Fire and security sector
2021 proved another challenging yet opportunistic year for the fire industry. Despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit uncertainty, alongside the continuously evolving response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) has reported that 61% of respondents to their Market Conditions Survey had received the same or substantially more work orders. Additionally, according to recent market analysis undertaken by GMI, the fire protection systems market size is projected to grow at 5.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027, with the current value of the total UK fire protection industry currently estimated at approximately £6 billion.
Following the Grenfell Tower fire, research from public sector marketplace specialists Tussell indicated the number of fire safety tenders published increased by 56%. Whilst the biggest increase in tenders published was from local government, other public sectors such as schools, universities, the NHS and most notably housing associations have seen an increase in the number of fire safety tenders published. Far from being a spike in response to a tragedy, these trends have continued to develop concurrently with the evolving requirements of statutory & regulatory obligations for fire safety and evacuation procedures now required of authorities as duty-holders. Most notably, this includes amendments to the Fire Safety Order 2005 as part of the Fire Safety Act 2021. Resultingly, bidding authorities are increasingly looking to tender for the services of fire safety experts to ensure the safety of their building users and guarantee that they are protected from any liability in relation to statutory or regulatory obligations.