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BIFM members vote for ‘workplace’ name change

BIFM name change
BIFM members vote in favour of name change © Martin Read

5 July 2018 | Martin Read 

The vote on the BIFM’s proposed name change to The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has taken place, with members voting in favour of the proposal.


The vote took place today at the BIFM’s annual general meeting, held in Manchester’s Friends’ Meeting House. The special resolution was passed by a figure of 75 per cent to 25 per cent.

The result follows four months of campaigning by senior BIFM representatives to promote its ‘manifesto for change’, which was announced on 1st March. Publication of the manifesto led to an energetic debate amongst FMs, touching on the very identity of the profession and its practitioners.

During the campaign, BIFM made clear that whatever choice its members made, the institute would remain committed to developing member benefits “to help you succeed and improve in all aspects of your role”.

BIFM has called the name change a “springboard” to help “reposition FM and raise the profile of the profession” by embracing the term ‘workplace’ in the institute’s title.

“We believe that by taking advantage of the workplace differentiator and improving your skills, we can help you improve your status as an FM while the Institute works to raise boardroom understanding of the value of your work.”

The institute also made clear that it continued to understand and share its members’ pride in their work and status as facilities managers – “and your unwillingness to throw away the history of professional endeavour which that evokes”.

In comments made during the campaign, BIFM outlined its vision as being “…the pioneering facilities and workplace management institution; the catalyst driving change for the future workforce; and the definitive voice enabling people to transform their organisations and their environments, inspiring and creating productivity and performance.”

Commenting after the announcement, BIFM chairman Steve Roots said: “I want to say to everybody, whether you supported the name change proposal or not, that the board and I are absolutely committed to shaping an inclusive organisation that is fully committed to the advancing the FM profession.

“As we turn 25, we are entering an exciting new era for a professional body, growing in stature and influence, I look forward to working with members and colleagues to make the best of this opportunity for FM.”