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This year’s Facilities Show takes place in London in June and promises to be the biggest and most successful yet

ABOVE: Scenes from last year's Facilities Show

The Facilities Show has been fifteen years in the making and much the same could be said for facilities management itself. From a once somewhat haphazard function, carried out by caretakers, headteachers, office managers, property owners, cleaners and repairers, the role has changed and matured into an industry in its own right. The job has adapted and the pay bracket has almost

doubled, with facilities managers (FM) taking on a greater responsibility and status. At times, they facilitate business growth and expansion, participating strategically alongside the board and senior management. At others, they’re explaining why young women cannot use hair-straighteners at their desks. It is a puzzling role indeed. And if you ask the small

army of sales people who are looking to sell to them all over the country, it is a rather elusive role too. Who is the FM and what do they need to get the job done? “When you need to find the marketing manager, you can just ask, simple as that. Whereas finding out who’s the decision-making FM is a whole different ketle of fish,” says Fergus Bird, group event manager for UBM Live. For this reason, amongst others, the Facilities

Show has grown, strengthened and even boomed over the years. This is one place where you will find FMs. Held in association with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) for the past 10 years, it has developed into the national show that a professionalised industry warrants. This year’s event runs from 17-19 June and will have more than 350 companies exhibiting. What’s more,

another 1,100 companies are involved in the co-located shows: IFSEC International (security), FIREX (fire safety), Safety & Health Expo, Energy and Environment Expo and Service Management Expo. FMs can move freely amongst the shows and for free. In addition, the show offers three days of expert educational seminars with industry presenters and panel members including The Keynote Theatre, The BIFM Knowledge Theatre and, the latest addition, The Interiors Zone Seminar Theatre. Names including Martyn Freeman from MITIE and Liz Kentish and Julie Kortens from Channel 4 will be sure to atract a crowd. This year, however, these will be ‘silent’ seminars listened to via headphones, so atendees will need an event app to find and participate in them. Another benefit of atending will be the Social

Media Buying Request Service, which will match visitors’ purchasing requirements with exhibitors products and services live via Twiter, arranging a meeting there and then on site. This should make it even easier for FMs to find what they are looking for and help exhibitors meet key visitors. The show will also be hosting a Meet

The Buyer Zone, which will be an area especially dedicated to meeting procurement teams from the TFM community. Taking their cue from the adage “Go big or go

home”, event organisers UBM Live are bringing together the Facilities Show with all the other co-located shows in London for the first time. “We are going to make this sausage sizzle,” they claim. “Don’t say you haven’t been warned.” iE

Facilities Show, ExCel, London, 17-19 June W:

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