Membership

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Why join the Group?

 

Sometimes more can be achieved more efficiently with companies acting collectively rather than individually. The Group is the vehicle for branded companies to work together to create a positive climate in the UK, where brands are both understood and valued and where a relentless focus on the consumer, innovation and investments in quality and reputation are recognised as drivers of growth, good for jobs and competitiveness and crucial to export performance.

The Group is owned by its members and is a not-for-profit organisation.

In addition to the Group’s work explaining and championing brands, there are further benefits of membership:

  • A scanning role, giving advance warning of forthcoming policy issues
  • A collective voice on policy matters relevant to brands and branding, bringing greater clarity, consistency and impact
  • A source of leading thinking and research on brands and their value
  • A co-ordinated approach to policy at both the UK and EU level

Over and above our work on policy, members have access to a range of services including senior level round-table meetings, members’ meetings on brand-focused topics, free publications, free training, preferential rates for events and publications produced by others and an information service.

For more information on the benefits of membership, or to add your voice to the collective, please contact us, or complete the application below.

Membership and GSCOP

 

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice, monitored and enforced by an Adjudicator, is improving relationships between large grocery retailers and their suppliers.

Where suppliers are subjected to unfair demands and practices, such as calls to guarantee retail margins, pay lump sums or to have money removed unilaterally from trading accounts, the Code may well apply.

Members, working through the British Brands Group, are keen for relationships between retailers and their suppliers to be fair and lawful, with some certainty surrounding trading conditions and where unexpected costs and excessive risks are not transferred from the retailer to the supplier. That encourages innovation and investments in quality and reputation from which shoppers benefit directly.

A range of relevant services are provided to members:

 

  • An advice line on whether a specific practice may be covered by the GSCOP
  • One hour’s legal advice from a leading law firm on any practice that may breach the GSCOP
  • Introductory and refresher training on GSCOP and the Adjudicator, their relevance to day-to-day trading and the implications for business (apply for training course now – open to non-members)
  • Raising with the Adjudicator, on a collective and confidential basis, specific trading practices that may breach the GSCOP
  • Providing feedback to members on guidance issued by the Adjudicator
  • Informing members of retailers’ compliance with the GSCOP and practices raised with the Adjudicator
  • Regular meetings with the Adjudicator, to help understand priority issues and how the Code is being interpreted

Brands need championing and the Group does a great job through its events, studies and lectures, particularly with those who shape public policy and the trading environment.

Neill Craigie

Managing Director Europe, P Z Cussons

Our brands lie at the core of our business so the Group does work that is important, giving us value we don’t believe we can find anywhere else.

Paul van Reesch

Coca-Cola European Partners

Membership is an easy commercial decision for us. The value we derive far outweighs the fee we pay and the time we devote.

Lee Gelderd

Managing Director, Godrej

Which member package?


Full membership

The full members of The British Brands Group are manufacturers of trusted branded products bought daily by millions of consumers in the UK. They recognise that their brands are their companies’ prime assets and require a voice when it comes to public policy.

To be a full member, a company may be big or small and come from any product sector, as long as the production of branded products is its principal business. Fees are commensurate with UK sales turnover.

 

Group UK Sales turnover £m Membership fee for 12 months (ex VAT) £
0 – 25 500
25 – 50 1,000
50 – 100 5,200
100 – 250 10,300
250 – 500 12,400
500 – 1,000 17,500
over 1,000 22,600

Brand entrepreneur membership

Brand entrepreneur membership is available to producers of branded products either with strong local brands or at an early stage of creating and building new brands.

This membership is available for companies with an annual UK sales turnover of £1 million or less. It is annual and by invitation from the Council of the Group.

Brand entrepreneur membership: free


Associate membership

Associate Members comprise organisations that are committed to brands and their value to society. They include designers, lawyers, brand consultants and other trade associations.

Annual membership is open to any organisation that supports the Group’s mission and objectives. It’s easy to join, although numbers are restricted to 50% of the full membership.

Associate membership: £1,300 (ex VAT)


To apply for membership, please complete the form or contact John Noble: T: 01730 821212 E: jn@britishbrandsgroup.org.uk.

Application form


Please select the type of membership you are applying for.

Please indicate preferred salutation.

Please enter preferred title.



Please select Group UK sales turnover from the above list to calculate the applicable membership fee.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

All applications for associate membership will be put to the Council of The Brands Group Limited whose unanimous approval is required. Appointment of associate members is on an annual basis only.

Brand entrepreneur membership is by invitation from the Council of The Brands Group Limited whose unanimous approval is required. Appointment is on an annual basis only and is renewable.

No payment will be taken at this time. Once the Council has approved your application, an invoice will be issued for payment.

Brand entrepreneur membership is free of charge, subject to approval


Mission

To build in Britain the optimum climate for brands to deliver choice and value to consumers, through constant innovation and fair competition.

Memorandum & Articles

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Goals

  • To provide the authoritative UK voice for brand manufacturers
  • To generate a deeper understanding of the contribution of brands to consumers, society and the economy
  • To be the prime UK forum for brand manufacturers across all sectors
  • To counter obstacles and threats to the Group’s mission


As detailed above

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Membership participation

The Brands Group Limited is managed by a Council. Typically this meets once every two months. The Council delegates work to two Working Groups that meet as required (typically half yearly) and to ad hoc teams when major single issues or opportunities arise. Member companies are able to participate in Working Groups by application to the Council. A company’s representative on a Working Group need not be the day-to-day point of contact. Rather, members are encouraged to nominate representatives whose skills match those required by the specific Group.

Please indicate those Groups in which your company is interested in participating:

Membership participation

The Brands Group Limited is managed by a Council. Typically this meets once every two months. The Council delegates to Working Groups that meet as required (typically half yearly). Associate members may be invited to participate in the Working Groups and / or on special projects initiated by the Working Groups.

Please indicate if you would be willing to participate in a Working Group:

(develops and recommends to the Council the Group’s strategy, position and activities on all legal matters)

The Council consists of up to 9 members elected by the membership. A third of Council members retire each year and are eligible for re-election. Please indicate whether your company wishes to be represented on the Council.


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