AFI is finally launched as the single unified voice representing the UK fencing industry. “
We would like to thank all former members of EFIA and FCA for supporting our merger last year” said AFI Board-member Bernard KilBride “and for carrying forward their subscriptions into the new year with AFI”.
“The team at AFI HQ here are very positive and optimistic about the year ahead” confirmed new AFI CEO Alison Payne “We hope to be able to provide benefits and services worthy of their support”.
AFI intends to offer its members the best of both former associations. It is being managed and directed by a combination of their former managers and directors, and offers its members a combination of the benefits and services previously offered by each.
AFI is not stopping there though – it wants to engage more closely with its members and hear what is challenging their businesses and what they want from their industry association. To that end AFI is holding a series of regional Roadshows during February and March.
“The roadshows are an opportunity to meet the new team, and be introduced to the new benefits and services that we offer” said AFI Chair Adam Binns.
“There will be a demonstration of what is available for members on our website, and how to use our unique online Trade Portal” confirmed Bernard KilBride.
“There will also be a guest speaker from Build UK, plus a workshop session where all attendees will be invited to agree the challenges facing our industry, and to consider some ways that AFI may address those on their behalf” explained Alison Payne.
“This is the opportunity for AFI members to have a say in the future of their association, and we hope that they will come along and get involved” said Adam Binns.
The dates and venues of the AFI Roadshows are as follows:
Wednesday 22nd February – JB Corrie, Petersfield
Wednesday 1st March – HW Martin, Alfreton
Wednesday 29th March – Lochrin Bain, Cumbernauld
The Roadshows are free and open to current and prospective members. Each will start at 10am and finish with a buffet lunch about 1pm.
“One of the new benefits available to former EFIA members is the Contractor’s Certification Scheme” said Binns “which enables external buyers to find AFI members with particular skills and accreditations, and to distinguish themselves amongst the AFI ranks”.
AFI also offers its members access to its specialist sub-groups:
- Electric Fence Association (EFA) and Electric Security Fence Association (ESFA)
- Environmental Noise Barrier Association (ENBA)
- Association of Safety Fencing Contractors (ASFC)
- Gates Automation and Access Barrier Association (GAABA)
“One of the benefits new to former FCA members is free CHAS assessments” said KilBride. “AFI work with friendly fencing-savvy CHAS assessors who will offer practical advice and guidance to members and the opportunity to resubmit if a first application is not up to the mark”.
AFI offer free assessments, but are required to pass on the cost of CHAS’ accreditation and database registration fee. CHAS have changed their accreditation fee structure recently to be more in line with other safety accreditation bodies, e.g. SMAS. Costs are related to the number of employees a member has, and range from £ 157 (1 employee) to £ 471 (201+ employees) per annum.
“Members need to be quick off the mark though” added Alison Payne “as AFI have negotiated a time-limited discount for its members – CHAS registrations before April 2017 will cost just £ 80 – representing a massive saving of up to £ 391 if sought directly or through another assessment body”.
“Doing CHAS through AFI for £ 80 is a no-brainer, as it could save you almost as much as your subscription” said Adam Binns. “After April 2017 CHAS assessments will still be free to AFI members, but the registration element that AFI pass on will be greater”.
CHAS application forms for AFI members are available for download from the Member Area of the new AFI website www.afiorg.uk