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 …

Socially awkward? Here’s what to do when someone gives you the cold shoulder (listen up Theresa May)

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This week, when Theresa May was seen being awkwardly excluded from salutations at the EU summit, many felt her pain. A video has emerged in which the Prime Minister appears to be being ignored by other attendees. It was tweeted by journalists covering Thursday morning’s event in Brussels and shows Mrs May fidgeting, while her European counterparts greet each other warmly and chat. Although …

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 …

Fund-raising, networking and clay pigeon shooting

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Last month, I was delighted to take part in Incentive FM’s first ever Clay Pigeon Shoot, an event that I invited myself to after seeing it talked about on Twitter! Joining i-FM’s crack team of shooters, aptly named Friendly Fire, we took on the other four teams on one of the hottest days of the year at the Home Clay …

Networking and butter fish curry

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The Vltava river, Karluv bridge, Staromestske sq, Malostranske sq, Astronomical clock and Prazsky castle, all reasons enough to visit the Czech capital, Prague. But when I discovered the annual European Facilities Management Conference (EFMC) was being held in the city this year, I thought of a better reason to make the 400km drive south, networking. As an FM professional living …

What do you look for in FM networking events?

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Firstly, thank you to all those who completed our survey recently. Here’s what you told us: Over two thirds of you already attend networking events, both for professional and personal development. If you don’t attend these events, it’s generally due to lack of time, or the location being inconvenient. Early evening events pip the post for the best time, followed …

Architects, Engineers, Constructors

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This week I attended my first AEC Network meeting – Architects, Engineers, Constructors – at The Building Centre in London. I went along because I wanted to see ‘the other side’ of the built environment. What do I mean by that? Well, many of you working in FM tell me how tough it is to be a handed a new …