The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has released the results of Wave 11 of its regular Market Conditions Survey. This survey is a snapshot of the current trends within the fire industry nationwide. Each Wave is conducted every 12 months. Wave 11 reveals the impact of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and uncertainties of Brexit changes in the political landscape within the last 12 months, the trends within the market, as well as other emerging issues such as the need for third party certification to become a requirement for companies operating in the fire safety market going forward.
The FIA asked respondents to the Market Conditions Survey to give their insights to business since the last survey 12 months ago. There were some surprising results, as well as some not so surprising ones.
Wave 11 of the Market Conditions Survey has revealed that:
*Sales enquiries are definitely on the decrease compared with last year, with a significantly higher percentage from the private sector over the public sector
*Downturn in orders is followed by reduction in recruitment of skilled labour and reduction in taking on apprentices
*Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations the industry is showing interest in increasing training for the workforce in the next 12 months
*Third party certification continues to prove its value with more tenders now requiring third party certification of the supplying company as a prerequisite
The FIA’s Market Conditions Survey covers a wide range of other areas and provides even further insight into current trends in the market.
*Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, will be presenting a webinar based on the latest Market Conditions Survey and giving further insights into the fire industry. The webinar is entitled: ‘The FIA’s View on the Fire Industry: 2019 Market Conditions’ and will run on Thursday 24 October from 2.00 pm until 3.00 pm. Register now