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 …

FM Inspired 2017 round-up

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Magenta’s MD Cathy Hayward took to the stage to moderate the FM Inspired conference on 5 October at The O2 Intercontinental Hotel in London. The conference had an exciting line up of speakers to inspire industry practitioners looking to learn new ideas, explore and share knowledge. Cathy managed the main stage and firstly introduced Oliver Heath, TV personality and biophilic …

World Workplace: a marriage made in heaven?

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By Cathy Hayward Everyone loves a marriage proposal broadcast by a plane trailing a ‘will you marry me?” banner. So it’s no surprise that a plane flashing up the newly-betrothed International Facility Management Association and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ slogan ‘define.fm’ was greeted with cheers as it flew over the more than a thousand facility professionals celebrating the first …

Are we pants at working smart?

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(Written by Jo Sutherland) This summer’s Smartworking Summit saw thought-leaders and top industry professionals come together to explore the positive impacts ‘Smart Working’ can have on the workplace. Now in its 14th year, Quora Consulting’s quarterly summits deliver an innovative schedule of discussions that seek to tackle some of the most critical challenges ahead, including the issue of dwindling productivity. Credit …

EuroFM: The Italian Job

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(Written by Cathy Hayward) It was an inauspicious start to a conference. Just days before delegates starting gathering in Milan for EFMC2016, the International Facility Management Association announced that through its partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, it would be bringing its US expo –  World Workplace –  to Europe. It’s not the first time WW has been …

BIFM Lancashire event: The role of FM in counter terrorism

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(Written by Tom Parker) We prepare for fire, flood, and power failure related emergencies. Why wouldn’t we prepare for a terrorist attack? This was the question asked of the audience at the BIFM Lancashire key learning seminar, hosted by We prepare for fire, flood, and power failure related emergencies. Why wouldn’t we prepare for a terrorist attack? This was the …

Inspired by name, inspired by nature

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The FM calendar is packed with good events, but the twice-yearly FM Inspired conference is fast becoming a must-attend for all those familiar with the corporate speed-dating meets education format. Yesterday’s thought-provoking event, held at the prestigious Sopwell House, saw more than 100 industry professionals attend around 10 educational and inspirational sessions intermixed with supplier/ buyer one-to-ones and general networking. …

BIFM London Regional Conference 2016

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(Written by Cathy Hayward) This year’s conference, attended by more than 130 Facilities Management professionals, was held at King’s Place. The insect canapés of last year’s BIFM London Regional Conference were nowhere to be seen. Those attending the event were treated to copious amounts of coffee. The pre-lunch session on coffee provision within the workplace from an FM’s perspective delivered …

EcoBuild 2016: The good, the smart and the future

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(Written by Clare Calder) The EcoBuild Conference is now more than a decade old. Each year it brings together thousands of professionals looking to learn, network and be inspired. There were 3 distinct themes for this year’s conference to reflect growth in Homes, Architecture & Next Generation. I attended Homes, keen to learn about and discuss good housing and smart …