The world’s largest dedicated FM event takes place this month from 20 to 22 June at ExCeL London. We offer a glimpse of the treats in store and talk to a selection of exhibitors about their hopes and plans for this essential date in the FM calendar
Welcome to our special guide to the Facilities Show, which takes place again this year at ExCeL. It’s now the world’s largest dedicated facilities management event, attracting FMs and suppliers from over 40 different countries. It’s also co-located with a range of events – all of which are relevant to the FM sector, including IFSEC International, FIREX International and the UK’s number one health and safety event and conference, Safety & Health Expo 2017. The three days at ExCeL bring FM professionals from all sectors and geographies together with suppliers, advisers and specialists in one venue.
Facilities Show 2017 will once again provide visitors with a stimulating and relevant complementary seminar and workshop programme. Continuing the success of 2016, it will focus on ‘real world’ talks delivered by FMs, as well as practical and strategic presentations by a few hand-picked industry experts.
The Inspirational Speaker series will this year feature four talks in the Keynote Theatre, delivered by renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE, and probably the best official in world rugby – Nigel Owens MBE.
For FMs, on day one of the show Geoff Prudence will be holding a session entitled ‘Leading the change in facilities management’ in his own engaging style. This takes place on the 20th at the Facilities Management Theatre between 10.45 and 11.15am, and Prudence will discuss his views on leadership and successful change, along with future opportunities for the sector, customer focus, innovation technology, skills and collaboration. He will also share experiences of successful strategies and, in particular, building operational risk and the innovative ‘predictor’ approach for maintenance/programmed replacement, which he is currently leading on.
FMJ will also host our own event, ‘Digital disruption in the workplace: is FM ready for the latest advances in CAFM, smart buildings and IoT?’, taking place at the Facilities Management Theatre on Wednesday 21st from 2.45 to 3.15pm. This event, which will be chaired by well-known FM consultant Lucy Jeynes, Managing Director at Larch Consulting, and will feature a range of panellists from both technical and FM backgrounds who will discuss whether the facilities management sector is ready to respond to digital disruption and help create the workplace of the future.
But the show would not be complete without the enthusiastic commitment of the exhibitors, who help to ensure there is something new for everyone. We caught up with a few to find out their plans for this year’s exhibition.
ANDERS+KERN UK T1050
A+K is a leading distributor and integrator of a wide range of audiovisual solutions, with expertise in room-booking solutions, CAFM software, collaborative meeting technology, digital signage and more.
Explains Jay Wright, Divisional Manager (room booking): “A+K is showcasing the best in room-booking solutions, including Fischer & Kerrn’s sleek and elegant Concierge system. Concierge CAFM software is compatible with Microsoft Outlook and handles all aspects of booking meeting rooms, desks, parking spaces, resources and other services for events, such as invoicing. I’ll also be on hand to demo the intuitive touch screen booking system, Evoko Liso.
“We’ll also be exhibiting the latest collaborative workspace products from i3-Technologies, including the newly launched all-in-one interactive screen the i3HUDDLE 2.0. i3’s products are cleverly designed and practical for the workspace, as well as looking professional with their attractive design. Visitors will be able to try out the i3SYNC Touch, which is a lightweight presenting screen sharer. We will also show i3SNAP, the dry-erase board which allows users to take and share meeting notes.
“What I enjoy best about the show is that the atmosphere is always buzzing. ExCeL is a great venue and I thoroughly enjoy meeting attendees and helping them to start exploring a solution that fits their bespoke business requirements.
“When it comes to the seminar events and networking opportunities, as a former military man I’ll be keen to try and catch veteran Simon Weston’s keynote on 22 June. I’ll also be busy connecting with colleagues old and new at the show. As A+K has just become part of the Redstone Group, we’re really excited about the future. Pop by stand T1050 for a chat.
“Looking at the main benefits visitors will get from visiting the show, if I was putting myself in the shoes of a facilities professional, I think the chance to come face to face with the products and services themselves all under one roof is the greatest benefit. Getting hands-on will show you what a product is truly capable of, and it’s so much more effective and efficient than just viewing product information on a website. We’d be pleased to talk you through all of our solutions at our stand, and look forward to welcoming you.”
COMPACT & BALE S900
Compact & Bale is continuing to launch its new Autoload Baler, the world’s first vertical baler that doesn’t require manual feeding – it’s fed from waste carts (which are equivalent to 1,100-litre bins) from the push of a button. This machine takes up a very small footprint and can be housed internally. There will be a fully functioning machine on the stand. It will also showcase waste management services, innovations such as a cost-effective fully automatic baler, liquid draining machines and a solar powered compactor alongside a core range of equipment.
Says James Eaton, Head of Sales and Marketing: “Both I and our Managing Director, Nick Jewitt, have worked in the FM industry for a long time prior to joining Compact & Bale, and there isn’t any other show that brings together so many businesses from all parts of the UK and abroad. What we have always enjoyed as visitors to the show in previous years is the level of innovation that is on display; whether it’s new products and systems or new ways of thinking and working, visiting is time very well spent.
“Visiting the show allows a business to not just stay up to date, but to go back to its customer base and showcase those innovations and really add value to their offering. It isn’t always about being the first to innovate, it’s also about staying engaged with your customers and the wider market, and there is no better place to achieve this. In terms of events, visitors shouldn’t miss the Keynote Theatre with its influential speakers.
“Without a doubt, one of the main benefits of visiting the show is innovation. The FM industry is so reliant on an added value approach, with so much choice for a FM partner, that it’s always key to winning business. Of course, many clients don’t just look at the cheapest bid – they also look at best value for money. Visiting the FM show will allow you to gain an overview of the market, the available suppliers, and the competition – and, of course, the potential clientele. There is no better way to assess the market and look at your own offering.”