FM the Business Enabler? – calling FM experts to join the industry debate

A top line-up of industry specialists will debate and share knowledge with delegates at Facilities Management 2017 on how FM can move from a cost centre to a business enabler. Facilities management is too often seen as a cost and liability to a business. But forward-thinking businesses are using FM as a competitive differentiator, and for these leading organisations, FM is an asset not a liability. The event takes place at the NEC from 21-23 March 2017.

In the FM Dialogue theatre, the debate will focus on whether FM should be sector rather than service line based; the blueprint of future FM business models; who are FM’s natural business partners in an organisation and who poses a threat?; what are FM’s values and how can this be communicated to UK PLC?; what makes a good FM and how should we train the next generation of facilities professionals?

Industry experts will discuss the future of FM, from vested outsourcing to market structure; how can we bring more innovation to the FM sector and what are the typical routes for innovation; and how to improve the brand of FM within the board.

Visitors can pose their questions and discuss their burning industry issues with experts from a range of leading organisations including NHS Grampian, KBR, and Sheffield Hallam University. There are still a few opportunities remaining for key FM professionals to join the debate and if you’d like to make your opinion count, please contact Cathy Hayward at by Friday, 27 January 2017.

Under the theme FM: the Business Enabler, the show’s two theatres will showcase content, which will educate and inspire visitors to challenge the way they think, change the way they operate, and collaborate with partners to innovate. FMs will take back to their organisation the knowledge, tools and techniques to make an impression on the business and bottom line.

This year’s show is under the new ownership of Western Business Exhibitions, and the event director Tim Else commented: “The FM Dialogue area promises a series of lively panel debates where delegates can discuss the issues of the day with their peers and experts. We hope that delegates will take this as an opportunity to really focus their understanding on strategic, operational and economic need to support the wider business objectives.”

To register to attend, or if you are interested in exhibiting at Facilities Management 2017 visit:


Bringing maintenance & facilities management professionals together

The Buildings Maintenance Show

1-2 February 2017, Manchester Central

The Buildings Maintenance Show brings together specifiers, clients, suppliers and policy-makers over two-days in Manchester.

The show addresses the key issues and challenges around the maintenance and facilities management of public and commercial buildings.

The show is a unique opportunity for you to make new contacts, network with peers and find solutions to current and future maintenance & FM issues you maybe facing.

The Exhibition & Conference are FREE to attend for ALL.

The event is supported by BRE, Constructing Excellence, BAFE, Water Management Society, Legionella Control Association, BIM4Health, BIM4FM and FM North.

Conference topics being covered include: Case Study: The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – Delivering efficiency in NHS Estates using private sector asset management – Life Cycle Costing, do we really get it? – Erosion of whole life costs in projects – Maintenance of +700,000m² school infrastructure in one programme? – Challenge Accepted! Integrating FM into BIM.

To register your free place and for more information go to


Counter Terrorism for Facilities Managers

Businesses across the west are facing a prolonged period of terrorist threat but many FMs are not given the help they need to evaluate the risks to their buildings and then understand what they should do about them.

UK Security Expo (30 Nov – 1 Dec, Olympia, London) provides a key focus on facilities and emergency planning. Counter Terrorism for Facilities Managers is a free to attend workshop which covers everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. What are the top ten key things you need to know about terrorism? How to make your building terrorism resistant, communicating in a crisis and building links with safety and security. Led by Chris Phillips, former Head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office responsible for the UK Crowded Places Strategy with a panel of expert speakers including Jim MacKenzie, Special Adviser, Centre for Risk-Reducing Design, David Cox, European Channel Manager – Window Film, 3M, Peter Joyce, Chair of the London Branch, EPS and Caroline Field, Head of Risk and Resilience at BuroHappold Engineering.

The Designing out Terrorism Conference includes specialist sessions relevant to FMs on SABRE, intelligent buildings and mitigating the terrorist threat. Put learning into action on the Crisis Management Training workshop delivered by NYA. Acting as members of a corporate crisis management team, attendees will be required to structure their response to an unfolding crisis incident.

The Securing Crowded Places Immersive Demonstrator in association with the Home Office, JSaRC and CPNI uses the event venue itself as the place to be protected. The interactive feature demonstrates how a combination of technology, processes and techniques can be applied imaginatively in a variety of operational scenarios to improve protection from terrorist attack.

