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Join the Guild of Fine Food as a retail member

Our members are a community of worthy businesses sharing the same passion for good food and drink. 

Representing independent retailers and the producers who supply them, the Guild of Fine Food is a source of advice and support and a place to share your views. Together, we can collectively get the issues facing our sector in front of those who can help and make a difference.

Why join?

Members receive a broad range of benefits: from practical help to inspiring sector-relevant content and unique commercial opportunities. Training opportunities, Codes of Practice and the support desk will give you and your team further confidence in running your business. 

Running a business can be a lonely endeavour and there are many pressures facing independent food and drink retailers and producers. Our Town Hall initiative, stories from other business owners, members only content in MyGuild and member events can provide you with the community you need to be inspired and find solutions to shared problems.

Opportunities to introduce your business to new contacts across the industry and promote vacancies to an engaged sector audience should bring new opportunities and grow your network, whether sourcing, selling, or recruiting.

Diana Finn, Samantha Green, Michael Bourne, Groombridge Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

Diana Finn, Samantha Green, Michael Bourne, Groombridge Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

We offer independent retailers a range of business benefits:

  • Deli Retailing Code of Practice – protection for your business (worth £250+VAT)
  • Guild of Fine Food member window sticker & digital logo – a signal of your commitment to quality
  • Member listing on Guild of Fine Food retailer directory
  • Members’ helpdesk – contact the Guild to be signposted to expert advice
  • Invitation to participate in Town Hall quarterly meetings
  • Reduced member rates for Retail Cheese and other training courses
  • Special advertising offers in Fine Food Digest
  • Editorial opportunities in Guild publications
  • Free annual mystery shop and feedback report to help improve your customers’ experience (worth £130+VAT)
  • Preferential rates with HR4UK (HR advice and online employee management system)
  • Discounted venue hire for our London event space, located close to Borough Market
  • Free digital job ads and reduced rate print opportunities to help fill your vacancies
  • Fine Food Digest delivered monthly to your door or inbox
Karry Meyrick, owner , Karry's Deli, Barry, South Wales

Karry Meyrick, owner , Karry's Deli, Barry, South Wales

We also offer membership for producer businesses working with the independent retail sector.

Please visit our producer membership pages to find out more.

The Balloon Tree, York

The Balloon Tree, York

Annual membership fees

Small business
(turnover less than £1m)
Medium business
(turnover between £1-5m)
Large business
(turnover more than £5m)
All costs exc. VAT
Groombridge Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

Groombridge Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

Membership charter

The Guild of Fine Food is a community of business owners sharing the same passion for good food and drink. We are the only association that incorporates both retailers and producers in the independent and artisan food industry. We aim to get to the heart of what really matters, highlighting and encouraging best practice across our sector. To that end, we ask all our members to ensure they agree and adhere to the Guild of Fine Food Membership Charter, which can be found below.

I adored meeting so many people and loved chatting with the Guild of Fine Food team, who are in themselves exceptional examples of people in the hospitality, retail and training sectors. I could go on and on…but I must just say I am so pleased to be a very proud member of such a fine guild.