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 …

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – National Mentoring Day

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By: Esme Banks Marr Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay, Lil Wayne and Drake, Dr Dre and Eminem, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey… Just a few famous mentoring partnerships you may already be aware of. Or, maybe you had no idea these people had acted as mentors or been mentored themselves. Why do you think …

A busy week for the M-People!

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Last week saw a busy couple of days for the M-People! On Thursday, for example, Ollie, Jo, and Esme were all at different events across London and Brighton. With Jo at the Workplace Wellbeing & Stress Forum, Esme at Estates Gazette Office & Workplace Summit, Ollie at the Wired Sussex Thought Leadership breakfast session, and Carole at the Fire & …

Magenta starts work with Active!

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Magenta has started working with Active, who design, build, furnish and move workspaces where individuals can think, create, collaborate and enjoy their working life. Their roots are in facilities management, but they’ve grown to become one of the most trusted companies operating in the office interiors industry today. Magenta’s Jo Sutherland, Esme Banks Marr and Alice Finney will work with the Active team …

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 …

From heated seminar discussions to chilling in glass booths: the best of 100% Design

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By Alice Finney Now in its 13th year, the London Design Festival (LDF) played host to a huge range of internationally renowned design companies last week. Held in different venues across the capital, the festival showcased the best design brands out there at the moment, coupled with talks and seminars given by some of the biggest names in design. I …

“Excuse me, you’re invading my personal space”: the importance of social ergonomics in the workplace

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By Alice Finney It’s mid-July and it’s rush hour on a Monday morning. Your hair is frizzy (it’s 25 degrees), your eyelids are drooping and your face is being jammed into the armpit of a total stranger as you pack like sardines onto the Central line. Although obviously gross and totally not what you pictured yourself doing aged 27, it’s …

World FM Day: ten experts discuss the future of FM

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The theme of this year’s World FM Day is ‘empowering people for a productive world’. To mark FM’s annual day in the spotlight, industry leaders have come together to give their thoughts on the future of the industry, from the role of technology to FM’s influence on tomorrow’s workplace. Anthony Bennett, co-founder, Bennett Hay: “FM is an exciting place to …

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 …

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

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(Written by Esme Banks Marr) Day 1. Team Jo and Esme (affectionately known as ‘Jesme’) arrived in EC1 for our first Clerkenwell Design Festival. Magenta stickers lined the pavement, pointing towards exhibitions and events; magenta banners decorated the streets; and magenta feather flags were outside all the hottest showrooms in town. I think it’s safe to say we felt quite at …