With over 8,000 visitors, 200 exhibitors, 6 conferences, workshops and live demonstrations, UK Security Expo is the flagship event for a global audience working in transport, government, energy, major events, communications, finance, utilities and private sector. All content is free of charge with CPD accreditation. For further information visit


Inspiration for health and safety leaders

An essential update for H&S practitioners from the British Safety Council at Health & Safety North 2016, 12 – 13 October 2016, Bolton

The British Safety Council, the educational partner of Health & Safety North 2016, has prepared a comprehensive seminar programme for the event that will return to the Bolton Arena on 12th and 13th October. This year, it will include two interactive workshops that will give participants ‘hands-on involvement’ in the sessions.

Health & Safety North 2016 is a two-day event, held at the Bolton Arena on 12th-13th October 2016. It is centred on an exhibition that includes a free-to-attend seminar programme curated by the British Safety Council. It is an opportunity for leading trade bodies, manufacturers, distributors, training providers and consultants in the health and safety sector to showcase their expertise and services.

The British Safety Council’s seminar programme provides a platform for local business owners and managers in the North West to hear from and engage with leading experts in health and safety and network with a range of practitioners and business managers.

The highlight of this year’s programme will be two interactive workshops that will give the delegates experience of managing a stressful situation in ‘real-life’ scenarios where positive health and safety behaviour is required.

On 12 October, Harry Gallagher and Shaun Curry, from training providers Macnaughton McGregor, will be hosting a scenario-based session, during which participants will be informed about a serious incident and presented with an ‘active’ scenario in which they can take part. The audience will get the opportunity to question both individuals, influence their behaviour and ultimately change the potential outcome of the situation.

In the second interactive workshop, held on the 13th October, Mark Davies, managing director at consultancy 7Futures, will draw on his experience of working with elite performers, sports personalities and the military, by demonstrating how to manage stressful situations without compromising people’s health and wellbeing.

The British Safety Council’s seminar programme will also include an update from Zoe Betts, a criminal regulatory lawyer from legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, who will assess the Sentencing Council guidelines for health and safety offences and the impact of increased fines on the industry.

HSE’s fee for intervention (FFI) is another highly topical issue for the industry. Kevin Bridges and Gareth McManus, partner and associate at legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, will advise businesses on how they can prepare for a visit from a HSE inspector and when the HSE inspector can charge a fee for their engagement.

Louise Ward, Policy and Standards Director at the British Safety Council, who will chair the seminar programme, said: “We hope that this year’s varied and comprehensive programme will give the participants an opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the leading industry practitioners and advisors and that they will enjoy the experience of solving real life health and safety dilemmas.“

The British Safety Council will also be exhibiting at the event and it welcomes its industry partners and all visitors to its stand number E2.

The British Safety Council seminar programme of the Health & Safety North 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

09.15 – 10.15  Managing occupational exposure to dust; Shaun Knott, Manager Casella

10.45 – 11.45  Legal update; Kevin Bridges, Partner; Zoe Betts, Pinsent Masons

12.00 – 13.00 Worker involvement; Nigel Bryson, Director, Bryson Consulting

14.00 – 15.00 Engagement; Harry Gallagher & Sean Curry, The 2Macs

Thursday, 13 October 2016

09.15 – 10.15  Case study; Roger Ward, SHEQ Director, ByBox Holdings

10.45 – 11.45  Fatigue, rest and recovery; Mark Davies, Director, 7 Futures

12.15 – 13.15  CDM Regulations update; Kevin Fear; Health & Strategy Lead, CITB

13.45 – 14.45  An inspector calls; Kevin Bridges & Gareth McManus, Pinsent Masons

The full seminar programme of the event can be viewed online at:



Join Instarmac at this year’s inaugural Tiling Show

Visit Instarmac on stand Q3 where their premium brands UltraFloor, UltraTile and Granfix will be showcasing their popular subfloor preparation, tile fixing and grouting solutions.

To be held at the Harrogate International Centre from the 18th – 20th September, The Tiling Show is an exciting new exhibition for the tile and stone industry. It will run alongside The Flooring Show creating a ‘2 in 1’ day out for all visitors.

The Instarmac stand will debut the Granfix range following this year’s acquisition and the new UltraTile Level IT Rapid, a leveller formulated for same day tiling. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the new UltraFloor products launched earlier this summer, moisture suppressant, Suppress IT and bulking concrete, Fill IT.

A guaranteed popular feature at the show will be TTA’s Demo Zone. A full timetable of half an hour demonstrations will be held during the course of the show’s three days, Instarmac will hold two of these. On Sunday 18th September at 3pm take your seats for the ‘Fixing of Large Format Porcelain Tiles’. Instarmac representatives, Daniel Spencer and Andrew Carroll, will be taking the floor discussing these problematic tiles and the use of UltraTile FibreGrip FX to fix them.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday 20th September, join Daniel again for the ‘Grouting of Natural Stone Installations’. This demonstration will provide all you need to know on both internal and external grouting. Daniel will be joined by Nick Holmes, who will showcase UltraScape’s flowable external paving grout, Flowpoint. This rapid setting grout is ideal for use with sandstone, limestone, granite and concrete paving types.

