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Shared learning on show

27 April 2012

Facilities Show is returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 15 – 17 May 2012 and aims to be the biggest networking and shared learning opportunity of the year. Helping to put FM firmly on the map as an established profession, Facilities Show is working with BIFM to set to provide brand new CPD and networking opportunities at the 2012 show.

This year, Facilities Show will introduce the new CPD Seminar Theatre in association with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and sponsored by The PURE Water Company. Senior Business Development Manager, Mervyn Silk, explained the motivation for supporting this theatre: “We are keen to promote continued learning and development within FM and sustainability, and look forward to presenting within this exciting new element of the show”.

The PURE Water Company will be exhibiting its latest touch screen controlled tap providing chilled still and sparkling water as well as hot. This will be installed as part of a link line system to show how its products can supply a whole building while cutting down on space required.

As the industry becomes ever more fast-paced and subject to increasing levels of legislation, the need for continuing professional development is essential for all ambitious facilities managers. This revised content will reflect a move within the FM industry towards increased professionalisation and officially recognised development.

Valerie Everitt, Director of Education and Professional Standards at the BIFM believes that topping up knowledge through training and CPD opportunities now forms a critical part of every successful FM's job, saying: "This is an exciting time for the FM profession - there is a vast talent pool of experienced FM managers and those keen to enter our industry. To remain on top of your game in this economic climate, every FM, regardless of experience should invest in their personal career development, or risk being left behind!”

Members of the BIFM Approved CPD Provider Network will also be running sessions in the new BIFM CPD Theatre which will see the delivery of high quality independently assessed CPD.

Energy Management Zone

In line with visitor research conducted, the 2012 exhibition will reflect a demand for increased content on sustainability. Therefore, the Sustainable FM Academy returns within a bigger and better Energy Management Zone. A plethora of the industry’s leading players will be on hand to advise visitors and showcase their latest solutions including IPU Group, EOS Energy, QED Energy Powerperfector, Excel Dryer UK Ltd, Dakro Environmental, Buderus, Airdri, Alupro, Daikin Air Conditioning, Purple Energy and Electric Heating Company.

IPU Group will be exhibiting its Fuel Conditioning range and will be on hand to showcase its Fuel Management Systems, which use the latest technology to regulate the contaminant levels in diesel fuel. Andy Hill, Marketing Manager from IPU Group said: “The fuel in your standby generators now contains a higher proportion of biodiesel, that might be good for the environment but it could spell trouble for your critical, diesel powered applications.”

Electric Heating Company will also be exhibiting its product range in the Energy Management Zone. Its recently launched Slim Jim Electric Flow Boiler, which has attracted considerable attention in the heating market, will be showcased at the exhibition.

David Lee, Director at Electric Heating Company said: “Recent regulations regarding the visibility of Gas Boiler Flues in voids has encouraged landlords, engineers and homeowners to look for alternatives to traditional gas central heating. With electric heating becoming a far more important element in the UK’s heating mix, controllability will become increasingly important in electric systems.”

Facilities Forum

Also new to the show is the Facilities Forum. This seminar theatre, sponsored by Planon Software, will host leading industry speakers addressing key issues on the FM agenda, providing thought provoking insight on issues including compliance, security, risk management, cost control and churn management.

Tim Clapham of Planon Software said: “Planon is committed to sharing our experience and aligning our vision with FM professionals worldwide.” To this end, Planon will host three sessions, one on each day of the show, entitled 'Mobility and Cloud Services for FM', Finance for FMs - How to build a business case for investment' and 'Measure, Monitor, Act - Three steps to reducing your company's carbon footprint'.

The Facilities Forum will also feature sessions from Theresa Flower, Facilities Manager at Nottingham City Council and Liz Kentish, the new deputy chair of BIFM. The complete timetable will be published on the Facilities Show website.

Waste Management

Also on the theme of sustainability, waste management company, SITA UK will be the first ever Facilities Show recycling sponsor. Adrian Clarke, Director of Sales for SITA UK has emphasised the importance of recycling and waste for facilities managers and also the growing requirement for waste management companies to engage with FMs in order for them to remain abreast of the ever-changing legislative and technological landscape:

“SITA UK is delighted to be involved at this year’s show. FMs are playing an increasingly important role in the management of recycling and waste for large organisations across the country and we already work alongside some of the biggest names in the industry to successfully deliver these services.”

The growth of the waste management provision at Facilities Show will be evident in the number of companies that have chosen to exhibit. These include SITA UK, Centrol Recycling Group, Grundon Waste Management, Biffa Waste Services, Bagnall & Morris, Environmental Waste Systems, Overton Recycling and Waste Efficiency Ltd.

Simon Crawshaw of Centrol Recycling Group said: “Growing our business is all about being put in a room with decision makers. We are very confident about the quality of our total waste management offer, but finding the right people in organisations we would like to work with can be time consuming. We want to use our stand at the Facilities Show to talk to delegates about their waste recycling needs. The opportunity to engage in valuable two way conversations with facilities managers throughout the UK in the same place and time made the Facilities Show a must attend event for us.”

A record 250 exhibitors are expected, reflecting the scale and diversity of this ever growing sector. Visitors will have the chance to engage with companies and service providers from the worlds of energy management, maintenance, security, vending, parking, waste management, information technology, cleaning, health & safety, interiors, office management and sustainability. The shows biggest ever networking bar will provide the perfect environment for meetings and the Facilities Management Association (FMA) is set to hold their May networking event at the show.

Adrian Newton, Portfolio Director for Facilities Show and Total Workplace Management believes it is vital that FMs get out and meet the suppliers they are keen to work with and see their products and services in action. “Sixty nine percent of visitors to our 2011 FM shows cited sourcing new products and services as a key reason for their attendance as well as 79 percent who wanted to learn about the latest industry trends - take advantage of the free networking opportunities open to you”, he continues.

Facilities Show will be located in its own hall at Birmingham NEC, having previously shared an entrance with Safety & Health Expo. For further information on Facilities Show and to register to attend for free, visit

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