Magenta is changing its approach to mental health…

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Earlier this year, I attended a conference organised by the Women in FM group on the theme of Challenging the Mindset. The theme could have easily referred to the gender pay gap and sexual harassment of women which have hit the headlines recently. But it was the taboo subject of mental health at work which was the key topic of …

Social media for business: tips and tricks

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Earlier this week, the Magenta team attended an interesting seminar hosted by BusinessAMP, a Brighton-based networking and development organisation, to learn even more about social media strategy. From common mistakes to handy tips – along with the categorical do’s and don’ts of online marketing – the masterclass provided an engaging opportunity to delve deep into the world of social media, …

May madness

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I know what you’re thinking, how are we in May already? Well, apart from telling you four months have indeed passed so far this year, we don’t have anything consoling to say. What we can offer you though, is a comprehensive list of events for May that you should start thinking about and have on your radar. The list ranges …

Think FM: why is profit it considered a dirty word?

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Profit isn’t a dirty word, so why does the (FM) world think it is? That’s Jeremy Waud, chairman of Incentive FM, speaking at last week’s ThinkFM, the BIFM’s flagship conference. Waud was part of a panel debate discussing how to disrupt the race to the bottom which has seen Carillion fail in spectacular style, disruption at Mitie, and Interserve and …

‘Taking refuge’ by Cathy Hayward

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Picture a refugee camp, and you might imagine scores of tents, queues of people and a general feeling of transition and impermanence. Which is perhaps why my recent visit to the Za’atari refugee camp by the Jordanian/ Syrian border, with the charity Clowns Without Borders UK, was so unsettling. Far from being a temporary space for the Syrian people displaced …

Proptech: What is it and why does it matter?

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Last year, the RICS commissioned insight paper ‘The technological revolution and the future of residential property’. In order to address some of the key points in the report, the Women in Property (WIP) association (South East branch), in partnership with Dentons, organised a proptech seminar. Angelica Donati, the paper’s co-author and CEO of international property development and investment company Donati Immobiliare …

Lessons in work and life from AMC’s Mad Men

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CONTAINS SPOILERS Let me be clear from the beginning, I love the AMC television series Mad Men. For me, it’s constantly battling for pole position alongside other TV masterpieces like HBO’s The Wire and The Sopranos – and more often than not taking the top spot. Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, intentionally decided to craft a series that departed from …

Jo promoted to associate director!

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Magenta’s Jo Sutherland has been promoted to associate director. The promotion reflects Jo’s position in the company as a trusted and integral member of the team. Jo joined Magenta in 2015 as senior account manager, responsible for designing and delivering communications strategies and PR services for clients. In 2017, she was promoted to account director, where she managed and developed …

Cathy travels to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan

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This week, our fearless leader and managing director, Cathy Hayward, is in Jordan, at the Za’atari refugee camp just seven miles from the Syrian border – with Magenta’s corporate charity, Clowns Without Borders UK (CWBUK). CWBUK works internationally in areas of crisis, natural disaster and conflict where individuals (particularly children) are in dire need of different forms of aid. The charity …

That’s a wrap! Magenta’s take on the Facilities Event

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This week, thousands of facilities management professionals gathered at the NEC in Birmingham to browse a vast variety of exhibitor stands, engage in topical debate and address some of the most pressing issues in the FM sphere today. Facilitated by Western Business Exhibitions alongside the Health and Safety Show and the Fire Safety Show, the three events provided an excellent …