UBM Live, the organisers of Facilities Show and The FM Event, today announced that the FM Event will merge with Facilities Show for 2013. Taking place from 14-16 May at Birmingham’s NEC, Facilities Show 2013 is the annual flagship event solely dedicated to those working across the full spectrum of facilities management.
The event organisers said the decision to merge these two industry events was not taken lightly and followed a lengthy process of research alongside feedback from FM professionals. The phenomenal growth of Facilities Show in recent years, with visitor numbers up 86% since 2009 and exhibitors numbers rising from 81 in 2001 to over 300 in 2012 earned its place as a premium industry event to retain.
Fergus Bird, group event manager at UBM Live explained: “We really felt that the time was right to focus all our energies and expertise on one annual event, Facilities Show. The emphasis on one annual show next year unites the entire industry across the three days, providing one focal point that can meet the needs of the FM market all in one place,” added Bird.”
The Facilities Show and The FM Event are both held in association with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Speaking on the merger Gareth Tancred, BIFM CEO commented: “By bringing together the Facilities Show and The FM Event, it gives the Facilities Show the opportunity to firmly establish itself as one of the world’s leading, and biggest, facilities management trade show events. This is a positive for the facilities management profession, giving a focused platform to unite and come together to share and learn. I look forward to BIFM significantly contributing to Facilities Show 2013 and beyond through great education, CPD and networking sessions and to keep building the influence and reach of the Facilities Show.”
Facilities Show 2013 will be co-located with Safety and Health Expo, IFSEC and FIREX International.