03 November 2014 by Graham Ellicott,

Growth in the fire sector continues with more survey respondents continuing to report increases in invitations to tender and enquires. Over the last six months, tender prices in general have stayed at the same level as before, whereas supplier prices have continued to rise, thus gross profit are continuing to fall.

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Some of the growth being experienced is being met by new companies coming into the fire sector, eg. from the security industry.

It’s heartening to see Third Party Certification still high on the agenda; this is down to the hard work of the trade associations in fire (including the FIA) plus that of the certification companies and organisations.

It’s also very encouraging to see that in the six months since the last Market Conditions Review that FIA member companies received nearly 40% more orders that non-members companies.

To people reading this blog I’d like to finish by saying join the FIA! We’ve trebled in size since our formation in 2007 so you’d be among good company!

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