Small Business Membership

Why join FDF

When you are a small business, making the best use of your time and resources is key. FDF can help you, providing expert technical and regulatory advice on your food and drink products, practical guidance on changing your recipes to meet new Government targets, identifying export markets and areas for growth and keeping you up to date with food safety issues.

Our professional affiliates, who are professional services members of FDF, can also help you with practical advice on running your business through our events and webinars. For example, help with choosing the right insurance, advice on protecting your trade marks and IP, cyber security and labelling. There's also member rates on a range of FDF events and training.

We've launched a new membership scheme for small businesses like yours.

Benefits include:

  • Expert guidance on technical, regulatory or relevant trade issues from our FDF staff through the small business helpline *
  • Opportunities to hear about emerging trends and retailer / food service plans from senior buyers at our invite-only Sales Director Forum
  • First-hand information about the issues impacting on the sector at discounted FDF events
  • Practical, money-saving advice from our affiliate members through quarterly webinars
  • Discounted and free advice** on issues such as legal and intellectual property (protecting your brand) and insurance through designated affiliate members
  • Keeping up to speed on new developments through our regular SME newsletter
  • FDF incident alerts (for urgent food safety issues)
  • Access to areas of the FDF website including media Q&As, toolkits, guidance and policy documents. Please note access does not include committees or association membership.

Find out more? Contact Alessandra Costigliola 020 7420 7105

Key points

This membership is open to UK food and drink manufacturing companies with turnovers between £2-10million for a flat fee of £500+VAT and will initially be piloted for a year. This membership has restrictions and is not the equivalent of a full FDF membership. Please see full terms and conditions available on application. Companies with turnovers of less than £2m can still pay based on turnover for full membership.

*Calls to the helpline are limited to three calls per year per member. FDF can only advise on issues relevant to its remit but may be able to help signpost to other organisations which may charge. Please see further details below.

** Two FDF affiliate members have offered free initial consultations and advice as part of this small business membership arrangement. These are BRIFFA and Square Mile Broking, and services are outlined in separate terms and conditions.


Last reviewed: 08 Dec 2016