3 December 2014
Twelve months ago we stated our strategic ambitions.
We outlined how we wanted to become a professional body that can support the FM profession in the 21st century and beyond. Since then we have been working hard to realise our aspirations. On reflection we can be proud of many substantive areas of progress that have provided us with the platform from which to continue to grow in both reach and influence.
For the third consecutive year we can point to growth in our membership, with our membership total reaching 15,000 across 81 countries. Much of this growth has predominantly been driven by an increase in learners as our re-launched qualifications, supported by the publication of The FM Professional Standards, start to gain traction in the market.
In tandem with that we have seen more organisations becoming Recognised Study Centres, aligning our qualifications with their own internal development programmes; this is something we expect to continue throughout 2015.
In keeping with year-on-year growth our awards night in October was our biggest so far and a further demonstration of both the development of our profession and the industry. We saw key trends bearing out in the submissions with examples of how FM is making the difference to organisations up and down the country and across the world.
FM's impact is something that we've spoken a lot about during the year and we have tried to reflect that in the work we have produced. Two shining examples of that were ThinkFM and our partnership with ITN Productions, which looked at how FM makes the difference to business, the economy and wider society.
We will be developing this theme with next year's conference, which will look at the role that the workplace has in creating competitive advantage for organisations - something that ITN will again partner with us on to create a programme which focuses on this in more detail.
We have been busy behind the scenes as well with key appointments in our leadership team with roles focused on developing our voice as well as supporting our communities. We've been investing in getting the right skills into the business to support our strategic aims as well as refining the tools and processes that will support our operation.
Essentially this is a careful balance between growing our business as well as investing our funds wisely; something that I believe we have achieved this year. All of which will see us enhancing our services to members and representing the profession among key opinion formers.
So what does the next 12 months hold? A continuation of this progress, but I expect to see us propel ourselves off of this solid platform we have built over the past few years. I believe, given the feedback I have received at events and meetings, that BIFM has most definitely changed for the better.
We are moving in the right direction and intend to continue our direction of travel into 2015 and beyond.
Gareth Tancred is chief executive at BIFM - @BIFM_CEO