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Partnering standard gathers momentum

28 January 2009

Partnering standard PAS11000 is to be become BSI11000, Les Pyle tells delegates at the 24th FM Forum event.

The recession makes it even more important to focus on establishing effective business according to Les Pyle, Chief Executive of PSL who were formed in 1990 by Sir Keith Joseph to promote collaboration and partnership as a source of competitive advantage for UK plc. With the backing of BERR and the CBI and working with the BSI, PSL were instrumental in 2007 in establishing PAS 11000 as the world’s first formal specification for collaborative working.

Speaking at the 24th FM Forum in January, Pyle outlined future plans that will bring the standard into more common use and increase its contribution to British business. In a keynote speech to a packed hall of Forum delegates, Pyle announced that the BSI have formally committed funds to take PAS 11000 forward to formal certification as BSI 11000. This will mean that businesses committed to collaborative working with their customers and supply chain will be able to get formal certification for their partnering processes. At the same time Pyle announced that the MOD has elected to join the PSL Executive Knowledge Network and to adopt PAS 11000 as the basis for all of their partnering arrangements. Given the scale of the MOD spend especially in the FM sector this will have a major impact.

This years Winter FM Forum was held at the Radisson Hotel at Stansted where delegates participated in two days of intense discussions with service providers from across the sector. The focus on building relationships was reinforced by Paul Toft, Business Development Director of Consolidated Services who provide move management, furniture installation and storage services; he commented “This has been an excellent event where we have made some high quality contacts. At least 80% of the people we have met have fitted our target customer profile.” Sarah Fisher, Facilities Manger for Scottish Water agreed “I have met people here that I know I will do business with in the near future.”

The partnering theme continued throughout the conference which is hosted by Graham Price of Forum Events and Martin Pickard of FM Guru. Pyles’ keynote was followed by a workshop covering PAS 11000 in more detail while other workshops covered partner selection, conflict management and a lively debate on why partnerships fail. All of this activity took place alongside a busy timetable of networking, social events and supplier and client meetings.

The next FM Forum will be on 22-23 June at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, for more information contact Graham Price []

Forum Events was launched in 1997 and is now one of the UK's leading business-to-business event organisers, specialising in targeted events to bring like-minded clients and exhibitors together.

Their events include:
 Industry specific discussion workshops for delegates moderated by independent experts; deliberately designed to stimulate and develop discussion in a practical and thought provoking environment.
 Introductions for delegates to relevant solution providers, achieved by matching up their needs in advance of the event. By arranging the meetings prior to the event; all discussions are targeted and tailor-made on the delegate’s terms, optimising their valuable time out of the office.
All of the events take place in luxury hotels, making it a pleasure to talk business in distraction free, relaxed, professional and independent surroundings.

Graham Price Tel: 01992 374100

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