The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) was formed in 1967. The association is engaged in a variety of activities in support of its members who currently represent 80% of the garden furniture and barbecues sold in the UK.
LOFA welcomes applications from companies dealing in garden furniture, barbecues, parasols or soft furnishings in the UK.
Benefits of LOFA Membership:
- Opportunity to exhibit in the exclusive SOLEX Trade Show
- Opportunity to enjoy LOFA's Annual Weekend Conference/Celebration
- A page on the LOFA Website for your website links
- Representation on the BSI and CEN Committees
- Complimentary LOFA Newsletters etc
Requirements to Join LOFA
Membership may be awarded to companies trading in garden furniture, barbecues and/or their accessories, outdoor play equipment and outdoor garden lighting, provided that:
(a) A UK or Irish based Manufacturer
(b) A distributor of an exclusive brand, holding stocks in the UK or Ireland, or
(c) a non-UK based company with a subsidiary or an authorised representative operating in the UK or Ireland.
(i) no more than 30% of the applicant’s total garden furniture, barbecue and/or accessories, outdoor play equipment and outdoor garden lighting business, is conducted through its own retail premises or direct to the public (which for the sake of clarity includes internet sites).
Companies that are not 100% trade should be prepared to demonstrate the veracity of this percentage at the pre-joining visit (e.g. sales ledger or top 20 trade customer list etc.). The confidential nature of this information is accepted, and the visitor will review the information and a note on compliance will be given to the LOFA Secretary and not used for general distribution.
(ii) the applicant’s business is conducted through bona fide commercial premises (registered offices (non-residential) and distribution warehouse (holding stock)); and
(iii) no brand name is represented more than once.
If you manufacture, import or supply any form of cushions as part of your product portfolio, you will be required to be part of the LOFAssured scheme (www.lofassured.co.uk). This will involve a full audit of your FFFSR(1988) compliance, by an independent auditor as a pre-cursor to your membership being approved. This audit will be charged to potential members at £500, payable before the audit takes place.
On receipt of an application form, there is a process to be followed which leads to a membership decision by Council. Each year there will be a declared date by which applications have to be made in order to allow time for a new member company to exhibit at that years SOLEX Show. This date will be available on the LOFA and SOLEX Web Pages.
The Application form must be signed in the relevant places and returned in hard copy to the LOFA Office, accompanied by a copy of the Company’s latest Trade Catalogue, Trade Price List and Trade Terms and Conditions of Sale
If membership is approved, the Company will be invited to complete all the relevant Association documents, including Annual Review of Trade and LOFA Code of Practice, and these must be received at the LOFA office before membership is ratified.
The LOFA Code of Practice is reviewed from time to time and members are required to review the on-line version to ensure that have the latest information.
Cost of Membership (Excl. VAT) from 8 Dec 2017
£550 per annum
£550 per annum
Initial Entrance Fee:
|FFFSR(1988) Compliance Audit for new member||£500|