The evolution of ThinkFM

Today, ThinkFM is established as the go-to conference for facilities management professionals and business leaders looking to make an impact through their facilities and workplace strategy.

The conference continues to evolve to ensure it meets the needs of those working within FM, business leaders who rely on FM, and all those who are touched by FM in their daily personal and professional lives.

2016

Evolving from the 2015 theme on competitive advantage, the 2016 conference theme was ‘ThinkFM: Think Productivity’; exploring facilities management and the workplace’s role in enabling organisational productivity. Organisational performance and efficiency comes from the maximisation and alignment of all resources and systems towards the organisational goals and shared cultural commitment. Facilities and workplace management is part of that and a fundamental facet in enabling business performance.

  • ThinkFM 2016: Think Productivity

2015

‘The Competitive Edge: Gaining competitive advantage through the workplace’ was the theme in 2015, which attracted more than 300 delegates. Speakers from global brand leaders such as BMW Group, Marks & Spencer, Three and Microsoft covered topics ranging from collaboration to motivation, sustainability to exploiting the power of buildings and facilities. ITN Productions were once again in attendance covering highlights of the day.

  • ThinkFM 2015 – The Competitive Edge: Gaining competitive advantage through the workplace

2014

2014 signalled a radical change to ThinkFM – the format was redeveloped, which resulted in a sell-out conference within a new venue. ‘The Workplace and Beyond: Facilities management’s impact on business, the economy and society’ was debated on stage by Government, HR and business leaders. Its impact was so immense that #ThinkFM trended in the UK Twitter top ten. ITN Productions attended the event and closed the day by premiering their new TV programme, which addressed the importance of FM to society and the UK economy. Furthermore, the 2014 event was awarded a Mark of Excellence win for ‘Best London Conference’ at the 2015 Association Excellence Awards.

  • ThinkFM 2014 – The Workplace and Beyond: Facilities management’s impact on business, the economy and society

2011-2013

ThinkFM has evolved massively since the inaugural conference, which was held over two days at Nottingham University in 2011. Between 2011-2013 the conference worked on a ‘shape your own agenda’ format whereby across up to four streams of content, delegates created their own agenda based on their objectives or interests; becoming a one-day event from 2012.

  • ThinkFM 2013 – The Leadership Challenge: Raising our game, making our case – realising our value
  • ThinkFM 2012 – Ideas for Change: How great facilities management makes the difference
  • ThinkFM 2011 – Delivering value in facilities management: Innovation and adaption for today’s economics