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ThinkFM open for bookings

The BIFM has announced the opening of delegate bookings for its ThinkFM conference.

Called ‘The Competitive Edge: Gaining competitive advantage through the workplace’, this business symposium will explore the role the workplace plays in supporting organisational performance and creating competitive edge.

Building on the success of last year’s event, the conference which is supported by Sodexo, as headline sponsor will take place on 13 May 2015 at Kings Place, London N1 and will once again be hosted by Daisy McAndrew, the former economics editor for ITV News.

The panel of expert industry speakers, all leading practitioners in their field, have seen first-hand how, with an appropriate culture and management approach, the workplace is able to become a competitive differentiator in its own right.

Speaking about the correlation between workplace and competitive edge, Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM, said:

“The convergence of people, place and process is where value is created.  Whatever the purpose of the workplace – a call centre, a laboratory or a rugby stadium – if you treat each in isolation, you are inherently missing out on the advantages of having a coherent and coordinated workplace strategy. Each aspect feeds, informs and nurtures the other. This is what the art of facilities management is and we urge all business leaders and FMs to critically evaluate – are we truly leveraging these assets in the most effective way?

 Can we achieve greater competitive advantage by taking more of a business-wide approach that is wholly integrated into the organisation’s objectives?”

Throughout the day, delegates will be able to explore a number of overall concepts including the influence of environments and processes on human behaviour and how working lives will be organised in the future. Technology’s impact on the human condition and what it means for the workplace will be considered. The event also includes a series of practical case studies conducted by some of the world’s leading organisations and reveals how they have delivered competitive edge.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Frank Van Massenhove, President of Federal Public Service Social Security in Belgium
  • Monica Parker, Founder, Hatch
  • Munish Datta, Head of Plan A & FM, Marks & Spencer
  • Dave Coplin, Chief Envisaging Officer, Microsoft

The speakers will be sharing their insights with delegates and exploring how compelling workplace environments can result in efficiencies and higher levels of productivity.

The conference will showcase organisations that are rethinking the world of work and creating spaces designed to inspire, build and deliver success.  Delegates will be taken on a journey in considering the role that the workplace plays in enhancing corporate brand and making it easier to attract and retain the right talent.

BIFM is partnering with ITN Productions to produce a news and feature programme which will launch at Think FM and which will expand on the conference theme. ‘Competitive advantage through the workplace’ will be presented by Natasha Kaplinsky from the studios at ITN in central London.

Full details of the event can be found at www.thinkfm.com or contact BIFM at thinkfm@bifm.org.uk or call +44 (0)1279 712 640. #ThinkFM

BIFM members can secure their place for just £299+VAT if they book in the early-bird period (ending 20 March). The regular ticket price for non BIFM members is just £349+VAT during the early-bird period.

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