The sudden demise of The Building Futures Group has left people in the industry shocked and mystified as the organisation had given no indication it was in trouble.
BFG made the announcement with a brief press release on 14th Jan, saying it had ceased trading after ‘two successful years’, but offered no explanation as to why the end had come now.
Their statement has led to some confusion as it gave the impression the company was thriving when in fact the opposite was true.
The British Cleaning Council is now calling for the organisation to give a full and frank assessment of what went wrong, so lessons can be learned for the future, and help offered to those that have been affected by the shut-down.
A lot of people in the industry have been affected by BFG’s sudden collapse. Asset Skills was a well established training organisation before the merger. Also lost is Upkeep, a charity that trained young people about building maintenance, and there is no word also about the Young Managers Forum.
ABCD and BCC Chairman, Simon Hollingbery, said: “It’s never good to hear about a company closing, but the lack of information coming from BFG about the reasons for its closure is disappointing. The BCC and the rest of the cleaning industry needs to know what exactly went wrong, so that we can all learn lessons for the future.”
He added; ” I hope staff at BFG and others affected by this can find alternative employment at the earliest opportunity.”