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First paperless conference set to go ahead

Stephen Welch, Chairman, BIFM Ireland Region, event host Jim Fitzpatrick and BIFM committee member Jacqueline Byrne, HBE Risk Management.
Rebecca Kincade on July 31, 2014 - 8:12 am in News

Business leaders at this year’s British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland Conference are set to ditch the notebook and pen and connect and engage through an innovative app launched this week ahead of the industry body’s 18th annual conference.

Taking place at Titanic Belfast on Friday 14th November, BIFM are taking the radical approach to better engage with delegates and also showcase just one of the ways in which the multibillion facilities management sector has kept ahead of the curve in order to deliver for businesses.

Facilities management contributes some £106 billion to the UK economy and plays a pivotal role in supporting businesses looking to improve their bottom line and increase efficiencies.

This year’s conference – Workplace, People & You – is sponsored by Aramark and H&J Martin Facilities Management and will address the increasing pressures facing organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Delegates can look forward to hearing from a diverse line-up of industry experts who will give an insight into best practice in facilities management to ensure the efficient and profitable running of businesses.

Featuring a wide range of international and local specialist exhibitors, the conference is designed to provide a forum for sharing ideas and enabling professionals to spur their respective organisations to greater success through strategic facilities management.

Launching the app ahead of the conference, Stephen Welch, Chairman, BIFM Ireland Region said, “We believe this is the first ever paperless conference to be held in Northern Ireland and like all organisations we are fully aware of our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, but it also gives us a chance to show delegates ways to better engage and interact with their colleagues.

“How we work, engage and interact has changed vastly in the past two decades and it is vital that we in the industry ensure that our professionals keep abreast and implement the necessary changes to help our businesses grow. Professionals in our sector are driving forward growth and this conference will highlight best practice and also give us an opportunity to hear from a diverse range of speakers who will inform, engage and inspire on an array of topics”.

“Facilities management still remains one of the fastest growing professions in the UK and Ireland; valued at over £106 billion this important industry has a pivotal role to play in supporting businesses. This has never been truer than in today’s challenging economic climate when companies are looking to drive forward efficiency and streamline their processes to ensure best value and customer satisfaction.”

Organisers have designed the conference to directly address issues pertinent to businesses and the topics covered will include social media; shared spaces; new technologies and managing people, all in a bid to enable business owners and managers to better understand how strategic facilities management can save them money and allow them to focus on their core business operations.

James Sterling, H&J Martin Facilities Management, commented, “As an international operator in the facilities management sector we have seen the major changes that our industry has undergone in recent years. More and more organisations are realising the impact that effective management of their facilities can have, both in terms of value and increasing efficiency. This conference is an opportunity for not just FM professionals, but all businesses, and it is about highlighting the impact of FM and engaging with other business sectors to better understand their needs and respond to them.”

Ray Taylor, Operations Director, Aramark said, “As a leading global integrated services supplier, we are focused on delivering the highest standard of facilities management and developing long term partnerships with our clients. I know that the BIFM (Ireland) Committee has been working hard to bring together a line-up of speakers and sessions that will engage and inspire us all and we are delighted to once again co-sponsor this year’s event.”

For further information or bookings download the app today http://www.bifmireland.org.uk/



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