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Compliance: the key concern in building maintenance

Survey finds 70% of maintenance professionals saying that staying compliant is the most significant problem in their business.

BSI updates guidance on event sustainability

New guidance updates the original framework released for the London 2012 Olympics.

Workplace Futures: the white paper

Collection of 18 articles summarises all the content from February's FM industry conference.

Sodexo fund-raiser hits £286,000 mark

The company welcomed supply partners, clients, charity partners and friends to its annual Stop Hunger Foundation dinner last week.

Workplace Futures: videos online now

Relive all the action, or find out what you missed, at this year’s annual FM conference.

Workplace Futures: speaker slides online

Slides from Tuesday’s industry conference have been uploaded to the website.

Workplace Futures 2024: join us, in-person or virtual

Ten days to go and just a few in-person delegate places are available. Book now.

Workplace Futures delegate lists: don’t believe it

We are aware again this year that ‘delegate lists’ are being offered for sale. This is a scam.

Workplace Futures 2024: programme confirmed

The full programme for February’s FM industry conference is complete and online now.

Innovation Lab planned for February

The event will welcome innovators, thought leaders and expert speakers from across the industry.

Record £32,000 for Cleanology fundraiser

A sell-out event at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre raised record-breaking support for The Hygiene Bank charity.

Security: mental health event announced

The event, the second this year, will address the stigma around mental health in the industry.

Right first time: the mobilisation challenge

An online workshop, coming up in October, aims to tackle some of the common problems and share strategies for success.

Unique networking event returns

Tomorrow Meets Today focuses on promoting diversity and creating unique opportunities for FM’s future leaders.

Property services: changing landscapes

Change is the theme for Barclays’ annual property services conference this year.

Cleanology launches third fundraiser

The beneficiary will once again be the charity The Hygiene Bank.

FM livery dinner details announced

The annual dinner celebrating facilities management and the wider built environment sector takes place in September, but early booking is advised.

Facilities Show to move to December

2024 will see the show and its co-located partners rescheduled to an end of year position.

Building the future-proof workplace

That’s the theme for Sodexo’s online afternoon event planned for later this week.

Growing flexspace group unveils conference plan

The Flexible Space Association, the trade body for the flexible workspace industry, has hit the 1000-location mark.

Long list of contracts due for renewal this year

Research indicates that FM contracts with a total value of more than £4.8bn will be coming back to the market in 2023.

NHS England and Compass plan hospital food event 

The event, focused on delivery of 24/7 operations, takes place 11 May at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

Corps Security to host mental health event

Registration is now open for Mental Health - Security’s Invisible Enemy, which marks May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Sustainability: regulatory updates and the impact on FM

There have been several updates to regulations impacting organisational sustainability over the last six months, requiring greater levels of disclosure.

Workplace Futures white paper now available

February’s FM conference tackled the big and very timely topic of technology in the workplace.

Workplace Futures: slides and videos available

The theme for this year’s conference was technology and FM, and all speaker slides and videos are available on the website now.

Workplace Futures: a post-mortem

Tuesday’s Workplace Futures conference was a great success – but there are always lessons to be learned.

Don’t miss out on Workplace Futures

The landmark annual conference is taking place today. You can sign in for the virtual event at no cost.

Workplace Futures programme published

The programme for February’s FM industry conference is complete and online now.

Awareness day to champion ventilation

An international awareness campaign to promote the critical role of better building ventilation has been launched.

Deadline looms for livery dinner

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers’ annual dinner celebrating FM and the built environment takes place this month. Booking closes soon.

Digital cleaning summit due next week

FM Innovators will focus on bringing innovative cleaning technology to FM with its second summit on Tuesday, September 20th.

Book now for livery dinner

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers’ annual dinner celebrating FM and the built environment takes place in October. Booking is open now.

UK FM commercial market: an overview

The UK market is one of the largest and most mature for the office space and commercial buildings sector worldwide. The sector has also traditionally been one of the largest buyers of FM services.

FM Innovators Workplace Summit due this week

FM Innovators, the global group that fosters tech start-ups in FM, has scheduled its first Digital Workplace Summit for Thursday 7 July.

Cranfield offers tour of award-winning energy system

Cranfield University’s battery energy storage system will be open for a unique behind-the-scenes tour next week.

Pattenmakers annual bike ride

The livery company’s charity bike ride last year was such a success that it has now become an annual event.

FM Innovators turn focus on maintenance

The global group that fosters tech start-ups in FM will hold its first Digital Maintenance Summit on Thursday the 9th.

Facilities Show opens in London

The Facilities Show is back, live and in-person, May 17, 18 & 19 at the ExCel Centre.

Celebrating FM: dates for the diary

Dates for two celebratory days have been confirmed, one for an established annual feature and another for a newly launched event.

Workplace Futures: conference white paper available now

February’s FM conference tackled the big topic of sustainability challenges and opportunities in a very well-received return as an in-person event.

Workplace Event announces hackathon plan

How organisations deal with the practical implications of flexible working will be the theme of the day.

Sustainability: an opportunity to collaborate?

It is one of the most important issues on the FM agenda, perhaps the most important. Should the industry work together on a response to the sustainability challenge?

Workplace Futures 2022: slides and videos available

February’s annual FM conference tackled the big subject of sustainability, a subject that is and will continue to be a key factor in shaping FM’s future.

Workplace data census launched

The census, developed in partnership by The Workplace Event and software group Accruent, is designed to develop a better understanding about the access, use and value of workplace data.

FM conference programme confirmed

The first major FM conference of the year, Workplace Futures, takes place in London on 22 February.

World Workplace Europe rescheduled

The event, originally planned for March, has been put back to June over Covid concerns.

SFMI focus turns to water management

The sustainable FM group’s ‘bitesize webinar’ series returns for 2022 next week.

Facilities Event rebrands as the Workplace Event

Exhibition organiser Nineteen Group has announced the launch of The Workplace Event following extensive industry consultation and research.

Prize winner donates prize to charity

Holly Stockbridge of Pioneer FM was clear on where she wanted her top prize to go when we told her she had won.

FM framework webinar

Baachu, the facilities management marketing and business development consultancy, is planning a free webinar focused on the upcoming £35bn RM 6232 contract opportunity.

New partnership for World Workplace Europe

EuroFM, the International Facility Management Association EMEA and Facility Management Netherlands have come together to back a “gold standard” event.

Book this week for livery dinner

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers’ annual dinner celebrating FM and the built environment takes place next week, but booking closes this week.

CBRE plans ‘next normal’ event

The property services group has announced plans for a thought-leadership event focused on ‘The Next Normal’ at its London HQ in October.

