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If The Shop Fits


Industry sectors evolve over the years in response to many factors, such as market forces, client demands and


technological advances. As changes take place, the terminology used to describe the original function of these services sometimes seems out of date – and this is particularly applicable to the shopfitting sector.


Shopfitting is about a lot more than just shops. It includes the refurbishment or creation of facilities such as restaurants, hotels, up- market flats and apartments, offices and corporate headquarters – so ‘fit-out contractors’ or ‘interior contractors’ are phrases that are becoming more common. This sector is one that demands a high level of practical and design skills, and involves working with, and manufacturing items from, a wide range of materials including wood and metal.


The design and fitting out of interiors has made huge progress in recent years, but it’s something that many of us take for granted. Think about the last time you were impressed by an interior – perhaps it was a visit to a museum, new hotel, school, or shopping centre. A significant amount of expertise and knowledge goes into the creation of these spaces, to make them pleasant and welcoming environments that boost the well-being of all those who work in or visit them.


Like many businesses, interior contractors have faced some significant threats over recent years.


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Thanks to the global slowdown, contracts have been less easy to come by, and there has also been an influx of cheap labour and products from overseas. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is another issue that offers both opportunities and challenges to interior contractors.


According to a document from HM Government – BIM, Industrial Strategy: government and industry in partnership – BIM is, “a collaborative way of working, underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining our assets. BIM embeds key product and asset data and a three-dimensional computer model that can be used for the effective management of information through a project lifecycle – from earliest concept through to operation”. BIM will no doubt have an impact on interior contractors, in terms of both the time and money needed to invest and participate in these systems. However, the chance to create interiors that function even more effectively in terms of on-going maintenance and cleaning, is also possible thanks to this development.


Interior contracting plays a vital role within the cleaning and facilities management sectors, so despite the growing competition for budget, insurance is something that simply cannot afford to be cut. Deadlines for occupation need to be met, and there are additional security and health and safety issues to be considered. That’s why Darwin Clayton offers a scheme tailored specifically for


David Thackway of Darwin Clayton outlines the challenges facing interior contractors, and explains why this sector plays such a vital role in the cleaning and FM industries.


shopfitters and interior contractors. We recognise dedication, innovation, and membership of respected trade associations, such as the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS). Encouraging the next generation of skilled interior contractors is also important, so Darwin Clayton offers free insurance cover to apprentices.


Low claims premium rebates are available to those with good claims records, and there are further enhancements to this aspect of our cover for qualifying members with achievements in PAS82. Available from the British Standards Institution (BSI), PAS82 sets out specifications for a management system relevant to shopfitting and interior contracting organisations. It includes good practice procedures for:


• Corporate governance


• Supply chain management and customer service


• Health and safety management • Environment and sustainability • Quality • Training • Innovation and value engineering


Interior contractors are a vital link in the cleaning and facilities management chains, and as the sector develops further in the future, we will also adapt to ensure this crucial service has the support it needs to survive and thrive.


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