The best time to influence new legislation and regulations is when it is being considered and drafted by civil servants and officials.
We have built excellent working relationships with government departments and other regulatory bodies that deal with issues that affect property, providing them with the industry view.
We are consulted by these bodies and work with them to produce legislation, regulations and policies that are helpful to the industry, and to improve or change those that aren't.
To achieve our lobbying objective we work with government in a number of different ways.
We have had success in recent years in a number of areas. These include persuading the government to:
In addition to lobbying, we also use a range of different means to build awareness of our campaigns and to raise the profile and reputation of the industry.
Although we mainly work directly with government officials, ministers, MPs, MSPs and peers, it is useful if a wider audience - including key non-governmental organisations, local and regional decision makers, the professions and the wider public - are aware of our activities and the positive things occurring within the industry.
We work very closely with the trade, national and local media to get our messages across to a wide audience, issuing press releases and giving interviews on a very regular basis. We heavily rely on our members to provide us with data, case studies, examples and spokespeople to support our campaigns.
We also work closely with other trade bodies in the UK and with similar organisations to the BPF in countries around the world, where there are advantages to be gained from pooling our resources or from lobbying in a collective, co-ordinated way.