30 June 2015 | Gareth Tancred
As we reach the half way stage of the year it is a good time to reflect on what BIFM has achieved so far in 2015.
We've continued to see growth in our membership numbers. May saw a record number of new members, and our qualifications and standards are fast becoming considered the industry standard.
We have grown our voice, which now sees us producing original insight and commenting and leading on some of the most important topics impacting the profession, the business community and wider society.
Thought leadership has been at the heart of our strategy and so far in 2015 we have seen a series of important reports delivered. In May we launched the findings from our UK FM Business Confidence Monitor, in partnership with i-fm.net and Barclays, and in June we saw the launch of the findings from both our Workplace Conversation and the annual Sustainability Survey. Not only does this activity allow us the chance to lead debate but also the findings help inform policy and determine future work to support the profession.
This work has not only taken place in the UK; this year we have launched our first piece of international research with a sister publication to the Business Confidence Monitor launched in Dubai for the Middle East region. This, along with other activities, cemented much of the work that we have been carrying out internationally. In June, we also launched our first African committee.
The new Nigerian committee will be working out of Lagos and Abuja. This news means that Nigerian BIFM members can now access local knowledge, support and networking specific to their country, in addition to all the benefits they currently receive.
In June we hosted a new BIFM Careers Zone at Facilities Show, which included a strong programme of speakers to help all those in FM, or considering a career in FM, to understand how they can personally or professionally perform to the best of their ability.
Many organisations are seeing the value of being associated with BIFM for development. In March we were delighted to announce that NHS Property Services were to partner with us for professional development and membership for 1,500 of its FM employees.
We have momentum and we are focused on ensuring that this is maintained throughout the remainder of the year.
BIFM has been through a great deal of positive change over the past few years and now we are all witnessing what is possible. We will not rest on our laurels; we will keep striving forward bolstered by our momentum to deliver even more to our members and the FM profession. Thank you all for being part of BIFM. Whether you are a member, a volunteer or have taken part in research or entered for a BIFM Award you have all been part of our success.
Gareth Tancred is CEO of BIFM