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02 April 2013

The 20th PFM Awards is now open for entries with nine Partnership categories plus the FMA Young Manager of the Year, the Partnership Team Member Awards, and The Peter Middup Lifetime Achievement in FM Award which recognises the exceptional contribution made to the sector by an individual.

Two decades ago, partnership working in facilities management was relatively rare. In 1992 when these Awards began there were just three finalists and one PFM Partnership Award. As we launch our 20th PFM Awards this month with 12 categories plus the Overall Winner, it is worth remembering how far the facilities management sector has come along the partnership road. Working in partnership with clients and suppliers in now a business imperative in the facilities management and this sector is a leader in partnering in the UK and abroad.

The 20th PFM Awards is now open for entries with nine Partnership categories plus the FMA Young Manager of the Year, the Partnership Team Member Awards, and The Peter Middup Lifetime Achievement in FM Award which recognises the exceptional contribution made to the sector by an individual.

We have made a few changes to the categories to recognise trends and changes in the FM sector. Before the rosy glow of the Olympics dims we have re-introduced the Partners in Sports FM category for those involved in the spotlight of London 2012 through to those operating community sports facilities.

For young people, working in facilities management is growing career choice and this is recognised in the Partners for Apprenticeships and Training category which reflects to growth of excellent skills development and job opportunities on offer.

And once in post as part of the FM team, the PFM Awards offers the Partnership Team Member Award for exceptional performance and attitude among the entries selected as a finalist.

Two categories Partners in Education FM and Partners in Public Access Facilities are rested this year but will come back again.

All the information you need to enter is in the PFM Awards section of
If you have any further queries, or just want to let us know you are planning an entry, please contact the PFM Awards editor at this email address

Once all the entries are in early June and the finalists selected, the team of judges gets work visiting all the finalists individually to see the Partnership in action and to make an objective decision about the winner of each category.

The culmination is the PFM Awards Dinner at the Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Wednesday 6 November 2013

Enter to be there!


1. Partners in FM - corporate
Strategic partnerships where a wide range of support and facilities management services are delivered and managed for a large corporate or public sector client organisation. Entrants should demonstrate how the partnership is strategically aligned with the client's business needs and reflected through the supply chain to effectively deliver a broad range of services.

2. Partners in FM - SME organisations
Partnerships between organisations where the client and/or facilities management suppliers are SME* organisations providing a range of support services to achieve the client's strategic business objectives. (*EU definition of SME: employs less than 250 people, annual turnover is not over ?50m and/or annual balance sheet total is not over ?43m).

3. Partners in FM - Secure Facilities
Partnerships in military, custodial, police and other secure environments in which a range of support services are delivered to staff, residents and inmates in sensitive and potentially hazardous environments.

4. Partners in Healthcare FM
Partnerships in the public and private healthcare sector to support the staff, patients and wider community in the pursuit of excellence in care for the sick and a healthy community.

5. Partners in Sports FM
Partnerships between public or private sector organisations and facilities management suppliers in a wide variety of sporting facilities catering for the general public through to elite sports people.

6. Partners in Expert Services
Partnerships between a public or private sector organisation and a supplier with specific skills, technical expertise or experience, such as FM consultancy, IT support, reprographics, software development, relocation management, logistics, etc.

7. Partners in Workplace Change
Partnerships between clients, FM service providers and/or suppliers to facilitate strategic business change workplace relocation, interior design and innovative use of audio visual and technology solutions that transform workplace efficiency and business outcomes.

8. Partners in Service to the Community
Partnerships in which the facilities management partner plays a significant role in directing and meeting the objectives of their client's community involvement objectives, through supporting and implementing programmes for improved employment, health, welfare and the environmental prospects of the communities that the client's business and facilities touch.

9. Partners for Apprenticeships and Training
Partnerships between client FM departments and/or FM companies and training and education organisations to develop apprenticeship and training schemes for the FM team.

10. Partnership Team Member Award
All finalists in the PFM Awards are invited to nominate one member of their operational facilities team who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the success of the partnership through their enthusiasm and effectiveness as an individual operative or supervisor of a small team of staff. Typically this person would not be in a management position but will demonstrate skills and a positive attitude in roles including cleaner, receptionist, maintenance engineer, etc.

11. FMA Young Manager of the Year
Presented and judged by the Facilities Management Association, the FMA Young Manager of the Year Award recognises management potential among facilities professionals at the beginning of their careers in FM.

12. The Peter Middup Lifetime Achievement in FM Award
This Award for a property and facilities management professional who throughout his/her career as the client and/or FM supplier has demonstrated best practice in fulfilling strategic business objectives through the effective delivery of property and FM, and who has shown leadership in the FM community.

13. Overall PFM Awards 2013
Winners of the 'partnership' categories will be automatically considered for the Overall PFM Award that demonstrates excellence in all the judging criteria.

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