Trade Body, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and The Get It Right Initiative (GIRI) have announced an exciting new collaboration to help reduce error and increase productivity in the finishes and interiors sector.

FIS and GIRI have worked closely together in recent years. This new agreement formalises this arrangement and will support both organisations to develop their work through the supply chains, share best practice ideas between different parts of the construction sector and ultimately drive transformational improvement in tackling errors and increasing productivity.

The core objectives of this reciprocal membership deal are:

  • Improving knowledge exchange and highlighting best practice guidance to help inspire and inform change
  • Supporting training that underpins competence and improves productivity
  • Collaborating to understand and eliminate mechanisms for error
  • Informing design and encouraging better process management

FIS CEO Iain McIlwee said:

“Collaboration, breaking out of silos and challenging the status quo are essential to delivering the change.  Giri have always provided a platform to do this, from the initial research into the cost of error through to the amazing training that they have developed.  The work they are doing around error and retention is potentially groundbreaking and we are keen to throw our weight in and support this work, share and test our key resources and learnings with Giri and to plug our members draw in to this amazing network.”

Cliff Smith, GIRI’s Executive Director said:

“Collaboration is key to change. FIS are a leading sector body with a wealth of deep sector-based knowledge and some excellent guidance available.  The potential is huge.  FIS share our values about the need for collective research and better collaboration to support data-led change.  This combined with their ability to draw together companies from across the supply chain will link well with the systemic and wider sector focus that GIRI brings to help deliver our shared ambition for positive transformation.”

Areas of focus will include supporting the work that GIRI is leading with Cranfield University and the Construction Leadership Council around establishing an Error Frequency Rate that can be used in efforts to eliminate the need for retentions. Critical to success is gathering anonymous data to tackle the root causes of our defects ‘culture’.  This is something FIS will be following up through Working Groups, but members keen to get involved at the early stages should contact

An early opportunity for FIS members to learn more about the work of GIRI is the GIRI Members’ Meeting due to take place at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London on the morning of 14 February.  FIS has a number of guest tickets to distribute to FIS members for this meeting.  Members interested in attending should email

For further information or for any questions please contact the FIS at or call 0121-707-0077.