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Small is also beautiful in the PFM's Awards

22 April 2009

To ensure that it is not just the biggest and best resourced FM organisations that win PFM Awards, the organisers of the 2009 event have included a new category specifically for smaller companies delivering FM support services.

Following a thorough review of categories in the PFM Awards that consulted PFM Awards judges and industry leaders, the categories for the 2009 event have been revised. Among the new categories is Partners in FM - SME organisations designed for those partnerships where the client and/or FM provider is a small organisation as defined by the EU (Employs less than 250 people, annual turnover is not over €50m and/or annual balance sheet total is not over €43m)

The previous Partners in Public Service category has also been changed. Recognising the importance of the development of FM support for public services in both the public and private sector, the previous category for Partners in Public Services has been reogrnaised to three categories - Partners in Healthcare FM, Partners in Education FM and Partners in Public Access Facilities.

The category review recognised that these three sectors have demonstrated significant growth in recent years and innovative practice in delivering critical FM services. Healthcare, Education and Public Access Facilities are, or course, not found exclusively in the public sector, and entries from private sector organisations in these sectors are also welcome.

Among the other new Awards is one for ‘Lifetime Achievement in FM’. This will recognise people who have been working at a strategic level at the leading edge of FM practice and contributed to the development of the industry and profession.

For FM in private sector organisations there is the new Award, Partners in FM – corporate, while for property and FM deals supporting large property estates, there is a new Strategic Property Outsourcing Award.

The Partners in Sustainability Award which has recognized a number of excellent and pioneering partnerships over a number of years, has been abolished. As PFM Editor Jane Fenwick explains, “In recent years - and the last year in particular - ‘sustainability’ was demonstrated in almost all the entries. This reflects the growth in ‘environmental’ issues for FMs from energy management to local sourcing of food. Sustainability is now synonymous with best practice in FM and, therefore, we decided that rather than have a separate Award for Sustainability, it should be a key element of each entry on a par with the existing judging criteria - Partnership, Innovation and Achievement. Therefore Sustainability will from this year be the fourth judging criteria reflecting the important role FM’s play in tackling climate change issues arising from commercial built environment. Additionally a new category Partners in Corporate Social Responsibility has been introduced to recognise the role that FMs play in delivering CSR objectives.”

The full list of Awards categories for the PFM Awards is below. Entries open in Early March and close at the end of May. The PFM Awards dinner is to be held on Wednesday 11th November 2009.
Opportunities for sponsorship of these Awards are still available. Contact: Peter Middup click here
or Ian Webb click here or phone either on 01732 359990.


1. Partners in FM – corporate
REVISED: Strategic partnerships where a wide range of support and facilities management services are delivered and managed for a large corporate client. 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.

2. Partners in FM – SME organisations
NEW: Partnerships between organisations where the client and/or facilities management suppliers are SME* organisations providing a range of support services to achieve the client’s strategic business objectives.
(EU definition of SME: employs less than 250 people, annual turnover not over €50m and/or annual balance sheet total not over €43m)

3. Partners in Healthcare FM
NEW: Partnerships between NHS and private healthcare organisations and FM suppliers to deliver a range of safe, efficient and effective support and facilities management services in a caring environment to staff, patients and the wider community.

4. Partners in Education FM
NEW: Partnerships in the public and private education sector with support services and facilities management suppliers to support the staff, students and the wider community in the pursuit of educational achievement and excellence in facilities that range from nursery schools to universities.

5. Partners in Public Access Facilities
NEW: Partnerships between public and private sector organisations and facilities management suppliers in a wide variety facilities that are open to the public in whole or in part, including museums, art galleries, libraries, sports stadia, theatres, public events and shopping centres.

6. Partners in Corporate Social Responsibility
NEW: Partnerships between public or private organisations and their facilities management supplier/s in which the latter play a significant role in directing and meeting the objectives of the client’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategies in the facilities they occupy and manage, and in the wider community.

7. Partners in Expert Services
UNCHANGED: Partnerships between a public or private sector organisations and a supplier with specific skills, technical expertise or experience, such as FM consultancy, IT support, reprographics, software development, relocation management, mail and courier services, etc

8. Partners in Business Change
UNCHANGED: Partnerships between clients and support services and facilities management suppliers to facilitate change in business ethos to a flexible and responsive working environment typically through relocation strategies, workplace refurbishment, interior design, and business and property strategies leading to a seamless transition to an enriched business environment.

9. Partnering Individual Excellence
UNCHANGED: The successful delivery of FM services depends in a large part on those people at the ‘client interface’. Finalists in the PFM Awards are invited to put forward one member of their operational facilities team who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the success of the partnership through their enthusiasm and effectiveness as an operative or supervisor of a small team of staff.

10. Partners for Skills Development in FM
REVISED: Partnerships between client FM departments and/or FM companies and training and education organisations to develop the competencies and skills of the FM team from apprentice level to senior management.

11. e-Business Award
UNCHANGED: This Awards recognises how the sector uses new technologies to improve business processes and performance in FM and property related activities. Entrants can be working in partnership with expert partners or using in house resources on initiatives to exploit new technologies including websites, company intranets and customer extranets, e-procurement, desktop services, online PR and marketing campaigns, project websites, online benchmarking and other information services in FM, property or related areas. (Entry information at

12. FMA Young Manager of the Year
UNCHANGED: Presented and judged by the Facilities Management Association, the FMA Young Manager of the Year Award recognises management potential among facilities professionals at the beginning of their careers in FM. (Entry information from

13. Strategic Property Outsourcing Award
NEW: Sponsored by MITIE, for partnerships between public and private sector organisations and facilities management providers fulfilling a business strategy to outsource both the property and facilities management of the client’s large occupied and/or investment estate.

14. Lifetime Achievement in FM Award
NEW: Nominations are invited for a property and facilities professional who throughout his/her career as the client and/or FM supplier has demonstrated best practice in fulfilling strategic business objectives through the effective delivery of property and FM, and who has shown leadership in the FM community.

15. Overall PFM Awards 2009
UNCHANGED: Winners of the ‘partnership’ categories will be automatically considered for the Overall PFM Award that demonstrates excellence in all the judging criteria.

Details on How to Enter the PFM Awards 2008 and the Entry Form will be posted on the PFM website at the beginning of March

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