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Launch of PFM Partnership Awards 2021 categories

27 January 2021

Today sees the launch of the PFM Partnership Awards 2021, all of which are listed below with the relevant criteria for each one.

Entries for the Partnership categories must be emailed to by 14 May, with the later deadlines for individual awards categories confirmed in the coming weeks.

While the two new categories included this year, Partners in Healthcare and Partners in Workplace Redevelopment, are expected to attract entrants celebrating successful responses to the requirements emerging within the Covid-19 pandemic, all categories have the potential to include these details in the entries.

This element may also feature within nominations for Team Member of the Year, as explained in the criteria below.

With nearly five months to complete discussions with all the partners for each entry, PFM is offering additional assistance following successful trials last year.

Potential entrants are invited to email PFM editor Dennis Flower at to arrange Microsoft Teams, Zoom or similar calls to discuss each entry and hear what the judges will be looking for.

This proved popular with several entrants last year, helping them to focus their efforts and ensuring that appropriate preparations were put in place.

At present, the PFM team anticipates that online calls will also be used by the judging teams again this year, following the success of the PFM Awards 2020 judging exercise.

It is also expected that a more normal schedule will be followed for the 2021 awards, with finalists confirmed by mid June and all judging completed by the end of September, followed by a live presentation ceremony in London next November.


Partners in Cleaning

This category is for FM partnerships where cleaning of facilities of any description takes a central role as part of a total facilities management (TFM) solution, or is the only aspect of the contract, and is designed to show how working in close cooperation between client and service provider delivers benefits to everyone involved.

Partners in Corporate
This category is for strategic partnerships where a wide range of support and FM services are delivered and managed for a large client organisation. Entrants should demonstrate how the partnership is strategically aligned with the client’s business needs and reflected through the supply chain to effectively deliver a broad range of services.

Partners in Corporate Social Responsibility
This category is for strategic partnerships involved in all aspects of delivering CSR, from supporting community initiatives to the employment of local people, taking part in charitable projects and providing assistance in meeting the client’s various objectives in this area, as well as those of the service provider.

Partners in Energy Management
This category is for partners involved in successful projects that have delivered reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions, which have also resulted in savings for clients and/or the achievement of sustainability aims as a result of their efforts.

Partners in Expert Services
This category is for partnerships between public or private sector organisations and a supplier with specific skills, technical expertise or experience, such as FM consultancy, IT support, reprographics, software development, cleaning, catering, logistics, etc.

Partners in Healthcare Settings – NEW
FMs and service partners have been hailed for the many transformations and changes to facilities, often provided at extremely short notice to assist the healthcare sector in dealing with the pandemic and this category is included to celebrate the best examples of their exemplary efforts.

Partners in International FM Delivery
Introduced to recognise FM partnership working around the world, this category is for clients and service providers engaged in the collaborative delivery of best practice for any type of FM service on an international basis.

Partners in Relocation
This category is included for those involved in the relocation of clients to new facilities, providing professional services that deliver a smooth transition with minimal delays to productivity and assisting clients to adjust to their new working environment as quickly as possible.

Partners in SME Organisations
This category is for partnerships between organisations delivering a range of support services that achieve the client’s strategic business objectives, but where the client and/or FM provider are an SME* organisation. (*EU Definition of SME: Employs less than 250 people, annual turnover is not over €50m and/or annual balance sheet total is not over €43m).

Partners in Sustainability
Another recent introduction, this category has been included to reflect the move towards reducing the impact of facilities on the environment, including the reduction of waste in all areas and the processing of all unwanted material in the most effective manner.

Partners in Technology Application
This category will show the best examples of the use of technology, including data gathering and effective analysis and action to improve FM delivery in a number of areas, which has been seen to have been given added impetus through the adoption and best use of new and improved technology.

Partners in Workplace Redevelopment – NEW
With FMs and service providers transforming workplaces around the UK at short notice last year to allow facilities to meet the requirements relating to Covid-19, their superb efforts have raised the FM profile and this category aims to provide suitable recognition for their excellent levels of professionalism and partnership working.

NB: These will have later deadlines for entry than the Partnership categories, the dates for which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Team Member of the Year
This category is only open to finalists within the Partnership categories and must be a non-managerial member of staff from either of the partners, with no line management responsibilities, who has provided exemplary levels of professionalism and support. This may include actions beyond and above the call of duty, possibly relating to assistance provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Account Director of the Year
Entries should include details of key account/s managed, innovations and achievements delivered and may include testimonials from clients and facilities users and supporting information for successful partnership working.

Young Leader of the Year
Run in collaboration with the Emerging Workplace Leaders (EWL) voluntary organisation, the Young Leader of the Year (YLOTY) category highlights the wealth of emerging talent seen throughout the FM sector. Entrants should be 35 years old or less and be prepared to deliver presentations at live EWL events and also to the organisation's panel of judges.

Peter Middup Lifetime Achievement in FM Award
Submissions could be submitted by candidates themselves or nominated by others, detailing the successes achieved within the person’s FM career and may include testimonials from colleagues, clients and others, further complemented with information on support for or membership of industry bodies.

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