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Key FM influencers to tackle biggest industry challenges

20 February 2019

THE FACILITIES Event, the leading exhibition dedicated to the UK’s facilities and workplace industry, has announced top FM experts who will be tackling the industry’s biggest challenges during a packed seminar programme at this year’s event held at NEC, Birmingham on the 9-11 April 2019.

The free-to-attend programme will be hosted from a central theatre, The Facilities Hub, and will consist of 18 sessions featuring 30 of the most knowledgeable professionals in the UK’s FM industry today.

 All session content is CPD accredited and will be delivered across what the organisers are calling the ‘Five pillars of FM’. These five streams cover key elements within the FM profession and include cleaning services, security, catering, property management and support & technology services.

 "Our aim has been to design a programme which appeals to all levels of FMs working in the UK today. We know that there are many time pressures on those who are keen to attend The Facilities Event. This year our focus has been to deliver valuable training sessions with very practical take-aways with content that attendees can use to improve working practices at their organisation.” says Rachel Godfrey, Event Manager, The Facilities Event.

Those attending The Facilities Event 2019 will also get free access to its co-located events; The Fire Safety Event, The Health & Safety Event and the brand-new The Security Event. Each event features its own professional seminar programme and a host of global brands demonstrating their technology and services.

From legislative trends in health & safety to essential fire safety and security updates, the four events provide the ultimate opportunity for FMs at every level to update themselves on vital business knowledge.

Godfrey explains “By attending the sessions and meeting with this year’s exhibitors, FMs will have the opportunity to create a personalised event experience and find real solutions to the issues that facing their business. We guarantee that those who attend will learn skills, experience and touch innovative technology and meet new industry colleagues.”

On Tuesday 9th April, Mark Miller, Workplace Technology Strategist from worldwide leader in IT and networking Cisco, will be discussing the changing workplace and its technology in his session Demystifying workplace technology. The workplace is going through a time of unprecedented change and organisations must rethink how workspace design, workplace policy and technology can come together to create a sustainable, fit-for-purpose and future-proof work environment. Mark will take a non-technical look at technology and will demonstrate how Cisco is using technology in its own offices. 

Yvonne Taylor, head of cleaning at OCS will discuss one of the UK’s hottest topics in her session Reducing single-use plastics in cleaning and catering on Wednesday 10th April. The fight on single use plastic is well documents and OCS is sharply focused on how it can limit the impact of its operations on the environment. In this session, Yvonne will talk about the commitments the business has made, working with suppliers to ensure that improvements are made holistically, and making sustainable changes that will have a positive impact. 

Also on Wednesday, Mike Boxall, managing director, Sitemark, the de facto standard for good buildings, explores what benchmarking and challenge the common misconception around what it means in his session Benchmarking: it’s not all about cost.

Don’t miss the event’s Thursday lunchtime panel debate What does the Pret allergy scandal mean for workplace catering? Three allergen-related deaths have appeared in the news last autumn, bringing the topic of labelling to the forefront of caterers and FMs’ minds. Four industry experts will analyse what will mean for the FM community. 

One of the final sessions of the programme, The invisible danger – how FMs can protect building occupants from bad air will be hosted by Peer Dyment, IAQexpert, Camfil. With the Government’s Clean Air Strategy putting air quality both outside and insider under scrutiny, and FMs understanding of the effect of ‘bad air’ under the spotlight. Peter will explain the potential dangers within our buildings and give FMs practical suggestions on what FMs can do to protect occupants to ensure their buildings become ‘safe-havens’. 

Free visitor registration is now open, visit www.facilitiesevents.com to claim your free badge.