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“AN FM SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ALWAYS WORKED AND SHOULD LONG CONTINUE TO WORK.”


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Opening next March, Facilities Management 2014 is set to fill the gap left by the Facilities Show’s move to London. Matt Benyon, Managing Director of organisers, easyFairs, talks exclusively to Tim Wood about the plans already in place.


For most businesses, success is based on measured decisions, good people and, quite often, timing. Speaking with Matt Benyon, who heads up easyFairs, the company behind Facilities Management 2014, you get the sense of a business which, having been given one of life’s lemons, is turning its hand to making lemonade.


It was back in February of this year when event organiser, UBM, announced that it would be moving its Protection & Management Series (including the Facilities Show) from


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the NEC to London’s ExCeL. With easyFairs already in the process of looking for co-locations to add to its successful Maintec show, the timing couldn’t have been better.


Following in the footsteps of the Facilities Show’s 14-year tenancy, Matt’s team weren’t the only ones interested in filling the gap in the market. UBM’s gamble has provoked bemusement in some quarters, considering the closure of the FM Event last year and the popularity of the NEC, so it’s no surprise that they weren’t the only ones to throw their


hat into the ring. “My understanding is that there were three other event organisers pitching for the business,” Matt says. “You would tend to think that it’s normal for more than one business to try to fill the gap but it’s quite unusual to have three or four vying for the same event – that just highlighted to us and the NEC the demand for such a show.


“London undeniably has an appeal. For example, we have a really successful packaging event [Packaging Innovations] based at the NEC and the Business Design


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