RICS Global Conference 2021: review

Some 16 months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, it feels like we’ve reached the final stages of grief.

Inspiration: people who’ve been there and done it

Reebok founder Joe Foster will be the keynote speaker at a special 90-minute online event to be held in September.

Workplace Futures: return to the workplace

Yesterday’s conference could not have been more timely and on-target, addressing the needs of not just the FM sector but all those in support service roles.

Workplace Futures hits a nerve

And ‘nerve’ seems to be the right word, as the build-up to Tuesday’s conference is uncovering a lot of nervousness in the workplace community as the focus turns to dropping Covid restrictions.

Hyperautomation: a strategy to drive business growth

This could be the competitive differentiator that FM service providers need to win, and retain, new clients.

BSI to monitor government sustainability performance

The standards group has been selected to assess the G7 Summit and COP26 events against the international sustainability standard, ISO 20121.

Workplace Futures July set to launch

Following the success of February’s virtual conference, this year for the first time there will be a second. July’s event, free to attend, will tackle the return to the workplace.

Livery laughs: Pattenmakers plan comedy night

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers will host three highly regarded comedians for a free virtual event later this month.

Workplace Futures white paper available now

February’s FM conference tackled the big topic of sustainability challenges and opportunities in a very well-received return as an in-person event.

Workplace Futures white paper available now

February’s FM conference tackled the big topic of sustainability challenges and opportunities in a very well-received return as an in-person event.

Workplace Futures white paper available now

February’s FM conference tackled the big topic of sustainability challenges and opportunities in a very well-received return as an in-person event.

Today: two key issues, two chances to learn

A pair of on-target webinars take place this afternoon, one focused on using data and the other on making the most of current market opportunities.

Workplace Futures slides and videos available

Full video coverage, as well as speaker slides, from February’s conference are now on the event website.

Workplace Futures slides and videos available

Full video coverage, as well as speaker slides, from February’s conference are now on the event website.

Lessons from a virtual world

Workplace Futures moved online this year, producing lessons for us about how to do this well but also real insights into what FMs are thinking and doing in these extraordinary times.

IWFM reveals plans

The institute has published its plans for this year’s awards competition and its annual conference.

A year for reinvention

Simon Iatrou reports on this year's World Workplace conference, which went virtual for the first time.

Workplace Week full line-up confirmed

The four-day festival showcasing how world-leading organisations are navigating the challenges of 2020 is set to provide virtual delegates with a window into multiple work strategies.

Workplace Trends online next week

The long-running conference series will be back, in virtual form, with a strong programme on 15 October.

World Workplace to go virtual

The biggest facilities management conference and exhibition in the world has bowed to the realities of a global pandemic.

Workplace Week to go virtual for 2020

The annual showcase for some of the best in work models and workstyles from some of the world's most forward-thinking organisations will take place 9–12 November.

BCC calls for 'show of strength'

The Manchester Cleaning Show will be the first live event for the industry as it opens in October, and its backers are hoping for widespread support.

What future for face-to-face events?

Conferences, exhibitions and networking events have always been an important and popular feature of the FM scene. For many people, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed all that.

Webinar: supporting your workforce

With frontline employees hard up against it throughout the pandemic, their financial wellbeing has never been more important.

Webinar: FM's sustainable future

SFMI, the Sustainable Facilities Management Index, argues that the FM industry should be a pioneer of sustainability. It will set out its case on 2 July.

RICS goes online

The 2020 RICS Strategic FM Conference rose to the pandemic challenge earlier this week, becoming the first such event to be held online. No doubt it will not be the last.

RICS doubles capacity for upcoming conference

The annual strategic FM event, taking place this year online, hit its 500-delegate capacity a few days ago. That has now been upped to 1000 to meet continued demand.

Happy World FM Day!

Today marks the annual global celebration of facilities management and facilities managers, especially appropriate at this point this year.

IFMA tackles the pandemic

The International Facility Management Association has been working around the clock, it reports, to provide timely, topical resources for FMs facing the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

New covid-19 webinar: FM on the frontline

A sector that is too often overlooked or relegated to 'commodity service' is playing a critical role in the battle against the covid-19 outbreak. What does FM itself need and how can it access that?

FM and wellness: white paper published

The theme of this year's Workplace Futures conference was wellness and FM's role in supporting and enhancing that for individuals, organisations and their communities.

IFMA moves events online

World Workplace Europe, due to take place this month in Amsterdam but cancelled, is returning as a virtual event in April.

Facilities Event postponed

The annual NEC event will be held in September, as it becomes the latest item on the FM calendar to be derailed by concerns around the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: MIPIM postponed

The property world's major European event, due to open on 10 March, has been rescheduled to June.

Workplace Futures: setting the agenda for FM

The bad news is that early-bird rates for February's conference are closing imminently. The good news is that all speakers are now confirmed for what will be a very strong programme.

Work smarter, not harder

Greg Bortkiewicz reports from WorkTech London 2019, where the key theme was 'transformation requires a human-centric approach for success'.

Speakers confirmed for Workplace Futures

The first big industry event of 2020, the annual Workplace Futures conference, will take on one of the newest and biggest challenges for facilities management: wellness, and all that this means for future FM strategy and practice.

Shortlist revealed for Technology Award

Shortlisting gets tougher every year, the judges say, as the quality of entries for the i-FM Technology in FM Award increases steadily year on year.

IFMA World Workplace: humans first

With record-breaking attendance, this year's event, held in Phoenix, focused on four themes: employee experience, human performance, 'good' jobs and better business, with tech as an enabler. Jo Sutherland summarises the key takeaways.

IFMA & RICS working together on coworking event

The coworking concept is definitely 'in', while flex-space demand continues to reshape traditional property markets and the likes of WeWork continue to grab headlines.

Pattenmakers announces FM dinner celebration

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers has confirmed the details for its annual livery dinner, an event that celebrates the people, projects, concepts and innovations leading the way in property and facilities services in London.

Corps tackles new tech opportunities in security

Wednesday sees Corps Security, the top 15 ranked UK services provider, hosting an innovation day designed to highlight the benefits of 'joined-up' technology for client organisations.

CoreNet to focus on business success

CoreNet Global, which positions itself as "the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives", is set to examine the role that CRE can play in fostering business success.

Hitting the target

David Emanuel reports on the RICS Integrated Property Services Conference, held Monday in London.

Making an impact

i-FM looks back at the 2019 European Facilities Management Conference, where the discussion was about bridging the gap between ideas and action in FM.

EFMC set for Dublin in June

Probably the longest running facilities management conference in Europe, EuroFM's EFMC will take place for the 27th time next month.

