The new Facilities Management event which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 11-13 March 2014 will feature a special practical programme of seminars called The Exchange.
The Exchange will include 21 free content-rich talks packed full of advice, new innovations and case studies for delegates to learn from. For instance facilities management (FM) teams can often find themselves acting as fleet managers; to help them John Webb, Principle Consultant at Lex Autolease, will provide advice on topics such as choosing the right vehicles, whole life costs, tax compliance and carbon reporting.
Facilities managers looking for the best environmental option for disposing of flooring from refurbishment projects will find the talk by Jane Gardner from Axion Consulting invaluable. Her seminar will include the disposal options for carpet tiles, commercial broadloom and vinyl flooring along with case studies on how other sites have reused and recycled their flooring.
Gary Watkins, software expert and managing director at Service Works will describe a no-nonsense approach to buying an Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) software system. This will include how to write a business case document for a CAFM investment and what facts and figures should be included to win over the financial director.
Few would argue that the way people work and therefore working environments have changed enormously, and in ways that were hard to predict. Workplace design expert, Mark Catchlove from Herman Miller, will discuss how scenario planning helps companies understand and anticipate how the workplace could change.
FM professionals tasked with reducing costs will want to hear Nick Butlin, operations director at KiWi Power, outline how money can be made from a company’s electrical demand. Butlin will explain how demand response programmes work and the financial and environmental benefits they offer.
Some fear investing time, expertise and money into training personnel will be wasted as they might then just leave. This reluctance has caused the FM sector to suffer from a long-term skills shortage; it has also resulted in a failure to promote from within. Servest Group will present some of the challenges the organisation has faced with staff training, with speakers who work within the company sharing their experiences and explaining the benefits training has brought them and the company.
Sylvaine Smith, director of field mobility at Motorola Solutions will outline what a mobility solution is, what it can bring to an organisation, how to choose the best option and implement it. Andrew Shaw, managing director at Business Services Growth, will explain why service providers and FM clients should work more closely together.
Providing some real food for thought, Christopher Pedersen, managing director at Convini, will explain how having healthier staff improves workplace efficiencies and therefore corporate performance. As part of this he will show how employee health can be improved through convenient and customised food service options.
In addition to The Exchange, Facilities Management 2014 will also feature a full exhibition packed with major names, plus FM Matters, where experts from some of the biggest names in industry will debate the critical facilities management topics of the day.
Facilities Management 2014 has also attracted support from The British Pest Control Association, which will have a dedicated zone and hospitality area. Furthermore, the show is co-located with easyFairs’ flagship event Maintec, which is in its 39th year, and each year attracts all the leading plant and site managers, maintenance professionals and engineers working across the UK. In a major coup, Facilities Management is also running alongside the brand new Health & Safety event.