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BIFM conference rebranded for 2011

25 November 2010

No longer just a conference, BIFM has transformed its annual gathering into a ‘sharing and networking hub’ and moved it to Nottingham

In a deliberate shift to bring its wealth of market leading knowledge and expertise to a wider FM audience, the BIFM has announced the launch of Th!nkFM – a groundbreaking skills sharing and networking hub designed for FM practitioners at every level. The inaugural event will be the Th!nkFM conference, 5th - 6th April 2011, at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.
A different take on the standard conference model, Th!nkFM - previously known as the BIFM Annual Conference - is guaranteed to surprise and excite those who wilt at the thought of attending dry, formulaic and expensive conferences at the opposite end of the country. This event, along with the entire Th!nkFM brand, has been built with the opinions, wants and needs of conference-going FM professionals at its core, resulting in an interactive programme of relevant, quality content that each delegate can flex and shape to his or her personal requirements.
No longer the preserve of BIFM members, the Th!nkFM conference is all embracing. The theme, ‘Delivering Value in Facilities Management: Innovation and adaptation for today's economics’ affects everyone and promises to equip and prepare delegates for changing times by delivering a toolkit of tangible, value added skills, data and industry contacts.
With a convenient central England location, an open door policy to everyone from trainees to CEOs, and a two day package priced to echo the ‘Delivering Value’ theme, perhaps the most compelling element to Th!nkFM will be the delegate’s ability to dictate and tailor their own learning schedule, right down to day one of the event.
In addition to inspirational and thought-provoking addresses by keynote speakers, four topical hub channels will each offer a rotating programme of intimate, practical workshops, seminars and assisted networking that delegates can dip in and out of and diarise to suit their day. Refreshments will be available throughout the day alongside a stimulating exhibition of stands and data collection points, meaning delegates can break away for client meetings, introductions and informal catch-ups whenever they choose.
Julie Kortens, Head of Facilities at Channel 4 and ‘FM of the Year’ at the BIFM Awards 2010, says, “I’ve been in FM for a long time and attended many industry events but hearing about Th!nkFM gets me genuinely excited. BIFM have always listened to members’ feedback on what, for them, makes a great conference and this promises to be an original, interactive concept that will appeal to all.”
A two day package to Th!nk FM, inclusive of learning, lunch, dinner and evening entertainment costs £560 per delegate. Discounts available for one day programmes, FM students and trainees, the unemployed and charitable organisations. Terms apply. For more details and to book telephone 08701 632804, email or visit
A range of equally exciting and interactive promotional opportunities exist for FM service providers to sponsor, host and exhibit at Th!nk FM. To discuss how your company can play an influential role in shaping this inaugural event, please contact Simon Bamford on 07740 775764 or email

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