Supplier MembershipAs a vertically integrated organisation, FIS brings together the finishes and interiors sector supply chain. As such, it provides the perfect platform for manufactures and distributors to interact with and support their customer base.
FIS has a growing network and community of contractors, manufacturers and distributors of ceilings, steel framing systems, partitions, operable walls, plastering, drylining and specialist interior fit- out and refurbishment businesses operating in every type of building.
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 supplier membership is that companies should:
- Have an established track record in the finishes and interiors sector
- Traded for at least two years and have two years accounts
- Be financially stable
(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 – £175 per month
£10m – £20m turnover – £254 per month
Over £20m turnover – £333 per month
One-off joining fee (none-refundable) – £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
‘Forza Doors is a manufacturing business supplying doors to the fit-out sector. We joined FIS as am Associate Member (KickStart) six years ago, before becoming an Accredited Member once we meet the joining criteria. The FIS team introduced us to the IMS scheme that they were developing for members and we have now gained full accreditation. We support FIS in its endeavours to develop the specialist interiors industry by being part of their specific working groups and sponsoring FIS events. We thoroughly recommend FIS membership to any manufacturer that is looking to take an active part in the interiors sector.’
Alan Brown, Forza Doors
‘We feel being part of the FIS gives us the back-up we need, and gives our clients the confidence in the products we offer. Many contractors are keen to have their supply chain fully accredited to the FIS. This can only be a benefit to all.’
Tony Regan Building Additions
Apply online - Applicants must have must have a track record in the finishes and interiors sector and have two years accounts
To apply online click here