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Laying the foundations

25 February 2019

Welcome to the first issue of Facilities Matters, the magazine for workplace and facilities management professionals (FM) professionals.

As organisers of the leading exhibition dedicated to the UK’s facilities and workplace industry, The Facilities Event, we know just how dynamic and forward-thinking the FM industry is, and we're very excited to be launching a magazine for professionals who are passionate about creating spaces and maintaining buildings that will enhance the lives of the people that use them.

The journal will provide time-pressed workplace and facilities management professionals with everything they need to know in one place, including the latest news and expert insight, in-depth reports on trends and developments, coverage of key events and new legislation, as well as new products and services. 

In line with how our seminar programmes are delivered at The Facilities Event, our topical features will be divided into the 'Five Pillars of FM'. These cover key elements within the FM profession and include Cleaning Services, Security, Catering, Property Management and Support & Technology Services.

In this issue, we'll be focusing on 'Support & Technology Services', including how to improve your front of house and what the future holds for robotics in FM.

We look at how one of the most forward-thinking serviced office providers is putting employee wellbeing at the heart of its new building, with each room carefully designed to bring a smile to the face with some superbly creative ideas.

Facilities Matters also speaks to OCS, the outsourced cleaning, security and maintenance provider for the Oval cricket ground in Kennington, as it prepares for a big test this summer when thousands of fans descend upon the grounds to enjoy the Cricket World Cup and The Ashes.

With The Facilities Event (9-11 April, NEC, Birmingham) just around the corner, we provide a comprehensive preview of what visitors can expect from the exhibition and free conference programme. 

We're also pleased to present the first of a three-part series sponsored by RPC bpi recycled products on Recycling & Waste Management, a sector that is increasingly at the forefront of innovation and ingenuity.

In 2019, we'll be producing two more editions of Facilities Matters inside the July and November issues of Cleaning Matters. If you'd like to get involved or find out more, please email me at CHackett@western-bp.co.uk

We hope you enjoy reading it!

Catherine Hackett