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Facilities Showcase

The Facilities Show 2008 returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 13-15 May 2008, featuring a wide range of exhibitors covering all aspects of office services and products, from washrooms to building services.  Exhibitors will include CAFM companies such as FSI, Qube Global Software, Tabs FM and Service Works Global, vending suppliers Autobar and Cool Water Direct and waste management specialists Wincanton, Linpac and amaryllis.  Those visiting The Facilities Show at the NEC site will also be able to access two facilities-related co-located events, IFSEC and Safety & Health Expo.

This year’s exhibition also offers delegates a packed programme of free educational opportunities, as, for the first time, The Facilities Show will boast two seminar theatres, one focusing on the day-to-day role of the facilities manager, and the other on energy and waste management.

FMX magazine is proud to sponsor the all-new ‘The Sustainable FM Academy’, which will feature a number of environment-themed sessions over the three days, providing visitors with the opportunity to debate the two vital topics in every major building – energy and waste management.  Each day will consist of a series of educational presentations featuring the country’s most respected FM professionals.  The Carbon Trust, Connaught, Royal Sun Alliance, Land Securities, Trillium, Amaryllis, Sims Group and Charterhouse Energy are just some of the major companies taking part.

Sessions will include: Cradle to Grave – life cycle management furniture and fittings, Martin Brittain, head of workspace and churn, Land Securities, Trillium & Amaryllis; Designing Sustainable Workspace, Dan Callegari; Constructive Workplace and Sustainability in the Workplace – what does this really mean in practice?, Nick Cook, MD, Haywards Property Consultants.

Says Vincent Brain, event manager for the show: ‘Our aim is that all attendees will not only leave the exhibition with knowledge but, most importantly, solutions that can be applied to their own businesses.  As the role of the facilities manager continues to evolve it becomes even more important for them to have a platform to learn about changes in workplace management.’

Also on the exhibition floor, The Facilities Show Seminar Theatre will look at the changing role of the facilities manager, legislation compliance and site protection, with sessions by leading industry authorities including the British Security Industry Association, Service Works, Expolink, Reloc8, IM Serv, Asset Skills and Dalkia.

Commenting on the event, Ian R Fielder, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management, said: ‘Every year the event delivers new and innovative ideas to create efficient, effective and environmental workplaces in a unique business environment.  With FMs constantly looking to refresh their knowledge, we look forward to the return of the seminar theatre and the programme it has to offer.

‘We are especially happy to support the launch of the new Sustainable FM Academy, and look forward to the content it will deliver on arguably the most important issue in the industry today.’

Security Guarding & Support Services at IFSEC

It’s worth £2.2bn, makes up over a third of the entire UK security market, and in light of the recent BBC Panorama documentary’s portrayal, the security guarding sector is now at the forefront of the news agenda.  With this in mind, IFSEC 2008 will again feature ‘Security Guarding & Support Services’, to cater for this important and diverse market.

Planned with the full support of the BSIA, The Security Institute, ASIS International UK Chapter 208, Skills for Security and a number of the UK’s leading security guarding companies, the feature will be relocating to a prime position in hall 7 at the NEC, next to co-located exhibition The Facilities Show 2008.  This relocation takes into account the important role facilities managers have in procurement of guarding services.

‘Leaving the office is hugely difficult for facilities managers’, comments James Blue, IFSEC’s event director.  ‘Yet sourcing the right products and services to ensure their building runs effectively is an essential part of their role.  The co-location of Security Guarding & Support Services with The Facilities Show means that visitors can source products and services across all aspects of their remit, in one place.  Furthermore, with the introduction of SIA licensing and the Approved Contractor Scheme, now is the time to re-evaluate existing guarding contracts.’

The exhibition will feature the UK’s leading guarding companies, including Advance Security, G4S Security Services, Innovise, IPSA, Legion Group, Mitie Security, Nationwide Security Services, NTIPDU, Romtrac, and Wilson James.

Comments Darren Gamage, head of marketing at Mitie Security: ‘We are delighted to be taking a major presence within Security Guarding & Support Services at this year’s IFSEC.  We’ve worked closely with the show organisers to shape the event, together with the feedback from our clients last year – we’re looking forward to a successful show.’

Says Douglas Greenwell, sales and marketing director at G4S Security Services (UK): ‘Our position in Security Guarding & Support Services at IFSEC gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our full range of integrated security solutions.  We look forward to welcoming visitors to stand 570 to discuss their security needs and to demonstrate the products, technologies and services that make us a market leader in the industry.’

IFSEC 2008 will also feature a packed seminar programme and a new strategic conference aimed at all professionals concerned with security.  Expert speakers confirmed include representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Huntingdon Life Sciences, G4S Cash Services, JP Morgan, London Underground and Essex Police.  Sessions will focus on real-life applications of effective security techniques across retail, banking, transport and other sectors.  Speakers will be presenting real-life case studies, innovative advances in technology and updates on the latest standards and legislation.

Safety & Health Expo

Safety & Health Expo is Europe’s largest annual health and safety exhibition, and is officially supported by RoSPA, the BSIF and IOSH.  Held at the NEC, Birmingham on 13-15 May 2008, the show will feature over 350 companies displaying a broad range of products and services for anyone interested in the health and safety of the workforce.  Exhibiting companies will include St John Ambulance, Dräger Safety, Posturite, CAT Workwear, Speedy Hire, Goliath Footwear, Aearo, Scott Health & Safety and Bacou-Dalloz.

The Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will feature heavily on the agenda this year.  The act, which comes into force on 6 April 2008, means companies can be prosecuted for manslaughter where there has been a gross failing in the management of health and safety.  Prosecution under the act may result in a fine of up to 10 per cent of annual turnover, meaning this issue is top of the agenda for health and safety professionals.

RoSPA will be attending with a full conference programme focusing on the new law.  Lord McKenzie of Luton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, will give the keynote address on Tuesday 13 May in the Concourse Suite at the NEC.

The conference will provide a valuable opportunity for organisations to gain an understanding of the strategic importance and business benefits of better health and safety management, to assess their board’s engagement in accident and ill-health prevention strategies, and to look ahead to continuous improvement.

The act will also feature as part of a series of free seminars presented on the show floor of the exhibition.  Wednesday 14 May in particular will focus entirely on new and existing legislation, in a specially devised programme developed specifically for those interested in health and safety law.

Further information

The Facilities Show adjoins security event IFSEC and Safety & Health Expo, all taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 12/13 to 15 May 2008. For more information on the events and to register for free entry please visit: