Jacqueline Byrne from HBE has served as a committee member of BIFM Ireland for the past two years. Having worked alongside her fellow committee members, Jacqueline is a firm believer that there is a considerable amount of FM expertise and experience in Ireland which buildings and property managers across all sectors could tap into.

Firstly, generate some well earned recognition for your team, a project or a valuable member of your team at the BIFM Ireland Awards. The closing date for entries is 11th October 2013. Each award requires entrants to submit only 800 words……….give it a go!!!

Secondly, why not attend the BIFM conference on 15th November at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast? This is the BIFM Ireland’s 17th conference, an event which continues to go from strength to strength.

For more details about these two opportunities, see below.


The search is on to find Ireland’s exceptional organisations and individuals operating within the facilities management (FM) industry. The BIFM Ireland Region Facilities Management Recognition Awards 2013 celebrates excellence and recognise outstanding achievements, projects and those teams and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the FM industry in Ireland, and in particular workplace services within the industry, including catering, security, cleaning, maintenance, energy, IT or health & safety.

This year’s award categories include FM Professional of the Year, FM Team of the Year and FM Project of the Year. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of industry and academic experts from across the UK and Ireland, including Professor Heaney, Professor of the Built Environment at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown; Liz Kentish, The FM Coach; Graham Briscoe, BIFM Board Member; Rebekah Lyons, CEO, Portobello Institute and Ernie Spence, Secretary, NI Safety Group (2012 Winner of the title of FM Organisation of the Year).

Organisations and individuals from the public, private and voluntary sectors are encouraged to enter the awards which will ensure they are officially recognised for the excellent work that they are doing and the benchmark they are setting for the industry. You don’t have to be a BIFM member to enter.

Visit www.bifm.org.uk/irelandawards for more information. The Deadline for entries is 11 October 2013, with winners presented with a trophy and also a prize at the BIFM at the 17th annual BIFM Ireland Region Conference on the 15th November 2013..


The annual BIFM Ireland Region Conference will take place on the 15th November 2013 at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast with a focus on ‘FM Facilitating for the Future’. The conference will feature a diverse mix of Facilities Management (FM) speakers, along with exhibitors from throughout Ireland and the UK. It will provide a platform for public and private sector professionals with a business interest in FM to share ideas, enhance their knowledge and skills base and network with others in what is a rapidly growing sector.

Delegates can look forward to topics including the art of intelligent negotiation, the A-Z of compliance, how to take control of your outsourced contracts and Building Information Modelling (BIM). It will also take a look at innovation within the sector and how this can be built upon for the future.

For more information on the conference, costs and to buy online or request a booking form please click www.bifm.org.uk/IC2013. If you have any other questions relating to the conference please contact Laura McMahon at l.mcmahon@hjmartin.co.uk. You can download the brochure on the link above for conference line up and timings!

Of course HBE will be exhibiting so we look forward to seeing you there!