A week in the world of PR

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For one week only, our office junior Jude abandoned his usual admin tasks and shadowed Cathy, Magenta’s MD, as part of his sixth form work experience programme. This week has been unlike any other. Rather than being in the office all the time, supporting my usual boss, Katina, our office and wellbeing manager, I’ve been up and down the country …

Young Leader of The Year 2019 launch at The Crystal

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Emerging Workplace Leaders (formerly the Young Manager’s Forum) will officially launch the 2019 Young Leader of the Year (YLOTY) Award on 4th June at The Crystal in London’s Royal Victoria Docks.   Currently open for entries, the award invites organisations that want to celebrate the success of a young manager, or young managers themselves, to put forward a submission.   The …

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 …

Magenta’s news round-up: 2018 edition

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This round-up is usually reserved for the week’s top news stories. But with Christmas and New Year just days away, we thought we’d to use this opportunity to look back over the past 12 months. What follows is a list of the headlines that interested and excited us in 2018. Some are specific to the built environment and others are …

5 minutes with… Mike Green

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Magenta recently sat down with seasoned FM industry figure Mike Green to talk about his involvement in a new maintenance association for London, what makes a great facilities manager, and why the recent discourse around the term “workplace” might be missing something important. Magenta: You’ve worked for a number of different FM organisations over the years and you’ve been heavily …

Identity crisis? What identity crisis?

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Words by: Jo Sutherland Westminster. Home to debate, scrutiny, and cries of “Order! Order!”. Once again, RICS’s HQ, on Parliament Square, was filled to the brim with a passionate and feisty crowd, panellists and audience alike, all set on debating the FM’. While some were keen to maintain order during FMJ’s most recent RICS-IFMA debate concerning facility management’s place in …