BSI performs strongly with continued global growth mapped out in 2017 financials

BSI, the business standards and improvement company, has announced its results for the year ended 31 December 2017.  Global revenue has risen for the eighteenth year in a row to £473 million, representing an increase of 18%, while underlying operating profit has grown by 19% to its highest ever mark of £59.5 million.

Organic revenue at constant exchange has grown by 9%, while new sales orders grew organically by 16%. Average revenue per account has increased by 11%. Profit growth was 16% organic, 2% inorganic and 1% exchange. Revenue in the Americas increased by 29%, in the Asia Pacific region by 17% and across EMEA by 11%.

Howard Kerr, CEO at the BSI, commented: “Our commitment to organisational resilience has enabled us to adapt and thrive despite economic, social and political headwinds across the globe. We have delivered record results as we unlock the benefits of our evolution as an integrated global enterprise. Our financial expansion is mirrored in the growth of our offer and our team. Our products and services reflect the needs of an ever-changing business landscape.”

BSI has also secured a record number of clients, working with over 86,000 businesses over the last 12 months – an annual increase of 6% – in more than 190 countries. The total client base includes 75% of the FTSE 100, 49% of the Fortune 500 and 77% of the Nikkei Index. BSI’s global employees grew to 4,333, representing an increase of 13%.

Expansion of BSI’s range of products and services helped increase average revenue per account by 11% in 2017. BSI’s products and services span three areas: Knowledge, Assurance and Compliance. Knowledge is made up of standards development and publishing and grew by 2% to revenues of £60.7 million. Covering systems certification, product certification (including the internationally renowned BSI Kitemark) and training, Assurance grew 14% to £337.7 million. Compliance, which includes two consultancy businesses and supply chain services, saw 59% growth (of which the majority was inorganic) to reach revenues of £74.6 million.

The company continued to implement its strategic acquisition plans, acquiring the Neville Clarke Group of companies in December 2017. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, its team of 150 experts provides organisational training and capacity building services across the Asia Pacific region, perfectly complementing BSI’s focus sectors and offering. It also marks the first BSI acquisition in the region since 2013 and the company’s first presence in the Philippines.

Supporting industry, society and Government

Howard Kerr: CEO at the BSI

Howard Kerr: CEO at the BSI

Over the last year, BSI has focused on strengthening the capacity of the national standards system to support industry, society and Government. The business has continued to grow, with 2,452 new or revised standards published, while the 1,754 withdrawn standards signifies a sustained commitment to simplifying the standards landscape for businesses and consumers alike. In line with both current and future business needs, the focus of the standards team has been placed on topics such as the ageing society, connected and autonomous vehicles, smart cities, the Internet of Things, blockchain, occupational Health and Safety, the circular economy, digital manufacturing and Big Data.

As the UK’s national standards body, the BSI has been working closely with the Government ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Working with a range of departments (ie the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for International Trade), as well as industry and consumers, BSI remains optimistic that the UK’s membership of both CEN and CENELEC will continue after 29 March 2019.

Kerr continued: “As political negotiations continue, it’s vital that the UK, through the BSI, remains active in the European single standard system after Britain’s exit from the EU. The European standards organisations sit outside of the EU, so we are confident that this will be the case. We have also closely monitored the negotiations in Brussels with regards to Notified Bodies. To ensure we can continue to provide our important conformity assessment role for our clients, we are in the process of establishing a Notified Body in the Netherlands.”

Kerr concluded: “Our successes over the past year are best summarised by our new financial objectives. Such was our strong performance in 2017 that we have now set ourselves a revenue target of £625 million by 2020 – a target that we are confident we will achieve.”

*The full online edition of the BSI’s Annual Report and financial statements for 2017 can be found at

About the Author
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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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