Accounting for around 7% of the UK’s GDP, the health of the wider FM industry has a major impact on the overall UK economy, with the professional body outlining its three priorities as a Government is looking to be formed to face the significant challenges posed by the next few years.
With the hung Parliament not resolving the insecurity that has arisen since last year’s European Union Referendum result, the BIFM is now calling on the Conservative Government to:
*ensure that the FM industry doesn’t lose access to both its current and future workforce
*work in partnership with the profession to invest in people and skills
*work with industry and business alike with a view to developing the industrial strategy that delivers increased productivity in the UK workplace
Economic importance of FM
The BIFM’s acting CEO Linda Hausmanis said: “With the formation of the new Government ongoing, now is the time to remind those tasked with leading our country about the economic importance of the FM industry and the role it plays. One of the key driving forces for market growth in the UK has been the continued trend for companies to outsource their non-core activities. In line with this, the FM market has continued to grow even during the recession. There remains considerable scope for FM to continue to diversify into other services.”
Hausmanis continued: “Given the economic reach of the industry across different sectors, the FM sector can play a decisive role in delivering Government objectives, from climate change targets through to apprenticeships, in addition to increasing overall UK productivity through the delivery of effective workplaces, potentially realising up to a £20 billion uplift for the UK’s economy as evidenced in The Workplace Advantage Report by The Stoddart Review, of which the BIFM is a founding partner.”
BIFM Priorities White Paper
The publication of the BIFM Priorities White Paper follows the recent appointment of a new senior policy advisor as part of the organisation’s stated strategic ambition to be the authoritative voice of the FM profession.
Hausmanis outlined: “This important appointment is a key step forward in continuing to establish the BIFM as the authoritative voice of FM, enabling the Institute to speak up on matters of importance to the sector and the members we represent. As the new Government takes shape, the General Election has presented an opportunity for the BIFM to begin raising its voice among MPs, civil servants and other stakeholders with the aim of influencing future policy and legislation in order to support a thriving FM industry, which in turn will benefit wider society.”
*The BIFM Priorities White Paper is available to download at http://www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/about/Policy/