Charity ball raises £12k

The annual Charity Ball, organised by Incentive FM Group and held last week in Sheffield, raised over £12,000 for two charities, Scotty's Little Soldiers and Cash for Kids.

World Workplace Europe looks forward

'World Workplace Europe meets Facility for Future' was the theme for IFMA's European conference held last week in Amsterdam. David Emanuel reports.

£174,000 raised at Sodexo's Foundation dinner

Around 500 guests were at The Dorchester Hotel, London, to attend the annual charity dinner, the grand finale to the year's fundraising activities for Stop Hunger.

IWFM London conference programme confirmed

Tickets are now available for the annual London conference, which takes place on 14 March at the striking Freemasons' Hall.

The last straw: IFMA UK joins plastics campaign

The FM professionals group is backing the sustainability agenda and urging the industry to get on-board too.

Finding what it takes to make it in FM

What does it take to survive as an FM business these days? And what does it take to thrive? Simon Iatrou reports from the first major conference of the year, Workplace Futures 2019.

IFMA UK partners with The Facilities Event

The UK chapter of the International Facility Management Association has forged a partnership with the show, which returns to Birmingham in April.

Charity ball returns to Sheffield 

Members of Sheffield's business community are once again set to enjoy the annual FM charity ball, due to take place Friday 22 March at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Sheffield Park.

Speakers confirmed for February conference

Under the title 'Surviving FM: making tomorrow a better place', Workplace Futures 2019 will be looking at what it takes to build and run a successful business in this continuously changing and challenging marketplace.

IFMA extends presence in Europe

Just months after the creation of a chapter in the United Kingdom, bids for chapters in France and Croatia were approved by the US-headquartered International Facility Management Association.

Facilities Event organiser acquired

When April's FM show opens in Birmingham it will be in the hands of a new owner, following the acquisition of Western Business Exhibitions.

Coworking: is it a new workplace cult?

This particular new way of working has taken off fast, with implications for corporate occupiers, facilities management and the entire commercial property world. David Emanuel has been to Amsterdam for full immersion in the coworking movement.

Launching IWFM: Cathy Hayward reports

"Will the last person to leave the Cabinet please turn out the lights" was the Evening Standard's headline, echoing The Sun's famous 1992 Neil Kinnock front page, being sold outside the UBM building last night.

Investor buys NEC Group

Private equity investor Blackstone has acquired the National Exhibition Centre Group, the live events venue operator, including its catering business Amadeus.

Conference report: less world, more workplace

The International Facility Management Association's World Workplace event, which took place last week, brings together 4,000 facilities professionals from across the globe. Or rather that's what it's supposed to do. Cathy Hayward reports.

Milestone birthday will raise money for charity

FM consultant Anne Lennox Martin is using her 70th birthday to raise funds for the Salaam Baalak Trust, an Indian non-profit providing care and protection for street and working children in Delhi.

FM: a risky business

i-FM reports from this year's RICS Strategic FM Conference, where presenters warned that some of tomorrow's opportunities come with considerable risks.

How to unlock the value in property data

It's a common problem these days: just as new technology and better systems are providing more and more data, we're coming face to face with the scale of the challenge involved in turning that data into useful information.

EFMC 2018: report from Sofia

Bulgaria was the location for this year's EuroFM conference, which coincided with the organisation's celebrations of its 30th year as well as the 10th anniversary of the Bulgarian FM Association.

EFMC 2018: in Sofia, in two weeks

The 26th European Facility Management Conference opens in the first week of June in Bulgaria's capital city.

Think(Beyond)FM: BIFM's Annual Conference

"Adapt or Disappear" was the strapline of BIFM's conference on this, its 25th anniversary. Lucy Jeynes reports.

Details confirmed for EFMC 2018

The first week of June sees the 26th edition of the European Facility Management Conference open, this year in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Grappling with certainty in an uncertain world

Putting together a successful conference programme is hard work. And then getting what looks good on paper to deliver the success you hoped for on the day is a whole separate challenge. We report from One Big Day.

Workplace Week New York plans confirmed

Following a successful six years in the UK, Workplace Week will arrive in New York this summer. The Advanced Workplace Associates fundraising event, supported by the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries Group, takes place 18 – 22 June.

Anne Lennox Martin: milestone birthday will raise money for charity

Renowned FM consultant Anne Lennox Martin is using her 70th birthday to raise funds for the Salaam Baalak Trust, an Indian non-profit providing care and protection support for street and working children in Delhi.

Is outsourcing a toxic term?

That was one of many pertinent questions asked during a thought-provoking event last night organised by the Global Sourcing Association UK. Cathy Hayward reports.

Adding value through FM: conference white paper published

The annual i-FM-organised Workplace Futures conference, held in February, took on the challenges and opportunities around an increasingly important subject: how FM can add value to clients and communities.

Property world gathers to look at the big issues

Mipim, the annual property fest, acts as a useful barometer for the real estate sector. Cathy Hayward reports from Cannes.

Charity ball raises £16,000

The Northern Charity Ball, held last week in Sheffield, was a resounding success, setting a new record for funds raised.

Near Sheffield with nothing to do tonight?

FM's annual charity gala takes place tonight, Friday 9 March, at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Sheffield Park. There's just a few tickets still available, and all for a good cause, too.

CRE community to tackle uncertainty

One Big Day, a major event for the corporate real estate and associated sectors, attracts hundreds of professionals with a shared need for knowledge. This year, in response to a rapidly changing economy, the event takes on the issue of uncertainty.

Programme confirmed for BIFM London conference

Some tickets are still available for the BIFM London annual conference taking place 5 March at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place, London.

Adding value in a time of trouble

Simon Iatrou reports from Workplace Futures 2018, a conference that covered the good and the bad in facilities management.

Date set for World FM Day 2018

This year's global celebration of facilities management will take place on 16 May around the theme of 'enabling positive experiences'.

FM's future: adding value

There is considerable weight growing behind the view that facilities management is approaching, if not a crisis point, than at least a crossroads where decisions will have to be made about what FM does and what it can do in the future.

Caterers join forces

CH&Co Group has merged with events catering and services company Concerto Group.

Workplace Week to feature big-name site visits

HelloFresh, Macquarie, ZPG, Expedia and MOO are just some of the companies participating in Workplace Week 2017 to celebrate and showcase workplace innovation and creativity, with all proceeds donated to BBC Children in Need.

Choice, chance, change: time for action

Two well-known figures in the FM world, Julie Kortens and Vicky O'Farrell, are backing a new event taking place in London in November.

