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Facilities Show 2019

The Smart Buildings Expo, launched in partnership with systems integrators Vanti, is a brand-new feature for 2019. It showcases the latest ideas in the emerging smart building sector, with a full-sized replica of a smart office and panels and presentations outlining the possibilities of integrating cutting-edge technology and the internet of things with modern office and commercial buildings.

The Expo is organised under three headings: ‘Educate’ is a seminar programme, ‘Experience’ is the smart office replica, and ‘Consult’ involves prearranged meetings for independent smart buildings advice. Together they provide a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most transformative new technologies available to the FM market.

‘Educate’ panels and sessions include: ‘A human-centric approach to smart buildings’, a myth-busting panel on the benefits of smart buildings, and a session entitled ‘Making every building smart: when innovation meets reality’. These seminars are free to all Facilities Show visitors.

Another brand-new introduction, the Workplace Wellbeing Show highlights new approaches to improving mental health in the workplace. It includes the Workplace Wellbeing Theatre, with speakers and panels discussing key ideas and developments around wellbeing. Sessions include ‘Mental health and the law’, ‘The wellbeing professional of the future’, ‘Tackling fatigue in your organisation’, and ‘Nutrition as part of a health and wellbeing offer’.

The show also offers the Healthy Eating Café, stressing the importance of diet, and the Wellness Wall, where IWFM experts share their ideas for tackling wellbeing challenges.

Elsewhere, experts at the Facilities Management Theatre will share real-world case studies involving maintenance, workforce issues, workplace design and sustainability. Plus the Facilities Games Arcade offers the opportunity to relax and network over games and video games – new this year is Scalextric.

This year, three inspirational speakers will share the lessons of their varied careers and life experiences. Steph McGovern, BBC Breakfast presenter, Michael Edwards (Eddie the Eagle) and Jonny Wilkinson will provide their unique insights, helping their audience to appreciate big ideas like risk, courage and perseverance.


Facilities Show 2018 stood out for the inspirational contributions made by comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax, Rugby World Cup-winning Manager Sir Clive Woodward, and former British Army Brigadier Nicky Moffat. This year’s event has lined up three equally compelling keynote speakers, who will share experiences and life lessons across the three days of the show.

Steph McGovern, journalist and presenter on BBC Breakfast, will talk about her career journey from apprentice engineer at Black & Decker to award-winning financial journalist and household name. She will discuss some of what she has learned from her business reporting and interviews, ranging from factory workers and CEOs to Donald Trump, and the importance of good business practice, skills, and vocational training.


Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie the Eagle, became a sporting legend following his underdog efforts in the ski jumping competition at the 1988 Winter Olympics. He will address issues of risk and safety, drawing on his experiences in a career fraught with the risk of serious injury but made possible by hard work, perseverance and the courage to try something new and daring.


England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson famously helped England to a World Cup title in 2003, but struggled with mental health issues throughout a long professional career in a male-dominated environment. In a frank and honest speech he will consider what his experience has taught him about mental health and the importance of balancing work and personal life, providing valuable insights for FMs tackling workplace wellbeing.

Facilities Show makes discussion of big ideas and new technologies easy with its bespoke networking service, helping FMs to make contacts, generate business and build critical new relationships. The 1-2-1 Meetings Service allows you to arrange formal meetings ahead of the event, so you can connect with the suppliers most relevant to you. You will have 24/7 access to the Meetings Service portal, allowing you to amend your schedule and check meeting requests at any point.

The show also facilitates informal, impromptu meetings with peers, clients and former colleagues in a range of meeting spaces, from relaxed park areas to lounges and bars. VIP guests can secure exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, where you’re guaranteed the opportunity to build connections with high-profile facilities management professionals.

Since Facilities Show takes place alongside three co-located events, your ticket also grants you free access to FIREX International, IFSEC International and Safety & Health Expo, where you can browse solutions for fire safety, security, and health and safety respectively.

Facilities Show is open between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June, and 10am and 4pm on Thursday 20 June. Exclusive preferential accommodation rates are available through the Facilities Show website, along with advice on how to reach the venue via car, air and public transport. The nearest station is Custom House, easily accessible from central London on the Docklands Light Railway.

To secure your free ticket to Facilities Show and its co-located shows, visit www.facilitiesshow.com

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