Dedicated to the FM profession

Produced in association with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the UK’s leading FM and estates event took place from 6-7 October at London Olympia.

Adrian Newton, portfolio director for Safety and Building Management at UBM Live, organisers of Total Workplace Management, said: “At a time when facilities managers are really having to justify their time out of the office, we were delighted to be able to offer such a comprehensive event which incorporated all the disciplines required to carry out effective management of a working building. With the aisles and seminar theatres packed throughout the two days, we are in no doubt that this event was a great success.”

The extensive exhibition was once again the platform for many of the industry’s leading names to showcase their developments, including Bywaters (Leyton) Limited, Coca-Cola, Comet, FSI, Watco UK Limited and Wincanton. Feedback from exhibitors demonstrates their success:
Matthew Hadden, UK sales manager at WATCO UK Ltd, said: “The show’s important because we get to meet people we wouldn’t normally meet on a day-to-day basis. We’ve got some really positive leads to follow up – we got a hundred-plus leads yesterday!”

Compton Darlington, business development director at FSI, said: “This for us still is the number one trade show we do each year. I think the idea of co-locating it with those two other disciplines (energy management and facilities management) is absolutely spot-on.”

Finally, Steve Courtney, national account manager at Jangro Ltd, said: “We’ve been here the last two years – this is our third year now – and every year we certainly get good business out of it and it’s a great investment for us.”

Innovation showcase
Total Workplace Management 2010 also saw the launch the Innovation Showcase, sponsored by powerPerfector. This exciting feature area sat at the heart of the event and gave visitors the chance to see the latest and best innovations available in the industry.

Education took centre stage at the event with two dedicated seminar theatres on the exhibition floor. The FM Academy, sponsored by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), hosted more than ten hours of free seminars to provide insight, practical information and direction to help put a business’s sustainability roadmap into practice. With the theatre packed out for the two days, the FMJ Debate, ‘Myth or reality: Is FM now a commoditised industry?’, was particularly well received by visitors. Having previously run at The Facilities Show at the NEC Birmingham in May, this hugely popular debate had visitors flocking to The FM Academy.

Health & safety seminars
The Health & Safety Seminar Theatre, supported by SHP, gave visitors the chance to keep up-to-date with the latest legislation and discover the newest advances in safety and FM. The theatre sat at the heart of the Managing Safety & Health Area, home to a variety of exhibitors providing health and safety products.

Total Workplace Management also contained a variety of features to make everyone’s visit as beneficial as possible. These included the Green FM Trail, which highlighted those companies offering sustainable solutions, and a Recycling Centre which ensured the event remained sustainable.

Finally, the Innovation & Sustainability Awards rewarded those companies who demonstrated efficient and effective management of a working building. The winners were:
• Best innovation in green products or services, sponsored by Water, Energy and Efficiency (WEE) – SenseLogix Ltd
• Best innovation in energy management, sponsored by Energy in Buildings & Industry (EIBI) – Datum Phase Change Ltd
• Best innovation in FM services, sponsored by Premises and Facilities Management (PFM) – Interserve
• Best innovation in building services, sponsored by Housing Association Building & Maintenance (HABM) and Local Authority Building & Maintenance (LABM) – Hoval Ltd
• Best product innovation, sponsored by Facilities Management Excellence (FMX) – Radio-Tech
• Best innovation in health & safety, sponsored by Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP) – Swallow EMP Ltd
• Outstanding contribution to the industry, sponsored by Facilities Management Journal (FMJ) – Mike Malina, director of Energy Solutions Associates
• London workplace of the year, sponsored by Premises and Facilities Management (PFM) – Business Design Centre

Total Workplace Management returns to London Olympia from 11-12 October 2011. It will once again be co-located with Energy Solutions, the UK’s fastest growing energy management event, and M&E – The Building Services Event, the UK’s only event dedicated to all building services.