Alliances

NBF Affiliations

No man is an island – and the same is true of trade associations! We are pleased to have a large number of affiliations with a wide range of organisations, either working together to the mutual benefit of our industry; or to enhance our own knowledge and improve our services and support for members.

BFC – British Furniture Confederation

The BFC is the industry’s political lobbying arm. The NBF is a founder member along with the BFM – British Furniture Manufacturers’ Association, the BCFA – British Contract Furnishing Association; LOFA – the Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association; FIRA – the Furniture Industry Research Association; and WCFM – the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. The BFC maintains regular dialogue with Government and other influential stakeholders to ensure that all policies and initiatives support a thriving furniture, furnishings and bed sector. Current initiatives include: exporting; flammability regulations; apprenticeships, training & education; and sustainability.

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TFO – The Furniture Ombudsman

The NBF is an affiliated member of TFO, which is the industry’s independent Alternative Dispute Resolution Service. It helps to solve consumer complaints on behalf of its (retail) members and also provides training and advice on consumer law and handling complaints. NBF’s membership ensures we  have back-up for handling the many consumer enquiries and concerns we receive and that we can pass on best practice advice to our members, where required.

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FIRA – The Furniture Industry Research Association

FIRA provides a wide range of dedicated knowledge based, technical support to the global furniture supply chain and furniture consumers across all market sectors.  FIRA helps to develop many UK, European and International furniture and bed standards and advises the industry on matters such as flammability testing. The NBF is an associate member of FIRA and the NBF Executive Director sits on the FIRA Council. Membership of FIRA gives NBF access to expert technical advice and regular technical updates.

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EBIA – European Bedding Industries Association

EBIA brings together mattress trade associations in Europe to meet and discuss matters of common interest – such as sustainability and recycling. The NBF has been a member since 2010.

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ACID – Anti Copying In Design

ACID is a membership trade organisation committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for Intellectual Property within individual and corporate responsibility. By helping its members to understand and protect their rights, ACID is intent on stamping out intellectual property rights abuse. The NBF is an affiliate partner – so NBF members can benefit from discounts on ACID membership and services. We can also consult ACID on design issues and pass on that knowledge to members.

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FISP – Furniture Industry Sustainability Project

FISP is backed by the entire furniture industry and is the mark of sustainable excellence. Membership of FISP means signing up to participating in a programme which demonstrates that a company is taking its environmental and corporate social responsibility obligations seriously. FISP advise and train throughout the process to full membership.

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The Furniture Makers Company

The NBF actively supports The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company. It supports the industry in three key areas; education, excellence and welfare.

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OAL – Occupational Awards Ltd

OAL develops and awards regulated qualifications for the furniture and bed industry, including current NVQs and new apprenticeships. It will approve and appoint training providers and monitor and issue certificates. The NBF has been working with OAL on the development of new level 2 bedmaking apprenticeship.

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ISPA – International Sleep Products Association, USA

The NBF maintains close links to exchange ideas, advice and best practice with its American counterpart, ISPA. Its many activities include publication of US mattress market statistics; its consumer outreach programme, the Better Sleep Council; consumer safety research through the Sleep Products Safety Council; and the Mattress Recycling Council. ISPA also hosts its biennial ISPA EXPO, a trade show devoted exclusively to the mattress industry.

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BSI – British Standards Institute

The NBF’s membership of BSI ensures it gets updates regarding and participates on relevant British, European and International standards committees.

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TAF – Trade Association Forum

The NBF is a member of TAF, the trade association for trade associations. This gives us access to advice and best practice – as well as the opportunity from time to time to enter awards. We won a TAF Highly Commended Award in 2011 for The Bed Show.

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