Tough act to follow

Dave Wilson reports from hurricane-ravaged Houston on this year's World Workplace conference, where British input was much in evidence.

Pattenmakers dinner is a sell-out success

More than 150 people attended the livery company's annual Facilities Management & Built Environment Dinner on Wednesday evening at Grocers' Hall in the City of London.

Pattenmakers plan annual FM dinner

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers will hold its annual dinner for the facilities management and built environment communities on 27 September at Grocers' Hall in the City of London.

Flappers and dappers raise funds for children's charity

Tuesday night saw more than £26,500 raised by the FM Industry Ball for The Children's Trust, the leading UK charity for children with brain injury.

What is technology's role in the workplace of the future?

This question is bound to take on significance in the coming years, and it was the theme of two recent FM conferences. Simon Iatrou reports.

FM Industry Ball: this is time to book

Tables are booking up for this year's FM Industry Ball, which takes place in London on Tuesday 20 June. To meet fund-raising targets, some special deals are now on offer.

Sodexo chef takes top NI award

Cathy Adamson, Craft Development Chef for Sodexo in Northern Ireland, won the Contract Catering Chef of the Year Award at the Institute of Hospitality NI Awards.

Global FM Award winners revealed

The winners of this year's Global FM Excellence Awards were announced to coincide with yesterday's World FM Day 2017.

It's World FM Day!

Our day, the one that aims to showcase the work that FM professionals do and the value that the FM sector contributes to businesses worldwide.

BIFM to fly the flag on World FM Day

The British Institute of Facilities Management will be flying the flag for facilities management as it helps lead the celebrations for World FM Day on Wednesday 17 May.

Sodexo hosts its first inclusion conference

Regional Chair Sean Haley welcomed more than 250 delegates at Goodison Park to hear from a variety of external and internal speakers focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

FM Industry Ball goes Gatsby

This year's FM Industry Ball will take guests back to the Roaring Twenties with a Great Gatsby-themed evening on 20 June.

Carillion receives Queen's Award for Enterprise

A Queen's Award for Enterprise has been presented to Carillion in recognition of its contribution to sustainable development.

Charity ball raises £12,000

The Northern Charity Ball, held last week in Sheffield, raised over £12,000 for its chosen charities, Scotty's Little Soldiers and Cash for Kids.

BIFM confirms top names at ThinkFM

Ben Waber, a globally-recognised expert in people analytics, collaboration and wearable technology, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year's conference, which will be hosted by former Tomorrow's World presenter Maggie Philbin.

Challenging conventions: conference white paper published

The annual i-FM-organised Workplace Futures conference, held last month, took on FM's tendency to default to the office as the prevailing place of work. In fact, there's a lot of interesting stuff going on in non-office environments.

Sodexo marks International Women's Day with awards

Three Sodexo staff members were recognised at the Northern Power Women Awards earlier this week.

Visitor numbers up for Facilities Management 2017

The organisers of this month's FM show at the NEC report that pre-registration figures are up 20% compared to this time last year and seminars across both theatres are nearly fully booked.

EuroFM innovation award: still time to enter

This year's EuroFM conference, to be held in Madrid in April, sees the launch of a new Partners for Innovation award. Entry is open now.

Leanne Williams named Young Manager of the Year

Williams, Sustainability & Social Value Manager for ISS Healthcare at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, has been named Young Manager of the Year in FM by The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers.

Facilities Management 2017 show preview  

Returning under the theme FM: The Business Enabler, Facilities Management 2017 is set to be the best instalment yet, with over 200 leading exhibitors and more than 30 expert speakers delivering a world-class educational programme.

Challenging conventions

Simon Iatrou looks back at this year's industry conference, Workplace Futures 2017, and ponders whether the FM sector is ready to embrace change.

Bradford University takes top CIBSE prize

The University of Bradford was named Building Performance Champion, for the second time, at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Building Performance Awards, presented earlier this week.

Interserve takes top tech gong

The support services business has won the 2017 Technology in FM Award for the deployment of its Smart Building in a Bag software at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's head office.

ISS: one winner and two finalists at sustainability awards

Kristina Jackson was crowned the 2017 Sustainability/CSR Manager of the Year at last week's edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Sheffield to host third FM charity ball

The third annual charity ball for the FM community is set to take place on 31 March at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Sheffield Park.

Mitie scoops top apprenticeship award

The facilities management company was named 'Macro Employer of the Year' at last week's National Apprenticeship Awards.

Facilities Management 2017: programme details confirmed

A top line-up of industry specialists will debate and share knowledge with delegates at Facilities Management 2017 say the organisers of the event, which takes place at the NEC on 21-23 March.

The FM Industry Ball returns this summer

Early-bird tickets to the annual FM party are now on sale.

FM director named Young Surveyor of the Year

Matthew Fedigan, Director at building and facilities services provider Domec Ltd, took the overall top title as well as the award for the most talented surveyor in the Asset & Facilities Management category.

Technology in FM Award finalists named

Now in its 11th year, the i-FM Technology in FM Award recognises the very best new technologies in the facilities sector, the ones that are driving improvements in business process and performance.

Facilities Management 2017 to focus on change and collaboration

Delegates at Facilities Management 2017, the industry event due to be held at the NEC in March, will hear firsthand experience and advice from leading speakers and businesses on how FM can move from cost centre to business enabler. 

CIBSE reveals awards shortlist

Five entries are vying to be named as top Facilities Management Team in the 2017 CIBSE Building Performance Awards.

BIFM Ireland Awards shortlist confirmed

The Ireland Region of the British Institute of Facilities Management has revealed the shortlist of the BIFM Ireland Awards 2016. 

ISS scoops Princess Royal Training Award

ISS is among 34 businesses across the UK recognised for their dedication to training and development, and the only such business in the FM sector.

2017 Technology Award: 1 week to go

The deadline for receipt of entries for i-FM's annual Technology in FM Awards is 14 November. If you've got a great idea up and running, join the contenders now.

Booking opens for Workplace Futures 2017

After 10 years the annual conference organised by i-FM is now a well-established landmark in the FM calendar. Booking for February's event has just opened.

World Workplace: where things happen

This year's event, as big and mind-boggling as ever, was the platform for the formal launch of the IFMA/RICS global collaboration.

BIFM award winners announced

The winners of the 16th annual British Institute of Facilities Management Awards were announced at the gala dinner held last night in London.

How not to...: World Workplace update 3

While the final news from last week's event involves the significant achievement of the organisation riling all its 4500 delegates, this is no cliff-hanger: there is a happy ending to a story which mixes ineptitude, misunderstanding and a major mea culpa.

