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 …

To be, or not to be?

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Alice Friel, an English literature student at the University of Bristol, reflects on her two-week internship at Magenta. Whenever I tell people that I’m studying towards a degree in English literature, I dread the typical response of “Do you want to be an English teacher?”. I find this frustrating because teaching is something I’ve never been interested in, but I …

Magenta on tour: Workplace Week New York 2019

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Last week, our director Jo Sutherland crossed the Atlantic to lend her support to Workplace Week New York, a five-day series of tours and fringe events that showcase some of the city’s best workplaces. It’s only the second time Magenta client Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) has run this event in the Big Apple, but it’s already creating lots of buzz …

Facilities Show 2019: Day 3

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It’s third and final day at the Facilities Show and the Magenta team will be attending again! Here’s what’s in store today:         Skills & talent in FM 11.00 – 11.45 What do we class as talent and skill? Attracting the best talent in Facilities Management is becoming increasingly important due to the shortage of professionals in …

Facilities Show 2019: Day 2

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It’s day two at the Facilities Show and the Magenta team will be out in force again. Here’s what you can look forward to today…     Outsourcing – is TFM still a trend? 13:15-14:00 With the bruising that outsourcing has taken in the national press recently, the total FM model is under unprecedented scrutiny. Does it deliver lasting value, and is it …

Facilities Show 2019: Day 1

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              It’s the first day of the Facilities Show at London Excel and the Magenta team is already here. As specialists in the built environment, we tend to spend most of our time in the Facilities Management Theatre (though there is the exciting addition of a Workplace Wellbeing Theatre this year), so come and …

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 …

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 …

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 …