Or as I usually find myself saying – in an accidental nod to Editor Martin Read and colleagues at the official magazine of the BIFM: Happy FM World Day – it’s much the same thing.
We’re delighted to support the FM industry in its big annual celebration, having for many years in our former incarnation as Workplace Law held events and written articles to highlight the contribution that good facilities management makes to good business.
Indeed, the fact that so many events are taking place in the UK and around the world on this special day is the reason why we have decided to gatecrash other people’s parties this year, rather than hold our own. If you’re attending one of them (starting with the BIFM’s AGM), I look forward to maybe seeing you later.
We’re using World FM Day (why not!?) to give an extra push to the NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) course that we deliver by eLearning – see below for details.
But it’s also an opportunity to explain how important a role good FM plays in global markets which is, after all, one of the reasons we changed our name from Workplace Law to International Workplace in the first place.
Next week I have the pleasure of launching a new series of Strategic FM Case Studies published by RICS, researched and authored by International Workplace, including some exceptional examples of facilities management in Singapore, Canada and Thailand.
And in September we are launching the first International Workplace conference in Malaysia, taking place as part of IFSEC Southeast Asia, with a focus on health, safety and facilities management.
The last year or so has seen us develop our operational capability in Southeast Asia and the Middle East which, along with a raft of new eLearning courses, now means that we can deliver sought after global qualifications and courses, across international borders, cost-effectively.
Britain may be Brexiting. But for lots of good reasons, FM is a discipline that is becoming increasingly global. We’re proud to be playing our part in it.