World Workplace: update 2

In previous years, I've tended to report on this event in a linear fashion, in sequence. But while it may seem bizarre, its actually a little easier to understand the event if one looks at the key themes which tend to crop up throughout the week.

University of East Anglia building takes top BCO award

The University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre was named as the Best of the Best workplace at the British Council for Offices' annual National Awards in London Tuesday night.

World Workplace: update 1

A conference that runs Wednesday through Friday started, of course, on Monday. World Workplace 2016, taking place in San Diego this week, has begun as ever with a gradual gathering of the IFMA clan, and others including BIFM and FMA Australia.

A chance to be something in the City

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, the Livery home of the facilities management industry, is calling for entries to its annual Young Manager Award.

World Workplace looms

Dave Wilson reports from San Diego where crowds are gathering and anticipation is growing ahead of this year's 'biggest event in FM'.

Sodexo named event caterer of the year

The support services group has been named Event Caterer of the Year for its partnership with Henley Royal Regatta at the inaugural Sports and Leisure Catering Awards, held earlier this week.

Facilities Management 2017: final call for papers

The deadline for submitting papers for the annual FM exhibition at the NEC is just 10 days away.

Compass scoops environmental best practice award

Environmental campaigners The Green Organisation has presented one of its top accolades, the Green Apple Award for Best Practice, to Compass Group UK & Ireland.

BIFM Awards 2016 finalists named

BIFM has announced the finalists in this year's awards competition, designed to recognise and reward facilities management practices, innovation and projects from across the economy and all areas of the sector. 

Facilities Management 2017 call for papers

Facilities Management 2017, the annual exhibition taking place at the NEC next March, is inviting proposals for seminar sessions that will be hosted at two key theatres at the show.

Condeco celebrates Queen's Award for Enterprise

Workplace management company Condeco has been marking receipt of the prestigious accolade, the highest official award for UK businesses.

2017 Technology Awards open for entries

i-FM's annual Technology in FM Awards are once again welcoming entries. Final submissions are due in November and the winner will be announced next February at the Workplace Futures conference.

World FM Day sees award winners revealed

Global FM, the worldwide alliance of facilities management membership organisations, has announced the 2016 Awards of Excellence in FM winners as part of the World FM Day celebrations.

Sodexo takes top FM Ireland award

Sodexo Ireland has been named TFM Service Provider of the Year at the third annual Facilities Management Awards Ireland, held last week in Dublin.

BIFM gears up for World FM Day

The worldwide celebration of facilities management takes place on Wednesday 13 July, but BIFM members will be hosting events throughout this week.

FM Industry Ball raises over £31,000

The organisers of the 2016 FM Industry Ball have confirmed that more than £31,200 was raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

23 June: National Women in Engineering Day

A range of organisations, including BSRIA and the Building Engineering Services Association, are backing today as an opportunity to celebrate women in engineering and raise the profile of the profession generally.

Macro wins top Euro FM award

Macro and its client Citrix came top in the Partners Across Borders category of the 2016 European FM Awards, presented last week in Milan.

Sodexo in the running for Business of the Year award

Sodexo UK and Ireland has been shortlisted as one of five companies in the 'Business of the Year' category of the First Women Awards.

Carillion jv scoops Middle East accolades

Emrill, a three-way joint venture between Carillion, Al Futtaim and Emaar Properties, has come top in three categories at the recent Facilities Management Middle East Awards.

Macro bags three Middle East citations

The facilities management company has won three Highly Commended accolades at the 2016 Middle East Facilities Management Awards, for Overall FM Company of the Year, FM Consultancy of the Year and Engineering Service of the Year.

Rising Stars named

Women's support group We Are The City has revealed the winning candidates in its 2016 Rising Star awards.

IFMA plans World Workplace Europe

IFMA has confirmed the date and location for the debut of its conference and exhibition franchise in Europe: 10-11 May, 2017, in Barcelona.

BIFM Awards: Lifetime Achievement category open

The only BIFM Award category that remains open for nominations is the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution to facilities management over the course of their career.

Sodexo: awards season

Recent weeks have seen the support services group both winning awards and handing them out.

Livery company plans FM dinner

For the past 20 years the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers has held a dinner focused on the built environment and FM, celebrating the work done by property and facilities people in the capital. This year's event takes place on May 26.

BIFM Scotland reveals award winners

The winners of the 2016 BIFM Scotland Region Recognition Awards were announced over the weekend at the region's annual Gala Ball.

Easyfairs sells FM and maintenance events

Easyfairs UK & Global has announced the sale of two of its major UK exhibitions, Facilities Management and Maintec.

BIFM Scotland Awards finalists revealed

Finalists in the three categories of the 2016 Recognition Awards have been confirmed ahead of next week's gala ball where the winners will be announced.

Rising Stars shortlist confirmed

Women's support group We Are The City has released the names of the shortlisted candidates for its 2016 Rising Star awards.

Sodexo shortlisted for supply chain excellence

Sodexo's Supply Chain Inclusion Programme has been shortlisted for next-round judging in two major competitions, the World Procurement Awards and the Foodservice Footprint Awards.

Swansea scoops AUDE FM award

The Swansea University Estates and Facilities Management Team has been named Team of the Year at the annual awards dinner held in conjunction with the 2016 AUDE conference.

Talking shop: trade show edition

Having spent three days at the NEC for Facilities Management 2016, i-FM's David Emanuel reflects on his time in Birmingham and asks some questions about the FM industry's current key talking points.

FM Industry Ball: most tables booked

Only about half a dozen tables remain available for this year's FM Industry Charity Ball, despite the increased capacity planned by the organising team.

Rising Star Awards: nominations needed now

Just over a week remains to put forward nominations for the facilities management category in the annual WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards.

13 July named as World FM Day 2016

Global FM has unveiled plans for this year's World FM Day. The theme will be 'empowering people for a productive world' with the focus on how FM enables business disciplines to collaborate for high quality business performance.

Landmarc scoops social value award

Landmarc Support Services, the provider of sustainable infrastructure solutions and integrated training, has emerged as a winner in the UK's first Social Value Awards for its work with the Ministry of Defence.

Canberra building takes CIBSE FM award

The 2016 CIBSE Facilities Management Team Award has been presented to the professionals responsible for operating the Sirius Building in Canberra, Australia.

BIFM London conference confirms programme

Tickets are going fast for the BIFM London annual conference, which takes place on 16 March at King's Place.

FM Industry Charity Ball: book soon

Now in its third year, this event has become a fixture in the FM industry calendar: a great night and a big fundraiser for its chosen charity.

