BIFM 2014 Event Launch with Jacqueline Byrne HBEIncreasing productivity and enhancing the workplace to ensure maximum profitability are just two of the topics set to be discussed at the 18th annual British Institute of Facilities Management Ireland BIFM Conference on Friday this week.

The ‘Workplace, People & You’ themed event, which takes place on November 14 in Titanic Belfast, is designed to help organisations in both the public and private sectors tackle the increasing pressures of operating in a challenging economic climate.

Attendees will hear 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.

Committee member of BIFM Ireland, Jacqueline Byrne said: “In our 18th year we’ve worked to deliver our biggest and best conference yet. Facilities management is a diverse field and we would encourage professional property managers, engineers, junior managers, directors of large portfolios of buildings, as well as health and safety professionals to come and engage in what promises to be a fantastic and interactive learning experience.

In addition to presenting the BIFM Ireland awards, Jacqueline, said the conference will have “very high profile speakers” covering a range of topics including: social media; how productivity can be improved through open office plans, shared space and the use of space within buildings; new technology and communicating effectively; and retaining and managing staff in the current environment.

Jacqueline, Director of Business Development at HBE, which has headquarters in Newry, Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Liverpool and Edinburgh, added: “Even outside of FM businesses are struggling with trying to retain talent and promote talent.

“You have to show individuals clear paths. This applies to all businesses and gives people ideas how to retain staff. This conference will show business leaders how to keep staff at the cutting edge in the workplace.”

She said the Facilities Management sector has seen an increase in the number of women rising to management positions in recent years.

“While the FM industry has traditionally been viewed as a male-dominated sector, this impression is steadily changing due to more women realising the manifold opportunities available to them in this fast-growing sector.

“There are also a large number of female members on the BIFM Committee in the South who have very senior positions in their respective companies and one of their focuses for the committee is to promote the number of women in the sector,” she said.

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

Stephen Welch, Chairman, BIFM Ireland Region said: “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.

“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”.

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Of course HBE will be exhibiting at the conference, so don’t forget to come and see us at Stand 14.