If you sell sandwiches, whether you are an independent or chain, retailer or caterer, the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association is here to represent your interests and to provide you with support when you need it.
Membership helps to promote growth and safeguard the interests of the sandwich market, but it also provides your business with real benefits.
Retail membership starts from as little as £45 (plus VAT) for those with only one outlet.
Key benefits of Retail Membership
Approved BSA Retail Members receive a window sticker and certificate for their premises and are entitled to use the BSA logo in their marketing and on product packaging.
The Association reaches out to the sandwich buying public in a number of ways, including:
- British Sandwich Week - this annual event is dedicated to encouraging the public to celebrate the Great British Sandwich
- Social Media - the Association engages with our retail membership and the public through Twitter, Facebook and other social media
- Awards - The British Sandwich Industry Awards are held annually and feature a number of categories open to retailers and we work to ensure that nominees and winners gain local and national press coverage.
- Competition - The Sandwich Designer of the Year is a great opportunity for the creative minds from the independents, national chains and major retailers to engage in some friendly rivalry and generate a whole lot of media coverage for themselves.
A big voice for the little guys
The BSA managementment committee is drawn from all sections of the industry, including representation from the many independent members and the Association seeks to ensure that the small businesses which can often feel ignored by government, have their voices heard.
The BSA Helplines
Avalable to all members, the BSA helplines a are especially useful for independent retail businesses who need advice on legal and technical issues, from maternity pay to labelling guidelines to shelf life advice.
Member are also covered by the Association’s Primary Authority agreement, which means that if they follow the BSA Assured Advice guidelines they are protected if they are challenged by EHOs in relation to these.
Additional benefits available to all members
Keeping up to Date
All members receive regular updates via ebulletins covering changes in legislation and other issues that could affect their businesses.
Membership includes free subscriptions to be Sandwich & Food to Go News and Café Life magazines, each worth £55pa.
The Association publishes reports on the market from time-to-time which are circulated to members free.
To help retailers get the best possible deal, the Association has linked up with a specialist insurance broker who understands the sandwich and café markets. Those signing up to use this facility, which covers both mobile and fixed site operations, get free membership as an added benefit when they join.
Food Safety Training
With all those handling food (including delivery drivers) needing basic food hygiene training, the cost can mount up. The Association has developed its own on-line training programme which is available to members for just £15 + VAT per person.
To help members save money, the Association has linked up with two partners who specialise in finding the best deals for members. Neither is tied to any one supplier and their service is free and without obligation. They can also help telecoms accounts and services such as vehicle tracking.
Small Business Accounting
The Association has forged an agreement with accountancy firm KPMG to give members three months free support if they take up KPMG’s Small Business Accounting service. This fixed-fee accounting service is designed for small businesses like those in the sandwich and cafe industry. The service offers to manage the financial administration for small businesses, leaving the owners to concentrate on the day-to-day business.
Members needing finance to buy a business or equipment are offered especially good terms through an agreement with GSM Finance.
Although petrol and diesel prices are better than they once were, members can still reduce the costs of fuel further through the agreement the Association has with the Fuelcard People. Members can generally save up to 5p a litre through this agreement which can mount up if you operate fleets of delivery vehicles.
These and other benefits are open to ALL our members.