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Final countdown to Facilities Show
16 June 2014
This week (17-19th June) the Facilities Show opens in London for the first time. With the support of The British Institute of Facilities Management, the national show for this burgeoning industry aims to reflect the dynamic state of facilities management.
From heatmapping to agile working to the latest energy efficient lighting, the entire show is dedicated to getting the best out of commercial premises and facilitating the best out of a workforce.
With over 350 exhibitors, there are plenty of opportunities to find new suppliers and product solutions. Key supplier areas include: TFM, cleaning, maintenance, waste management, pest control, vending, security, interior design, catering, IT and office supplies.
Fergus Bird, group event manager, UBM Live, said: "The show is 20% bigger this year and that alone is a bellwether for the industry. The demand for education and networking remains as strong as ever, we have seen this evidenced by registrations as we have announced different sessions. All this indicates a profession that is highly active."
Top names exhibiting include Mitie, who are a show partner for the second year running, Vinci, Norland, PHS, Automatic Vending Association, Harrow Green, Vetasi, NFS Hospitality, McFarlane Telfer and Servest Group.
Thirty products and services have been awarded innovation status by the organisers. The ‘Innovation Trail’ includes a unique ride-on sweeper by Karcher, a hi-tech workplace occupancy sensor by Condeco Software, drone helicopter surveys by Higham Roofing and a new range being launched by SEBO.
Free education can be found in five theatres: BIFM Knowledge Theatre, Facilities Show Keynote Theatre, Facilities Show Academy, BIFM Networking Hub and Interiors Zone Seminar Theatre. One key session attracting a lot of attention is the TFM panel debate on Tues 17th featuring Martyn Freeman, MD, Mitie facilities management, Gareth Rhys Williams, CEO, PHS Group, Martin Holt, CEO, Bellrock, Tony Sanders, managing director, Commercial Division, Interserve.
Another panel debate on Thurs 19th featuring Guy Stallard, head of facilities, KPMG, Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK and CJ Howden, HR Director, Servest Group looks set to draw a big crowd.
The De-Ice Arena, which is a replica football stadium, is set to be the networking and entertainment hub of the event. It will host lots of new features including ‘Meet the Buyers’, Social Media Buying Service and an exhibitor penalty shoot-out competition.
De-Ice are also hosting an after-show party on Thurs 19th which will show England vs. Uruguay.