Facilities Management show ready for big third year

Organisers of the industry event, due to take place in Birmingham next month, are predicting a strong turn-out and another year of positive reviews.

RICS partners with Facilities Management 2016

The organisers of next month's NEC-based FM show have announced a new partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

FM: a man without a country

Workplace Futures, the annual industry conference organised by i-FM, this year asked delegates to make the case for facilities management as an agent of change. Simon Iatrou reports on the day, and some of the issues involved.

Technology in FM Award recipients revealed

Miworld was crowned the winner in i-FM's annual awards competition, while Logincident was awarded a highly commended prize, at this week's Workplace Futures conference.

Facilities Management 2016 unveils content plans

The industry event focused on the large-scale and multi-site facilities sector has revealed plans for a completely redesigned seminar programme.

BIFM Awards 2016 open for entries

The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched this year's awards scheme, with 14 categories under the now-established three themes of people, innovation and impact.

WIFM sticks to its pioneering path

The BIFM SIG created to focus on the needs of women in the industry remains in no way exclusive; and its annual conference remains in no way bound by the expectations that the words 'industry conference' might imply.

Innovation to feature at Facilities Management 2016

Leading suppliers have been quick to sign up for the first major FM show of the year, according to organisers Easyfairs, bringing together numerous returning exhibitors plus a string of first-timers.

Facilities management: agent of change

That's the driving theme behind this year's Workplace Futures conference, now just over a month away. And a strong programme means only a few delegate places are still available.

BIFM to turn focus to productivity

The British Institute of Facilities Management has confirmed the theme for its next annual conference. At the same time booking has opened for the event, ThinkFM: Think Productivity.

WIFM conference sell-out

January's Women in FM conference was oversubscribed within 48 hours. But the brief survey being run ahead of the event is still open, so please join in.

Facilities Show gears up for 2016

Last week over 50 companies working within the facilities management industry participated in a planning day for the 2016 edition of the Facilities Show.

BIFM Ireland award winners named

The BIFM Ireland Region Awards were a major feature of the inaugural Facilities Management Summit held in Dublin recently.

FM recognised at B2B Awards

Mitie has picked up an award for its Executive Relationship Programme (ERP) at this year's B2B Awards.

Bouygues scoops silver MoD award

Bouygues Energies & Services has been presented with a Silver Award by the Ministry of Defence at a special event held at RAF Northolt.

Sodexo highly commended at National Business Awards

The services company was highly commended in the Employer of the Year category at the 2015 Lloyd's Bank National Business Awards held in London last week.

What's trending in FM for 2016 and beyond?

That's the question that will drive a special webinar taking place at 11am on Wednesday 25 November.

CIBSE awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the individual categories of the 2016 Building Performance Awards has been revealed, including contenders for the top FM team.

Easyfairs partners with Magenta

The specialist communications, public relations and content agency for the built environment sector has been enlisted to develop and support the seminar programme for Facilities Management 2016.

PFM award winners confirmed

For the third year running, Cofely has come top in the annual PFM Awards, coming first in one of the 17 categories and scooping the Overall Winner award.

Recycling awards open for entry

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management 2016 are now open for entries.

Technology Award: entries due this month

The deadline for the 2016 i-FM Technology in FM Award is just three weeks away. Don't miss out if you're doing good work in this increasingly important area.

Workplace Week programme confirmed

Workplace Week 2015 will be in full swing from 9 November with a major feature, the Convention, taking place on the 12th. The full programme for that has now been confirmed and aims to put the workplace at the heart of UK productivity.

Facilities Management 2016 gearing up

Following on from the success of last year's show, Facilities Management 2016 will return to the NEC, Birmingham, on 22-24 March for its third year and with a range of new content.

BIFM Ireland launches awards

The BIFM Ireland Region Awards scheme has been unveiled as a key feature of the inaugural Facilities Management Summit, to be held in Dublin in November.

Livery company launches new FM award

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, one of the City of London's historic livery companies, now with a strong connection to facilities management, has launched a new award focused on young people in FM.

Guru speechless

Martin Pickard, winner of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, admitted to being lost for words when he heard his name called at last week's BIFM annual dinner. Two exceptional events occurring simultaneously.

Technology Award: call for entries

The 2016 i-FM Technology in FM Award is open for entries. Submissions are due in in November, and the awards will be presented in February.

World Workplace: the final day

FM's biggest conference and exhibition drew to a close at the end of last week. One key message from our correspondent is that we in Europe need to be more involved in the future, or risk being ignored in developments and initiatives.

BIFM presents 2015 Awards

The British Institute of Facilities Management presented this year's Awards at the annual dinner held in London last night.

Denver, day three

Time is taking on a different meaning for our correspondent at World Workplace. What day of the week is it? Does it matter? There's still plenty more on the programme in any case.

World Workplace in full programme mode

The world's biggest facilities management show moved up a gear Wednesday, with events running throughout the day and into the evening: from entrepreneurial keynotes, through educational sessions, briefings and the launch of a new knowledge resource.

Denver dynamo

World Workplace is in full swing as of yesterday, but the first entries on the programme stretch back to Monday and there will be no let-up in the action till Friday afternoon.

Facilities Management 2016 call for papers

The organisers of the annual FM exhibition, to be held in March at the NEC, are inviting proposals for seminar sessions that will be hosted at the new Business Exchange Theatre.

RICS to open and close Workplace Week

This year's week-long showcase of workplace innovation will be opened by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with a Fringe event and closed with a case study tour.

World Workplace: the FM event without parallel

IFMA's annual conference and exhibition extravaganza spreads over four days, with the events schedule spanning a minimum of 12 hours each day.

Workplace Week adds visit opportunities

This year's Workplace Week, the week-long showcase of workplace innovation, will include more workplace visits than ever before.

Technology Award open for entries

The 2016 i-FM Technology in FM Award is now open for entries. Submissions are due in in November, and the awards will be presented in February.

Incentive hits charity target

Incentive FM Group's annual clay pigeon shoot has raised thousands of pounds for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Closing date for CIBSE awards looms

Only two weeks remain to enter the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016. There is still time to enter, but you will have to move fast.

BIFM confirms 2015 Awards finalists

The British Institute of Facilities Management has announced the finalists in this year's Awards competition.

First speakers confirmed for Ireland conference

In November the BIFM Ireland Region will hold the inaugural FM Summit in Dublin.

Madrid conference date confirmed

The second annual international conference for the facilities management community will take place in September in Spain.

Sodexo bags cleaning partnership award

Sodexo and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have won the Working in Partnership Award at the 2015 Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals Awards in Nottingham.

