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19 April 2013

The Facilities Show (14-16 May) will this year be appearing for the last time at the NEC. What can you expect?

It was an evening to remember. At a recent UBM press launch held at the Ecobuild exhibition in London Excel to announce the relocation of the Facilities Show from the NEC to London in 2014, guests were treated to a package of delights. First off, over bubbly and sandwiches, was a UBM presentation spelling out why the event was moving. Then there was a tour of Ecobuild before guests were shepherded to the Emirates cable car near the Crystal.

The car took us to the O2 where Groucho restaurant was invitingly waiting for our patronage and, afterwards, the evening concluded with a cruise on the Thames which even the miserable Spring weather failed to dampen.

So much for 2014; now all eyes have turned to 2013 where the Show is taking place for the last time at the NEC. It will once again be held in association with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and, UBM says, will build on the growth of the 2012 show, which saw a 26.8% increase in visitor numbers and a 24.1% increase in exhibitors.

There are highlights aplenty too, according to UBM. The four educational seminar theatres that will host a range of high-level speakers, debates and panel sessions covering every aspect of FM, the launch of The Networking Hub and a host of new and returning exhibitors.

For the first time this year there will be an 'app' available for download on all smart phones and tablets by the end of April. The app, says UBM, will allow you to plan your visit in advance, schedule in preferred seminar sessions, and network with other visitors and book meetings with exhibitors in advance.

''The Facilities Show Theatre will once again host leading industry speakers who will address the key Issues on the FM agenda,'' says UBM. ''Across the three days experts from a plethora of key associations and professional bodies including BIFM, RICS and the FMA will host lively and interactive sessions. Highlights will include a panel session led by The Facilities Management Association (FMA) that will address educational needs within the FM sector.''

And then there's the fact that additional sessions already confirmed include a unique panel debate chaired by Liz Kentish, deputy chairman of BIFM, between the facilities managers from Premier League Clubs Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Stoke City.

In addition, the BIFM CPD Theatre returns and will host members of the BIFM Approved CPD Provider Network to run sessions throughout each day of the show, delivering high quality independently assessed CPD content that will help promote continued learning and development for FM practitioners.

This year a lunchtime debate will take place led by the mini FM Leaders Forum, a new initiative launched by BIFM that will focus on thought leadership.

"BIFM are very much looking forward to Facilities Show in May 2013,'' said Gareth Tancred, BIFM CEO. "For the second year running, the BIFM CPD Theatre will provide three days of quality educational sessions to help with continued learning for any FM practitioner and the BIFM stand C100 can help answer any queries around membership or qualifications.

"We'll also be taking part and facilitating many educational and networking sessions that will take place across the three days. Facilities Show is set to have another great year in 2013 and we're delighted to be working in association with this industry critical event."

Sessions confirmed this year include a panel debate chaired by Gareth Tancred, BIFM CEO on How Far has FM come in 20 years? Waldman Lighting will present on energy efficient office lighting and a special training clinic that will discuss the current trends and drivers for training in FM.

The Energy Management Zone and Theatre will address the needs for FM practitioners within the fields of sustainability, renewable, environment and energy consumption. With UK energy regulator Ofgem reporting at the end of 2012 in its first annual Electricity Capacity Assessment that Britain risks running out of its energy capacity margin in the winter of 2015-16, the need for strategic energy efficiency plan has never been more apparent for businesses.

The seminar programme within the Energy Management Theatre will showcase how to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs without compromising on quality, plus there will be a special focus on legislative changes that will affect the facilities manager.

A range of case studies, lively debates and presentations will cover everything from achieving buy-in to energy savings to demystifying the role of behaviour change in energy management and key drivers of energy efficiency and the plan to make it happen. Speakers include Matt Fulford, head of Low Carbon Buildings for Sustain, Allan Barton, Global Waste Business Leader at Arup, Dr Andy Lewry, principal consultant for the Sustainable Energy Team at BRE and Myles McCarthy, MD of the Carbon Trust Implementation Services.

Each day a lunchtime discussion will bring together energy professionals to debate key topics including the best ways to achieve energy efficiency now and in the future, delivering energy efficiency - getting your company and staff engaged and how can energy management really make a difference?

Service Management Expo at Facilities Show: Service Management Expo is Europe's only dedicated event for the field service market and a must-attend for professionals working across service management, logistics, fleet management, facilities, operations, finance and IT. In 2013, it will form an integral part of UBM Live's Facilities Show.

Also launching in this area is The Field Service Solutions Theatre, bringing together leaders from across the industry to look at the current challenges facing the sector and how to drive team efficiency.

Facilities Show Networking Hub: The Networking Hub, which made its debut at last year's FM Event, will launch at Facilities Show 2013. The area will host breakfast, lunch and afternoon briefings on each day of the show for a select group of high-level delegates. Delegates must apply to attend these sessions in advance. So check your registration details to ensure you've applied to topics relevant for you.

Already scheduled to host these engaging and interactive networking sessions include the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (iema), BIFM International SIG, MITIE Group and The Carbon Trust, among others.

The FMA Village: The launch last year of the Facilities Management Association (FMA) Village proved to be a huge draw for visitors and this will return for a second year. Experts from VINCI Facilities, HSS Hire, Norland Managed Services and Nationwide Platforms, amongst others, will be present to discuss with FM's their individual strategies.

"FMA will once again be supporting Facilities Show in 2013 and will return with the popular FMA Village for a second year. As the industry increasingly professionalises, this is a great forum each year to discuss latest developments, including the FM MBA with Sheffield Hallam University as well as seeking out new products and services and meet face-to-face with peers from across the whole of FM. Look out for the FM Sunday Telegraph supplement, where we will be distributing free copies," said Chris Hoar, FMA CEO.

More than 350 exhibitors are expected this year, with the very best from waste management, energy solutions, winter maintenance and environmental services, to office management, fire solutions and managed services all in attendance. New exhibitors at the show this year include MITIE Group, Credo NOBO and Miko Coffee; Facilities Show is seen as a premium industry event for conducting business, discovering the latest products and networking.

As part of Protection & Management Week, Facilities Show 2013 is co-located with Safety and Health Expo, IFSEC International and FIREX International.

Providing all the latest information and the most up-to-date products and services, visitors can meet more than 30 specialist exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies, products and services from key areas including: Service Management Software & Systems, Workforce Optimisation & Scheduling, Tracking, GPS & Fleet Management, Mobile Communication & Hardware, Logistics & Distribution, confirmed exhibitors for Service Management Expo includes Solarvista Software Ltd, Telogis, Zafire, Tesseract, Aeromark and IRIS Field Service Solutions, among others.

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