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Merry Christmas!

Author : Tim Fryer

14 December 2011

Tim Fryer

As this is the last issue of FM Report for 2011, the staff of PFM would like to wish all of our readers of PFM, FM Report and FM Innovations (although there is still another issue of this coming your way next week) a very merry Christmas and a happy and productive 2012.

This year has been a strange one. A higher profile perhaps for the FM function that was further boosted by continued outsourcing of services from the public sector, against the back drop of an economy that toggled between bad, very bad, might get better, and not too sure! Where we are at any given time seems to be no guarantee of where we will be the following day, although the current obsession by European leaders to concentrate on building their European dream, rather than tackling the more immediate debt crisis, seems to have created a consistent period of negativity in business the world over.

It has been an unusually turbulent year for PFM as the core team of Jane Fenwick, Ian Webb and Peter Middup had been in place for over a dozen years. My joining in the summer to take over the Editor’s role from Jane demonstrated our publisher’s commitment to invest in the title, as this was an addition and not a substitution – Jane is very much still part of the team. Her brief also covers the PFM Awards, which once again was a fantastic competition and event in 2011. Equally, we supplemented the advertising team with the considerable talents of Di Searle early in the year.

Sadly the year has ended with the loss of our much loved and respected publisher Peter Middup. While Peter’s passing is a huge loss to the magazine it is a far bigger one to all the personal friends he had made within IML and the FM industry as a whole. An extensive tribute to Peter will feature in the January issue of PFM and be available online in the New Year.

However, Peter was a great supporter of the FM sector and had great affection for many people within it, so he would have reprimanded me severely (or at least with a wry grin on his face) if I did anything else than wish all of our readers a happy New Year and a hope that 2012 is both fruitful and fun, while always remembering what the important things in life are!

Happy Christmas

Tim Fryer

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