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4 February 2019 Steve Gladwin

Steve Gladwin looks ahead to the 2019 IWFM Awards.

This year is the first IWFM Awards ceremony and there is no doubt the event in October will be a testament to the fact that our profession and industry continues to raise standards. Last year’s entries also demonstrated the significant contribution we make to business, the wider economy and society.


Our rigorous judging process was tested in 2018, as we had to choose from excellent entries, which included submissions from SMEs operating locally to large multi-nationals in the private and public sectors, and from start-ups to established companies. The awards also recognised workplace and facilities management professionals’ contributions to our industry.

I’m thrilled to see so many of our previous award winners still actively engaged in both the industry and the IWFM Awards process, pushing the boundaries and raising the bar with their new initiatives, projects and innovations. Most importantly, they’re providing inspiration to the next round of entrants. 

This year will be my final as chair of judges, and I’m delighted with the awards’ development during my tenure. 2019 will change the emphasis in some categories to reflect our evolving profession, plus the introduction of a new award: Innovation in Supplier Relationships. This is a significant step as it aims to recognise the activities and progressive working practices taking place in a challenging year for so many organisations in our sector. 

The IWFM Awards celebrate the excellent work in our industry and I encourage individuals, teams, companies and partnerships to get involved. The recognition that comes from peers, colleagues and business leaders should never be underestimated. There is no better showcase for our industry. 

Steve Gladwin is chair of judges for the IWFM Awards