24 June 2016 | Martin Read
New BIFM chief executive Ray Perry has ended his first week in post by calling on government to "lead us through the short-term volatility" caused by the referendum decision to leave the European Union.
Calling the decision "an historic one", Perry said that "we will not know the full impact or meaning of this for years to come."
However, continued Perry, " It does immediately create a period of uncertainty for the UK economy and the facilities management services that supply it."
"The government and supporting organisations must get to grips with the task swiftly, putting partisan politics aside to lead us through any short-term volatility towards a stronger and more stable position. We need to focus on market confidence and stability."
"The negotiation period, when Article 50 is invoked, provides an opportunity for our members to understand, adjust to and make the most of the new environment that this decision will create."
"Our immediate priority is to canvas the views of our members and the profession in order to understand their position. Doing so will provide us with clear and valid data to be able to respond and support those operating within the sector."