Last night’s sell-out, inaugural FM Industry ball was a social and fundraising success. Over 400 professionals from the facilities management industry gathered in the The Grand Hall, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, to enjoy the new black-tie event touted as being “held by the industry, for the industry” whilst raising an impressive £22,000 for its chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event was supported by a large number of companies including Facilities Management Journal, Skanska, Sodexo, Norland, RICS and BIFM who all booked tables.
Industry partners and friends were invited to join Facilities Management Journal’s (FMJ’s) table at the ball, hosted by FMJ parent company kpm media’s Graeme Burton and Nigel Copp. Burton, Copp and the FMJ team, including assistant editor Charlie Kortens, business development manager Rob Alder and sales executive Danny Grange, welcomed guests including Coleen Cloherty, executive director build recruitment; Mark Finch, director at JZFM; Gary Sewell, business development manager at JobsinProperty.com and Andrew Hulbert, associate director, Bilfinger HSG Facility Management. It was a night to eat, drink, dance and socialise – and there were a few sore heads in the office today to prove a good night was had by all!
Lynn Hyder at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“This event has raised an incredible sum of money which will make an enormous difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. The £22,000 raised could fund a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist, a large information centre and a family support worker for a whole month. These three services provide a diverse range of help and support to people affected by cancer and will help to ensure that even more people receive support at a time and in a way that is right for them. Thank you to everyone involved.”
The event was organised by a committee who represent a cross section of the industry: Jeremy Waud (Incentive FM Group); David Sharp (Workplace Law); John Ellis (Friedman FM); Simon Jacobs (ISS); and Nick Atherton (Morphose). It was promoted by City Sports Management.
Jeremy Waud, managing director at Incentive FM Group, explains:
“The idea was to hold an industry‐wide fun, black tie evening in London without a direct affiliation to any other industry trade bodies or media organisations. There were no event sponsors – this was an event held by the industry, for the industry and its chosen charity.”