The British Woodworking Federation Group
Membership Services & Benefits

Membership Services & Benefits

The BWF is the voice of the UK Woodworking industry, and we work hard to support your business in every way. The guiding principle of the BWF is to provide support and guidance to woodworkers and joinery manufacturers to help them run a safe, compliant and successful business.

BWF members tend to cite the key benefits of membership as being the technical, business and H&S support and guidance that we provide. The extensive BWF publications library provides members with free-of-charge access to on-line resources covering topics such as machine safety, CE Marking and protecting your workforce from dust. We also provide ongoing practical guidance on the challenges and threats facing the industry, including Brexit and COVID-19.

Below is a summary of the key member services and benefits. To help bring this list to life, visit our ‘Why the BWF’ page where current members explain how they benefit from membership.

Summary of BWF Member Benefits

Key Member Services & Benefits
  • Technical Support, including a dedicated member technical helpline. Enquiries range from U-value support through to timber species and coatings, and compliance with legislation.
  • Guidance on health & safety, helping members to target zero accidents. BWF members have access to the BWF Health & Safety Guide to Running a Joinery Workshop  and to a collection of Machine Safety Cards.
  • Access to a suite of HR template guides and documents to help members manage employment and HR duties.
  • Industry legislation consultation and representation, including consultation on changes to Building Regulations, CE Marking and Fire Safety.
  • Guidance on consumer rights and contract law best practice.
  • Free credit checking service to help members manage business risks.
  • Training and skills development funding and discounts – click here to find out more about exclusive member training funds.
  • Working with colleges and training providers to deliver qualifications and support the industry’s workforce.
  • Promote industry apprentices and career opportunities.
  • Resolve shared industry problems.
  • Lobbing at Parliament to ensure our industry is listened to.
The BWF Community

What is great about us as a trade association is that the team and our members are passionate about what they do, working together for the greater good of the industry. There are many opportunities for members to network with fellow joiners and manufacturers through our meetings programme.

Our flagship event is BWF Members’ Day, to which all primary manufacturing members (i.e. woodworkers and joinery manufacturers) receive a free place. We structure Members’ Day to cover a variety of ‘hot’ topics, including HSE and legal obligations as an employer, training and consumer rights (selling in the home). Sessions are delivered by industry experts. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we had to cancel the 2020 Members’ Day, but click here to learn more about the 2019 event. We are working on a calendar of virtual events for next year, but we do hope we can get to see our members in person soon.

 

Join the BWF

To find out more about the many benefits of membership, fill out our quick response member enquiry form and a member of our team will get in touch.

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