The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is set to support the facilities management (FM) profession in the Channel Islands through the launch of a dedicated branch serving the area.
After identifying a potential need for BIFM support in the Channel Islands, the institute undertook research to ascertain levels of demand, which showed high interest level for a branch to serve the needs of FMs in the islands.
The branch, which is part of the popular BIFM South West Region, was officially launched with an event in Jersey on 23 April, which was then mirrored in Guernsey on 24 April.
Taking place at the Radisson Blu, St Helier, and St Pierre Park Hotel, St Peter Port, the two launch events included a welcome from Etasse, followed by Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM, giving an overview of the FM industry and the direction of the Institute. Linda Hausmanis then spoke about BIFM Qualifications in FM. The sessions closed with the all-important networking opportunities.
Speaking on the launch events, which attracted over 100 attendees, Tancred said:
“We were delighted with the number of facilities management professionals who took the time to join us, this really shows the need for the Institute to support the Channel Islands. Anecdotal feedback included that this was the first local FM event for some delegates, and that it was great to bring the FM community together in this way.”
Darren Etasse, deputy chair of the Channel Islands Branch, said:
“We are delighted that BIFM are now active in the Channel Islands. A local branch will help members access BIFM events without the need to travel to mainland UK; I look forward to our branch delivering high quality and accessible development and networking events in both Jersey and Guernsey.”
The next scheduled Channel Islands event will be hosted in June, which will highlight the legal issues and requirements of electrical, water and PAT testing.
The new Channel Islands Branch follows on from the successful launch of the BIFM Southern Ireland Branch early in 2013.
Full details on all BIFM groups and events can be found at www.bifm.org.uk/groups or www.bifm.org.uk/events.