BIFM sets out strategic priorities for FM sector and Government in wake of General Election

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has moved to set out its strategic priorities for the facilities management (FM) sector following the General Election.

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/

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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