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The home for workplace and facilities innovation

13 February 2023

Cleaning Matters examines what's on offer for visitors of this year's Workplace Event.

THE WORKPLACE Event is the home for workplace and facilities innovation. An evolution of The Facilities Event, it brings together workplace professionals and practitioners from facilities, HR, technology, real estate, design, architecture, consultants, and advisors to share best practice, expertise and ideas to create effective working environments, employee experience and drive optimum organisational performance. The three-day event from 25-27 April 2023 at the NEC Birmingham comprises a Workplace Leaders’ Summit, Workplace Leaders Top 50, Knowledge Hub seminar programmes, exhibition, and a Wellbeing Village.

Following the successful launch last year, The Workplace Event will have its own dedicated hall, and will introduce themed zones – workplace design, workplace technology, wellbeing and culture and workplace services. Helping delegates navigate around the halls, and themed zones will have its own dedicated content programme. Focused on these key areas, presentations will highlight the solutions organisations need to enhance facility and workplace performance.

The Workplace Event is free to attend and is part of The Security & Security Series. Co-located with The Security Event, The Fire Safety Event, The Health & Safety Event, National Cyber Security Show and NEW for 2023 Professional Security Officer Live.

The Workplace Leaders Top 50

NEW for 2023 The Workplace Event introduces the Workplace Leaders Top 50. This honours the individuals who make the workplace such an inspiring and resourceful sector, it is one of the cornerstones of activities that celebrate the industry. This is the influential and celebratory list of inspiring leaders, innovators, pioneers, and changemakers of the workplace today. Award categories include Thought Leader, Innovator, Inspiring Leader, Driver of Cultural Change, Young Pioneer and Unsung Hero. Nominated by fellow workplace and FM peers, and judges by our esteem advisory council. Winners announced at The Workplace Leaders Summit.

Workplace Leaders is a comprehensive development programme that aims to help practitioners from facilities, HR, technology, real estate, design, architecture, consultants and advisors to enhance employee experience and workplace performance. Focusing on practical, real-world skills and best practice; Workplace Leaders will provide an essential workplace and facilities management resource through a LIVE in person Summit held alongside The Workplace Event, industry news, insights, webinars, roundtables, networking opportunities and more.

"We are thrilled to be launching Workplace Leaders," said Tristan Norman, group event director. "We believe in creating communities and the power of strong leadership to drive positive change in the workplace. Following our successful launch of The Workplace Event last year, it was a natural progression to bring the Workplace Leaders community to the market.”

Dom Brankin, Workplace services director at Government Property Agency will kick off the regular interview feature In conversation with; a series of regular bitesize videos. Dom discusses the evolution of workplace and FM initiatives within the business throughout his career, and how he got to his position now.

Workplace Leaders is accessible to professionals at all levels, from those just starting out in their careers to experienced leaders.

The Workplace Leaders Summit

The Workplace Leaders Summit sponsored by EMCOR runs across the three days. This will feature influential speakers and high-level content specifically curated to present transformational ideas, aid proactive conversations and deliver actionable takeaways in order for attendees to reshape the workplace experience and facilities management of tomorrow. Bringing together practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss and explore the current challenges facing the workplace with different focus topics each day.

Day One – The VUCA Sessions

Day one will be focussing on VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous). The global events of the past five years have sent shockwaves through all corners of our lives. Brexit, the pandemic, and the war in Ukraine; all of them have contributed to a number of unpredictable and difficult-to- manage challenges in the workplace and facilities sector. The morning session will explore how organisations are navigating a VUCA world. Returning for 2023 the Hackathon hosted by Perry Timms and his team will guide visitors through an array of challenges outlined in the morning and provide solutions.

Day Two – The Future Sessions

On day two of the summit the programme will imagine a new future. Collating ideas shared over the last two days discussing what the future of work will look like and how best to support that? Visitors will also explore new business models, new mindsets, new strategies and new tactics. This is a commitment to shaping the future, not waiting for it to happen. A fun finish to wrap up the day commences with Have I Got Workplace News For You where two panels of workplace experts are put through their paces in a quiz based on the infamous BBC programme. Filled with drinks, laughs and insights gathered as the day comes to a close.

