Open-access content Friday 28th June 2013
Sarah Hunnable, head of membership at BIFM, outlines the recent surge in membership figures.
1 July 2013
I am very excited about this comment column as it gives me theopportunity to share with you some great successes in our
We are currently at our highest-ever number of members in the
20-year history of the Institute. At the end of May, we had 13,453 members.
Rest assured that as a facilities management professional you are in good company and, as a BIFM member, part of an exciting time for both the sector and the institute. Our membership extends beyond just Britain, reaching members in over 60 countries around the globe.
In April 2013, we welcomed 415 new members to BIFM - a record-breaking month. This was followed by a further 362 new members who joined the following month.
On behalf of the entire team at BIFM I would like to welcome you. The chart shows our membership growth since April 2012. I am sure that many of you have had increased engagement from the membership team here at BIFM, as this is one area in which we have invested resources.
For example, when new members join the Institute, we contact them as part of our 'welcome process' to ensure they are aware of the full membership benefits they can take advantage of.
This also gives us time to explain ways they can get involved with BIFM; this could be from volunteering on a group committee - which can be very rewarding - to offering their FM expertise on some of our thought-leadership projects, such as Good Practice Guides or FM Leaders Forums.
The feedback we receive from all our members is vital - we need to understand what we are getting right, and where there are areas for improvement. Only by having this insight from you can we keep evolving, in order for us to deliver everything you need and expect to support you in your career. Feedback also enables us to enhance your membership experience with BIFM.
If you have any feedback on your membership, need any support with your membership, would like to refer a colleague or learn how to get involved in the institute by way of volunteering, please contact the membership team, which will be happy to assist you. Contact them on [email protected] or call +44 (0)1279 712 650.
In closing, I would like to say "welcome" once more to all our new members and "thank you" to all other members - we greatly appreciate your support.
I look forward to sharing more good news with you over the coming months.