For more information on Instarmac and any of the brands featuring at the show please call 01827 871871 or visit Register free to attend the show by visiting We look forward to seeing you there and having a drink on our stand with you.


Industry leaders delivering the answers to effective energy management at this year’s showcase event

In a sector marked by volatile pricing, changing regulatory frameworks and increasing financial and security risk, it is necessary for the industry to come together to safeguard and ensure the future of energy & resource efficiency, says Nicola Meadows, event director – Environment, i2i Events Group.

With policy change amass and technological advances in abundance, there is now even more reason to visit RWM in 2016. This year the event, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13-15 September, promises to stimulate and attract the attention of the broadest cross-sector audience at the international showcase of resource and waste management innovation, RWM 2016 and its three co-located shows: The Energy Event, the Renewables Event and the Water Event.

The Energy Event

Organised in partnership with key associations such as, the Major Energy Users Council, Energy Institute and Energy Services & Technology Association, the Energy Event 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13th -14th September is a ‘must attend’ exhibition and conference. Not only is this an event for major energy users, it is also a key date in the calendar for decision makers as they grapple with energy supply, energy security and energy management concerns. The event is a key place for visitors to understand the latest policies, compliance requirements and find the latest technologies to drive a reduction in energy costs and improve their sustainability performance. Building on last year’s success, the Energy Event provides key opportunities for networking and professional development.

Apart from policy changes, there are also a number of issues which seem to be challenging the sector, including energy security which remains a thorny issue for UK businesses. With an early capacity auction anticipated in the winter of 2017/18, and energy suppliers not being allowed to delay payments, businesses could face higher than anticipated energy bills next year. But what will the implications be for your business?

The show has two premium content hubs, Energy Leaders Theatre and the Energy Information Theatre. Key discussions from Keith Brierley, Environment and Business – Senior Advisor, Environment Agency, Maria Spyrou, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager, Marks and Spencer and Charlotte Calloway, Energy & Environment Analyst, Whitbread are just a small sample of the speakers at this year’s show. In addition, a keynote speaker from National Grid, Paul Lowbridge, will participate in a panel discussing – demand-side response, could capitalising on energy opportunities be the answer to the energy trilemma. A full speakers program is due to be released shortly.


RWM 2016, which is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham from 13th to 15th September, is the largest event in the UK for the waste and resource efficiency sector, with plenty on show for the quarrying, recycling and bulk materials handling industries.

The three-day exhibition, organised in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), also provides a strong conference programme taking place across the Circular Economy Connect, Energy from Waste and Local Authority theatres. There are numerous networking opportunities for RWM’s visitors and exhibitors.

All the plant and equipment for the waste and recycling industry

Throughout the exhibition, machinery and equipment designed to help keep materials in the loop and retain the value in resources will be centre-stage, as well as handling and logistics solutions that minimise the environmental impact of recycling. RWM has always dedicated a large part of the show to machinery, equipment, handling, logistics, recycling and reprocessing, and energy recovery. New technologies are coming to market throughout the year, and RWM provides the platform to market them to the right audience.

Circular Economy Connect Theatre

The Circular Economy Connect Theatre which is sponsored by Ricardo-AEA, with industry partners, Suez and Viridor, promises to be a key point for exploring how the principles of circular economy can be applied at an organisational or process level. Throughout the event there will be panel discussions on extended producer responsibility and designing out waste to enable greater resource productivity. Speakers in this theatre include: Kyle Wiens, CEO,  iFixit, Tristram Stuart, award-winning author, speaker and campaigner. Ichin Cheng, director and co-founder, Sustainable Innovation Lab and advisor to EC Horizon 2020 and Dr Greg Lavery, Director, rype office.

Energy from Waste Theatre

The Energy from Waste Theatre is the central hub for key industry players to debate, discuss and share insights on the future of energy from waste. Featuring speakers from Nandos, the Environment Agency, ESA & a case study from Lakeside EfW Plant. With new policies introduced into the sector, the theatre will provide further clarity for industry influencers on the role energy from waste plays in the long term. It will also provide businesses with insights on how to improve their bottom line.

Local Authority Theatre

Influencers within the industry will debate, discuss and share what waste strategy works best in a local authority when stringent measures are in place, in 2016 and beyond. Discussions will include topics such as waste crime, 2020 recycling targets, food waste collections and driving behaviour change. Speakers from Devon County Council, Keep Britain Tidy and LARAC will feature on this theatre along with Keynote, Linda Crichton, from WRAP.

