What is an Associate?
Membership of BFM is not limited to British Furniture Manufacturers. It is also open to those organisations that are associated to the trade.
If you supply the trade in anyway, whether it is a commodity or a service you are eligible to join the BFM as an associate member. Associates are given preferential status for referrals when suppliers are sought.
Associate membership is also open to furniture retailers and ancillary organisations to the trade such as lighting or other companies involved in homeware.
The benefits of Associate Membership are listed below.
Enhancing your Profile - Directory Listing
Your own open BFM web page (with text & product pictures) & a link to your Company's web site/sales enquiries - accessible by BFM furniture manufacturers or indeed any potential client that views the BFM Directories. One or more of the following directories will be relevant to Associate companies:
Enhancing your Profile - Ths BFM Associate Membership Logo
As a member you are able to use the BFM logo on your web site, letterheads, etc...The logo is a sign that you are directly associated with BFM, a recognised Trade Association for British furniture manufacturers which has been in existence for over 60 years.
Much is exclusive to BFM such as the State of Trade Survey published 3 times a year. The BFM has also acquired an extensive array of offical data related to furniture production and sales. For data relating to furniture production (view)
Our expertise in finding UK trade and sales data allows us to look beyond furniture into other areas such as the UK market (home produced and imported) for lighting, homewares etc, etc. For an example click here.
We have specific data - size & breakdown of UK market - for example in the following areas:
- Computer and electronic products
- Electrical equipment
- Wearing Apparel
- Wood and products of wood
You will have access to all the price data available to BFM furniture manufacturers PLUS any other price information held on our database.
For a complete list of price data available (view).
Full list of price data held on items purchased by furniture manufacturers (view)
Blended foam - polypol and TDI view
OSB panels view
Polyester staple fibre view
Cow hide view
Shipping 40ft Container Shang-Felixstowe view
Beech panels finger-jnt view
Preferential Purchasing / Discount / Industry Schemes
- Insurance incl. employers' liability - click here for a free health check.
- Interiors UK - See below for further details.
- Design Protection (ACID) - 20% discount on entry fee for BFM members who join
- Energy brokerage – gas/electricity & water - click here to see benefits.
- Telephones – line rental/calls/mobile phone agreements
- Trade credit insurance
- At least 10% discounts on furniture & furnishings testing through the SATRA Technology Centre
- Access to a pension scheme compliant with the employer compulsory contribution requirement - click here for details
- Foreign Exchange Partnership with TPO Forex for competitive rates - cliick here for further details
Employment, Commercial & Legal Advice
Telephone advice on:
- Commercial legal matters from solicitors
- Health, safety & environment
Access to on-line employment & health and safety documentation and guidance (view).
Interiors UK is the furniture manufacturers’ trade show held at the NEC in Birmingham in January each year – the BFM is the official supporter and partner of the show. Fabric and lighting companies for example are also able to exhibit. A 5% discount on stand space plus many other benefits are available to BFM exhibitors at the show. First time / intermittent exhibitors receive a 10% discount on stand space. Click here for further details.
European Timber Regulation
The EU Timber Regulation is due to be implemented in March 2013. The BFM has produced an information tool to help member companies understand whether they are classed as an 'Operator' or 'Trader' under EUTR and where appropriate to guide companies through the due diligence process, for both certified and uncertified timber and timber products. As a part of this, we have developed a supplier questionnaire and declaration that the product is legal. The BFM has also engaged a consultant to provide support to members at no extra cost. Also see here.
- Timber & timber products covered and excluded by regulation
- Are you an Operator or a Trader under the EU Timber Regulation?
- Trader obligations in brief
- Operator obligations in brief
- Furniture scenarios
- Due diligence - an explanation
- British Retail Consortium – expectations of suppliers
- Operator - Risk Assessment Procedure for CERTIFIED products
- Operator - Risk Assessment Procedure for UNCERTIFIED products
- BFM example supplier questionnaire & declaration
- Sustainable timber policies
- Competent authority and control and penalties
- Second EUTR Workshop - 14th December 2012
- EU Timber Regulation: - Presentations from seminar held on 6th September 2012
- Useful guides
The BFM Export Portal
BFM The Export Portal - click here for further details
BFM Web Site Agreement
The BFM Web Site (the "Site") is an online information service provided by BFM ("BFM "), subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth below. PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SITE. BFM MAY MODIFY THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME, AND SUCH MODIFICATIONS SHALL BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON POSTING OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT ON THE SITE. YOU AGREE TO REVIEW THE AGREEMENT PERIODICALLY TO BE AWARE OF SUCH MODIFICATIONS AND YOUR CONTINUED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SITE SHALL BE DEEMED YOUR CONCLUSIVE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT.
1. Copyright, Licenses and Idea Submissions.
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Publications, products, content or services referenced herein or on the Site are the exclusive trademarks or servicemarks of BFM. Other product and company names mentioned in the Site may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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You understand that, except for information, products or services clearly identified as being supplied by BFM, BFMdoes not operate, control or endorse any information, products or services on the Internet in any way. Except for BFM- identified information, products or services, all information, products and services offered through the Site or on the Internet generally are offered by third parties, that are not affiliated with BFM a. You also understand that BFM cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading through the Site will be free of infection or viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to the Site for the reconstruction of any lost data.
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4. Third Party Rights.
The provisions of paragraphs 2 (Use of the Service), and 3 (Indemnification) are for the benefit of BFM and its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, suppliers, and any third party information providers to the Service. Each of these individuals or entities shall have the right to assert and enforce those provisions directly against you on its own behalf.
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What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
; To personalize your experience
(your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
; To improve our website
(we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
; To improve customer service
(your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
; To process transactions
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; To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
; To send periodic emails
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How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.
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Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
Terms and Conditions
Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at www.bfm.org.uk/index.php/terms
This policy was last modified on 01/06/2016
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