BSI grows revenues to record levels in 2013

  • Seven per cent increase takes underlying revenue to £271.8m
  • Acquisition and expansion in Asia Pacific region propels growth
  • A year of significant investment in people, products and systems

BSI, the business standards company, has announced its results for the year ended 31 December 2013.  Growth of 7% in revenues maintains BSI’s unbroken 14-year track record of growth in underlying1 revenue.

Key points:

  • Revenue increased 7% to 271.8m  (2012: £254.6m)
  • Underlying operating profit down 9% but still robust at £28.3m  (2012: £31.2m)
  • Net assets increased 27% to £63.4m  (2012: £49.9m)
  • Net cash increased 6% to £43.4m (2012: £41.0m), no external debt.

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive, commented: “2013 was a tough but important year for BSI.  In continuing to deliver our strategic plan, we invested heavily in our business in order to ensure longer term growth and to build scale in our business to serve our clients globally.  This was complemented with our acquisition of the Australian business NCS International. Last year saw us undertake a major refurbishment of our testing facilities in Hemel Hempstead, demonstrating our commitment to deep expertise in product certification.  We also made substantial investments in our business systems, digital publishing platforms, compliance and supply chain solutions. ”

BSI’s global reach now extends to 67 offices across 27 countries and headcount increased by 12% to almost 3,000 employees. BSI also completed its first ever audit in Antarctica, extending the company’s footprint to every continent on the globe.

2013 saw the visibility, recognition and value of standards increase across many fronts.  BSI signed an historic agreement with the Standardization Administration of China on the mutual recognition of standards and increased collaboration between experts in new fields such as future cities and building information modelling.

Kerr concluded: “Our business remains in robust financial health with no external debt, £43.4m in cash and enjoying growth in underlying revenue for a fourteenth consecutive year.  We will continue to invest in the organic growth of our business and will complement this with targeted acquisitions.  This strategy, combined with the returns we expect from our investments in 2013, will help drive BSI to further success in 2014.” 

A detailed operational review and financial review as well as the financial statements and notes to the financial statements may be found by following the hyperlink below to the on-line edition of our annual report and financial statements 2013. [

Notes to Editors:

1 The term ‘underlying’ is defined as ‘before exceptional items and excluding the effect of material disposals’.


About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 72,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.