provide a mechanism to measure and benchmark onerous clauses that may have been introduced and offer more reasonable alternatives. In recent procurement research conducted by FIS, only 11% of contractors are routinely working on unamended “standard” contracts.

It is more common than might reasonably be expected for companies in the sector to start on site in the absence of a formal contract – 20% of respondents to research by the University of Reading indicate that they are required to start on site without a formal signed contract most of the time.  The client order and guidance note will therefore provide a framework to support better training of members into some of the risks that are routinely being buried in contracts.

“The Guidance in particular gives FIS members key parameters to run and manage the commercial end of construction projects.  Working in conjunction with the excellent construction solicitors, Karyn Watt and Gillian Green from Anderson Strathern, gave us the platform to marry legal and commercial advice to FIS members,” said Len Bunton FRICS FCIArb Hon FRIAS, Bunton Consulting Partnership.

“It is essential, particularly in today’s complex and challenging market, that members are aware of the risks they are taking on when entering into contracts and do what they can to mitigate them. The provisions in the Client Order and the Guide are there to highlight risks and to give members guidance as to how to best manage them. In a sector where recent  changes can often be difficult to manage, the Client Order aims to address the most common issues the members are currently encountering in a pro-active and commercial manner,” added Karyn Watt, Partner at Anderson Strathern.

Commenting on the launch of the Client Order and Guidance Note, Iain McIlwee, CEO, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) said:

“Contracts sit firmly at the heart of risk management. Developing these, whilst it isn’t a panacea to all the problems raised in our report produced with the University of Reading, it does start to focus efforts on managing the risk associated with the significant changes in the commercial and legislative landscape.  They also build upon recent Best Practice Guidance that we produced with the CICV and the great work of the Conflict Avoidance Process to help individuals to better understand how we can improve overall understanding and management of the contractualisation of risk.”

In addition to this new Client Order and Guidance Note, FIS members can access a range of services to support them in managing the complexities of contracting and supplying products into the construction market. This includes template contracts, guidance on standard terms, support in dealing with disputes and a raft of best practice advice.

For further information or for any questions and comments, please contact FIS at info@thefis.org or call 0121 707 0077.

WEBINAR: An introduction to the Client Order and Guidance Notes

Join us on 27 June to find out how these terms can support your own contract negotiation.

Download the Client Order and Guidance Notes

FIS members can download their copy via the link below

Reflecting on the 2023 Contractor Awards

Reflecting on the 2023 Contractor Awards

The FIS Contractors Awards 2023 attracted a record crowd and was a fantastic celebration of our amazing community.

Discover the highlights of the FIS Contractor Awards that you may have missed.

You can see all the winners here.
It was also the first time that the FIS community got to hear from their new president, Philip Brown.

You can read Phils Speech

Our CEO, Iain McIlwee also spoke on the FIS’s current and future initiatives.

You can read Iain’s speech here

Below we have included some of the photos from the day.

 

You can see all of the photos on our FIS Facebook Page here

Congratulations to the winners and again all who made the shortlist, thanks to the judges, Tony Pieri, Colin Hunter, and Robert Fry.  Thanks to our headline sponsor Ecophon, our Award sponsors Minster, SIG, CCF, British Gypsum, Zentia, Nevill Long, Protektor and Euroform. And also our event sponsors Forza Doors, EPD Insulation Group, Fire DNA, Muffle, SPIT, Go Interiors and QIC Trims.

Thanks all for making this an extra special celebration!

FIS aligns vetting process with Common Assessment Standard

FIS aligns vetting process with Common Assessment Standard

As part of measures taken to improve and streamline the FIS membership vetting standards, we have aligned the FIS audit criteria with those of the Common Assessment Standard developed by Build UK.

Build UK developed the common assessment standard to improve efficiency and reduce cost in the construction pre-qualification (PQ) process.

The Common Assessment Standard comprises an industry-agreed question set and corresponding assessment standards for the pre-qualification of suppliers. Companies that have the Common Assessment Standard are certified once a year by a Recognised Assessment Body and this is accepted by a long list of Contractors and Clients who will accept the common assessment standard from any recognised assessment body.

The current pre-qualification schemes from Recognised Assessment Bodies are as follows:

  • Achilles BuildingConfidence Gold
  • CHAS Elite or Assured
  • Constructionline Gold or Platinum
  • CQMS Safety-Scheme Premium or Elite
  • SCCS Build Assured CAS Lite or CAS Elite

 

 

FIS is adding its name to a growing list of trade associations that also accept the standard as part of their audit scheme.

This means that in accordance with the principles of the standard, those contractors who are applying for membership of the FIS or have their ongoing vetting due, can have significant aspects of their audit “deemed to satisfy” when already accredited by one of the above schemes without un-necessary duplication of audit processing.

Commenting on this alignment, FIS CEO Iain McIlwee stated:

“The whole point of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ process) is to bring consistency, support compliance and reduce admin.  The system has evolved and proliferated over time and, in admin terms, the opposite is now true for many in the supply chain who are uploading basically the same information and answering the same information over and over again.  The duplication is a pointless waste of time and with new procurement guidance from Government underpinning the need to look to the Common Assessment Standard and more and more organisations getting on board, accepting Common Assessment Standard, we should now be turning a corner.  It is a natural step and the right time for us now to align the work that we are doing in vetting members to recognise the core compliance aspects in the Common Assessment Standard so that we don’t waste their or our time in rechecking paperwork and can focus on the values and work on site that exemplifies members uphold the values on which FIS is founded”.

Please contact jamesparlour@thefis.org if you have questions about FIS membership vetting.