Join The National Bed Federation

Membership of the National Bed Federation gives your company or brand credibility and provides reassurance for retailers and consumers that you do things right and make it responsibly.

There are four categories of NBF Membership:

Full Membership

Benefits of NBF membership:

Grow your business

Exhibit at the NBF Bed Show – the premier bed exhibition in the UK, get free listings on our websites, and engage with audiences across our active social media channels to promote your business.

Get expert technical support

A comprehensive package of technical support and guidance including a dedicated email advice hotline for any specific technical queries. Regular feedback, consultation and updates on developments in regulatory standards

Become more sustainable

Benefit from our progressive ‘green agenda’ to make your business more sustainable through the NBF Pledge for our Planet, our ecodesign framework for mattresses and our ongoing engagement with UK governments.

Marketing support

Regular communications to keep you informed on NBF and industry activities. FREE access to our suite of marketing materials, including logos, videos, podcasts, fact sheets, infographics, web banners and downloadable artwork.

Training & education

FREE access to the online Introduction to Beds course, ideal for new entrants to the industry,  and through our membership of FIESTA, all you need to know to access the industry’s apprenticeships schemes.

Enhance Your credibilty

Manufacturers benefit from compliance to our audited Code of Practice, recognised as Assured Advice by trading standards. Feature the NBF Member logo and gain credibility in the marketplace.

HR advice

Free access to our dedicated 24/7 HR Helpline, available 365 days a year to obtain free and professional HR advice on areas such as Employment Law, Grievances & Disputes, Redundancy etc (UK based members only).

Fair trading & dealing with complaints

Automatic membership of the NBF Primary Authority Partnership –to answer your questions about product safety and fair- trading regulations and ensure the answers are consistently applied across the industry sector.

Health & safety services

Free access to the NBF dedicated Health and Safety helpline, which is available during office hours (UK based members only).

Tax & VAT advice

Free unlimited access to a tax and VAT helpline to obtain expert professional advice on a wide range of commercial monetary issues (UK based members only).

Market intelligence

Suite of market intelligence reports to help benchmark your performance, including quarterly industry sales data trackers, barometer of trade reports, economic updates, pulse reports and consumer insight surveys.

Legal help

Members have access to a free, 24/7 Legal Helpline. It is available 365 days a year and there is no limit to the number of times you can call (UK based members only).

Intellectual property & trade name protection

Discounted membership of Anti-Copying in Design (ACID) – providing advice and protection for members concerned about protecting intellectual property. Use the Trade Name Register to avoid costly name duplications.

Be better informed

The NBF will keep you up to date with all the important association and industry news. Meet and mix with fellow industry professionals at the annual NBF Forum. Enjoy help and advice on after sales service though the affiliate membership of The Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsman.

Have stronger influence

One member – one vote.  Hear and be heard re: NBF policy and activity. Join a committee to contribute directly to the formulation of NBF policy. Have a voice influencing regulators and standard makers – through the lobbying in the UK and in Europe as part of the BFC.

Support from UK & Irish retailers

Active support from bed retailers that are part of the NBF Retail Champions Scheme and predominantly stock NBF-approved members. They receive digital and print marketing support & POS featuring the NBF logo.

Eligibility for Full NBF membership:

Membership is open only to manufacturers of beds, mattresses and related products with a UK/Republic of Ireland manufacturing facility; or to components suppliers to the UK bed manufacturing industry.
All applicants will need to have been trading in the sector and in the UK / Republic of Ireland for at least three years. Supporting evidence may be requested.

Bed manufacturers must be manufacturing a substantial proportion (at least 70%) of their products in the UK. Assembling from flat pack, finished, boxed products does not constitute manufacturing).

Associate Manufacturer Membership

The NBF is keen to support start-up companies (potentially the industry’s leading lights of the future) and has introduced a category of membership for Start Up bed manufacturers. Associate Membership is open only to manufacturers of beds, mattresses and related products with a UK/Republic of Ireland manufacturing facility.

Applicants must be planning to manufacture at least 70% of product sales in the UK or Ireland (Assembling from flat pack, finished, boxed products does not constitute manufacturing) and must be able to verify this.

Benefits of membership:

Grow your business

Exhibit at the NBF Bed Show or any other exhibitor platform provided.

Technical advice

Technical advice on product compliance, regulatory requirements and standards.

Market intelligence

Access to NBF market intelligence surveys and reports.

Enhance Your credibilty

Use the NBF Associate Member logo.

Have stronger influence

Can attend Forums and AGM (Voting rights at AGM and eligibility to join committees only when full membership is obtained).

Support from UK & Irish retailers

Active support from bed retailers that are part of the NBF Retail Champions Scheme and predominantly stock NBF-approved members. They receive digital and print marketing support & POS featuring the NBF logo.

Associate Supplier Membership

Associate Membership for suppliers is open to suppliers of all components (including springs, fillings, foam, ticking, timber, hardware, threads, labels, POS, glue etc), packaging and services to manufacturers of beds, mattresses and related products with UK/Republic of Ireland manufacturing facility. Suppliers may be based in the UK and Ireland or elsewhere in the world. Applicants may be new, start-up businesses or existing businesses new to the UK/Irish bed market.

Benefits of membership:

Grow your business

Exhibit at the NBF Bed Show or any other exhibitor platform provided.

Technical advice

Technical advice on product compliance, regulatory requirements and standards.

Market intelligence

Access to NBF market intelligence surveys and reports.

Enhance Your credibilty

Use the NBF Associate Member logo.

Have stronger influence

Can attend Forums and AGM (Voting rights at AGM and eligibility to join committees only when full membership is obtained).

Support from UK & Irish retailers

Active support from bed retailers that are part of the NBF Retail Champions Scheme and predominantly stock NBF-approved members. They receive digital and print marketing support & POS featuring the NBF logo.

Brand Associate Membership

Available to mattress brands who do not have their own manufacturing facilities but are selling to UK and Irish retailers. All mattresses (ie 100%), sold to UK and Irish retailers under their brand name MUST be made by NBF Approved members. 

Benefits of membership:

Enhance Your credibilty

Use the NBF Brand Associate Member logo.

Grow your business

Exhibit at the NBF Bed Show either in own right or with your NBF member manufacturing partner (all products shown on the stand must be made by a NBF member).

Networking

Can attend the NBF AGM and Forum but no voting rights

Be better informed

Receive NBF Bulletins with latest news

Increased Visibilty

Listing on NBF websites

Support from UK & Irish retailers

Active support from bed retailers that are part of the NBF Retail Champions Scheme and predominantly stock NBF-approved members. They receive digital and print marketing support & POS featuring the NBF logo.

FIND OUT MORE

To apply for membership, please complete your details, tick which category you are applying for and click submit. We will then get in touch to explain the process in more detail and send you the relevant forms to complete.

Please note retailers cannot become members. Please read more about our Retail Champions Scheme.

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