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 …

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 begins working with Sitemark

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Magenta has started working with Sitemark, the independent best practice benchmarking company for the facilities management sector. Launched as iClean in 2005, Sitemark reviews and certifies facilities management solutions on contracts of all sizes, across all sectors. Magenta will be supporting the business, which recently expanded out of the cleaning and waste management sectors into the wider FM space, to …

New year, new real estate sector

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Usually, CoreNet’s annual January event, UK’s Predictions and Resolutions, is a great barometer for the year ahead, as a panel from across the corporate real estate industry discuss what the next 12 months might bring. This week’s event was a little different. The usual certainty about specific changes, from structural challenges to movements in lease lengths, was missing. There was …

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 …