Associate Membership – Service Provider

Associate members are an important part of the FIS community. They provide the services that accredited members need to ensure their businesses achieve optimum performance

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Why join FIS?

FIS is the trade association for the Finishes and Interiors Sector, a growing community of fit-out contractors and contractors, installers and suppliers of ceilings, steel framing systems, partitions, operable walls, plastering and drylining.  We are run as a not-for-profit company and our Board of Directors are all (non paid) members of the organisation.  Through their leadership and working closely with members through daily contact, our specialist working groups and regional contractor forums our team provide targeted support to help set and raise standards and support the day-to-day challenges of businesses in this sector.

A Mark of Engagement

FIS Membership allows you to demonstrate your quality credentials, the values you uphold and commitment to the sector.  FIS members are:

  • Engaged in the development of the sector.
  • Informed of key issues related to regulatory compliance, innovation, safety and quality.
  • Working with FIS to develop tailored services and packages specifically targeted at FIS Members

A dynamic community

FIS draws the community together to encourage collaboration and best practice exchange:

  • Regional Contractor Forums our Annual Conference, Regular Webinars, and SpecFinish magazine.
  • Regular specialist working groups in drylining, heritage plastering, operable walls, ceilings, partitions, digital construction, health and safety, steel framing systems and women in fit-out.
  • Members can access our monthly special interest webinars and online meetings too

Winning Work 

FIS promotes its members through an extensive outreach programme:

  • Members are promoted to the construction sector via our online Member Directory Search (over 14,000 searches in 2018).
  • SpecFinish magazine reaches an audience of 30,000 specifiers, installers and suppliers.  Members get preferential opportunities for editorial coverage (online and in the printed magazine)
  • Our partnership with Barbour ABI and the Interiors Fit-out Hub
  • Promotes best practice in the UK through the prestigious Finishes and Interiors Sector Awards.
  • We deliver CPD and have regular dialogue with clients, specifiers, main contractors and other key stakeholders (who often participate in our working groups).
  • Throughout the year suppliers have the opportunity to attend, participate and, where appropriate, sponsor FIS events and activities

Managing your Risk

FIS will help you to identify and understand risks in our supply chain and how to overcome them:

  • Evidence of compliance and competence by using our simple Product, Process, People (PPP) model.
  • Access our Health and Safety Toolkit.
  • Access our Contractual Tool kit (including a no win, no fee retention claims service).

Expert Advice

FIS offers you access to independent and expert advice and knowledge:

  • FIS can help you overcome obstacles, managing difficult clients and plan change.
  • We publish expert client guides in office fit-out and refurbishment and acoustics, best practice guides in drylining, partitions, suspended ceilings, technical notes and a BIM toolbox for contractors.
  • We have an extensive online knowledge hub, supported by a dedicated advisory service and helpline, including a technical team to answer your queries.

Saving you money

FIS as well as developing support tools and information, FIS works with partners to highlight opportunities and negotiate premium service or discounts:

  • FIS Members and their teams can access a basket of discounted services through the FIS.
  • We have negotiated tailored insurance packages for members
  • We have expertise available to help you to identify and secure training and local business grants and R&D Tax Credits.

Delivering Skills

FIS is providing the training and skills the sector needs:

  • Our dedicated skills team works with a network of Approved Training Providers and FE colleges to attract new people to the sector and deliver a qualified and competent workforce.
  • We don’t just develop and help source training, we also help find a way to fund it.
  • Wherever possible we will help you accredit training and secure funding to support training that you undertake in your business

    Membership criteria

    Associate Members – Service Providers must:

    • Provide services relevant to companies operating in the finishes and interiors sector.
    • Be financially stable.
    • Be able to comply with the FIS Code of Code (where applicable)

    Code of Conduct

    On being accepted into the Association, all members agree to subscribe to and abide by the terms of the FIS Code of Conduct (where applicable to your company), which establishes a minimum standard of conduct for members in order to raise and maintain industry standards.

    The FIS code of conduct requires members to:

    • Conduct business in a manner that will reflect credit on the Association, the industry and themselves.
    • Adopt and commit to the principles and practices laid down by FIS.
    • Act with integrity towards others and exercise high standards of business practice and workmanship.
    • Be committed to training its workforce.
    • Ensure that they are conversant with and adhere to the relevant current British, European and International Standards and other relevant technical standards, regulations and practices.
    • Ensure (in so far as they are able) that their products or systems are tested and/or comply with the recognised standards specified by the client or statutory authorities.
    • Not knowingly mislead others by fact or implication as to the performance of their products or systems.
    • Hold required levels of statutory and appropriate insurance.
    • Operate an effective health and safety policy and have a current health and safety policy statement.
    • Keep records of all RIDDOR reportable accidents and provide annual accident statistics to FIS.
    • Have and implement an appropriate environmental policy statement.
    • Display wherever practical the FIS Accredited Member Logo or FIS Associate Member Logo  (as applicable) on its premises, website, business stationery and brochures and make this Code of Practice available for inspection.

    Subscription rates

    All companies eligible for Associate Service Provider Membership pay £53 per month

    Subscriptions are annual (1 January to 31 December) and subject to VAT.  They can be paid annually or by monthly direct debit.

    We joined FIS to work in collaboration– to better understand the needs of the FIS market so that we can continue to develop market leading software that meets market demand. Shared values regarding improving the industry. To expand our profile within the FIS market, through the media opportunities offered by the FIS.

    Sarah Crawford

    Chalkstring

    Trident Insurance Brokers is pleased to have been an Associate Member of FIS for many years. During this time we have been contacted by members who have found our details though the FIS website and who have entrusted us to advise on and arrange their insurances.

    Paul Copas

    Trident Insurance Brokers Ltd

    Having been a contractor member of both AIS and FPDC for many years I was delighted to become an Associate of both associations and then FIS when I started my fast-track ISO consultancy business for specialist contractors. This has allowed me to stay in touch with developments in the industry of relevance to the sector and also to contribute to and take part in FIS initiatives where appropriate. Given FIS’s increasing prominence this has proved invaluable.

    Andrew Foy

    Foy Certification Ltd

    Or contact us on 0121 707 0077 and a member of our team will be happy to provide additional information and answer any questions that you may have