ISS in Inspiring Young Talent recognition

ISS Facility Services has achieved Highly Commended status for the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award at the Business in the Community Annual Responsible Business Gala.

Organisers confirm plans for Facilities Management 2016

Easyfairs says the show will definitely be back at the NEC next year, building on the success of this year's event.

Irish FM award winners named

Winners of the 2015 Irish FM Awards were announced at a lunchtime celebration held last week in Dublin.

Facilities Show Gold Partner Sodexo is ready

2015's event opens on Tuesday. Sodexo will be there in support, sharing its focus on adding value to client organisations through service excellence and explaining what it's like to work for a company that has quality of life at the heart of its business.

Bouygues gearing up for Facilities Show

Event sponsor Bouygues Energies & Services is planning to be both visible and available as the FM industry comes together next week at London's ExCel centre.

World FM Day: award winners named

As a highlight of yesterday's industry celebrations, Global FM announced the winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence in FM.

RICS FM conference debunks Millennials myths

Many of the things we think we know about young people and the way they work are not true.

What Glasgow tells us about FM today

EFMC 2015 was a big and diverse event that said almost as much about the state of facilities management in an increasingly global marketplace as it did about current and emerging FM practice itself.

RICS plans conference for World FM Day

The RICS Strategic FM Conference will be held in London on 10 June, marking World FM Day with an exploration of the importance of FM and its place at the heart of business strategy.

EMC scoops EuroFM award

EMC, a global leader in information technology as a service, has won the EuroFM Partners Across Borders award for its approach to real estate and facilities management across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Lancaster facilities team takes top award

The facilities team at Lancaster University has won the Association of University Directors of Estates' Team of the Year Award.

BIFM confirms plans for Careers Zone

The Institute says that anyone in FM who is looking for information about CPD, training, management skills or career opportunities will find it at its Facilities Show Careers Zone.

Workplace Week 2015: key names announced

Peter Cheese, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and Mark Sherfield, COO at BDO LLP, are among the senior people speaking at this year's Workplace Week Convention.

BIFM lifetime achievement award still open

Entries for the 2015 British Institute of Facilities Management Awards closed last week, but there is one category that remains open for nominations: the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A little competition never hurt anyone

Earlier this month, BIFM's annual conference invited FM industry professionals to The Guardian's head office in Kings Cross. Simon Iatrou reflects on the day's biggest talking points.

BIFM conference to focus on 'competitive advantage'

Speakers at next month’s ThinkFM will give a series of presentations discussing how organisations can achieve competitive advantage through workplace management.

i-FM releases WF15 white paper

The Workplace Futures 2015 document is now available to download.

A new end user platform in FM

Last week, FM Innovate gave service providers and end users the chance to come together and discuss the industry’s hot topics. Simon Iatrou was there.

Scottish FM celebrates its people

BIFM Scotland toasted the winners of its inaugural awards at a special ceremony on Saturday.

Workplace Week 2015 sets out to double money raised

This year's Workplace Week, the week-long showcase of workplace innovation, has ambitious plans to double the amount of money raised for BBC Children in Need.

BIFM Awards close in 5 weeks

The British Institute of Facilities Management is reminding would-be entrants for the 2015 Awards that the deadline for submissions is 22 May.

Finalists named for BIFM Scotland awards

BIFM Scotland Region has confirmed the finalists for its inaugural Recognition Awards, which will be presented later this month.

Facilities Management 2015: a 'huge success'

The organisers of last month's NEC-based FM show are calling it a success on every measure. The event drew over 2,260 visitors, featured 93 exhibitors, and hosted over 20 seminars.

Talent management, collaboration & education in FM

These are big issues and each will be a key theme at the European Facility Management Conference taking place in June in Glasgow.

World FM Day date confirmed

Global FM has announced that 10 June will be the seventh annual World FM Day. The focus for 2015 is 'building resilience for the future'.

Facilities Show ups the ante on speaker selection

The exhibition organisers have completed their line-up of inspirational speakers with the addition of Sir Chris Hoy MBE.

ThinkFM: workplace as competitive edge

BIFM has announced updates to its ThinkFM conference programme, ahead of the end of the early-bird savings period on Friday.

Challenging conventions

If you were to take all the latest technological innovation in energy efficiency and apply it to one space, what would that facility look like?

Karren Brady to open ExCel event

Baroness Karren Brady CBE has been confirmed as the first of three keynote speakers at this year's Protection & Management 2015, opening the event on Tuesday 16 June at ExCeL London.

BIFM London confirms conference line-up

Jim Pines, Head of FM at the US Embassy in London, will open this year's BIFM London region conference talking about the relocation of the embassy from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms in Wandsworth.

Facilities Management 2015 speaker line-up

Event organiser Easyfairs has confirmed three big names in environment, innovation and education to headline the FM Matters programme at this month's NEC exhibition.

Three minutes of your time

We've added a brief video to the Workplace Futures website, summarising the themes of the conference, sharing some insights into FM's challenges and opportunities, and capturing the feel of the day.

Sodexo MD scoops top award

Nick Thompson has won the Encouraging Equality Award for 2015 at a special ceremony held at Invesco's offices in the City of London.

7 shortlisted for Equality Award

Women in Facilities Management and Women in the City have joined together to back a new award for male champions of equality and diversity in the workplace.

Closing date looms for 2015 recycling 'Oscars'

There are only a few weeks to go until the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management close for entries.

Workplace Futures: the report

Predicting the future is a fool's game, but last week's Workplace Futures conference took on the challenge more than once as speakers and delegates tackled some of the major issues and trends shaping work, the workplace and FM.

BIFM Scotland plans new Recognition Awards

BIFM's Scotland Region has confirmed plans for its annual Gala Ball, which this year will be coupled with the inaugural Recognition Awards.

Workplace Futures resources now available

Following the highly successful event last week, speaker slides and a number of other resources have been made available on the Workplace Futures website.

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Event report: IFMA World Workplace Europe

The choice of ‘a venue with a difference’ was perhaps a sign that World Workplace Europe would deliver fresh themes, trends and discussion points.

Mental health in security: are we doing enough?

Poor mental health is one of the most pressing issues facing men in the UK today.

What it will take to earn the commute

Here’s a challenge: how can real estate better connect people, places and businesses to accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive and transformational investment?

Headquarters, hubquarters and haulovers

From sustainability to skills shortages, the need to work together to overcome some of the key challenges of our time has never been more pressing for organisations operating in the built environment.

MIPIM 2023: look up

MIPIM is the world’s largest real estate conference, holding something for nearly all stakeholders across the built environment,

Corporate property: what now?

