28 January 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The 2019 IWFM Awards have opened for entries - including newly created categories - in the workplace and facilities management profession's most prestigious event - the first since the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management was launched last November.
One new category, Innovation in Supplier Relationships, aims "to recognise truly collaborative business relationships and working practices as business models evolve".
Alterations to other categories "reflect both the profession's own evolution and help to frame its value-over-cost ambition, as the work of today's progressive FMs defines and drives concepts such as social value, people empowerment and tech driven innovation through the sector".
The awards were established in 2001 are now in their 18th consecutive year.
Chair of Judges Steve Gladwin said: "Every year I say that judging these awards gets harder because of the sheer quality of entries. But that's the best thing about it. The more quality entries we get, and the harder our jobs become, we know that's a mark of progress - and that benefits everyone."
He added: "The IWFM Awards recognise the quality and excellence which takes place in workplace and facilities management and I encourage individuals, teams, companies and collaborative partnerships to get involved. There really is no better showcase for all that is great about our industry."
IWFM Chief Executive Linda Hausmanis said: "The value which comes from recognition by our industry peers is beyond measure - but you've got to be in it to win it, so if you're sitting on a great achievement, don't delay."
Entries close at midnight on Monday 29 April.
The IWFM Awards 2019 is open for entries and sponsorship opportunities. The ceremony will take place on Monday 14 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Marble Arch, London.
Discover more at iwfmawards.org
The 12 categories are:
Impact on Customer Experience
Impact on the Environment
Impact on Organisational Performance
Impact on Society and Social Value
Innovation in Products and/or Processes
Innovation in Technology and Systems
Innovation in People Development and Empowerment
Innovation in Supplier Relationships
Newcomer of the Year
Team of the Year
Manager of the Year
Leader of the Year