Day three – The Data Sessions

Finally, on day three visitors will focus on how equipped we are for the digitisation of the workplace? What innovations exist that can move the dial? How are jobs going to change and how will it change the working lives of people? This morning’s sessions will explore the cutting edge of technological advances and assess their implications for the workplace community and the employees they serve. To close the final day the Workplace Geeks podcast will be bringing their show as they interview a globally leading academic on the implications of technology on the way we work and how organisations support that work.

Workplace Data Census

Tying into the data sessions on day three of the Workplace Leaders Summit, The Workplace Data Census will be making a return which will deep dive into the current usage and output of workplace data. The results of the survey will map how organisations are capturing and utilising the various data opportunities in today’s workplaces and develop a robust understanding of the value placed on it by business leaders.

Tristan Norman, group director, The Workplace Event, said “We are very proud of the exceptional speakers that are joining us to launch our first Workplace Event. Following a lengthy period of turbulence, it is critical we have the best-in-class speaker line up to help organisations forge ahead and create the best workplace experience possible as we enter a new era.”

As well as the comprehensive three-day Workplace Leaders’ Summit programme the Workplace Event will include:

• Two new themed Knowledge Hubs, this free-to-attend these content theatres will have four focus areas in which compliments the zones of the exhibition. Culture/ Wellbeing Knowledge Hub will allow visitors gain the practical know-how and insights they need to build a healthy culture and environment in the workplace. Speakers will share best practice and expertise on how culture, health and wellbeing can contribute to the success of the workplace and employee engagement. This is a brilliant opportunity to discover proactive solutions and initiatives to drive positive change.
The other Knowledge Hub on offer will focus on Technology and digital solutions. Discover how technology is transforming the workplace, elevating business and employee performance. Through powerful technology and digital experiences, these sessions will help visitors gain the knowledge they need to better support and engage their employees in achieving organsation's goals and vision.

  • A curated exhibition bringing together workplace interiors and design companies, digital technology, facilities services and building management providers, and more to help elevate workplace strategy and performance
  • The Wellbeing Village proudly sponsored by Conker Living where visitors can rest and restore with interactive well-being initiatives, quiet spaces, and the opportunity to speak to leaders in the field about how workplace wellbeing can make a difference to organisations.

FM North Community Village Partnering With FM North, The Workplace Event will offer a buzzing hub for its members. This exciting area will host leading suppliers and like-minded professionals within the FM, property and construction industry to come together in an informal, relaxed atmosphere to discuss current topics, share ideas, meet people and make connections within the same industry sector.

Hosted buyers programme

To meet the business needs of workplace professionals, CONNECT+ Live will return for another fantastic year of specialised networking. Matching the visitor’s buying requirements and needs with carefully curated exhibitors, the CONNECT+ Live team of matchmaking experts will fast-track access to key suppliers. Visitors can save valuable time and effort by making invaluable contacts through this outstanding and ever-popular hosted meeting programme.

Networking opportunities

Back by popular demand, two networking reception drinks from 4:00pm on days 1 and 2 will take place across all the shows. Taking place at the Networking Café, this is the perfect opportunity to unwind and meet industry peers and professionals, enjoy a drink with friends and colleagues, and make those vital new connections in an informal and affable setting. At The Workplace Event, the Workplace Leaders Top 50 Awards will be presented celebrating the top inspirational leaders that are making a difference in the workplace and facilities management.

One pass, six shows, one unmissable opportunity

Registration is now open for The Safety & Security Event Series - The Security Event, Professional Security Officer Live, The Fire Safety Event, The Health & Safety Event, The Workplace Event and National Cyber Security Show. Free to attend, the series of events are guaranteed to maximise your time and investment in improving your business operations in all things security, fire safety, health and safety, and workplace/ facilities management.

Free parking is available for all visitors, saving you time and money, and giving you the flexibility to travel safely to and from the event across the full three days of the show.

Find out more at www.theworkplaceevent.com