FIS Membership – Specialist Contractor
Our specialist 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.
FIS provides a wide range of benefits to all its members including:
- Promotion and publicity
- Provisions of information and advice
Increased business opportunity: The FIS badge is a mark of quality. It represents a high level of industry accreditation and demonstrates to clients and associates up and down the supply chain your organisation’s professional excellence.
Expert advice: FIS has a number of helplines that provide specialist advice on technical, contractual and legal, health and safety, employment, tax and business issues. Printed and online material is also available through the Knowledge Hub including Best Practice Installation Guides and the Guide to Office Acoustics.
Training and skills: Through our network of interior sector training providers, FIS offers training courses, advice and access to funding. In the last three years we have facilitated the return of over £950,000 directly to members to pay for training.
Supply chain development: FIS membership provides the opportunity to meet and share ideas and industry experiences with other specialists. Our nationwide events are also a great chance to meet and develop relationships with potential supply chain partners, from manufacturers to main contractors.
FIS membership is not automatic and applicants are subject to strict vetting procedures.
The main criteria for specialist 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 £10m turnover – £950 + VAT = £1140
over £10m turnover – £1325 + VAT = £1590
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