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Facilities management explained

20 April 2011

A new White Paper that brings some clarity to the FM discipline and the decision-making process has been published by i-fm.net and the FMA

Facilities Management: realising the value of the investment was compiled by the online news and information service for FM, i-FM (www.i-FM.net). It draws on the content of its Workplace Futures conference series, as well as the invaluable input of industry experts, with the cooperation of the FMA (Facilities Management Association).
Facilities Management: realising the value of the investment starts with the recognition that FM is both a critical business discipline and a big, dynamic - but often confusing - industry. As a business discipline, FM plays a vital role in every organisation of any size, public or private. As a market, it is valued at £118.8bn in the UK alone, where it provides jobs for well over 500,000 people.
But for all that, it remains an area in which service managers and service buyers frequently have difficulty in developing an understanding of what they need and then in making sense of what’s on offer in the marketplace. Equally, service providers often find it hard to explain what they can do in ways that managers and buyers can relate to. The result can be sub-optimal service delivery at higher than necessary cost – a situation that works in no one’s favour in these post-recession days.
Facilities Management: realising the value of the investment is the product of consultation with clients, service providers and industry experts. It lays out a clear explanation of the role of FM and an impartial route-map for making effective decisions, coupled with examples of the very significant benefits that flow from good practice.
Good practice examples were provided by Wilson James, G4S, Compass UK & Ireland and EMCOR UK.
The White Paper is available FREE CLICK HERE


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