5 January 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
BIFM is urging leaders from the facilities management industry to share their views on the state of the sector for the British Institute of Facilities Management's fourth annual UK FM Business Confidence Monitor (BCM).
The survey is open now for responses until Wednesday 31st January.
Once again, the profession's body is collaborating with Barclays and publishers i-FM to measure buoyancy across the FM industry and gauge the current thinking and attitudes that sit at the heart of this dynamic and growing sector.
The monitor invites opinion on current business performance, future business plans and individual career prospects by canvassing the views of senior decision makers and the teams on the ground that deliver FM services throughout the UK.
Peter Brogan, BIFM's head of research and insights, said: "The BCM offers a unique insight into the current state of play within the sector and an authentic forecast of overall business confidence over the coming 12 months. Leading on work such as the BCM, we are able to monitor changes and trends in confidence and behaviours over time."
Looming complexities thrown up by Brexit, the surprise result of a general election and the government's subsequent instability, as well as the financial difficulties some FM organisations are experiencing mean that the 2018 BCM is likely to reflect uncertainties.
Nicki Thomson, managing director, head of business services, Barclays, said: "2018 will be an important year for the UK economy as the government continues to craft our new trading relationships with the EU. As a large constituent of an ever-growing services sector, FM will undoubtedly play an important role in determining the country's future growth prospects, and the UK Business Confidence Monitor 2018 will provide us with valuable insights into confidence levels and the sentiment of professionals working across the sector."
The survey will provide an update on strategies for growth and explore both opportunities and threats for the FM sector, set against an uncertain backdrop affected by both political and regulatory change.
"The output will be invaluable in helping us stay current and relevant in our approach to the facilities management sector - where our commitment remains to support our clients in the valuable work that they do for UK economy - providing jobs, helping businesses prosper and grow and public services operate efficiently and cost effectively, " said Thomson.
The survey is available here, and it closes on Wednesday 31 January. It is open to everyone in the FM sector and all are urged to have their say.
Results from the UK FM Business Confidence Monitor are due to be published in March 2018.