The best time to influence new legislation, regulations or taxes is when they are being considered and drafted by relevant 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 we will work with them to support policies that are helpful to the industry and wider economy, or seek to improve or change those policies that are unhelpful.
To achieve our lobbying objective we work with government in a number of different ways.
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 rely heavily on our members to provide us with data, case studies, examples and spokespeople to support our campaigns.
We also organise our own conferences and seminars, and take part in other organisations' events to enable us to communicate with people who we would not normally reach.
We work closely with other trade bodies in Scotland and the UK where there are advantages to be gained from pooling our resources or from lobbying in a collective, co-ordinated way. As part of the BPF we are also linked with similar organisations in countries around the world and this produces concerted action to identify common standards (for example in terms of the built environment's global contribution to the carbon emissions reduction agenda) and frequently in relation to EU initiatives via our BPF membership of the European Property Federation.