The Facilities Event, an exhibition dedicated to the UK’s facilities and workplace industry, has announced it will be tackling FM's biggest challenges, when the event returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 9th - 11th April 2019.

In response to imminent technological, political and cultural changes facing British business in 2019, The Facilities Event aims to tackle some of the most pressing technical issues head-on and create a forum where FMs can find answers to their workplace challenges.

The brands exhibiting at this year’s event will be leading experts in their field, ready and on hand to provide 1-2-1 bespoke advice to attendees. FMs visiting the show will be able to touch and experience new technology and source the very latest equipment and services for their workplace. Confirmed companies attending include Mars Drinks, Clockwork IT, Ergotron, FSI (FM Solutions), Humanscale UK, IDOX Software, Luminos Lighting and Keytracker, Screwfix and many more.

“The role of a facilities manager is a challenging yet extremely rewarding one. It takes hard work, dedication and a wide variety of skills to ensure an organisation is running at its most productive and cost-efficient 24 hours a day,” said Rachel Godfrey, Event Manager at The Facilities Event.

“At The Facilities Event 2019, we want to give the UK’s facilities professionals help and support in crucial areas that affect their everyday working role. By tackling each key area of FM individually, visitors will have the opportunity to create a personalised event experience and find real solutions to the issues that facing their business.”

Essential CPD accredited training

and education The 2019 show will pivot around The Facilities Hub, a central theatre hosting free CPD accredited training and education designed for FM professionals which will address what the organisers are calling the ‘Five pillars of FM’. Content will be delivered across five streams covering cleaning services, security, catering, property management, support and technology services.

Sessions are designed to give attendees access to three days of educational content and practical information in these areas. The Facilities Hub programme will feature 18 sessions delivered by 30 of the most knowledgeable professionals in the UK’s FM industry.

On Tuesday 9th April, Mark Miller, Workplace Technology Strategist at 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 documented 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.

On Wednesday, Mike Boxall, Managing Director of Sitemark, the de facto standard for good buildings, explores what benchmarking is and challenges 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 this 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 at 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’.

IFMA announces support for 2019 The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) UK chapter has embarked on a partnership with The Facilities Event and in addition to exhibiting will also be running networking events during the show.

IFMA is made from the support of over 24,000 members across 100 countries and is widely recognised as the world’s largest international association for facility management professionals. The IFMA UK chapter was formed in Spring 2018 to offer FM professionals direct

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