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A trade’s guide to the Federation of Master Builders

Tradespeople working in the construction sector enjoy many benefits from Federation of Master Builders membership. This guide explains how the organisation supports small business.

Around a quarter of Federation of Master Builders members are sole traders. The organisation supports tradespeople as they grow, for example, as a limited company. Larger businesses with multiple employees are also members.

All members need to have been in business for at least one year before they can apply to join. It’s worth noting that you don’t need to be a builder to be a Federation of Master Builders member.

Why join a trade association?

Professional, trustworthy and reliable are the hallmarks of trade association members. How? Because they follow high standards set by their trade body.

For tradespeople in the construction sector, Federation of Master Builders membership provides your customers with this reassurance. Like Checkatrade membership, Federation of Master Builders members are carefully verified and accredited.

This gives customer customers peace of mind about the quality of work. Choosing a Federation of Master Builders member also helps reduce risks homeowners face from rogue traders.

What is the Federation of Master Builders?

How it started

The Federation of Master Builders started in 1941 following the London Blitz. A group of 15 small builders decided to help the country to ‘build back better’.

Today, it’s the UK construction industry’s largest trade association with over 8,000 members.

Who it represents

The Federation of Master Builders represents small and medium-sized building companies.

It is a not-for-profit organisation and is run by its members. Membership fees are reinvested in supporting and promoting the organisation.

Benefits of being a Federation of Master Builders member

The benefits of Federation of Master Builders membership include:

  • More work – members are more likely to find work as a trusted builder
  • Trade discounts
  • Access to TrustMark – for a small additional fee, members can add this government-backed scheme for tradespeople working in and around the home
  • Access to the membership network
  • Support from business helplines
  • Help with dispute resolution

Another benefit of membership is that the cost is tax deductible as a business expense.

Recognising outstanding work

The Federation of Master Builders runs an awards scheme for members. These recognise the contribution of small businesses to the UK’s construction industry.

Networking opportunities

The Federation of Master Builders has an extensive network of members. It runs useful events and webinars.

Members can also access expert advice helplines and free online training.

Federation of Master Builders warranty

Federation of Master Builders Insurance is a subsidiary of the organisation. It offers homeowners a 10-year warranty on new homes. Homeowners would need to contact the organisation to request a quote. Under the policy, the Federation’s in-house surveyors assess building plans. On-going support is also provided to homeowners.

The warranty is passed to future homeowners within the 10-year period following the completion of the new home.

Members can also obtain a range of insurance products from the Federation.

How do you get Federation of Master Builders membership?

Membership isn’t restricted just to builders. Trades eligible for membership include:

  • Builders
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Planning consultants
  • Structural engineers
  • Health and safety consultants
  • Training providers
  • Builders merchants
  • Specialist manufacturers and suppliers

The process to apply for Federation of Master Builders membership is straightforward. You’ll need to provide one year’s trading history as part of the application process.

The Federation of Master Builders will carry out:

  • A vetting process – this looks at your trading history, credit history and checks directors if you are a limited company
  • An independent inspection – once you have passed the vetting, a site visit checks if your work meets its high standards

It usually takes two to three weeks for an application to be processed.

What is the Federation of Master Builders cost to join?

The annual membership fee is £550 plus VAT. You can pay monthly by direct debit or annually by direct debit, BACs or with a credit card.

New builder business

How can homeowners find Federation of Master Builders members?

Federation of Master Builders membership is seen as a ‘badge of excellence’. Homeowners looking for quality work are likely to search for a member.

The organisation’s promotional work ensures it has a high profile. It also campaigns on behalf of members locally and nationally.

Members are listed on the Federation of Master Builders’ online supplier directory. They can also display the Federation of Master Builders Associate logo.

Any member can display the logo prominently on stationery, website and vehicles.

FAQs

What is Federation of Master Builders membership?

The Federation of Master Builders is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry. Its membership is wide and goes beyond builders.

What is the Federation of Master Builders cost to join?

It costs £550 plus VAT per year. Membership brings a range of benefits that can help tradespeople find work and maintain high work standards.

What is the Federation of Master Builders warranty? 

Federation of Master Builders Insurance offers homeowners a 10-year warranty on new homes. Homeowners have to apply directly for a quote.

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