Sandwich manufacturer membership is a key route to establishing your credentials as a key player in the UK market. Alongside recognition and endorsement for your business, it also provides your business with real commercial benefits, while heping us to create a stronger industry, supporting your business's future trading prospects.
The cost of manufacturing membership is calculated based on the number of sandwich producing sites as well as the overall number of sandwiches produced each week.
Why join - key benefits
An annual audit to help you showcase your credentials and capability
Our specialist BSA auditor will help you ensure you meet the best standards. You'll pay for a one off initial audit ahead of joining, after which it's included as part of your membership each year. You also receive a certificate stating that you meet BSA Standards.
Endorsement and Certification within the industry
You'll receive Certification as a Recommended BSA Sandwich Manufacturer as well as the the right to use and display the Association logo in your marketing and on packaging, which acts as a further endorsement for your business.
Profile- how your business will feature on our websites
Members are able to outline their product focus, capabilities and specialism in listings in our supplier directories across both www.sandwich.org.uk.
Profile - how your business will feature in Sandwich & Food to go News
As a member, you'll also get a listing in every edition of both Sandwich & Food to go News and Café Life Magazine. As a new member, there's also the chance to have a fuller profile feature in Sandwich & Food to go News when you join.
Members can join BSA member meetings and events, inlcuding our quarterly breakfast briefings in London, designed around networking and insights.
New Business Leads
Inclusion on our tender service which is used by business as varied as the NHS, SPAR, The House of Commons and numerous local authorities, schools and universities when searching for new suppliers.
The opportunity for your technologists to attend Technical Forum meetings where they will meet others from the industry as well as hear speakers on a variety of relevant issues. Speakers regularly attend from Government Departments.
Plus a range of benefits open to our full membership base:
Advice and Guidance
All members have free access to the BSA Helpline service and to the guidelines and advice, this includes technical and legal 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.
A voice with Government
As a Stakeholder recognised by Government, the Association provides a voice for members on issues affecting industry, such as labour shortages, packaging waste and obesity targets.
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.