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All systems go for merger of Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA
Unexpected BIFM withdrawal allows three remaining merger talk participants to accelerate plans.
Asset Skills, The Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) and The Facilities Management Association (FMA) have revealed they intend to accelerate merger plans in response to calls from within the industry for greater rationalisation and better representation.
This follows the news earlier today that The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has withdrawn from merger discussions which would have created a unitary trade association for the facilities management, cleaning and associated training industries.
Richard Sykes, Chairman of the FMA and chair of the merger group steering committee, explains: “We are disappointed that BIFM have decided not to pursue the merger in the short-term as we continue to believe that it presents a fantastic opportunity to bring the industry closer together and to provide a more consolidated voice and greater benefits both for corporate and individual members.
Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA will continue with our planned merger as strategically this provides synergies and further benefits to all our members. We anticipate the three bodies being able to move to a merged body, with a developed robust strategy, at a faster pace now that the approval process has been shortened.”
Sarah Bentley, Chief Executive of Asset Skills, comments: “We are progressing with our detailed plans which have been prepared collectively in order to create a consolidated offer which we believe meets the needs of employers who will need to approve the offering.
Through our on-going consultation with industry we have developed plans, which fall into the following core areas: sector skills education, supported by the delivery of training, and a membership offering, delivered by a trade body. Together this offering will enable the merged body to drive and shape the industry’s future.”
“We are all still really excited going forward, as we plan to meet the needs of employers and offer them the guidance and representation which they require.”