The progressive Steel Window Association has recently launched a three-tier system for the industry’s manufacturing membership and, as a further refinement to the new structure, an “associate member” package has been developed.
Designed for suppliers to the steel window and door industry in the UK, an associate membership, which costs £1200 pa, comprises a listing on the SWA website with contact details and links to the individual websites. In addition, companies can issue product information to SWA members via the association’s Secretariat and have access to comprehensive information on product and market development. An invitation to the SWA AGM is also included giving the opportunity to meet key members and industry influencers.
An associate member, James Barrett of Steel Window Fittings explains the benefits to his organisation, “Being able to meet a number of our larger customers at the same time is really beneficial. We hear about our customers’ needs which gives SWF a clear focus on what we should be working on. Not only can we discuss topics as a group, there is always time to talk to individuals about their own requirements. Of course, we are careful to keep customers’ confidentiality but this is rarely an issue as members are part of the Steel Window Association and we all have a common goal in moving the industry and the product forward. There are benefits in numbers!”