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ThinkFM to tackle key issues facing the industry over the next two years

The full programme for ThinkFM, taking place in London on 1 May, is now live on the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) website.

Packed with alerts, insights and suggestions to help FMs prepare themselves and their organisations for the next two years, key issues include forecasting on Brexit, debates on how to escape the lowest cost tendering spiral, what you need to know about big data, and how automation will impact on FM jobs.

Vicky Pryce, the event’s key note speaker will discuss the impact of Brexit, the productivity conundrum, the need for a new model for public sector procurement, and how companies can respond to the social responsibility expectations of the new CCS framework.

Talks will also be given by Ed Hudson, Head of corporate services at UBS who will look at the impact of Carillion on clients and whether there will now be a major push for in-sourcing. Jeremy Waud, Chairman at Incentive FM Group, will discuss the need to stop the race to the bottom on price, George McFarlane of CBI will explore what will follow PFI, whilst Colleen Conklin, Director of Research, Sodexo Corporate Services, will provide a preview of the outcomes of Sodexo’s recent Global Workplace Trends report at the start of a session on the opportunities of ‘Workplace’ and the skills needed to take advantage of them.

Papers, some of which will run concurrently, will include an ‘Internet of Things’ case study of The Burj Khalifa, insights from a collaborative project between industry and academia on condition-based maintenance and a keynote paper from Siemens who are leading on how to join up data and apps in the workplace to benefit users.

As part of BIFM’s contribution to World FM day there will be a session for those who outsource internationally. Ross Abbate of Mace Macro will explain how to deal with different business cultures when outsourcing across borders and Ed Baldwin will introduce delegates to a system for gathering data to evidence their contribution.

A set of practical sessions have also been added to help delegates put plans in place straight away to implement the strategy decisions they have made as a result of the conference.

BIFM’s Chief Executive Linda Hausmanis said: “Facilities management is being increasingly recognised as having the capacity to deliver real performance benefits for companies but it also faces significant disruptors. This conference will ignite the enthusiasm of FMs to seize the opportunities that the current disrupted landscape offers and empower them to act!”

BIFM is offering delegates the opportunity to bring a third colleague along free of charge for every two full-price tickets purchased for the conference.

The full programme including details of topics, speakers and tickets are available at www.thinkfm.com.


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