Make sure you attend the co-located events; The Energy Event, The Water Event, The Renewables Event and RWM in September. It is the only place four industry leading events combine under one roof.


Jangro set to shine at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2016

Jangro, the UK’s largest network of janitorial supply companies, will be showcasing two new additions to its impressive portfolio at The Manchester Cleaning Show 2016.

Delegates will be able to find out all about Jangro’s brand new ‘Learning Management Solution’ (LMS) website and pick up free voucher codes for exclusive access to the online training modules.

It’s inaugural Healthcare catalogue, which has been developed to meet the needs of a whole host of care and nursing facilities, will also be available on the stand.

In addition, Jangro team members will be talking visitors through the company’s added value services including its Budgeting Software and its Site Manager tool, which is a leading health and safety compliance solution.

Joanne Gillard, Operations Director at Jangro, said: “We are very excited to be attending this year’s Manchester Cleaning Show.

“It is recognised as the meeting place for the UK’s cream of the crop in the cleaning industry and we’re thrilled to be exhibiting our brand new website for our award-winning training programme and our first Healthcare catalogue.”

The Manchester Cleaning Show 2016 is at Event City on the 6th and 7th April. The Jangro team will be on stand C14 throughout the two-day event.

To attend The Manchester Cleaning show please visit –



Glasgow to build its future on sustainable foundations

Figures released in early September by Markit have shown that the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has risen to 57.3, up 0.2 on July’s figures. While not as strong as the boom of 2014, where the industry was seeing returns of over 60 for much of the year, these figures represent a stable growth not seen in a decade.

Much of this sustained growth has been led by the rise in residential construction across the UK, something which is receiving significant support from government initiatives across the country. That said, recent government figures have shown that the number of housing projects starts has fallen by 1% over the year and 6% over the last 3 months, to 136,320, leaving a long way to go to reach the 200,000 homes per year outlined by David Cameron in the lead up to the general election.

It increasingly seems that tackling the issue at a local level may well be the way forward. Glasgow City Council are looking to lead the way in this aspect, having recently announced their comprehensive housing strategy People Make Glasgow Home, which will deliver 25,000 homes by 2025.

As with many cities around the UK, lack of housing, especially affordable housing, has to be balanced against finding the physical space within the city. As a part of the People Make Glasgow Home campaign, there have been a selection of creative measures to release and repurpose areas within the city, including converting empty shops into houses and opening up 20 new sites for development within the first year of the programme.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “While there have been tremendous examples of new housing developments in Glasgow in recent years, such as the Athletes’ Village and Laurieston, the city needs to accelerate house building to meet changing and growing demand. The huge scope of housing activity that the council will be enabling, supporting and investing in over the next decade will truly transform Glasgow”.

Gary Climson, Managing Director of McTaggart Construction, agreed: “We firmly believe this commitment by Glasgow City Council will further support the delivery of public sector housing in the city, driving the realisation of Glasgow’s newest city centre quarter and enabling us to continue our ambition to create quality homes and communities throughout Scotland”.

The People Make Glasgow Home scheme will be complemented by the Sustainable Glasgow programme, which, according to Duncan Booker, Sustainable Glasgow Manager, “aims to support nothing less than a green re-industrialisation of the city – so that it can make the transition from being one of the industrial powerhouses of the global Industrial Revolution to becoming a smart, sustainable, low carbon city that once again leads the world”.

Duncan recently gave an exclusive interview to Scotland Build 2015, which will bring further discussion on the housing sector within Scotland to the SECC this November. When asked about the impact of Sustainable Glasgow on house building in the city, Duncan said:

“The city’s domestic energy efficiency programme has levered in significant amounts of national and local funding to improve housing for tenants and home-owners.  It has helped them to save hundreds of pounds a year off their fuel bills and also maintained and created jobs in the industry.

The new homes at the Athletes Village are models of energy efficiency in their construction and the whole development has been a national exemplar for sustainability in construction.  The city now aims to continue this success with the new Sighthill development”.

Whether this model can be adapted across the UK remains to be seen, but Glasgow looks set to lead the way to ensure that Scotland and the UK keep building the houses required to sustain an ever-growing population.

Glasgow City Council will be speaking at the Scotland Build 2015 conference, along with a number of leading industry figures, on the 25th & 26th November at the SECC. For more information visit


Innovation and inspiration at Facilities Show 2015


Innovation and inspiration will be core themes of this year’s Facilities Show, taking place at ExCel London from 16 -18 June 2015.

