FM matchmaking

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Magenta’s Cathy Hayward looks back at FM Inspired, an annual meet-the-buyers event for the facilities sector that never fails to deliver a strong content programme.   If you’ve ever been speed-dating, you’ll know that it’s revolutionised the dating experience. Instead of spending an evening meeting one potential partner – which can be an excruciating experience if you don’t get on …

5 minutes with… Chris Moriarty

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In November 2018, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) officially rebranded into the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). The professional body had revealed its intention to change name nine months earlier and just two weeks after Chris Moriarty, its newly appointed director of insight, had returned from a two-year stint as UK managing director of workplace experience …

Katina goes to Changeboard Future Talent

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While I’m certainly no Luddite, I must confess that I’ve always been a bit sceptical of technology and its encroaching influence on modern life. After all, it’s impossible to ignore the extent to which new tech is changing the way we work. With that caveat out in the open, it’s fair to say that I didn’t really know what to expect to from my visit to this year’s Changeboard Future Talent Conference, where …

Regeneration of the Ascot Estate

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[Originally published on FMJ] With only a season to go until the return of Royal Ascot 2019, Women in Property invited Liz Pattinson, head of capital projects and estate development at Ascot Racecourse, to share the story behind the regeneration of the Ascot Estate during Women in Property South East’s annual general meeting – a fitting time to explore how …

7 ways to write a winning award entry  

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With a host of industry awards now open for entry, former IWFM Awards judge Cathy Hayward offers 7 tips to writing a successful award entry.   Winning industry awards isn’t just a matter of luck. If you’re going to spend time and money entering an award scheme, then it’s worth planning it properly and producing the best entry you can.   1. Choose …

5 minutes with… Steve Gladwin

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This month, to mark the launch of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) Awards 2019, we sat down with chair of the judges Steve Gladwin to chat about all things facilities management and awards, with a distinctive international twist. In addition to being chair of the IWFM International Special Interest Group, Gladwin has worked in Australia, New Zealand …

The key to surviving FM

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For those who were unable to attend Workplace Futures 2019 this week, don’t fear – Magenta is on hand to give you a short summary of the day’s highlights, with a longer report available on the conference organiser’s website here.  The first major conference of the year proved to be full of insights, debates and, despite best efforts, the occasional …