The British Woodworking Federation Group

Membership of the BWF

The British Woodworking Federation is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK.

Through offering exceptional support to our members, being listened to by the Government and collaborating with key industry stakeholders, we work hard to ensure that our industry has full growth potential.

The BWF have two main categories of membership:

Primary Membership

Primary Members are companies engaged in the manufacture of joinery, timber engineered or structural components, in timber frame construction or other woodworking activities in the UK.

Our Primary Members are diverse and range from small, multi-discipline traditional woodworking businesses to multi-site joinery manufacturers who supply through merchants or direct to housebuilders.

Key benefits include:

  • Technical Support, including a dedicated member technical helpline, discounted U-value calculations and guidance on timber material choice, coatings and compliance with legislation.
  • Health & Safety resources and support including regular updates, our series of Machine Safety Cards and a dedicated First Response H&S helpline.
  • Business support including access to a suite of HR template guides and documents to help members manage employment and HR duties.
  • Regular industry updates regarding consultations and changes to legislation including Building Regulations, UKCA and Fire Safety
  • Guidance on consumer rights and contract law best practice, supported through our Primary Authority arrangement with West Yorkshire Trading Standards.
  • Free credit checking service to help members manage business risks.
  • Access to training and skills development support through our network of Training Providers.

In order to be eligible for primary membership, you would need to be manufacturing joinery products from a fit for purpose workshop and have been trading for at least 12 months.

Primary Membership subscriptions are based on annual joinery-related turnover. For a no-obligation subscription quotation, please contact us.

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Associate Membership

Associate Members are companies that supply allied products to woodworking and joinery manufacturers. They range from those who are involved in the manufacture and sale of woodworking machinery through to suppliers of materials, hardware, glazing, specialist coatings and sealants.

Key benefits include:

  • Comprehensive listing on the BWF Find a Member online directory of suppliers.
  • Full access to the member-only section of the BWF website including all support documentation and guidance templates.
  • Access to our free technical helpline.
  • Opportunity to network with other members through our BWF Technical and Training meetings.
  • A free place at BWF Members Day and a range of sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities at BWF events.
  • Regular BWF newsletters and E-news covering important topics affecting the joinery and woodworking industry.
  • Access to regular technical and industry publications and updates.
  • Opportunity to contribute to articles and blogs for the BWF newsletter and website.

In order to be eligible for Associate Membership, you would need to be manufacturing or supplying allied goods to the joinery and woodworking sector.

Associate Membership subscriptions are based on flat-rate annual fee – for a no-obligation subscription quotation, please contact us.


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BWF Code of Conduct

The BWF Code of Conduct is central to BWF membership and sets out the principles of good practice for a woodworking or joinery business. All new members receive a free inspection audit and are supported through to Code of Conduct compliance through a range of guidance and template documents.

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