Our contractor members are some of the best in the sector. Membership provides the tools to develop your business and demonstrate your organisation’s professional excellence.
Details below on why you should join FIS
Why should a contractor join the FIS?
FIS is the trade association for the Finishes and Interiors Sector, a growing community of contractors and suppliers of ceilings, steel framing systems, partitions, operable walls, plastering, drylining and specialist interior fit- out and refurbishment businesses. We are not-for-profit and our Board of Directors are all (non paid) members of the organisation. Through their leadership and engaging with and listening to the needs and problems of members through daily contact, our specialist working groups and regional contractor forums, our team provide targetted support to help set and raise standards and support the day-to-day challenges of businesses in this sector.
Mark of Quality
FIS allows you to demonstrate your quality credentials to your clients. FIS members are:
- Regularly audited and compliant with the FIS Code of Conduct.
- Up-to-speed on key issues affecting them and are focused on quality.
- Supported through the PQQ pre-qualification tender process.
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.
- Gain recognition as a top fit-out company in the UK through FIS Awards.
Fighting Your Corner
FIS is the voice of the finishes and interiors sector representing you:
Through our expertise, industry networks and influence we ensure our members’ interests are reflected in policy development, technical standards and building regulations.
- Fair payment in construction – we are working to help end cash retentions, unreasonable contractual clauses and unfair payment practices.
- Driving quality and standards – we help our members to improve safety, quality and embrace innovation in their businesses.
- Unravelling red tape – we help members to future proof their businesses, and prepare for industry and regulatory changes and uncertainty.
Managing Your Risks
FIS will help you to identify your risks and how to overcome them:
FIS unites manufacturers, distributors and contractors to develop industry led guidance and drive the market forward.
- Evidence compliance and competence by using our simple Product, Process, People (PPP) model.
- Access our Health and Safety Tool kit.
- Access our Contractual Tool kit (including a no win, no fee retention claims service).
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.
FIS brings the finishes and interiors community together through:
- 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.
- We pursue constructive dialogue with clients, specifiers, main contractors and other key stakeholders.
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.
- On average FIS members claiming grants, with the support of FIS, recoup 25% more return on their levy than non-members.
- We don’t just develop and help source training, we also help find a way to fund it.
FIS membership is not automatic and applicants are subject to strict vetting procedures.
The main criteria for contractor membership is that companies should:
- Have an established track record in the interiors sector
- Have traded for at least two years
- Be financially stable
- Workmanship meets commercially acceptable standards
(Should a company not meet the above criteria, they may be eligible to register for Associate Membership – KickStart)
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.
- To adopt and commit to the principles and practices laid down by FIS.
- To act with integrity towards others and exercise high standards of business practice and workmanship.
- To be committed to training its workforce.
- To 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.
- In so far as they are able, to ensure 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.
- To hold required levels of statutory or appropriate insurance.
- To operate an effective health and safety policy and have a current health and safety policy statement.
- To keep records of all RIDDOR reportable accidents and provide annual accident statistics to FIS.
- To have and implement an appropriate environmental policy statement.
- To 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.
Under £500,000: £53 per month
£500,000 to £10m turnover: £88 per month
Over £10m turnover: £122 per month
One-off joining fee: £250
Subscriptions are annual (1 January to 31 December) and plus VAT. They can be paid by monthly or quarterly direct debit.
What our members say
‘For any company that actively works within the fit-out sector, I would strongly recommend they become a member of FIS. As a company, we have gained from the various FIS groups that we have been associated with and we became nationally recognised with an FIS Gold Award for our work in their annual Contractors Awards competition.’
Julian Sargent, Style Partitions
‘We called on the help of the FIS for technical expertise regarding an issue on a live project relating to CE marking; their response was swift, informed and above all, resolved the issue. We would recommend FIS membership to anyone in the interiors sector.’
Tony Johnston, Sound Interiors Limited
‘Our clients love working with us, many of them returning as repeat customers. Working hard we achieved accreditation as a contractor within CHAS we also wanted to join FIS to promote our business through the FIS accreditation too.’
Sylwester Raczynski, SBR Refurbishments Ltd
‘We decided to join the FIS to show clients we are a genuine, honest company who wants to install quality installations that are safe by following the best practice guides. Plus, with the various types of help the FIS provides, it is a comfort to know there is always someone or somewhere to go to get advice.’
Neil Blunsten Pirin Projects Ltd
Apply online - Applicants must have must have a track record in the finishes and interiors sector and have two years accounts
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