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Facilities Show Preview – FM UK

Facilities Show 2013

Facilities Show 2013 is the annual event solely dedicated to one of the fastest growing professions in the UK and Europe. As the facilities management role evolves, keeping up to date with the latest legislation, issues and challenges across a range of disciplines is essential.

Taking place from 14-16 May at NEC Birmingham, Facilities Show 2013 will once again be held in association with British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Facilities Show 2013 will build on the phenomenal growth from the 2012 show which saw an increase of 26.8% in visitor numbers and a 24.1% increase in exhibitors.

With more exhibitors, education, networking opportunities and interactive features incorporated than ever before, Facilities Show 2013 is set to see another record breaking year, bringing together the entire industry in a unique environment to learn, engage and interact with all the latest developments within facilities management.

Facilities Show Theatre

The hugely popular Facilities Show Theatre will once again host leading industry speakers who will address the key issues on the FM agenda. Across the three days experts from a plethora of key associations and professional bodies including BIFM, RICS, FMA, and Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) will host lively and interactive sessions.

Highlights will include a panel session led by The Facilities Management Association (FMA) that will take place on the first day, along with the topical debates by leading industry publications, Facilities Management Journal and Premises & Facilities Management, on days two and three respectively.

BIFM CPD Theatre

The BIFM CPD Theatre returns and will host members of the BIFM Approved CPD Provider Network to run sessions throughout each day of the show, delivering high quality independently assessed CPD content that will help promote continued learning and development for FM practitioners. This year a lunchtime debate will take place led by the mini FM Leaders Forum, a new initiative launched by BIFM that will focus on thought leadership.

Gareth Tancred, BIFM Chief Executive Officer, said: “BIFM are very much looking forward to Facilities Show in May 2013. For the second year running, the BIFM CPD Theatre will provide three days of quality educational sessions to help with continued learning for any FM practitioner and the BIFM stand C100 can help answer any queries around membership or qualifications. We will also be taking part and facilitating many educational and networking sessions that will take place across the three days. Facilities Show is set to have another great year in 2013 and we are delighted to be working in association with this industry critical event.”

Energy Management Theatre

The Energy Management Theatre will address the growing needs for FM practitioners within the fields of sustainability, renewables and energy consumption.

The programme will showcase how to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs without compromising on quality, plus there will be a special focus on legislative changes that will affect the facilities manager.

With contributors from Carbon Trust, BRE, UK Dept of Energy and Climate Change, Greenpeace, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and many more, this free to attend theatre promises to be a focal point of the show.

Service Management Expo within Facilities Show

The Service Management section within Facilities Show will provide all the latest information and the most up-to-date products and services for those working within service management, logistics, fleet management, operations and IT. Confirmed exhibitors for Service Management Expo within Facilities Show include Solarvista Software Ltd, Telogis, Zafire Ltd, Tesseract, Aeromark and IRIS Field Service Solutions, amongst others.

Also launching in this new area is The Field Service Solutions Theatre, bringing together leaders from across the industry to look at the current challenges facing the sector and how to drive team efficiency, looking at the best ways to deliver high value, low cost services.

Facilities Show Networking Hub

The Networking Hub, which made its debut at last year’s FM Event, will launch at Facilities Show 2013, hosting breakfast, lunch and afternoon briefings for a select group of high-level delegates. The Networking Hub will provide facilitated networking sessions that will tackle some of the hottest topics within the sector.

The FMA Village

The launch last year of the Facilities Management Association (FMA) Village proved to be a huge draw for visitors and this will return for a second year. Experts from VINCI Facilities, HSS Hire, Norland Managed Services and Nationwide Platforms, amongst others, will be present to discuss with FM’s their individual strategies and help them explore their options, including Total Facilities Management (TFM).

“FMA will once again be supporting Facilities Show in 2013 and will return with the popular FMA Village for a second year. As the industry increasingly professionalises, this is a great forum each year to discuss latest developments, including the FM MBA with Sheffield Hallam University as well as seeking out new products and services and meet face-to-face with peers from across the whole of FM. Look out for the FM Sunday Telegraph supplement, where we will be distributing free copies,” said Chris Hoar, FMA, Chief Executive.

Over 350 exhibitors are expected this year, with the very best from waste management, energy solutions, winter maintenance and environmental services, to office management, fire solutions and managed services all in attendance. New exhibitors at the show this year include Credo NOBO, Dyson and Miko Coffee; Facilities Show is seen as a premium industry event for conducting business, discovering the latest products and networking.

As part of Protection & Management Week, Facilities Show 2013 is co-located with Safety and Health Expo, IFSEC International and FIREX International.

To find out more information about Facilities Show please visit the website www.facilitiesshow.com. If you would like to book a stand at this rapidly growing event please contact Charles Oakley on 0207 921 8048 or email Charles.Oakley@ubm.com

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