Wagamama – self-indulgence or what?

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Doesn’t it always rain in Aberdeen? Well no, not this time. This time we took the sunshine with us. A trip to the East Coast to meet with a prospective new client meant 2 days out – who knew how few flights there are from England to Aberdeen?? On our orange ‘plane we met the Senior Marketing Exec for an …

Living on an island…

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This weekend I’ve been in Guernsey (pop 62,000) for a BIFM Channel Islands training day, where I was presenting on various topics to a fabulous group of FM professionals, many of whom had never met each other. I had not stopped to consider that Guernsey is such a small island and much closer to France than to the UK. I have …

Kentish and Co featured in Women in Trade & Business Magazine

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“Victoria O’Farrell, Simi Sandhi-Whitaker, Bianca Angelico, Liz Kentish and Cheryl-Anne Sanderson are just a few of the fun, passionate and beautifully spirited women working in facilities management.” Kentish and Co’s very own MD Liz Kentish and associate Victoria O’Farrell are featured in the fantastic Women in Trade & Business Magazine’s Autumn 2016 edition, which is about gratitude. Grateful for that! …

Women in FM Question Time

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FM might still be a male-dominated profession, but it’s a mistake to think that male FMs don’t understand what it’s like to be in the minority. At the recent Women in FM Question Time event #askwifm, each of the panellists, had to say something about themselves that very few people knew. Ross Abbate, MD of Macro, delighted the 40-strong audience …

Can a new approach of Emotional Intelligence help the construction industry to hit its targets?

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A constant plague on the construction industry, as on any industry, is poor project performance. Particularly in an industry which relies so heavily on teams and interpersonal relations, effective leadership and people management is key. Can a new approach of Emotional Intelligence help the construction industry to hit its targets? Emotional Intelligence (EI) has a proven business case in industry …

Funny Friday! Mock of the FM Week…

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In the spirit of the game played on BBC’s Mock the Week where they have a round called “Things you’re unlikely to hear…”, we thought we’d give it a go: ‘Unlikely things to hear when you work in FM.’ To get us started here’s a few suggestions: “Thank you so much for everything you do.” “The temperature is just perfect …

Taking Facilities Management from the basement to boardroom – is training always the answer?

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Imagine, you go home this evening, go to bed and go to sleep. While you’re sleeping a ‘miracle’ happens. When you get to work, FM is now high on the agenda, you and your team have a real influence on the direction of the organisation. Imagine that… What would be the first signs that something has happened? What would people …

Conference time!

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I only managed to spend one day at The Facilities Show this year, but was delighted to open the show officially with Ismena Clout, Chairman of BIFM. I was also chairing a debate on ‘Premiership FM’ with the FMs from Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Stoke City FC. Fascinating stuff! I didn’t realise how much sway the TV companies have – …