FM’s urged to get involved in 2018 FM Business Confidence Monitor

04-01-18 16:12 BIFM

Leaders from the facilities management sector are being urged to share their views on the state of the sector following the launch of the British Institute of Facilities Management’s fourth annual UK FM Business Confidence Monitor, which is open for responses until Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Once again the professional 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.

BIFM’s Head of Research and Insights Peter Brogan 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.”

Simon Iatrou, editor of i-FM, added: “With a number of big stories dominating the news cycle in 2017 including Brexit, the surprise results of a general election and the government’s subsequent instability, as well as the financial difficulties of FM organisations closer to home, we are likely to see much of this uncertainty reflected in the 2018 BCM.

FM is a critical support service, which means the sector’s confidence levels are indicative of trends, opportunities and concerns across the gamut of government and commerce. It is therefore crucial that FM professionals participate in this survey, giving the industry invaluable foresight into the next 12 months.”

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 back drop - impacted 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.”

The survey is available here and closes on Wednesday 31st January 2018. 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.

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