6 October 2014
In what has been both an exciting and interesting two years at BIFM, the past 12 months has seen a sharp increase of new products and services that have created real value to BIFM members and the FM community as a whole.
As one of the client-facing representatives at BIFM, I find myself engaging daily with service providers, product suppliers and FMs. It is great to hear the positive feedback on the services and opportunities that we are creating for members, and it is inspiring to hear the infectious passion and enthusiasm of people within the industry which makes ours such a great sector to be part of.
In my role supporting Corporate Members, the shift in focus away from a simple list of benefits attached to an annual renewal has been an interesting transition. I have received extremely encouraging comments from our Corporate and Group Members on our new, more personal approach. It provides us with a platform to develop meaningful partnerships with our members by understanding their needs and requirements from BIFM as a professional body and creating unique solutions for our members as we support their organisations.
This change in focus has been fruitful - for example, we are working closely with Carillion on a bespoke, forward-thinking partnership that sees our two organisations working together to develop Carillion's staff and advance their professional careers.
Our focus on developing staff has also seen organisations such as Santander, JLL, BUPA, John Lewis, Sodexo UK and Ireland, OCS, Bouygues and many other organisations working closely with BIFM on development projects.
A new exciting activity among Corporate Members has been the Corporate Member Monthly event. We have created a platform for members to engage on current topics and share knowledge and experience, as well as providing excellent networking opportunities with peers and individual members.
Designed as an event produced by the members for the members, it has proved an extremely popular event in the BIFM calendar. September saw a focus on 'People and Technology in FM', this month we will look at procurement on the back of our forthcoming procurement FM Leaders Forum, whilst November will explore client and supplier relationships.
Corporate Members of BIFM also have the chance to engage with our independent Corporate Representatives. Mike Rollinson of Gleeds and the recently appointed Sajna Rahman of Sodexo are independent sounding boards for members and we encourage you to speak to them as well as members of the BIFM team. Another announcement is the appointment of Lee Grant, head of service and community development. Find out more about Lee on page 42.
There are several additional activities and opportunities for BIFM Corporate Members to be part of over the coming months and we look forward to sharing the details with you.