If you supply into those making sandwiches and food-to-go products, then supplier membership can help you to unlock new growth opportunities for your business and support our work in creating a stronger sandwich and food-to-go industry for the good of all our members.
The cost of supplier membership is £1,450 (plus VAT).
Why join - key benefits
Endorsement and Certification
Once you're accepted for membership, you'll be certified as a Recommended BSA Supplier, at which time you'll have the right to use and display the Association logo in your marketing and on packaging, acting as a further endorsement for your business.
Profile - how your business will feature on our websites
Upon joining, we'll ask you for some top line business details and areas of product focus, capabilities and specialism. We'll then add this to our online supplier listings, ensuring your bsuiness features in what is a key reference point for the industry at www.sandwich.org.uk.
Profile - how your business will feature in Sandwich & Food to go News
As a member, you'll also be listed in every edition of both Sandwich & Food to go News and Café Life Magazine. And we love to profile our members and help them get the recognition they deserve - when you join, let us know if you'd like us to write a fuller profile feature on you in Sandwich & Food to go News.
You'll also get the chance to join BSA member meetings and events, including our quarterly breakfast briefings in London. These are designed around networking and insights, and are a great way to strengthen your connections across our industry.
Your technical team are specialists in their field and need access to the very best thinking. That's why we regularly bring technologists from across our sector together for Technical Forum meetings. We run several of these each year, with, typically the subject area determined by what's most important at that particular time. Guest speakers might be area experts or specialists, or they might be from Government, depending on what is most relevant to the issues of the day.
Plus a range of benefits open across our broader membership base
Advice and Guidance
You'll have free access to the BSA Helpline service and to the guidelines and advice, including technical and legal advice.
As a member, you are covered by the BSA's Primary Authority agreement, which means that if you follow the BSA Assured Advice guidelines, you are protected if challenged by EHOs in relation to these.
A voice with Government
As a Stakeholder recognised by Government, we provide a strong voice for members on issues affecting industry, such as labour shortages, packaging waste and obesity targets.
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 and awareness
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.
We'll also share with you our 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 members save money, we work 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
We have an agreement with accountancy firm KPMG to give members three months free support if they take up (and are eligible for) 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.
Our members needing finance to buy a business or equipment are offered preferential rates through our agreement with GSM Finance.
Our members can reduce their fuel costs through our agreement with the Fuelcard People. Members can generally save up to 5p a litre through this agreement, particularly attractive for those operating delivery fleets.
These and other benefits are open to ALL our members.