7 June 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Brexit offers facilities management organisations "the opportunity to modernise and strengthen their customer offer", according to a gathering of those in the profession.
The impact of Brexit on the UK facilities management sector, which is estimated to be worth £120 billion, was the key theme of the latest FM Leaders Forum, a discussion initiated and guided by the BIFM's International Special Interest Group (ISIG).
Steve Gladwin, chair of the BIFM International SIG, said: "Those attending our leaders forum felt that whilst Brexit means uncertainty over the coming years it does offer FM organisations the opportunity to modernise and strengthen their customer offer. The discussions showed that there was a clear sense that this is not the time for FM to wait passively for whatever may happen but rather seize the moment and show strong leadership. This includes liaising with Government to get the key messages across as quickly as possible."
Other key highlights emerged from the discussion points showed:
- The FM sector needed to increase the recognition of its value to the UK economy;
- There are concerns about the impact of Brexit on EU citizens who currently form part of the UK workforce; and
- The opportunity to strengthen FM's role in the UK economy and internationally through export opportunities.
Gladwin said: "The Leaders Forum attendees all agreed that FM had a great story to tell and it is the responsibility of us all to help evidence this. The fact that FM offers extensive employment opportunities, and more so that FM professionals and practices from the UK have a strong reputation globally, means that it is well equipped to work positively with the government looking for support in challenging times."
Key findings from the discussion paper Brave New World: Options for the Facilities Management Sector Post-Brexit has been published and is available to the FM community for download.
Both BIFM members and non-members can access the paper at www.bifm.org.uk/fmlf
The FM Leaders Forum was sponsored by PFMS.