Delivering unparalleled access to knowledge, innovation and solutions from across the facilities management (FM) sector, the event is the highlight of the year for FM professionals.

This year, in partnership with FM publication Facilities Management Journal (FMJ), Facilities Show will include an innovation trail that will run across the event, highlighting all the latest products and services that have come to market.

Innovation will not stop there. The Innovation Awards, also in association with FMJ, will highlight the best of the best from the innovation trail at the show, rewarding those products or services that the judges feel truly stand out from the crowd.

Facilities Show recently announced two big names to its Inspirational Speaker Sessions, Baroness Karren Brady CBE and Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE will take to the keynote stage on the Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Baroness Brady is known as the ‘first lady of football’, having become MD of Birmingham City at the age of just 23 and is also well-known to millions of TV viewers for her role alongside Lord an Sugar in The Apprentice. Brady will share anecdotes from her own meteoric rise within the business world, offering plenty of insights and advice for women in business.

Sir Ranulph was described by The Guinness Book of Records in 1984 as “the world’s greateRanulph-Fiennes-Facilities-Showst living explorer”, his session will touch on the importance of agility and how the ability to perform under extreme pressure determines success.

Fergus Bird, Group Event Manager, UBM Live, said: “Innovation was a key theme in all of our research and feedback after the 2014 event so it is with great pleasure that we announce our plans for the Facilities Show 2015, providing leadership and inspiration for this diverse and forward-thinking sector.

Another element we are really excited about this year is the engagement we have from the Total Facilities Management companies, once again Mitie will be show partners but this year we have already confirmed that CBRE, Vinci Facilities, Bouygues, PHS and Bilfinger will all have significant presence at Facilities Show, highlighting the significance of the show across the entire FM industry. ”

Held in association with British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) along with show partners Mitie and partners The Building Futures Group, The Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE), FMJ and International Workplace, amongst others, Facilities Show 2015 will provide three days tailored to the complex and ever changing needs of facility managers with a comprehensive programme created in consultation with the industry.

Additional educational areas include the BIFM Careers Zone, with a series of advice clinics, workshops and seminars delivered by BIFM in collaboration with management consultants, training organisations and specialist recruiters. Also at the show is the Workplace Interiors Theatre and the Facilities Show Seminar Theatre, hosting a series of case studies and panel sessions designed to provoke debate and challenge assumptions.

Attending Facilities Show in London also gives access to 4 co-located shows, IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety and Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

For more information and to register for the show:



London Chamber of Commerce and Industry “Delighted” to be officially supporting London Build 2015

The London Build 2015 team are proud to announce that we are now officially supported by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). LCCI is the capital’s largest and most representative business organisation. Representing the interests of thousands of companies, they connect thousands of business people every year and offer their members a wide range of practical and professional services, designed to support your business in its development.

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry said: “LCCI are delighted to be officially supporting London Build 2015. We are very aware of both the successes and issues in the property and construction sector, particularly the looming skills gap, which was revealed in our recent report with KPMG – Skills to Build. As London’s most representative business organisation, with members large and small, we have a policy agenda underpinned by research reports, quarterly surveys and member committees and housing, infrastructure, land supply and building in the capital are an important part of that agenda.”

Alongside the LCCI, we can also announce that The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will be joining The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) as lead event partners.

The free CPD accredited conference will be accompanied by over 24 accredited workshops all featuring fantastic speakers from across the construction industry and local government. The latest confirmed conference speakers are :

  • Chris Chivers, Senior Vice President, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director Programme, Policy and Services, Business Support Unit – Housing and Land, Greater London Authority.
  • Nigel Hardy, TfL Surface Transport, Head of Road Space Management Sponsorship, Transport for London.
  • Simon Wright, Programme Director, Crossrail.
  • Dr Paul Toyne, Head of Sustainability, Balfour Beatty.

London Build 2015 is the leading new construction exhibition to focus on the construction boom in London and the South of England. The event will take place at the O2 London, accommodating 200+ international exhibitors and thousands of quality attendees showcasing the latest projects, developments, investment and opportunities in and around the Capital.

In addition to the exhibition, conferences and training workshops, we are hosting the London Construction Awards 2015 on June 18th at the O2 (on the evening of Day One of the London Build Expo). The Awards will be recognising achievements by those that have played a defining role in delivering exceptional quality, innovation and service; and in driving the London construction industry forwards. The evening features a Gala Dinner, exclusive presentations from industry leaders, a wide-array of live entertainment, and comedy-sets from celebrity acts, including the hilarious Jimmy Carr.

London Build is FREE to attend and the conference delivers over 24 valuable CPD hours, making it an essential event for all construction industry professionals. Visit or email for more information.