Fire Industry Association prepares to run Wave 7 of detailed Market Conditions Review

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is set to run its seventh Market Conditions Review whereby the organisation surveys the views and opinions of both FIA member and non-member companies across the UK before producing a detailed report that’s designed as a ‘snapshot’ review of how the fire protection market is performing. In essence, the survey is aimed at building a picture of how the economic climate is affecting the UK’s fire protection market and also outlining the present attitudes of companies operating within the sector.

The Wave 6 report was published back in April. Looking at that survey as a whole, and seeing so many factors remain the same as six months ago, indicated a clear period of stability. The survey report showed some positive changes, one of the main ones being sales enquiries on the increase. Much of this increase was witnessed in the North East and North West regions, with the South East seeing less of an uptick for the first time in some while.

However, the conversion from enquiries to orders remained static and evenly spread between public and private sectors. A slight increase was witnessed in the recruitment of skilled labour, but there was no change in the hiring of apprentices. Training requirements hadn’t altered.

The requirement for third party certification from tenders rose. The FIA believes strongly in this development when it comes to raising the bar of professionalism within the fire safety sector.

*If you would like to participate in the Wave 7 research access one of the following links:

(1) FIA Market Conditions Survey (members):

(2) FIA Market Conditions Survey (non-members):

FIM Expo at RAF Cosford

The next FIM Expo event takes place at the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford on Wednesday 12 October. The FIM Expo features many of the UK’s leading fire detection and alarm manufacturers and showcases the latest products and developments in this sector.

What makes FIM Expo different to many other trade exhibitions is the informal format, regional focus and ability for end users to see the latest solutions devised by all of the major fire detection manufacturers in one place.

The Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford is dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force in particular. It’s part of the Royal Air Force Museum, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and a registered charity.

The Expo itself is to be located in Hangar One, Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Avenue, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP. The Expo is open from 9.30 am-4.00 pm with complimentary refreshments provided throughout the day (including a buffet luncheon).

There will also be a complimentary seminar covering a key topic affecting the fire detection and fire alarms world.

*Book your place now

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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