Past Conferences

Shaping the future

We can’t predict the future, but we can make it happen in ways that work best for us. That’s the point of Workplace Futures, the long-running annual facilities management conference.  Few events have a lifespan this long, especially without a change of name, let alone a change in ownership. I’m proud of the team that …

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Workplace Futures 2022:
FM & sustainability: the social, environmental and commercial challenge

Sustainability is a huge topic – broad in scope, critical in importance, and replete with both opportunity and risk.  In commercial terms, sustainability aims to achieve the balance between economic, environmental and social impacts through the effective management of resources while maximising organisational profitability. A widely cited benchmark for policy and action, the UN Sustainable …

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Workplace Futures 2021:
Return to the Workplace

Planning and managing for success Tuesday, 13 July 2021 Getting back to normal – whatever form that takes for individual organisations – looks like being a growing trend. That means investigation, planning and strategy development all need to be underway in good time ahead of decision-making and action. But none of this is easy in …

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Workplace Futures 2020:
The FM Vision Of Wellness

We live in a time of remarkable change – as new technologies, new commercial realities, new social and economic conditions all combine to shift our views of work: what it is, how it is done, where and when. An important part of this is a new focus on responsible business, sustainability for our communities, buildings …

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Workplace Futures 2019:
Surviving FM

The landmark failure of Carillion at the beginning of 2018 continues to ripple through the industry, adding to a sense of concern – or at the least, a sense of caution – together with other big issues such as Brexit and a more general political and economic uncertainty in the UK and beyond. At the …

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Workplace Futures 2018:
Adding Value

The ability to add value is an absolute necessity if the facilities management sector is to be sustainable, profitable and ‘a good place to be’. So how does FM add value to clients and the wider community? How do we define it, measure it, report it, demonstrate it? Workplace Futures 2018 took delegates on a …

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Workplace Futures 2017:
Challenging Conventions

‘Work’, ‘workplace’, even ‘facilities management’ – most of us automatically think in terms of offices when we hear those words. And that’s not surprising; but it is also a long way from being a complete picture. So much of the shared experience, discussion, research and published knowledge in our sector is drawn from the office …

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Workplace Futures 2016:
FM Agent of Change

The world we live and work in today is drastically different to the one we knew 20, 10 or even 5 years ago – and the speed of change is increasing all the time.  Nowhere is this truer than in the workplace.  Complex factors and emerging trends – from the social to the technological – …

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Workplace Futures 2015:
Convergence In The Workplace

Convergence is a key issue for facilities management. As organisations, work and the workplace change at ever-increasing rates, FM must more and more work in concert with other key support disciplines. These disciplines include CRE, HR, IT, finance, procurement – even marketing. So what does this mean for the future of FM? The big areas …

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Workplace Futures 2014:
Making Innovation Work

Innovation is a big topic in FM. Clients asks for it, and providers promise it – often in a seemingly unending cycle. But what is innovation? How do you identify it, how do you measure it, how do you assess the benefits? This key concept in facilities management – increasingly central in recent years as …

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Workplace Futures 2012:
New needs. New solutions?

In 2012, the conference programme was shaped around some of the central challenges facing UK facilities management as it begins to reach some maturity.   FM is a business discipline and a vast service industry. It is a simple service delivery requirement and a mission-critical support operation. Given that vast range, what does the future …

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Workplace Futures 2008:
The Future of FM

Specialists in FM, property and ICT must learn to view the workplace as an integrated whole. And facilities managers, in particular, must learn to speak the language of the boardroom. These critical messages emerged clearly from the 2008 Workplace Futures conference, designed specifically to look at emerging issues in the industry over the next five …

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Workplace Futures 2007:
The Convergence of Property and FM

Property and facilities services providers are drifting out of sync with the expectations of the marketplace. Corporate clients are increasingly looking at the big picture; we’re still looking at the details. Delegates at the first Workplace Futures conference were told that fundamental change is already well underway at many large organisations. In essence, clients are …