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.
We provide a platform for you to grow, bringing you together with like-minded industry professionals; representing your voice in Westminster; and providing extensive guidance around implementation of legislation that’s relevant for your business.
Retail membership starts from as little as £25 (plus VAT) for those with only one outlet.
Why you should join - key benefits
Once you are approved as a member, you'll be able to use our logo in your marketing and packaging. We'll even give you BSA Retail Members receive a window sticker and certificate to display.
As a member, you get the chance to take part in:
- British Sandwich Week - this annual event promotes our industry across the country, dedicated to encouraging the public to celebrate the Great British Sandwich
- The British Sandwich Industry Awards - also known as the Sammies. With many of the categories open to retailers, these are a key way through whihc our members can profile the great work they are doing - it's a high profile event where we work hard to ensure that nominees and winners gain local and national press coverage
- The Sandwich Designer of the Year competition, 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.
So we can represent your voice on the industry stage
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.
To access the BSA Helplines
Our BSA helplines are there for you as a member. They are primarily In particular, 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.
For Primary Advice
As a BSA member, you'll be covered by the BSA's Primary Authority agreement, which means that if you follow the BSA Assured Advice guidelines, you'll be protected if you are challenged by EHOs in relation to these.
Keeping you up to date with changes in legislation
All members receive regular online updates covering changes in legislation and other issues that could affect their businesses. You'll have full member access to the resources on our website.
Magazines to help develop your industry knowledge
With profiles of innovative sandwich bars, cafés, and other food-to-go specialists, as well as the latest news from across the sector, your membership includes complimentary subscriptions to be Sandwich & Food to Go News and Café Life magazines, each worth £55pa.
Market updates on our industry
We'll also share with you market update reports, typically produced at least once a year.
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 you save money, we've 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.