Steve Gladwin, chairman of the judges at BIFM Awards, runs through what it takes to win at the ceremony in October.
12 February 2014
I am looking forward to 13 October 2014.
That will be the day I take to the stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel to address more than 1,200 FM professionals during the BIFM Awards ceremony.
As chairman of the judges for the BIFM Awards, by the time I reach the stage we will have seen many exceptional and inspirational winners crowned, celebrated some groundbreaking achievements and learnt how great FM can affect our economy and society.
So what will have made these winners stand out? They will have demonstrated exceptional and inspiration FM. We are looking for the best in FM to showcase. These will be individuals, projects, teams or organisations. Our winners can come from all areas of industry: From the public and private sector, from the smallest SME to the largest multinationals, from the most innovative FM solutions to the most fundamental, and from the newest biggest builds to the smallest refits. But the one thing they will all have in common is that they have made a difference. And their award submissions will have demonstrated this.
Take time to think about what you have achieved; what can you showcase to the FM profession? What can you bring to the BIFM Awards?
Before my role as chairman of the judges I've been fortunate to have been involved in the BIFM Awards for a number of years, both as a judge and lead judge for various categories. I would like to share a few tips for your submission.
Make sure you read the full criteria for your chosen category - and ensure that you address them all. Judges appreciate tangible benefits - so shout about these, demonstrate the benefits and results you have achieved - this will help set you apart.
Finally, you can only be part of the BIFM Awards if you enter - you need to be involved. Being a winner or a finalist is a great achievement and it sends out a very strong message. It shows you are a serious force in the FM sector, it makes others sit up and take notice of you - it shows that you are the best.
I wish you all good luck with your entries. Together, we can make the 2014 BIFM Awards the most groundbreaking awards to date.
Full details of the BIFM Awards are available at www.bifm.org.uk/awards2014
Entries close on 2 May 2014 - 'Facilities Manager of the Year' closes 27 June.
¦Excellence in Customer Service
¦Excellence in Product Development
¦Facilities Manager of the Year
¦FM Excellence in a Major Project
¦FM Service Provider of the Year
¦Impact on Organisation and Workplace
¦In-House FM Team of the Year
¦Innovation in the Use of Technology and Systems
¦Learning and Career Development
¦Rising Talent in Facilities Management
(new for 2014)
¦Sustainability and Environmental Impact