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General Business Support

We produce a wide range of publications to support members and the joinery industry. You’ll find a wealth of information, including the BWF Employee Handbook, Machine Safety Cards, Model Company Policies, Contractual and Employment Guidance, and Technical Advice. Here in our General Business Support publications you can find the BWF Guide To Running A Joinery Business.

Most publications can be downloaded free as part of your membership subscription fee; further copies can be ordered direct from us. Members also receive a discount on the publications that are available for purchase.

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Local MP Letter Template – UK Global Tariff

Please copy and paste this letter onto your business stationery template, amend and send to your local MP to help us highlight the challenges posed by the proposed UK Global Tariff on our industry.

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The Government’s Plan For Jobs

On Wednesday 8th July 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the Government’s Plan For Jobs, which has the goal to protect, support and create jobs. To help our members, key details of the announcement have been summarised in this document.

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Health & Wellbeing Guidance for Remote Workers

Guidance on how to protect the health and well-being of your colleagues working remotely from home.

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GDPR checklist

This simple Audit Check List helps BWF members carry out an internal review to see how they can comply with the new data protection rules coming in on 25th May. It includes examples of how to write a Privacy Policy and simple rules for capturing data.

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BWF Risk Register Template

A structured process for business owners to identify the most likely or damaging risks in their joinery manufacturing and woodworking firms

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BWF Guide – Business Continuity Guide for Small Joinery Businesses

Organisations that have a business continuity capability are far more likely to survive the effects of a major incident than those that don’t. A simple guide to business continuity capability

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BWF Associate Member Benefits and Services

BWF Associate Members are companies of all sizes who are involved in the manufacture and sale of machinery, equipment, hardware and other products, materials or services which are used by BWF members.

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Template Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

NEW FOR APRIL 2017 – Meeting social, economic and environmental responsibilities to stakeholders should be integral to any business. Here you can find guidance on preparing a statement of a company’s commitment.

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BWF/RICS Consumer Mediation Dispute Scheme

BWF has worked with RICS to develop a compliant ADR process to support members. This is designed to offer a quicker and cheaper alternative to the court system when disputes cannot be resolved between the consumer and the business directly.

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Contracts – Sample Terms & Conditions of Sale (Business to Business)

NEW FOR OCTOBER 2015 – A sample set of terms and conditions that most businesses would wish to contain in their standard terms and conditions. Containing lots of different options, the document is not suitable to be used as it stands and should adapted according to the needs of the company.

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Credit Applications

Safe Collection Guide to credit Applications

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BWF Guide to Credit Control

Credit control is an essential part of your business guide. This simple guide gives you some practical advice and useful tools to get the process right and limit your credit risk.

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BWF Guide to Credit Applications

A Guide to help you assess credit risk and help you get your credit control process off to a good start.

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BWF Guide to Running a Joinery Business

Our comprehensive guide to benchmark your business, incorporate best practice and gain access to further support, including funding

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Model Notice of Cancellation Clause for use with Consumer Contracts

NEW FOR OCTOBER 2015 – If you enter into a contract with a consumer in the consumer’s home or workplace, you need to be aware that new rules apply which entitle the customer to a cooling-off period, whether or not you were asked to meet them in their home.

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BWF Action Plan for Joinery 2017/18

The plan spells out BWF’s priorities for 2017/18 and reviews the key achievements of the past 12 months. It shows how we are helping the sector grow the market for wood products, develop a well-equipped workforce, and influence change in the new political environment.

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An easy guide to the EU Timber Regulation

This free-to-members publication provides a brief overview of the EU Timber Regulation, giving information about what joinery manufacturers need to do in order not to break the law.

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An easy guide to the Green Deal

This free-to-members publication provides a brief overview of the Green Deal, giving information about what providers, installers and product manufacturers need to do to get involved

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Contracts – What is a Warranty?

This briefing offers guidance on what is a warranty which may be requested or offered by manufacturers of products.

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Contracts – What is a Guarantee?

This briefing offers guidance on what is a guarantees which may be requested or offered by manufacturers of products.

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Contracts – Directors or Personal Guarantees

When operating a business on a limited liability basis, the law states that the company’s directors are protected from liability for that business’s debts should the company go under. This briefing note includes a sample guarantee template.

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BWF Guide to Consumer Regulations

NEW FOR OCTOBER 2015 – Your responsibilities at the time you sell goods and/or services

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BWF Membership Benefits and Services

A brief overview of the benefits and services available to members.

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Contracts – Sample Terms & Conditions of Sale (consumer)

NEW FOR OCTOBER 2015 – A sample set of terms and conditions that most businesses would wish to contain in their standard terms and conditions. Containing lots of different options, the document is not suitable to be used as it stands and should adapted according to the needs of the company.

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Customer Care – Complaints Procedure Model

Model complaints procedure to assist members’ in complying with the BWF Code of Conduct requires all members to act fairly and equitably in dealing with their customers.

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Taxation – Self-Billing and VAT – Briefing Guide

If you’re a supplier, this briefing tells you what to expect if your customer wants to give you self-billed invoices.’

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Contracts – Retention of Title – a briefing guide

Contracts for the supply of goods often involve a number of different parties. Deciding who owns various goods and materials at a particular point in time can be a surprisingly difficult task. People tend to assume that ownership (or title) in goods will not pass to a purchaser until the goods have been paid for. However, this is not the case and title will often pass at a much earlier stage. This guide covers the basics.

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Contracts – Basic Contract Law – Golden Rules of Contract Management

A brief guide to the do’s and don’ts when entering into contractual arrangements with another party.

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Business – Nine top tips from recession survivors

A recent poll of businesses that have traded through previous recessions provides a starting point to surviving this one.

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Taxation – Paying or being paid in Euros – the rules

or any other foreign currency. Guidance on the rules where firms who are buying in substantial materials from abroad.

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Taxation – VAT and Bad Debts – knowing the rules

Knowing the rules. The rules are simple but there are some catches and a quick look at them may make you think.

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Taxation – The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) – Briefing note

Briefing note on the Construction Industry Scheme – does it apply to you?

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Contracts – Sample Letter To Be Sent When Supplying [and Installing] Goods

NEW FOR OCTOBER 2015 – A sample letter which can be used to confirm your terms to supply [and install] goods following a verbal agreement.

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