Developers, agents, landlords, architects, designers, real estate people and facilities managers united at the British Council for Offices Annual Conference earlier this month. Jo Sutherland looks back.

Thinking a bit more creatively

Steve Brewer reflects on this year’s IWFM ‘agents of change’ conference.

FM for a sustainable future - ready, tech, go

What will it take to achieve a sustainable built environment? To support a hybrid workforce? To maintain resilience and agility?

Social value: the impact of diversity & inclusion in the workplace

We asked Atalian Servest’s head of HR Sophie Ransome and head of learning & development Kelly Dolphin about their involvement at this month’s Workplace Futures conference.

Collaboration: one key to achieving sustainability goals

We recently spoke with EMCOR UK executive director marketing and business development Jeremy Campbell about his involvement at this month’s Workplace Futures conference.

World FM Day 2020: reports from the frontline

People in FM hold all kinds of roles in all kinds of situations, working these days under considerable pressure. It is inspirational to hear what they do and how. We asked a whole selection to tell us about themselves in their own words.

Sustainability in FM demands holistic thinking

Active Workplace Solutions invited a select group of FM experts to discuss the critical components of sustainability and why the industry’s current challenges call for a reappraisal of what that word means. i-FM reports.

Happy World FM Day!

To celebrate this annual occasion, i-FM caught up with five facilities managers to find out more about their roles and the noteworthy buildings they look after.

Making an impact

Everyone loves a marriage proposal broadcast by a plane trailing a 'will you marry me' banner, right? Cathy Hayward reviews the highs, metaphorically and literally, at this year's World Workplace.

Q&A: Facilities Management 2016

With Facilities Management 2016 just around the corner, i-FM speaks to Event Manager Daniel Gray about what to expect from this year's show.

Play Your Part

It simply wouldn't be a WIFM Conference without an agenda packed full of inspirational speakers sharing stories to make the audience laugh and cry. Tanya Horscroft looks back at this year's event.

Keeping Pace with Energy Management

2015 has already proved to be a significant year for anyone operating in the energy sector.

A Brave New Workplace

The future of working will be defined by the convergence between people, workplace and the mass of data this produces. Simon Iatrou reflects on i-FM's latest conference.

The Success of Trade Shows

Matt Benyon explains why trade shows still have an important role to play in the sales and marketing mix.

The Office Furniture of Tomorrow

Steve Fitch reports from last month's Orgatec, one of the world's largest office furniture trade fairs, giving us a glimpse of the trends that are set to infiltrate our workspaces in the near future.

Public Perceptions

At a time when government cuts make front-page headlines, it is easy to forget that facilities managers are on the frontline making the difficult decisions.

Eastern Promise

Jonathan Holley, Director of Shared Services at SGP Property and Facilities Management, reports from the first national FM conference in Malaysia.

Making a Better Case for FM

Martin Pickard, Conference Chair at Workplace Futures 2013, looks back at a long list of challenging issues facing FM but concludes the overall message is a positive one.

Inspiration Works

This week's inaugural BIFM Women in FM conference had it all: poetry, grand opera, Shakespeare, Disraeli, tears, laughter and great food.

Buying FM: good practice

FM is not a commodity, so why buy services as if it were? Ann Inman reports from the recent Good FM Procurement forum.

Workplace Futures 2011

This year's conference tackled some big issues in facilities management and raised some fundamental questions the industry needs to resolve.

FM Sans Frontieres

Pete Brumby reports on the first EU FM Summit.

Conference of the Future

Elliott Chase writes: There is no shortage of conferences and seminars targeted at people working in the FM and property services sectors. But - despite the occasional promise - none of these has so far successfully focused on the future.

FM Expo preview

This year's FM Expo combines a trade show, best practice presentations, supplier seminars and conference. Richard Byatt previews the exhibitors and the learning opportunities.

Beyond terrorism - almost

Alexi Marmot finds inspiration and self-development among the themes at this year's World Workplace event, held in Toronto earlier this month.

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CoreNet Global: selling the sizzle

Following the corporate real estate group’s latest summit meeting, Jo Sutherland reflects on what we get out of attending major industry get-togethers.

The need for long-termism in ESG

Organisations are placing increasing importance on their environmental, social and governance strategies. How should FM react?

Employee wellbeing is non-negotiable

That a leading FM industry event, Workplace Futures, has wellness as its theme is testament to the growing recognition of this as a vital part of any business. But why is it so important, and how can businesses ensure their strategies are effective?

The FM onion

Simon Iatrou looks back at some of the highlights from this year’s RICS FM Conference.

WWP15 Blog: the final day

Phew. That was a non-stop week, topped off with a new IFMA 'anthem' and a bomb scare.

WWP15 Blog Day 3

By this stage one begins to have trouble working out exactly which day of the week it is here inside the bubble of World Workplace.

WWP15 Blog Day 2

So the phoney war is over: World Workplace 2015 is finally up and running in Denver and goes on for the next two days, as IFMA celebrates its 35th year of supporting and advancing the FM industry.

WWP15 Blog Day 1

If your conference attendance has been limited to UK or European FM events, then a first visit to World Workplace is almost impossible to compass.

World Workplace whirlwind

A 'Fall Symposium' sounds like it might be a collection of the works of Mark E Smith; or maybe a follow-up to the TV thriller; or the marking of the coming of autumn by our colonial cousins. But, in fact, it's one part of IFMA's world-beating conference.

An FM profession in unison?

On World FM Day, Simon Iatrou explores just how globalisation is shaping the facilities management profession.

WW13: Day Two

Communication, guns, productivity and more parties. Cathy Hayward reports from Philadelphia on day two of World Workplace 2013.

WW13: Day One

IFMA World Workplace 2013 opened in Philadelphia yesterday with a controversial change of keynote format and a party in a museum. Cathy Hayward reports.

Outsourcing by the numbers

A hard-headed approach to outsourcing facilities management is delivering value, but could it be squeezing out innovation at the same time?

Show Time

Do trade shows bring any real value to the facilities management industry? Elliott Chase explores some of the factors that shape the answer to this perennial question.

On the Road with a Purpose

Incentive FM’s charity visit to the French Rhone wine region sets an example that others should follow.

The Reality of FM

I am a fraud. Though I think of myself as a facilities manager, I am clearly masquerading as something that I am not.

Exhibitions are Dead

This year's Total Workplace Management featured fewer exhibitors, visitors and events, and less FM presence, commercial activity and floorspace. It all added up to a disappointing day.

Serious competition from EuroFM

This year the growing EFMC conference bandwagon rolled into Madrid and proved it is an event that merits its position in the busy FM's diary.