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ROUND UP Facilities Show2019 announces another successful event


and most innovative solutions and the latest products and services on the market.With so many highly-engaged professionals in attendance, it was the ideal platform for companies to launch their new products to potential buyers, from thermal heat tents to software and smart solutions.


A programme of education and inspiration Facilities Show 2019 helped connect visitors with some of ideas and developments shaping the profession in its full agenda of 100 CPD- accredited seminars, presentations and case studies. These touched on smart buildings, office moves, creating effective workspaces,


futureproofing offices and changing company culture, among many other critical issues. Facilities Show seeks to inspire as well as


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acilities Show returned to ExCeL London on 18- 20 June 2019 for one of its most successful years yet, cementing its position as one of the world’s leading dedicated facilities and field


demonstrated a 3%growth in visitors, continuing service management events. This year, it


a three-year upward trend that has also resulted


exhibitor – which means suppliers of innovative in a 4%increase in the number of visitors per


business and create more new contacts than ever facilities solutions were able to generate more


And these were high-quality contacts. 35%of before.


executives, directors or owners, representing a visitors were heads of department, C-suite


combined annual purchasing budget of £9.2


making the event ideal for businesses looking to responsibility to authorise or make a purchase, billion – 40%of total visitors had the


Facilities Show also emphasised its importance showcase their products to buyers.


industries – 20%came from the construction or represented 62 countries and a wide variety of to the global facilities profession: visitors


property sector, for instance.


They were able to meet 282 exhibitors, showcasing around 2,000 products. These products included workplace technology,


management, washroom space, planning and management, energy management, office cleaning, health and wellbeing, waste


facilitated this with an array of networking spaces design, and much more, and Facilities Show


This was reflected in the feedback we received and a 1-2-1Meetings Service.


Training told us “We've been exhibiting for the from visitors. A Senior AccountManager at PPL


past few years and year-after-year it just keeps


new business, and the quality of visitors is great. cost-effective for us as we're always bringing in getting better! Exhibiting at Facilities Show is


Having the co-located shows here allows us to meet such a diverse range of clients”


Facilities Show once again showcased the best for product launches


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educate, and a particular draw to the event was 2019’s three keynote inspirational speakers: BBC Breakfast’s StephMcGovern, who spoke about her career journey and the value of vocational training;Winter Olympic ski jump underdog Eddie the Eagle, whose presentation touched on risk and danger; and England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson, who focused on mental wellbeing – and his personal struggles with his physical and mental health.


Smart buildings and smart technology This year, Facilities Show focused on the implications of smart technology on the workplace. This was particularly visible at the brand-new Smart Buildings Expo, which showcased these transformative products and ideas not just in its replica of a smart office, but also at theWorkplace Technology Theatre, which h p d


ata, connectivity and smart technology have for rogramme, highlighting the opportunities of osted an extensive and informative seminar


facilities managers.


With this technology still in its infancy, there was a marked push to clear up some of the myths surrounding smart buildings, most notably in a panel discussion dedicated to that very purpose. Here, visitors were informed that smart technology, far from being expensive and


unwieldy and reserved for modern glass-and-steel office buildings, can actually be integrated into any building.


These seminars formed part of a wider


discussion about creating meaningful workspaces, especially with workplace wellbeing becoming a greater consideration of facilities managers across the profession.


These technologies and systems are helping to transform facilities management, and Facilities Show’s efforts to showcase the strategies and products at the forefront of smart buildings speaks to its lasting commitment to driving the future of the facilities profession.


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TheWorkplaceWellbeing Show, another new addition for 2019, helped to highlight some of


4 0 www.education-today.co.uk July/August 2019 y/ the ways facilities managers can improve


leadership to give mental health ‘parity of esteem’ addressed the importance of self-education and wellbeing. One panel discussion at the theatre employee mental health and encourage


with physical health, while another presentation stressed the importance of nutrition as part of internal cultural change .


Other seminars touched on the ageing workforce, on fitness and the ‘power of talking’. Evolving fo for 2020


In the year ahead, Facilities Show will continue to evolve based on visitor feedback to better reflect the changing face of facilities management, adding new seminars and new features, and encouraging even more exhibitors to showcase their innovative solutions.


And to match the industry calendar and allow visitors and exhibitors to engage in longer conversations ahead of the summer period, Facilities Show 2020 – alongside Safety & Health Expo, IFSEC International and FIREX International – will take place at the earlier date of 19-21May, at ExCeL London.


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