Welcome to the British Bridal Suppliers Association

A Word From Our Chairman

Joe FreedmanThe aim of the BBSA is to use our considerable strengths and expertise to tackle the issues that affect the wedding industry. This new website will provide a forum for discussions about issues that affect us and through our members suggest ideas and possible solutions. Although our members are wedding wear suppliers, we are very much aware that to have a strong wedding industry we need to ensure that the retail sector prospers. We have many more resources than many retailers and it is our aim to utilise the expertise of our members to tackle issues that threaten our wellbeing.

In our first year our major focus has been to try to eradicate the power of counterfeit dress suppliers.

We have alerted each other about any rogue traders either appearing on the internet or trying to set up shops. Through the concerted actions of our members many sites have removed images which were being used illegally to sell counterfeit dresses.

We also attended national bridal shows to alert the public about these dangers. There is a web Brides Beware Facebook page where brides can join a forum to discuss their experiences.

Recently we have taken the issue to the House of Commons and the House of Lords where questions have been asked on the floor and meetings with cabinet ministers arranged.

We need the support of many more suppliers in our industry to both share information and also help tackle many of the issues that are relevant to our industry. When I suggested forming one organisation to replace the two previous ones I stated that we were better together. This last year, my belief has been confirmed that if all of us contribute our knowledge and opinions we will all benefit.

Joe Freedman

Joe Freedman