Yes but its worth it! You can either pay by credit or debit card.
You pay once you’ve completed the application form.
When we have verified your details and happy that you are what you say! This will take approximately 5 working days and then we will process the membership. If the membership criteria are not suited to you, we will let you know and either offer an alternative membership or a refund.
No you don’t, event florist and studio florists can join the BFA. Just check the application form and make sure you tick the right boxes that apply to you. However, we do not accept applications from home workers… Your business must comply with all legal requirements. Event florists and studio florists must have an IOPF membership too.
You don’t, unless you want to have access to the members area and a profile on Find a Florist- then you do. Belonging to the Institute of Professional Florists should be an essential part of your portfolio as it will endorse to your customers and the public in general that the BFA are maintaining standards within our Industry and also that our members are participating and recording continuous professional development. Don’t forget you can use the relevant letters that you will be entitled to use behind your signature. (not applicable to students)
Simply go to http://www.bfaflorist.org/IoPF_membership.asp and read the levels of the IoPF membership.
Once you have been approved then you will be sent your membership welcome pack, member number and the instructions on how to get on the Find a Florist website to upload your profile and photographs.
No, not at all. The BFA are here to help the florist grow and promote their business. We are here to help you and the industry pull together. The Find a Florist website gives the consumer the opportunity to find their local florist and a florist in their preferred town for delivery. The rest is up to you.
Yes. First read all the terms and conditions and you must uphold the ‘Standards of Excellence’. This gives the consumer the reassurance that you are a professional florist and as such behave reasonably when dealing with complaints, contracts, employment etc.
Gosh where do we start! As well as all the corporate benefits, we have discounts for buying at wholesalers, discounts on tickets for our events, the quarterly magazine, your opportunity to build your CV through IOPF, we have a marketing, PR, and Membership departments as well as, Training and Education Committee and Events team. So when we get a call from the newspapers, television, exhibitors and consumers we can make sure that you informed.
When wedding magazines call us looking for gorgeous images of bridal bouquets we call a BFA florist. BBC Breakfast contacted us recently and we emailed all our BFA florists in the area and surrounding areas. We do posters and press releases for all our business members and contracts and business information is available in the members area.
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