Facilitating facilities

Exhibitors and speakers from across the facilities management industry will be taking part in this year’s Facilities Management event

After a successful launch last year, Facilities Management 2015 returns to the NEC in Birmingham for its second edition on 24-26 March 2015. The event last year attracted more than 4,365 attendees, and this year’s promises to include more exhibitors, show features and guest speakers.

Katie Crocombe, Facilities Management event manager, says: “The feedback about our debut show last year was fantastic. It just reiterated to us that there was a largely untapped facilities management community outside London. In such a fast-moving sector it is crucial that the information we provide is top drawer, which is why we are expanding the exhibition floor, continuing the successful co-locations with relevant industry shows and providing a high-quality seminar programme. Those within the industry shouldn’t let this show pass them by: they should jump on board!”

Facilities Management 2015 will again run alongside Maintec – for the maintenance, plant and asset management industry – and The Health & Safety Event run by Western Business Exhibitions. Visitors will be able to access all three shows with one badge and take part in free-to-attend educational seminars, watch show-floor entertainment and meet industry expert and exhibitors looking to launch new technologies and concepts to the UK market. 

Exhibition hall

Exhibitors at Facilities Management 2015 include major names such as Ice Road Gritters, Scot Young Research, WD40 and Cooleraid. These will be joined by an array of new exhibitors including NBC Bird and Pest Solutions, Kemper UK, Williamson-Dickie Europe Ltd and Asckey Data Services.

Coin-A-Drink, for example, will be showcasing its micro-market retail concept. The micro-market is a bespoke store located within a business premises, enabling companies on out-of-town estates to make provision for staff at lunchtime with more choices than a simple vending machine. Everything is displayed on shelving units so staff can browse, with payment being made via a touchscreen self-service terminal.

First-time exhibitor Asckey Data Services will be using Facilities Management to showcase its fmfirst product suite. This fully integrated CAFM suite has separate targeted modules including: task management, asset management, venue booking, health and safety risk assessment and cleaning audit management.

Bernard Hill, commercial director at Asckey, explains the reasons behind his company’s decision to exhibit: “We chose Facilities Management due to the wide spread of target industries it reaches. As longstanding NHS health sector specialists, we are now looking to diversify and our product range reflects this. The co-location with Maintec and the Health and Safety Event presents the perfect platform to showcase our fmfirst product suite to a wider market.”

Williamson-Dickie will also be using the event to exhibit some of its health and safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) ranges. The products on display will include showa gloves, gel knee pads, goggles, safety helmets, bump caps, ear defenders, respirators and its safety footwear range. 

Show-floor entertainment

Learning opportunities at Facilities Management 2015 include a return for The Business Exchange. This will feature a selection of free practical talks about the latest research, new innovations and case studies exploring current topics, challenges and trends. Running in conjunction with The Business Exchange will be FM Matters where experts from some of the biggest names in industry will share their knowledge and experience.

There will be additional show-floor entertainment in the form of Lions’ Lair, which will see the event’s newest technologies, innovations and concepts pitched to an expert panel in a bid to find the best in show. 

Facilities Management 2015 is at the NEC, Birmingham, 24-26 March 2015. W: www.fm-birmingham.com For information about exhibiting, contact Chris Collins T: 020 8843 8825 E: chris.collins@easyFairs.com