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Looking for the best European FMs

11 February 2009

Entries are still open for FMs with responsibilities for the delivery of FM services across several countries in Europe to become European FM of the Year. If you have a strategic and/or operational responsibility as an in-house FM or as a service provider this could be your moment of fame.

Now in their third year, the European FM Award 2009 categories - European FM of the Year Award and Partners across Borders - are open to service suppliers and facilities managers with responsibility for delivering FM services to an organisation operating in several European.

The European FM Awards 2009 will be presented at the EFMC 2009 conference and exhibition in Amsterdam on 16th June 2009 at the annual gala dinner.

Entries are now invited for four categories:
Partners Across Borders
FM Student of the Year
European FM Researcher
European FM of the Year

Entries in all categories in the European FM Awards should demonstrate best practice and excellence in European facilities management. Entries should also be able to demonstrate the challenge for facilities management of the national, cultural, regulatory and language differences across the European region.

The language of these Awards is English, the common language of FM in Europe. Entrants should provide written material in English and be prepared to be interviewed in English.

Partners Across Borders Award:
Providing facilities management services across European national boundaries presents challenges of different languages, cultures, currencies, regulations, etc. This Award will recognise excellence in delivering facilities management services to an organisation located in more than one European country demonstrated by:
...Partnership between a corporate client and service provider/s
....The achievements of the partnership towards agreed goals
....The innovation introduced to deliver facilities management consistently and effectively across European boundaries.
Entries should be submitted jointly by all partners.

European FM of the Year
Organisations that conduct business across international boundaries in Europe, and occupy property in more than one European country, are increasingly relying on experienced facilities management professionals to support their business activities. This award for European FM of the Year will recognise the experience, technical expertise and management skills of facilities managers who have responsibility for managing property estates and support services across Europe for their employer or for clients. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate their breadth of management experience in an international environment including language skills, their understanding of cultural, technical and business differences across the countries for which he/she has responsibilities, and how they manage their organisation’s business in this complex environment.

European FM Student of the Year Award:
Today’s FM students in educational institutions across Europe are the future in European facilities management. This Award recognises their technical knowledge, international perspective and personality. Entries are open to undergraduate students at the end of their studies or in employment in the year of their graduation, or graduate students with some previous FM experience, studying in educational institutions in member countries of EuroFM. No entrant should be more than 30 years of age. Entrants must be nominated by their head of department or a member of EuroFM.

European FM Researcher of the Year
This award will recognise the value of research being undertaken across Europe. The research must address the EuroFM research agenda and contribute to its overall objectives to ‘advance knowledge in FM and promote its effective application in practice and education’. Entrants should be able to show that their research has a European perspective by using data from more than one country or that it has European applications. The research should show achievable results be innovative and robust in its research methods.

Entrants are asked to register your interest in entering for an Award by emailing by Friday 20th February 2009. Entries close on 27th February 2009.

Three finalists will be selected for each category from among the entries received.

Full information on how to enter is also posted on the website of EuroFM and on more info

The Presentation:
All finalists in the European FM Awards must attend the presentation dinner at EFMC 2009 in Amsterdam on 16th June 2009.

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