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Workplaces from Edinburgh to London open for charity

14 October 2010

Workplaces in Swindon, Reading, Edinburgh, and London are opening their doors in Workplace Week to enable FMs to learn about innovative ways of working .. all in aid of Children in Need

WORKPLACE WEEK, to be held from 1–5 November 2010, is gaining momentun and announced this week a seminar event. On Wednesday 3rd November, 0900-1300: Soho, London, The Workplace and the secrets of Sustainability, will be chaired by BIFM's CEO, Ian Fielder with speakers from IPD Occupiers, Forum for the Future, Tesco, eoffice, Advanced Workplace Associates and Royal Bank of Scotland the seminar explores the many different ways we can design, modify and manage the workplace to enhance working lives, increase efficiency AND drive down CO2 emmissions. Click here to learn more and book your place …- This event attracts a £50 donation to Children in Need.
The Workplace Week events will demonstrate innovation in workplace design, technology and practices while at the same time supporting a workwhile charity. During the week, companies will open their doors and host visits to their offices during working hours. It is a rare opportunity to visit innovative workplaces, see them in action, hear presenations and ask questions of the people who designed them and who occupy them …and make donation of just £25 to a very worthwhile charity.
During the week of 1st - 5th November, organisations including Cisco and  Rio Tinto in London, Microsoft in Reading, Nationwide Building Society in Swingon and RBS in Edinburgh, have agreed to host visits to their workplaces during normal working hours to showcase innovative designs and practices. Each organisation has agreed to share their innovations, tell their stories and pass on the valuable lessons they learned along the way. To learn more about the Workplace Week visits and book your place click here, and you can also make a donation to the charity by clicking here
Workplace Week is run by leading workplace consultants Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA). “Whenever I see Children in Need on TV, I think we could do something to contribute,” says Andrew Mawson, AWA’s Managing Director. “This year we’ve got together with our team, friends and supporters to create what we hope will be a valuable and enjoyable week of workplace visits, to showcase the best in workplace design, technology and innovative practices.
To attend a 90-minute presentation and visit, led by senior leaders and experts from the host company, delegates book a place at AWA’s website, and make a minimum donation of £25 to Children in Need.
Supporting Workplace Week are: The British Council for Offices, The British Institute of Facilities Management, FM World, Premises and Facilities Management, i-FM, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, Workplace TV, and facilities magazine, FMX. More organisations joining the initiative every week to offer their workplaces to the event.
Richard Kauntze CEO of the British Council Offices says:.”  “We are delighted to support Workplace Week in aid of such a worthwhile cause. It’s great to see a number of projects that are past winners of BCO Awards opening their doors for visitors to view examples of excellence in office space.”
Ian Fielder, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management adds: “Here in the UK we have some of the world’s leaders in workplace innovation and it’s great to see Workplace Week’s mission to share the best of the best and make some money for a great cause.”
In another initiative within Workplace Week, AWA will be holding a morning seminar on “The Workplace and the secrets of Sustainability” which will be exploring the way in which workplace best practices can support dramatic reductions in CO2 and increase sustainability. Speakers will include Christopher Hedley, Director IPD Occupiers, Martin Hunt Director of Built Environment, Forum for the future, Tim Yendell and Riikka Houvala, Royal Bank of Scotland and Andrew Mawson, Managing Director, Advanced Workplace Associates. 
All participants are giving their time for free and AWA hopes to raise more than £10,000 for the Children in Need charity.

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