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Membership Information

Benefits of Membership

The principal aim of the BSSA is to drive market growth for stainless steel in the UK and Ireland. For the BSSA to be effective it needs to draw on a wide membership from across the stainless industry and related areas. With about 130 members, we are fortunate to have a good cross-section from the industry including producers, distributors, processors and fabricators.

The main benefits for members are:

- To be part of the BSSA network of companies that represent all parts of the stainless steel supply chain and to contribute your ideas for the development of the market;

- To have the opportunity to participate in a range of committees and working parties including the Council, Marketing & Technical Committee, Industry Forum, Finishing Section and working groups such as the Water Industry, Architecture, Building and Construction;

- To have your company's full details listed on our very popular website and for your products and services to appear in the Find A Supplier section; Members who deal in special grades can be included in the very popular article Special Grades of Stainless Steel - Where to Find Them.

- To get sales leads; the BSSA receives hundreds of enquiries each year that are related to sourcing of products and services – member companies are always recommended first;

- Free access to the Stainless Steel Advisory Service; technical advice and help available by phone, fax or email;

- Since 2007, the BSSA has joined forces with Independent Buyers Ltd, a leading procurement support business to run a purchasing consortium on behalf of our members. They already run several such consortia across the UK and are able to offer advice and support on all areas of procurement, and give members access to their existing purchase agreements. If you are interested in finding out more click here.

- Benefit from links to Euro Inox, the European Stainless Steel Development Association, the International Stainless Steel Forum and other market development organisations across the world;

- Generous discounts for events, training and publications;

- Access to the members’ area of the website.

Becoming a Member

Application for membership of the BSSA is open to companies and associations trading or working from an office or institution registered in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.

Companies which are part of a larger group are treated as individual entities if they are located separately or engaged in different activities.

The membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December and companies joining part way through the year would pay a fee proportionate to the number of months remaining.

General membership fees fall into 5 fee bands determined by total company turnover:

Band Turnover £m Annual Fee £
1 0<1 380
2 1<2 480
3 2<5 620
4 5<10 760
5 10+ 1,090

There is an additional one-off joining fee of £75 + VAT.

Producers, distributors and raw material associations may be requested to pay a higher fee based upon their overall market position. The minimum fee for producers (firms who manufacture and sell primary forms of stainless steel) is £2,000 + VAT.

Fees are reviewed annually by the BSSA Council.

Click here to download our Membership Application Form (Page 1) and click here for Membership Application Form (Page 2).

Alternatively, if you would like to enquire further about membership please complete the on-line membership enquiries form or contact Lucy Gubbins on tel: 0114 267 1260; fax: 0114 266 1252 or email:


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